Cheapest Cars to Run: Style and Substance.
None of us want to spend large amounts of our hard earned cash on petrol, but most of us would like to drive a great car too and avoid having to substitute style to save on fuel. In recent years, manufacturers have begun to respond to this consumer-driven demand by producing a range of great cars, which are incredibly cost-effective and cheap to run too.
You can now find high-performing cars, that provide even greater fuel economy than some of the popular city cars - which you would imagine would be the cheapest to run. This is great news for car lovers and great news for your wallet too, as these new options deliver massive mpg returns.
Porsche Panamera hatchback
To really highlight the point that you don't have to substitute style to make impressive mpg savings; you may be suprised to learn that Porsche have now produced an electric hybrid model called the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid which proves, without question, that cost-saving doesn't have to mean dull and boring! This incredible-looking car has a supercharged V6 petrol engine, which is capable of hitting 62mph in just 5.5 seconds - is exempt from the London congestion charge, amazingly qualifies for Free Road Tax and delivers an enviable 91mpg!
Ford Fiesta hatchback
Jumping from one extreme to the other, if a Porsche is a little out of your price range; the Ford Fiesta - Britain's all-time favourite car - is hard to beat on all counts. This fantastic small hatchback now has a suprisingly upmarket feel to it with stylish chrome grille and high-quality interior. Specifically with the ECOnetic model; it boasts zero rated Road Tax, an economical 85.6mpg which combine with the low price tag to create one hell of an economical car. Possibly not quite as exciting as the Porsche but its great fun to drive nevertheless.
BMW i3 hatchback
Bouncing back to the top end of the spectrum, BMW have also produced an electric hybrid model: the BMW i3. This model combines the usual, classic BMW sophistication with an almost unbelievable 470mpg! This model is unlike anything BMW have ever manufactured before and rather than mirroring a previous model - they've created this one from scratch and we think you'll agree - created something really special. Particuarly with the BMW i3 Range Extender, which combines an electric battery - which is capable of driving 200 miles before needing to be recharged - with a small petrol engine.
Toyota have been instrumental in bringing hybrid cars to the mass-market and the Toyota Prius is another great example of this. There Toyota Prius Plug-In is exactly that, a plug-in electric car which delivers 134.5mpg. It's another great option if you want to avoid paying the expensive London Congestion Charge. Its a stand-alone great car too, with lots of space on board and 443-litre boot space as standard. One of the great benefits of an electric motor means the Toyota Prius Plug-in is incredibly quiet too.
If you don't want to make the switch to a 100% electric motor, you may want to checkout Vauxhalls' entry into the hybrid market: the Vauxhall Ampera. Clever engineering means the small petrol engine actually charges the electric battery, rather than powering the engine which means the Vauxhall Ampera is able to deliver a huge 235.4mpg, which will provide some incredible fuel savings if you're switching from a petrol combustion engine. This car isn't quite as stylish as the BMW or the Porsche, but it is still a very attractive and modern-looking car.
If you're stil not quite ready to make the switch to a hybrid or electric car and want the convenience and power of a standard petrol engine, then the Peugeot 308 still provides a very impressive 91.1mpg, which will make a welcome reducing your motoring costs. Road Tax is free with this car too and carbon emissions considerably lower than many other standard combustion engine models on the market. Its lightweight and powered by a 1.6 litre diesel engine, capable of reaching 62mph in just 10 seconds. Overall a great option, without switching to electric or a hybrid model.
Volkswagen Golf hatchback
No list of great cars would be complete without, at least, one entry from Volkswagen; the VW Golf Bluemotion is stylish, practical and very economical. There isn't any additional preimum to payt for the Bluemotion either, as is sometimes the case with more efficient models. It delivers 88mpg thanks to its efficent diesel engine and the carbon emissions are low too.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV
If you want economy but you also need space and are looking for a bigger car; you can't go far wrong with the: Mitsubishi Outlander. This cheap to run SUV is impressive to look at and the fuel economy is pretty impressive too. It can be charged at a charging point or you can use the small, on board petrol engine to charge the electric motor - which makes it a very convenient and practical choice. Its a four wheel drive, has five seats and plenty of boot space as standard too. You will get an incredible 148mpg from the Mitsubuishi Outlander, although it'll only travel 31 miles with the electric motor alone. As with all electric and electric hyrid cars, the Government offers a £5000 grant - so the price tag on the Mitsubishi Outlander then becomes very affordable.
Kia Rio hatchback
For a budget option, the Kia Rio is a great looking car which is extremley practical for larger families. We would recommend their 1.1 litre diesel engine model, in particular, which returns a very economical 88.3mpg. You can also look forward to zero road tax and affordable insurance and a low price tag - overall a great option for all-round economy!
Citroen C4 Cactus SUV
Last but by no means least, is the fabuously fun Citroen C4 Cactus. There are various economical models in the Citroen C4 Cactus range, but they're all sporty and stylish and will turn heads wherever they go. There are some clever features built in too, like: the air-filled rubber doors which prevent dents. When it comes to fuel economy, the best model by far is the Blue HDi model which will give you 91mpg, low emissions and zero road tax.
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