Fuel efficiency is on most motorist’s mind these days and the UK has a host of economical cars which are masters at saving money on fuel. The cost of running a car is a real burden so I have compiled a list of the most economical cars on sale to help. Identifying the most economical car to run isn’t straightforward and there are many variables to consider as a car which may be cheap to run for one motorist but might not deliver the goods for another.
The first economical car to make my list is the Used Toyota Prius+. This particular car is perfect for a buyer looking for an economical family car. The Prius+ is a large seven-seater MPV version of the popular Used Toyota Prius. The Prius+ Is the only seven-seater on the market emits less than 100g/km of CO2. The ride isn’t the most thrilling and is a car which is mainly driven slowly and smoothly, so if speed is what you’re looking for than look elsewhere. The car comes with high levels of standard equipment you might expect but unfortunately the car has a high price tag and has a short electric-only range so not ideal if it’s for motorway drives.
The next economical car which makes the list is the Honda CR-V. If you’re looking for an SUV than look no further, the interior of the CR-V is spacious, with a big boot and also seats which can fold completely flat to offer extra load space. The car has a quality build and lots of equipment which rivals car such as the Second Hand BMW X3. In terms of economy it can offer 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions which means road tax is only £30 for the year if you go for the two-wheel drive 1.6-litre diesel. The negatives with this car is it’s not as much of an off-roader as it might make out and it’s available in five-seater only.
The Used Renault Grand Scenic is the next car to make the list. Like the Prius+ it’s an MPV but not electric. This also has seven-seats and has an extremely flexible cabin, and perfect for those with large families or for families with lots of baggage. The Energy DCi 110 can get nearly 70mpg and is the model to go for if you want cheap running costs, the emissions mean it’s only £20 to tax each month. The car is also value for money as a whole the only thing letting it down is the styling is a little bland and the reliability of the vehicle.
The Skoda Fabia is one for those looking for a cheap, basic supermini. The Fabia is based on the Second Hand Volkswagen Polo but at a more cut-price (obviously with lower quality interior and without the premium badge). The Second Hand Skoda Fabia is a practical, comfortable drive and in terms of economy the most efficient model will do 83mg and 89g/km of CO2, making it exempt from road tax and is one of the cleanest cars with an internal combustion engine available today. The fabia sounds perfect but it does come with some downfalls such as it has particularly poor handling, cheap looking interior and the equipment levels are poor especially on the base spec.
Over the past 5 years insurance costs have rocketed making the allure of cheap-to-insure models even greater. Low insurance cars are vital for first time drivers, people with no claims bonuses or anyone who is young particularly under the age of 21. I have decided to make a list of a few cars where you are pretty much guaranteed to get the lowest quotes. They’re are obviously factors which can impact the insurance group such as trim level and engine type and also things like postcode, age and driving experience.
The Fiat Panda is one which fits in the low insurance category and is a more practical alternative to the Fiat 500. The Panda offers plenty of storage areas and a rear seat which can be slid backwards and forwards which makes more or less boot space. All Pandas come with five doors for added practicality. Not only are the Panda’s cheap to insure but they’re also very cheap to run and have cheap tax too. The only negatives which might disinterest people are the limited rear legroom and also the interior feels quite basic especially on the cheaper models.
Next is the Skoda Citigo which is Skoda’s take on the Second Hand Seat Mii. The build quality of this car is good enough to compete with the likes of the Kia Picanto. The Citigo offers an excellent drive and not only this but it has great interior quality and it offers excellent economy, while four adults can comfortably sit inside. The Citigo offers great value for money but if its speed or cars for long distance journeys then this car probably isn’t for you.
The Used Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best selling cars in the UK and rivals the Used Ford Fiesta. I would say that the Fiesta is more fun to drive but the Corsa is a perfect car especially as a young driver as it has decent practicality, efficient engine and stylish looks. As mentioned it’s not as fun to drive as the Fiesta and they do come with poor equipment levels and it does have tend to have a fairly noisy engine too.
Last is the Second Hand Citroen C1 its getting a bit old now and it’s starting to get shown up by newer rivals. It’s a pretty basic car which offers low running costs, low equipment levels and low price tags. Its small dimensions make it good fun to drive. So if cheap and basic is what you’re looking for in a low insurance car then you’ve found the one for you. The C1 doesn’t have as good safety ratings as most of the other cars and the build quality is rather poor and can become very noisy especially on a motorway.
As technology in cars improve, engines become more efficient and manufacturers are forever reducing the emissions of their vehicles.
Cars which emit less than 100g/km of CO2 qualify for free road tax.
Here are the top 5 cheapest vehicles which emit less than 100g/km of CO2.
5. Peugeot 107 – The Peugeot 107 1.0 Access 3dr emits 99g/km of CO2 and costs £8,095
4. Citroen C1 – Identical to the Peugeot 107, both in terms of emissions and price, the 1.0i VT 3dr is Citroen’s cheapest model which is exempt from road tax
3. Kia Picanto – The Picanto 1.0 1 3dr also emits 99g/km of CO2, and is £50 cheaper than the 107 and C1, at £8,045
2. Suzuki Alto – The Suzuki Alto 1.0 SZ costs just £7,199, and again emits 99g/km of CO2
1. Renault Twizy – The cheapest model on the market which qualifies for free road tax is the Renault Twizy, at the bargain price of £6,895, and it emits 0g/km of CO2. More information is at CarSite.co.uk.