If you’re an avid reader of Gas 2, then you already know that the highest MPG car that’s not a hybrid is the Mitsubishi Mirage CVT … or, is it? The trouble with any claims of biggest, fastest, or bestest is that there’s almost always an asterisk involved. In the case of the Mitsubishi, it’s that there are a number of cars sold globally that, either because they don’t pass US emissions or safety standards, aren’t sold here.
So, how do the cars in- say- the UK stack up to the little Mirage? How do they stack up to their own EU-market hybrids? Here’s the 5 most fuel efficient cars that aren’t hybrids- for Europe and the UK. Enjoy!
Small cars will typically burn less fuel than larger cars so it’s no surprise that the Fiat 500 rates as one of the greenest petrol cars on the market today. While the fuel consumption is very low (achieving over 70 mpg with the smallest Fiat engines), the engine is a good deal more powerful than it was in the original Fiat 500s.
Second-hand Fiat 500 cars represent great value for money in the UK, and a step towards a cleaner environment.
Renault Clio dCi 90 Eco
This one will really hurt the American readers, because the sharp-handling, sharp-looking Renault Clio is one of the most popular cars on the road- and not without good reason! The Clio is and has always been an affordable vehicle, and the French cars’ low running costs allow the economy to continue.
As well as achieving very low fuel consumption, the Clio’s extra-clean engines mean its emissions come in at about 80g/km. That’s good enough to put you well within the UK’s greenest tax bracket.
In addition to an efficient engine, what makes a car economical is a reduction in inertia. This is where the tiny Smart ForTwo- a perennial favorite of the Gas 2 staff– comes in. If you don’t need to cart round a lot of people or luggage, just needing to get from A to B, the Smart ForTwo is the perfect option.
Another Gas 2 favorite, Ford’s newest Fiesta model is another one of the most popular cars in the UK. As with the others on this list, it offers fantastically low emissions without using a hybrid engine. This Ecoboost technology ensures that you get great performance at the same time as saving the environment.
If you’re looking for something a little less common which still ticks the eco-friendly box, it could be worth looking into a Kia. The Rio offers over 80mpg without compromising on the power from its 1.1-litre engine.
Content partially sponsored by VCars, UK.