The 10 Most Economical Cars in 2012

Fuel economy is one of the top criteria which UK buyers use to assess the purchase of a new vehicle. There are numerous  out there waiting to for you at a reasonable price. If your car is your main mode of transport, squeezing those extra miles out of every gallon is going to save you money every time you visit the petrol station to fill up. Understanding this, car manufacturers have upped their game and are producing ever more efficient vehicles for our roads. In 2012 it is not unrealistic to grab a car that will deliver 80mpg. Even standard family cars now readily top 60mpg.

This of course helps reduce your CO2 emissions allowing you to do your bit for the environment. In the UK, road tax is based on CO2 emissions; indeed it is free to tax a vehicle that emits less than 100g/km. Such cars also qualify to travel for free in London’s Congestion Zone so big saving can be made. Here’s a list of ten cars that achieve that golden 100g/km milestone.

Kia Rio 1.1 Ecodynamics

The Kia Rio is a truly practical family car with a host of useful touches. It is also the U.K.’s most economical car realising a stunning 88.3 mpg. With only 85g/km of CO2 emissions, the engine is a real friend to the environment. Grab the five door model for a spacious and comfortable ride.

Smart Fortwo cdi

Smart’s iconic design continues to feature technological advances that keep them abreast of the pack. This diesel model averages a stunning 85.6 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 86g/km, so you can be assured of your green credentials.

Toyota Prius T3

Toyota hogged the limelight for a number of years, with their previous Prius models becoming the first widely adopted eco-friendly car. Their greenest entry-level model is the T3, which averages 72.4 mpg and emits only 89g/km of CO2.

Toyota Auris Hybrid

This British built alternative to the Prius is another heavy hitter in the economy stakes. It shares the Prius’ petrol electric hybrid engine, and delivers 74.3 mpg and only 89g/km of CO2 output.

Skoda Fabia Greenline

Skoda has built their reputation on delivering reliable comfortable cars at reasonable prices. This supermini offering is a practical urban vehicle and will give you 83.1 mpg whilst emitting only 89g/km of CO2.

Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

Volkswagen holds an enviable reputation amongst auto manufacturers. This eco-version of their esteemed Polo model sports a 1.2 TDI diesel engine to deliver 80.7 mpg whilst only emitting 91g/km of CO2.

SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive

The Seat Ibiza is based on a Volkswagen Polo and predictably delivers a very similar mileage at 80.7 mpg. CO2 emissions are still a respectable 92g/km, and this is the cheaper of the two cars, making it a strong buy for the price conscious green consumer.

Lexus CT 200h

This Lexus is the first premium hatch hybrid to enter the UK market. Average fuel economy is somewhat lower than most cars in this list delivering only 69 mpg, but the car still has strong eco-credentials emitting only 94g/km of CO2 from its Toyota Prius derived hybrid engine.

Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 88 FAP Eco

The current Renault Clio model is a stylish five door hatchback, available with an eco-pack which boosts fuel economy to an impressive 78.5 mpg with only 94g/km of CO2 emissions.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95

The Vauxhall Corsa is one the U.K.’s bestselling cars with a large and varied range to suit most budgets and requirements. This model boasts a responsive 1.3 L diesel engine providing 94g/km of CO2 emissions and an average fuel economy of 8.7 mpg.

If you are on a budget there are still some notable  with impressive fuel economy.

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