Top 10 most economical cars to drive

By Bob Atoo
May 30, 2014

Following on from Bob’s recent guide to the cheapest cars to insure, here Bob’s focus is on the most economical cars to drive in the UK.

Cheap is good, but not too cheap that the car is not dependable and constantly breaks down, so in this guide cars with a good history of reliability are prioritised over those that are just simply cheap and economical to drive.

10. Toyota Yaris Hybrid 
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Combined fuel consumption: 80.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 79/km

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid makes the top 10 mainly because of its fuel efficiency. By combining the Prius and Auris HSD’s 1.5-litre engine and electric motor drivetrain with the lighter body of the Yaris, Toyota have created not just a very fuel efficient car but one that also boasts their lowest carbon emission stats yet.


9. Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3
Combined fuel consumption: 80.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 88g/km

The Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex makes the list mostly because of its positive customer reviews. It performs surprisingly well on the road, absorbing a lot of the bumps and humps the city throws at it thanks to the new soft suspension set-up, and boasts a very competitive 80.7mpg.


8. Seat Ibiza SC Ecomotive
Seat Ibiza
Combined fuel consumption: 81.0mpg
CO2 emissions: 76.3g/km

According to, the Seat Ibiza SC Ecomotive can cover 970 miles on a single 45-litre tank – so if you’re looking for fuel efficiency you can do a lot worse!


7. VW Polo Bluemotion
Combined fuel consumption: 85.6mpg
CO2 emissions: 91g/km

Though emissions are a little bit higher than most of the candidates so far, this car makes up for it with great fuel economy (and the added bonus of a comfortable interior).


6. Fiat Punto 1.3 Multijet Dynamic
Combined fuel consumption: 81.0mpg
CO2 emissions: 90g/km

The Fiat Punto 1.3 Multijet Dynamic stands at number 6. There’s not much difference between this and the VW Bluemotion, but this just pips the VW thanks to the lower price and slightly better CO2 emissions.


5. Skoda Fabia Greenline
Skoda Fabia
Combined fuel consumption: 83.0mpg
CO2 emissions: 89g/km

In terms of fuel economy and CO2 emissions, the Skoda Fabia Greenline is a real winner. It’s stats actually make it the greenest ‘supermini’ currently on the market – so if keeping it green plays a part in your buying choices then this is well recommended.


4. Peugeot 208 1.4 eHDI EGC Access+
Peugeot 208
Combined fuel consumption: 83.0mpg
CO2 emissions: 87g/km

Looks like a high-end hatchback, drives like a sports car and the best bit, it’s eco-friendly. Peugeot is surely on to a winner with this.


3. Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi 1 EcoDynamics
Combined fuel consumption: 88.0mpg
CO2 emissions: 85g/km

The Kia Rio is quite a bit cheaper than the Peugeot 208 above and boasts better fuel efficiency, both of which help it get into our top 3.


2. Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt
Combined fuel consumption: 235.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 27g/km

Onto the specialist economical cars now, and though it’s a little bit more expensive to buy than the other cars, the Volt starts paying you back immediately with its fuel efficiency. General Motors reports that the Volt can drive up to 40 miles on a single charge, and when it doesn’t have enough juice in the tank, it can fire up its 1.4-litre petrol engine to charge the battery ensuring there’s always front-wheel drive.


1. Vauxhall Ampera
Combined fuel consumption: 300mpg
CO2 emissions: 27g/km

There is a reason why this was 2010 European Car of the Year. Although it is a bit more expensive than the Volt, the Ampera make it up for its incredible fuel efficiency and low road tax. Vauxhall even claim that through testing, they have found that it emits ZERO CO2, that’s right, Carbon Dioxide FREE.


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