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Best cars for economy

I bet you’re interested in this.  Take a look at the www.nextgreencar.com website.  They have a list of the top twenty most fuel efficient cars, in Britain, for each class of car.  If you are a family person with plenty of kids or just have plenty of friends, then it’s likely you’ll be looking at a car that doesn’t feature on the City Car, Supermini or Small Family car list.  The cars in these brackets are just way too small to be practical family cars. But, I will let you in on a secret: Hondas, BMWs, Toyotas and the like do make some pretty frugal mid-sized vehicles that run on either electricity, hybrid power, petrol or diesel.  So don’t despair when you see how tiny some of the most frugal cars can be.

Not so surprisingly, you’ll see that it’s the Smart cars that lead the way.  With an incredible combined fuel economy figure of 86 mpg, these cars just don’t know how to drink the fuel heavily.  These are the cars for the city street.  If it’s only going to be you in the car, most the time, then one of the City Cars like the Smart car should do the trick.  It is nice to see the Fiat 500 models dominating the City Car top ten spots with a Citroen C1 (I wish these were in Australia) and a Hyundai i10 featured, as well. You’ll also find a Peugeot, Nissan, Ford and Toyota sitting in the top 20, but did you guess that here would be an Aston Martin!

The list for each class of car shows the Top 20 cars with various other useful bits of information about them: vehicle class, MPG, CO2 g/km and Next Green Car’s unique Green Car Rating.

For the family person, take a look at the small family car, anyway – as you might be surprised at what you find.  Volvos, Golfs, Toyotas and Kias feature on this list.  Fancy a Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI managing an impressive combined fuel economy figure of 74 mpg.

I love the Large Family car and Execs.  These are the cars that have all the space, roadholding and performance.   But do they have economy?  The Toyota Prius is amazing, offering 72 mpg for its careful driver.  Peugeot’s 508 and Volkswagens Passat both have models that come a close second and third respectively.  You’ll even find new Hyundai i40 turns out a combined 66 mpg.

Quite possibly, the Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 CR TDI might be the standout performer.  It has the extra load carrying capacity, yet turns out an amazing 83 mpg and 89 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Volvos and BMWs rule the top spots for the Executive class, while the Crossover class finds the smaller Mini Countryman and Nissan Qashqai at the top.

In the Multi Purpose class, you can’t go past a Renault Scenic if you want to keep the costs at the fuel pump down.

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