Although the transition to hybrid and electric vehicles is picking up pace, there's still a large percentage of the population that would prefer to invest in a petrol powered car. Thanks to various emissions related legislation, petrol cars are now benefiting from enhanced fuel saving technologies and superior aerodynamics.
With the increased fuel economy modern petrol powered cars are offering, it begs the question: which ones are the most economical?
For the sake of this article, we're not going to include hybrids of any kind. So, we've compiled a list of the most economical petrol cars currently available on the used car market. Here's what we found.
Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir (Official fuel economy - 74.3mpg)
Here's a fine example of fuel saving engineering being incorporated to keep the running costs as low as possible. The tiny 900cc engine only utilises two cylinders, which is the same as some motorbikes! Despite the size "disadvantage" compared to rivals, the inclusion of a turbocharger means the plucky 500 produces 85bhp.
As a result, this lightweight city car has no problem keeping up with modern traffic. Official figures from Fiat say that it will achieve a whopping 74.3mpg on a combined cycle! That should certainly help the bank account on a weekly basis.Search used Fiat 500
Volkswagen Up!/Skoda Citigo/Seat Mii (Official fuel economy - 68.9mpg)
The Volkswagen Audi Group clearly fancied a slice of the cake that Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot were baking because here are three stylish city cars that also happen to offer 68.9mpg on a combined cycle from a small 1.0-litre petrol engine. Coincidence? We think so.
No matter though, because the Volkswagen Up! is a fantastic little car, while managing to carry over the grown up road manners from large models in the VW range. The Seat and Skoda are exactly the same bar a cheaper price tag, go figure.Search used Volkswagen Up!Search used Skoda CitigoSearch used Seat Mii
Peugeot 208 1.2 PureTech (Official fuel economy - 67.3mpg)
Peugeot have undergone a real resurgence in recent years. Their current model line-up is the best one in years, offering great aesthetic design and excellent driving dynamics. Turns out their engines have benefited too, because the 1.2-litre PureTech engine can return a staggering 67.3mpg on a combined cycle!
Performance may be quite leisurely compared to the Audi A1 already mentioned, with 0-62mph taking just over 12 seconds in the manual (14.5 with the auto). However, the 208 costs less to buy and maintain. Pay your monies and make your choice.Search used Peugeot 208
Toyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i (Official fuel economy - 65.7mpg)
Toyota are one of the masters when it comes to creating affordable and efficient cars. The Toyota Yaris 1.0 VVT-i is the perfect supermini for those who want a slightly larger version of the popular Aygo city car. Best bit is that the larger size doesn't hinder the Yaris' ability to return excellent economy, with 65.7mpg achievable on a combined cycle.
The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine may only produce 69bhp and get the Yaris from 0-62mph in 15.3 seconds. But it manages to climb up to 30mph in a sprightly enough manner, making it perfect for city driving, where 54.3mpg is achievable!Search used Toyota Yaris
Nissan Micra 0.9 IG-T (Official fuel economy - 64.2mpg)
The Nissan Micra has really developed into a fine car over the course of a few generations. It has gone from being a bit of an ugly duckling (sorry if you own a really old one) to a bit of a good-looker. Despite those changes, one trait has always remained in the Micra: excellent fuel economy.
The 0.9-litre engine is far more punchy than it has any right to be thanks to the inclusion of a turbocharger. This little engine provides plenty of grunt while returning a very welcome 64.2mpg on a combined cycle.Search used Nissan Micra
Which is your favourite?
The great thing about all of the cars above is that they are all genuinely brilliant in their own ways. No matter what your preference on style and design is, there is a car in this list to suit your personality.
And the best part about all these brilliant cars is that they won't cost you an arm and a leg to run on a daily basis. The electric revolution may have begun, but these cars are proof you can enjoy clean and cheap motoring.