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Getting 60 mpg fuel economy in the real world

By raccars Published


Which cars offer a genuine 60 mpg in fuel economy in the real world?

It's no secret that manufacturers' official fuel economy claims are specious at best, and steps are being taken to make sure that motorists can receive more reliable fuel economy information about cars they are planning to buy. In the meantime, these are some of the most economical cars on the market, each capable of achieving 60 mpg in the real world. They're great choices both new or used and all have plenty to offer apart from the all-important mpg figure.

Fuel economy heroes

Hyundai i20 1.4 CRDi

The i20 has undergone real world testing showing 59.4mpg, so not quite 60mpg but close enough. As far as superminis go it's very spacious and comfortable but can't match the premium brands or even the best-sellers in its class for overall finish. However it's particularly good value, reliable and comes with one of the very best manufacturer warranties on the market.

Citroen C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDi 115

Matching the i20's 59.4mpg, the C4 Picasso is really quite smart and stylish for such a practical family car. It lacks modern technology but is a comfortable ride and can carry masses of cargo without a serious impact upon fuel economy.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 Ecoflex

Vauxhall promises 88mpg but in the real world 60mpg is a realistic and still pretty impressive figure. The Corsa is roomy for such a compact car and very well equipped. Vauxhall's rivalry with Ford is fully to the customer's benefit as the Luton firm has loaded the Corsa generously in an attempt to catch up with the Ford Fiesta.

Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90 Ec

At 60.1mpg in real world testing, the Clio makes a very good case for itself. It's an easy model to overlook without those eye catching “Nicole! Papa!” ads but the Clio remains chic and offers a great infotainment system. This 1.5 diesel is also impressively refined.

Seat Leon ST 1.6 TDI 110 Ecomotive

The Leon estate is a hugely economical load lugger, capable of 61.5mpg - hardly any more than the hatchback variant. It's a nice ride too, sharing the same MQB platform as the third generation Audi A3, Mk7 VW Golf and the Skoda Octavia Mk3. It offers a maximum cargo space of 1,470 litres and comes with plenty of safety kit.

Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Greenline

It's hard to knock the Octavia as it excels in so many areas. It's genuinely one of the very best all-rounders on the market, especially at this price point, and you'll struggle to beat its real world tested 61.9mpg in this class.

Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI Ultra

This premium German hatch screams quality from all sides, with a superb interior and excellent fuel economy.

Mini Cooper D 3dr

You won't fit an awful lot of luggage in the boot and it's not the smoothest diesel on the market, but the Mini is always stylish and entertaining. The three door diesel variant is also cheap to run, achieving 62.6mpg in real world testing.

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet

This is one of the most talented city cars out there, with Tardis-like cabin space and a very generous kit list. It's cheap to buy and to run, with real world fuel economy of 62.9mpg, but crucially it never feels bargain basement to drive.

Seat Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive 5dr

The hatchback version of the aforementioned ST estate squeezes even more miles out each gallon at 63.2mpg. It's full of modern tech and achieved the magic five star rating in Euro NCAP crash testing.

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