Save the world and your wallet: the most fuel efficient cars of 2015
2015 has seen the most fuel efficient petrol and diesel engine cars yet designed roll off the production line, as more manufacturers than ever want a highly efficient and cost-effective model within their range. This has given us a glut of great new eco-cars that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and save fuel money in the process. Here’s our pick of the bunch:
First on our list of 2015’s most fuel efficient cars is Seat’s mini Mii. The Spanish car company have recently continued their renaissance with the release of the Leon Cupra, however it is the Mii that takes the prize for efficiency, scoring a healthy 69mpg and emitting just 99g/km.
Fiat 500 Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir
Fiat’s classic 500 may look like sheer Italian indulgence, but that stylish outfit is just the exterior, and underneath that Fiat have put in a pleasingly frugal 0.9-litre engine that uses 74mpg whilst emitting as little as 90g/km.
These are brave new times for Citroën, who recently re-invigorated their DS range with a host of new luxury offerings. However, the classic C1 remains a funky number with an unforgettable face, that is also nimble enough to manage 77mpg with an emission rate of 88g/km.
Ford Fiesta Econect
This name might just pop up again later… Ford’s much-vaunted Fiesta has been re-imagined for 2015, with commentators clamouring to present it with accolades. While style and performance are both right up there, the American supermini also returns a healthy 85.6mpg, emitting just 87g/km.
And the winner is… Renault Clio with Eco Pack
Renault can give themselves a big, green pat on the back. Not only has the Clio topped the list for petrol cars, they’ve also scored highly for diesel (find out more below). A vibrant little car with oodles of Parisian chic, this lightweight can get 88.3mpg with an emission rate of only 83g/km.
Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi S Blue
Hyundai’s i20, first released in 2008, is finding itself in its element when it comes it improving efficiency. The South Korean car manufacturers have refined their supermini to rival offerings from Ford and Vauxhall, achieving 88mpg with an emissions rate of 84g/km.
Ford Fiesta 1.5 Duratorq TDCi Style Econetic
One of only two cars to make the list in both the petrol and diesel categories, Ford’s Fiesta has been a staple of the supermini market since its inception in 1976. One of the best all-round performers on this list, the Fiesta can do 88mpg, emitting 82g/km.
Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Play 90 ECO
The runner-up prize for eco-endeavour has to be shared this year. The first recipient is Renault’s colourful Clio, a fun little number with a surprisingly dynamic driving experience. Just short of the top spot, the Clio returns a healthy 91mpg, with an emissions rate of 82g/km.
Vauxhall Astra Hatch 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX
Joint runner up: the Vauxhall Astra is a versatile and functional car that has long been a favourite of young drivers. Imbued with a healthy dose of intelligent design from the car’s British manufacturers, the spritely 1.6 consumes only 91mpg, emitting 82g/km.
And the winner is… Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi Active
Topping the charts for the diesel category is the sleek and comprehensively equipped Peugeot 208. A sign of things to come from the French car manufacturers, this most frugal of engines can go a staggering 94mpg, with an emissions rate of just 79g/km.
With so many cost effective eco-options currently on the market, now is the perfect time to consider investing in a new car with a tried and trusted design to reduce the amount you spend on fuel over time. There’s also a feel-good factor that comes from reducing your carbon footprint with little-to-no effort, plus reducing air pollution and making built-up areas a more pleasant place to be.