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10 Of The Most Economical New Cars of 2013

By raccars Published

Brits may have escaped an expected rise in fuel duty with this year's budget but petrol and diesel are both still monstrously expensive, hovering between £6-£7 per gallon. Here are ten of the most economical new cars you could go for this year, which also qualify for tax and congestion charge exemption:

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

As a hybrid this Volvo V60 gets a £5,000 subsidy and runs on a diesel/electric hybrid system. 155mpg and 48g/km of CO2 emissions make it both light on the wallet and super-environmentally friendly.

Toyota Prius Plug-in

The Prius is boringly omnipresent in any list of economical drives and, despite provoking an inexplicable amount of hatred in certain quarters, it is a leader in its class. Fuel consumption runs at 135mpg with emissions of 49g/km from its petrol/electric hybrid motor and, as a hybrid, it benefits from that extremely helpful £5,000 subsidy.

Renault Clio dCi 90 Eco

This is a more affordable option powered by a traditional diesel combustion engine. However, it represents the most modern advances in engine technology, returning 88.3mpg and 83g/km in emissions.

Hyundai i20 1.1 CRDi Blue

Once a Japanese manufacturer of little account in the UK, Hyundai has bucked its ideas up considerably. Vehicles such as this small hatchback are the reason why, with 88.3mpg and 84g/km of CO2 in a very smart and affordable package.

Kia Rio 1.1CRDi

The Korean brand's ever-advancing place in the UK market is thanks in part to its entry in the small hatchback sector. It's well-built, attractive and admirably frugal. You're looking at 88.3mpg and 85g/km in emissions.

Smart Fortwo Coupe 54bhp Cdi

The Smart has always been one of those 'marmite' vehicles that elicits sneers from many but has built up a strong market niche. The latest, diesel powered entry to the brand's line-up returns 85.6mpg and emits 86g/km of CO2.

Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic

The default go-to small hatchback in a well saturated market gives us its most economical version yet, for 85.6mpg and 87g/km in CO2 emissions.

Citroen C3 e-HDi Airdream EGS

Citroen is currently offering some very good looking and desirable cars, such as the curvy C3 e-HDi hatchback with 83.1mpg and emissions of 87g/km.

Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi 70 EGC

Harking back to Peugeot's earlier days as king of the hot hatch sector, is this sexy little car that also returns 83.1mpg and emits 87g/km of CO2.

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Greenline II

One of the most sensible and practical cars on the list, the Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDi will carry a decent sized family in comfort and get you 83.1mpg and 89g/km in CO2 emissions.

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