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Most economical cars in each class
Fuel economy is an issue for manufacturers no matter what type of car they are building. Every model range needs to try and achieve the best fuel economy.
Carmakers are not standing still. No matter what type of car you are buying, there are models returning some incredible miles-per-gallon figures.
In the MSN Cars guide to the most economical cars in each class, there is just one car that returns less than 60mpg: most of them average well over 65mpg, and the best is up to nearly 90mpg!
Read on, to discover which are the new car green stars by sector and size, boasting the best fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions.
City: Smart Fortwo - 86g/km - 85.6mpg
The Smart is getting old and can only seat two people, but there's still no shaking it off the top of the city car eco chart.
The diesel is slow and rattly but it also returns an impressive 85.6mpg and emits a meagre 86g/km CO2. That's not quite the best on offer, though...
Driven: Fiat 500 TwinAir
Driven: Smart Fortwo
Driven: Citroen C1
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Supermini: Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics - 85g/km, 88.3mpg
The latest Kia Rio is a fine supermini that's up with the class best. It's a great achievement - which is enhanced further by the amazing EcoDynamics diesel.
This averages an incredible 88.3mpg and emits just 85g/km CO2. No car currently on sale in the UK can beat it - yet the Rio still seats five and still performs well. A superb achievement.
Toyota is famous for its Prius hybrid, but in city centre motoring, the UK-build Toyota Auris HSD hybrid is actually more fuel efficient.
The petrol-electric drivetrain also allows zero-emissions running at times, while its exhaust emissions are super-clean thanks to the advanced 1.8-litre petrol.
Driven: Toyota Auris Hybrid
Driven: Honda Insight
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Large family: Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology - 114g/km - 65.7mpg
No large family car offers such an impressive combination of fuel economy and sheer amount of practical space as the Volkswagen Passat.
The advanced diesel boasts super-low CO2 emissions, and the 70-litre fuel tank also ensures over 1,000 miles from every tankful.
Driven: Volkswagen Passat
Driven: Toyota Prius
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Junior exec: BMW 3 Series EfficientDynamics - 109g/km - 68.9mpg
The all-new BMW 3 Series is a fantastic car - an MSN Cars Five Star Car that has class-leading talents across the board.
BMW hasn't forgotten economy either. The new EfficientDynamics variant averages 68.9mpg and still dips down below the key 110g/km CO2 benchmark.
Driven: BMW 3 Series F30
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Executive: BMW 5 Series EfficientDynamics - 119g/km - 62.8mpg
The latest BMW 5 Series is, like the smaller 3 Series, a brilliant car that MSN rates as leader of the executive car class.
No rival can touch the economy it offers, either. The EfficientDynamics model emits 119g/km CO2 and averages 62.8mpg.
Driven: BMW 5 Series EfficientDynamics
Driven: Audi A6
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Luxury: Mercedes S 350 BlueTEC - 164g/km - 45.6mpg
The world's best luxury car is an S-Class, despite the best efforts of Audi with the A8 and BMW with the 7 Series.
The world's greenest luxury car is ALSO the S-Class. The latest BlueTEC diesel can average 45.6mpg and emits 164g/km - with more eco improvements in the pipeline from Mercedes...
Driven: Mercedes S-Class
Driven: Volvo S80
Driven: Audi A8
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Coupe: MINI Cooper SD Coupe - 114g/km, 65.7mpg
The controversial MINI Coupe is one of the most distinctive new cars on sale. It's a real love-it-or-hate-it design.
Most will love the economy on offer though. Despite the 2.0-litre SD diesel option's 143hp performance, it also emits just 114g/km CO2 and averages over 65mpg.
Driven: MINI Coupe
Driven: Vauxhall Tigra
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Cabriolet: Mini Cooper 1.6D 112 Cabriolet - 105g/km, 70.6mpg
The MINI Cooper D Cabriolet is the guilt-free way to enjoy the sunshine - because you'll be minimising your contribution to the threat of global warming.
CO2 emissions are a meagre 105g/km, and despite its 112hp Cooper-like diesel performance, it still impressively averages more than 70mpg.
Driven: MINI Cooper D Convertible
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Sportscar: Lotus Elise - 149g/km, 45.0mpg
The ageing Lotus Elise continues to exploit its light weight in the smartest possible way - by returning great fuel economy figures.
MPV: Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 - 99g/km, 74.3mpg
Peugeot has achieved the seemingly impossible with the 3008 HYbrid4: built a large crossover MPV that dips under the 100g/km CO2 barrier.
4x4: BMW X1 2.0d 143 - 119g/km, 62.8mpg
The front-wheel drive 4x4 is now commonplace. It means buyers can still have SUV styling and sit-up reassurance without the fuel economy penalty of four-wheel drive (which few use anyway).
The greenest is the BMW X1. In EfficientDynamics guise, this averages 62.8mpg and emits 119g/km CO2. Figures that could once only be dreamed about from an SUV.
Driven: BMW X1
Driven: Lexus RX450h
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I got a Renault Grand Modus 1.6 petrol automatic a year ago through Motability. It provided the comfort that I need as I have a spinal injury and, based on the published figures and the assurances from the dealership, good mpg which is important as I have a very limited income as a result of my disability.
When we received the car it seemed gutless and was giving very poor mpg returns. Once Renault eventually determined that our car had been supplied with a seriously defective automatic gearbox we were again assured that we would now get the mpg figures as published.
Despite many further tests and test drives by various people including technical staff from the dealership the mpg figures came out as follows:
Extra-Urban: Renault claimed 46.3 - actually achieved 34.0,
Combined: Renault claimed 37.1 - actually achieved 24.0.
These figures meant that I was having to pay out up to 50% of my monthly income in additional petrol costs due to the actual mpg figures of the Grand Modus being up to 40% worse than Renault claimed.
Fortunately Motability agreed that this was not an acceptable burden for me to bear so they have cancelled the Grand Modus contract and I now have, thanks to the remarkable help from Perrys, the local Peugeot dealer, and the total lack of assistance from Renault, a Peugeot 3008 diesel which is giving up to 60% better mpg than the Grand Modus.
Thank you Peugeot and Motability!
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