Most economical family cars on sale

Carting your family around is one of the most common parenting duties and requires a car that’s both practical and cheap to run. To help you pick the perfect new model, we’ve drawn up a list of the 10 most fuel efficient family cars on the market.

Here are the 10 most economical family cars currently on sale:

1. Citroen C4 – 85.6mpg

Gold medal goes to the Citroen C4 thanks to its frugal 100hp 1.6-litre diesel engine – clever start/stop technology helps it return an impressive 85.6mpg. It’s more affordable than many rivals – something reflected by its slightly lacklustre interior – but it’s a hugely practical family car and boasts a roomy 408-litre boot.

Read our in-depth Citroen C4 review or check out the latest Citroen C4 deals.

2. Ford Focus – 83.1mpg

The Ford Focus takes second place with an impressive 83.1mpg returned by its 105hp diesel engine. Similar to the Citroen, interior quality isn’t the Focus’ strong point – its buttons are somewhat confusing and the materials feel less than class leading – but it fights back with fantastic handling and a comfortable ride. Unfortunately, boot space is a little small – with the rear seats up you’ll be able to squeeze in just 316 litres of luggage.

See the latest carwow offers on our Ford Focus deals page or read our detailed Ford Focus review for more information.

3. BMW 1 Series – 83.1mpg

The BMW 1 Series might look more sporty than sensible but, in 116d Efficient Dynamics guise, it’ll return a wallet-friendly 83.1mpg. Don’t think this frugal model loses out in terms of creature comforts, however – it features an upmarket interior, BMW’s class excellent iDrive infotainment system, a comfortable seating position and a respectable 360-litre boot.

Read our dedicated BMW 1 Series review or head over to our BMW 1 Series deals page for the latest carwow offers.

4. Skoda Octavia – 80.7mpg

The Skoda Octavia comes well equipped as standard – all models feature at least a 6.5-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It feels fairly plush inside and its cabin boasts plenty of room in the back for tall passengers. Its whopping 590-litre boot is also the roomiest of any car on our list while impressive fuel economy of 80.7mg makes it one of the cheapest family cars to run.

Visit our Skoda Octavia deals page for the latest carwow offers or read our detailed Skoda Octavia review.

5. VW Golf – 80.7mpg

The VW Golf aims to be the all the car that you’d ever need. It has one of the best interiors in the business with lots of soft touch plastics and plenty of rear legroom. Its 380-litre boot is easily big enough for a family weekend away while the frugal 1.6-litre diesel Bluemotion model will return an impressive 80.7mpg.

Read our VW Golf review for more details or take a look at the latest VW Golf deals available through carwow.

6. Nissan Pulsar – 78.5mpg

Not only does the 110hp diesel Nissan Pulsar return 78.5mpg but it feels well built – if a little bland – and boasts a roomy 385-litre boot. There’s more room in the back seats than in many rivals and even six-foot-tall passengers will find head and legroom ample. Its rather dated infotainment screen – borrowed from the Qashqai – does let the side down slightly, however.

Check out the latest carwow Nissan Pulsar deals or, for more information, read our in-depth Nissan Pulsar review.

7. Peugeot 308 – 78.5mpg

The Peugeot 308 sports a classy cabin, a smooth ride and is quiet on the move. Its built-in infotainment system isn’t the most intuitive to use and rear legroom leaves a little to be desired but, as an overall package, it makes a comfortable and efficient family car. Boot space is a respectably roomy 470 litres while fuel economy of 78.5mpg is enough to earn it a place on our list.

Take a look at our Peugeot 308 review for more details or visit our Peugeot 308 deals page for the latest carwow offers.

8. Renault Megane – 76.3mpg

The Renault Megane can return up to 76.3mpg thanks to its quiet diesel engine. It’s a comfortable cruiser that’s reasonably relaxing to drive both at motorway speeds and around town. It can accommodate two adults in the back seats in relative comfort – a third passenger will be a fairly tight squeeze – while its 384-litre boot is roomier than a VW Golf’s.

Check out the latest Renault Megane deals or read our detailed Renault Megane review.

9. Audi A3 – 70.6mpg

Not allowing BMW to take all the premium economy glory, Audi’s upmarket A3 returns a fair 70.6mpg thanks to its frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine. Its interior not only looks modern but feels exceptionally well built, too. In three-door form, its boot can swallow 365 litres of luggage while five-door Sportback models can manage 380 litres – 20 more than the 1 Series. Unfortunately, the A3 isn’t quite as fun to drive as its BMW rival.

Read our Audi A3 review for more details or head over to our Audi A3 deals page for the latest carwow discounts.

10. SEAT Leon – 70.6mpg

The SEAT Leon uses the same 1.6-litre diesel as the Audi A3 and, unsurprisingly, can return an identical 70.6mpg. Unfortunately, the SEAT can’t match its Audi cousin in terms of build quality but it’s offered in a practical ST estate bodystyle alongside conventional five-door and sporty SC three-door variants. In standard five-door hatchback form, the Leon boasts a 380-litre boot while estate versions can carry an impressive 587 litres of luggage.

Check out the latest carwow offers on our SEAT Leon deals page or read our SEAT Leon review for more details.

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Citroen C4

Spacious family car is comfy and competitively priced
6/10
£18,755 - £22,755
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Ford Focus (2011-2018)

A family hatchback that's fun to drive
6/10
£20,140 - £31,680
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BMW 1 Series

Fun-to-drive small hatchback with an upmarket interior
8/10
£22,410 - £34,760
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