The most fuel efficient cars on sale

Electric cars and hybrids naturally return the lowest running costs but can be much pricier than conventional cars. Modern engine tech means there are now some regular car that can return more than 80mpg. Here are the most economical conventional cars on the market at the moment.

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1. Peugeot 208 – 94mpg

The Peugeot 208 is one of the smartest looking small hatchbacks around. What’s more, it’s also one of the most economical non-hybrid or electric models on sale. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel with 75hp and stop/start technology claims to return 94.2mpg in total and, if you want a bit more power, the punchier 99hp version claims the same figure too.

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2. Peugeot 308 – 91mpg

The Peugeot 308 is another handsome car from the French brand with a very modest thirst for fuel. This family hatchback has a large boot and a high-quality cabin. As an added bonus, it’s also incredibly economical – the 120hp 1.6-litre BlueHDi with stop/start technology can return an impressive 91.1mpg.

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3. Nissan Micra – 88mpg

The new Nissan Micra offers striking looks and a smart, roomy interior in a small supermini package. It’s more grown up than the old model and, alongside the sharp new exterior and interior design, it’s very economical. The 1.5-litre diesel engine with 90hp is the most efficient, returning 88.3mpg and emitting just 92g/km of CO2.

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4. Renault Clio – 88mpg

The Renault Clio is a stylish and practical small car. The ECO model – Renault’s equivalent to VW’s ‘Bluemotion’ specification – uses a 1.5-litre diesel engine that’s the same as the one found in the Micra. It matches the Micra’s 88.3mpg fuel economy but returns an even more impressive 83g/km of CO2. It’s a nice engine to use, willingly offering plenty of torque low down helping the car feel sprightly.

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5. Ford Fiesta – 88mpg

The Ford Fiesta remains one of the best cars in its class, with a nearly unparalleled driving experience and stylish looks. It’s can be very economical depending on your chosen specification but, for maximum efficiency, go for the 1.5-litre diesel with start-stop tech – it has 95hp and can return a very impressive 88.3mpg. A new Ford Fiesta has been revealed which promises even more efficiency.

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6. Vauxhall Astra – 85mpg

Another brilliant all-rounder in the hatchback class, the Vauxhall Astra is also one of the most economical too. It can’t quite match the 308’s lofty figure but the Astra comes close, with its 1.6-litre, 110hp diesel with stop/start returning 85.6mpg on average. The cabin is as well built as the Peugeot’s but offers more passenger space.

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7. Citroen C4 – 85mpg

The Citroen C4 equals the Astra’s efficiency, with its 1.6-litre diesel making 100hp and returning a very healthy 85.6mpg. This slightly noisy diesel is muffled well in the refined cabin and the C4 features plenty of interior space, as well as lots of standard equipment including air conditioning, electric windows and Bluetooth.

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8. Mini Hatchback – 83mpg

The Mini Hatchback may be known for its charming, characterful looks and enjoyable handing, but it’s also a dark horse when it comes to efficiency. The car is incredibly economical in three-door, 1.5-litre diesel form, delivering 83.1mpg while still being able to sprint to 62mph from rest in 11 seconds. That said, you’ll be having too much fun driving it to take much notice of the fuel gauge.

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9. SEAT Toledo – 83mpg

The SEAT Toledo isn’t the flashiest car in the Spanish manufacturer’s range but it’s a great-value and cheap to run family saloon with plenty of room and an efficient array of engines. The cheapest to run is the 1.4-litre diesel engine with 90hp and an impressive fuel economy figure of 83.1mpg.

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10. Fiat 500 – 83mpg

The Fiat 500 is another small car with plenty of flair and charm. The retro-styled city car is one of the quirkiest on the market and has a wide range of customisation options. If you’re looking to keep running costs down, one option to go for is the 1.3-litre diesel Multijet engine with a peppy 95hp and a combined mpg of 83.1.

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Peugeot 208

A cheap-to-run and stylish supermini
£14,635 - £19,785
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Peugeot 308

Classy small hatchback with some premium touches
£20,495 - £27,335
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Nissan Micra

Striking looks and great refinement make the Micra a great small car
£12,750 - £22,315
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