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2016's most fuel efficient cars

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Which are the most fuel efficient cars on sale in the UK at the moment?

2016 has already seen the release of some amazingly economical cars, and they just keep on coming. Modern cars are more efficient than ever, with the release of models boasting fuel economy of 90mpg or more and the attendant low CO2 emissions. The following list shows the most economical cars on the market among petrol, diesel and hybrid models but not plug in hybrids, according to flawed but still current European NEDC figures.

Peugeot 208

1.6 BlueHDi 75 S&S. Neck and neck with the Toyota Prius promising 84.2mpg is the stylish French hatchback, fresh from a recent facelift. In this particular diesel format the 208 also produces less than 80g/km in CO2 emissions.

Toyota Prius

An excellent alternative to diesel, the Toyota Prius offers a petrol electric powertrain which produces zero emissions when using pure electric power at low speeds. It's more spacious than the French supermini and CO2 emissions are super low at only 70g/km.

Peugeot 308

1.6 BlueHDi 120 S&S. If the 208 isn't big enough, the larger 308 is a former European Car of the Year award winner and only marginally less economical at a very impressive 91.1mpg.

Ford Fiesta

1.5 TDCi 95 S&S Econetic. The best-selling car in the UK is available in ultra economical Econetic diesel format, returning 88.3mpg.

Hyundai i20

1.1 CRDi 75 Blue. Hyundai's spacious supermini matches the Fiesta's 88.3mpg thanks to its three cylinder diesel engine. Overall it's good looking and a great value for money prospect.

Renault Clio

1.5 dCi 90 ECO. The fourth generation Clio is the most economical version of the French supermini yet at 88.3mpg, equal to the Fiesta and the Hyundai i20.

Vauxhall Corsa

1.3 CDTi 95 S/S Ecoflex. Vauxhall's 1.3 CDTi engine has been out for a long time but is capable of matching modern rivals for 88.3mpg, thanks to features such as stop/start and Ecoflex technology.

Citroen C4

1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S. The C4 has been eclipsed by trendier models in its segment but remains a practical and very economical choice among five door hatchbacks. In 1.6 BlueHDi format it claims fuel economy of 85.6mpg.

Kia Rio

1.1 CRDi 75 ISG. Not quite as efficient as its corporate sibling the Hyundai i20, the Kia is nevertheless a smart budget choice with fuel economy of 85.6mpg.

Toyota Yaris

Hybrid. Also at 85.6mpg, the petrol electric Yaris is a funky and youthful city car that's ideal for those hoping to avoid buying diesel. It claims 85.6mpg.

Vauxhall Astra

1.6 CDTi 110 S/S Ecoflex. The Astra is the European Car of the Year award winner for 2016 and can be bought in superbly economical format at 85.6mpg.

Volvo V40

D2. The V40 is economical to a fault across the whole line-up but the best of the lot is the 84.1mpg D2 four cylinder 2.0 litre diesel engine.

BMW 116d

ED Plus. The rear wheel drive set-up means that the 116d Efficient Dynamics is as entertaining to drive as it is economical, claiming 83.1mpg.

DS 3

1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S. A French alternative to the Mini, Citroen offshoot DS is still using engines from the parent company for an impressive 83.1mpg.

Fiat 500

1.3 95 MultiJet. The cute 500 has a lot to recommend it for city living, including fuel economy of 83.1mpg in 1.3 litre MultiJet format.

Ford Focus

1.5 TDCi 105 Econetic. Always near the top of the best-seller lists, the Focus is famous for its sharp handling. However there's no need to sacrifice performance for economy with the Econetic version returning 83.1mpg.

Mazda 2

1.5 Skyactiv D. Mazda's excellent Skyactiv system adds economy to sparkling driving dynamics in the neat 2 model, which returns 83.1mpg.

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