As motoring technology continues to develop, petrol cars are becoming lighter and are improving in regards to efficiency. In recent years we have seen a number of economical, fast little cars enter our roads which rival many diesel options. With a large number of people searching for the most economical petrol cars, we have searched the market to bring you our list of the top five.
1) Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ3 Dualjet
The Suzuki Celerio has always been among the most fuel-efficient cars available in the UK, but the latest tweaks to the car’s design has made it the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. The Celerio features a refined 3-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine, which makes use of the latest Suzuki Dualjet technology for efficient fuel use.
2) Fiat 500c 0.9 TwinAir Pop Star Dualogic
The Fiat 500c is known for its quirky styling which turns heads on the roads, but it is also one of the most economical little petrol cars. The 0.9-litre 85hp engine will provide 77mpg, at a cost of just 7.3p/mile. If you are looking for something unique, nippy and comfortable the 500c is a brilliant option.
3) Hyundai i10 1.0-litre SE Blue Drive
The i10 is the first ever small Hyundai to enter our market and has quickly gained a loyal following. This well-built car is known for its solid build and expertly designed equipment which includes USB sockets and Bluetooth as standard. This fast little car is fitted with a 1.0-litre engine, the smallest in the range. It is capable of achieving a combined fuel efficiency of 65.79mpg, thanks to the inclusion of an automatic engine stop-start feature and wheels of just 13-inches in diameter.
4) Smart fortwo coupe 1.0-litre pure 71hp
Smart cars are renowned for being small and efficient, making them a popular choice for those living in busy towns and cities. Many owners are pleasantly surprised by the spacious interior, which uses careful design proportions to create a comfortable cabin feel. Many small cars on the market are designed without the latest equipment, but the fortwo includes everything from 15-inch alloys to a multi-function steering wheel. This economical 1.0-litre engine is definitely a fast little car, offering a top speed of 94mph with an efficiency of 73mpg.
5) Renault Clio 0.9-litre TCe Play 90 ECO
As the fourth generation Clio, this car had high expectations to live up to. The modern, stylish design has quickly become a popular vehicle in the supermini segment. As one of the best cars in the class, it is no surprise that it is kitted out with excellent levels of equipment and provides brilliant fuel efficiency. It is clear that Renault have paid attention to the smaller details to the interior to create a luxurious feel, such as the touchscreen control system and gloss panel design. The books suggest this car could achieve 85.6mpg, which positions it very closely with many hybrid models. For those looking to watch their running costs, this Clio sits in VED Band A so road tax is completely free.