If you want a car to go easy on your wallet then it is important to find a car that sips fuel rather than guzzles it. Fuel prices rarely stay stable and even rarer is the occasion when they reduce in price, so it is vital that your car has impressive fuel economy.
In today’s market there is more choice than ever for drivers; there’s petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid cars available on the market, each appealing to different drivers.
But which are the most fuel-efficient cars on the market?
With an overall rating of 52 mpg overall, the Prius remains the best car on the market for fuel efficiency. As a car, it handles responsively and rides more comfortably than the previous generation. The colourful digital gauges dominate the dashboard with plenty of fuel economy information for the driver and the touchscreen infotainment system is simple to use. The Prius can drive solely on electric up to about 25 mph before the engine kicks in. The engine itself is now also quieter upon ignition.
The Prius’ main rival is the Ioniq. It resonates with the same silhouette and hatchback configuration and also matches its fuel efficiency at 53 mpg. The Ioniq gets its power from a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine which is paired with an electric drive for a combined 139 hp. At low speeds it relies solely on electric power. The handling does lack a little agility and the ride is a bit unsettled, but it comes with a range of safety features, including automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning.
Kia have developed the five-passenger Niro which combines good fuel economy with cargo versatility. This front-wheel drive hybrid uses a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine, which, in conjunction with an electric drive unit puts out a combined 139hp. The Niro provides 43mpg overall, which isn’t quite as impressive as the Ioniq or the Prius, but still provides a much better fuel economy than most other vehicles.
If you are in the market for used cars that won’t cost you as much to run than your current car, maybe a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle could be your best option.