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Most Economical Cars

Most Economical Cars

By Swansway Motor Group 15-12-2017


Most of us are trying to reduce our daily expenses, either to save up for the future or just to have a little extra cash left at the end of the month.

Most of us are trying to reduce our daily expenses, either to save up for the future or just to have a little extra cash left at the end of the month. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still treat yourself to a new car when the need arises. Sure, buying a car is a big expense, but it’s often a necessary one. It affords us with the convenience, practicality and freedom that most of us can’t do without.

So, if you’re in the market for a new car but are still looking for ways to look after the pounds, then your main priority should be choosing a car based on its economy and efficiency. There are plenty of options in the running for the most economical car - with high combined MPG when tested in standard conditions, low insurance and sensible maintenance costs, you’ll find more pennies in your pocket at the end of every month.

What exactly is the most economical car?

At Swansway Group, we’ve plenty of cars to choose from. Whether you’re in the market for the most economical petrol car or a diesel option, an economical family car or the most economical small car we’ll more than likely have something to fit the bill. Here are a few of our favourite options:

This sleek and stylish vehicle from Alfa Romeo doesn’t just look good, it also does plenty to help improve its fuel economy. The Alfa Romeo MiTo’s choice of petrol engines ranging from 80 PS to 170 PS have been finely tuned to improve their fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent with the Alfa Romeo Mito Hatchback 0.9 TB TwinAir offering up to 67.3 MPG (combined). This can be taken a step further by selecting the “Natural” mode on the DNA button. With a choice between Dynamic, Natural, and All-Weather modes, the Natural setting improves the fuel-efficiency of your drive even more.

This economical car hasn’t been neglected in the safety department either. The Alfa Romeo MiTo has seven airbags in the cabin to help keep you and your passengers safe, and also features an anti-whiplash device and collapsible steering wheel to reduce the risk of injury in case of impact. The MiTo is Alfa Romeo’s smallest model on the market, so it’s perfectly suited for driving in crowded cities and fitting into tight parking spaces so you aren’t wasting petrol driving around looking for a suitable place to stop.

As well as its smooth exterior in the classic style of Alfa Romeo, the MiTo also has an extremely comfortable interior, complete with air conditioning, an infotainment system, and voice recognition. Stylish or what?


One of Citroën’s most economical cars has got to be the Citroën C4 Cactus. There are several engine options to choose from, but the one that gives you the best value for money is the BlueHDI 100 diesel. In conjunction with start/stop technology and low rolling resistance tyres, the Cactus C4 can deliver up to 78.5 MPG (combined). Even the entry level Citroën C4 Cactus Hatchback 1.2 PureTech [82] Feel provides up to 61.4 MPG (combined).

The Cactus C4 gives you the best of both worlds because it’s lightweight and fuel efficient, but it’s also a decent-sized SUV which can handle the road well. That also means you get plenty of space if you’re after a family car or one that’s good for storing luggage and groceries. The Cactus has a 358-litre boot and plenty of space in the backseat for the kids to travel comfortably. Its height also gives the driver great visibility of the road out of the front windscreen. And while you’re looking out, everyone else will be looking in your direction, while you travel in this distinctively styled, eye-catching SUV.

The DS 3 is a fantastically economical car and a stylishly compact city car. It has a range of engines to choose from that offer at least 50 MPG (combined), but you’ll get the best value for your money with the BlueHDi engine. This 1.6-litre diesel engine boasts a fuel economy of 83.1 MPG and CO2 emissions of 87g/km, reaching 0-60mph in around 10 seconds.

The DS 3 is a 3-door hatchback, which gives it a nice, sleek look, but bear in mind the logistics of getting car seats and children into the back of a 3-door vehicle if you are looking for economical family cars. The interior itself is comfortable, though, with a range of options for customising the cabin as well as the car’s exterior. If it is a family vehicle you’re looking for, then safety isn’t an issue with the DS 3 as it was awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP.


The Fiat Tipo offers a great alternative for the most economical diesel cars. You can choose between a range of petrol and diesel engines from 1.3 to 1.6 litres, the most economical of which - the diesel 1.3 MultiJet 95 - achieves 76.3 MPG (combined). Choose the Easy, Easy Plus or Lounge trim and you’ll also be paying low Group 6 insurance which will also help minimise your costs.

Great economy isn’t usually associated with a large car, however, the Fiat Tipo has an unexpectedly massive boot, offering 550 litres of space with its estate model. That’s plenty of space for luggage on family trips out and big shopping trips. There’s also 12 litres of storage space within the car, including a large glovebox and door bins in the front and back of the car. The back is spacious, too, with plenty of room for adult or child passengers, including child seats.

The interior is great for comfort, as well, with lots of options for adjusting the driver’s seat to suit your needs and driving style. The driver also has audio controls on the steering wheel to make it easy to control the radio and infotainment system so the driver can keep their mind on the job without getting distracted.

The SEAT Toledo is a good-sized saloon car with plenty to offer for its price. And, to get the most out of this price in terms of running costs, your best bet is the 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine. With this, you can benefit from a fuel economy as high as 67.3 MPG (combined) and a CO2 emission figure of around 109 g/km. However, the fuel economy of the Toledo is reasonable throughout all of the range with no model falling below an expected 61 MPG (combined). To improve the car’s efficiency further, you can opt for start/stop technology and an engine recovery system.

One of its other notable upgrades is a refrigerated glove box, which is ideal for keeping chilled drinks for long journeys with family or friends. The rest of the car’s storage space isn’t lacking, either, with a 500-litre boot available for all your luggage. The car’s interior also offers plenty of space for its passengers and lots of adjustment options for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, helping you find the optimal driving position.


A strong contender for the most economical small car is the Volkswagen Polo which is great on price, running costs, and feature. It boasts a smooth, comfortable, well-controlled driving experience at both high and low speeds. The latest version of this model has been given longer and wider dimensions, allowing for more space for the driver and passengers, while remaining compact. It also boasts a 280-litre boot, which is impressive for small economical cars

The 1.4 TDI is the most economical diesel car on offer in the range, benefiting from a fuel economy of 83.1 MPG (combined) and emissions of 88 g/km. Available as either 75 PS or 90 PS, both options impress when it comes to fuel efficiency and provide a smooth driving experience, with a bit of extra power from the 89bhp engine.

The Polo boasts impressive safety features, with Pedestrian Detection and optional Front Assist helping you to avoid collisions. If the worst should happen, then the car’s City Emergency Braking is there to reduce the impact of any accidents.

Which is the most economical car on this list? Well, that depends on what you need from your new car. Are you looking for economical family cars or the most economical small car? Do you want to splash out on the extras or are you purely looking for value from the cheaper economical cars?

Here’s some of the crucial info to help you decide:

Any of our pick of the six of the most economical cars listed here will serve you well, so decide what your priorities are to help you choose the car that tops your list.

If you would like any assistance when choosing which car to buy, get in touch with Swansway Group and let us help.