The introduction of hybrid vehicles has revolutionised MPG expectations. Combined electric and petrol engines are able to offer four times the fuel economy of their nearest competitors. However, diesel-run cars are quickly catching up, with lighter bodywork, smarter engines and better overall engineering that is helping drivers to travel further than ever before on each gallon of fuel.
Pentagon sell a wide range of fuel-efficient used cars for every budget and taste. Read our top ten cars listed by MPG and discover which one is right for you.
1. Vauxhall Ampera
The Vauxhall Ampera takes fuel economy to the next level. It was the first plug-in hybrid car to be launched in the UK and promises to cover 235.4 miles to each gallon of petrol. This is down to the unique electric motors which are designed to complement the four-cylinder combustion engine, which kicks in when the battery runs out. You can charge the Ampera at free power stations across the UK, or by using a home charging kit. As an added bonus, hybrid cars are exempt from the London Congestion Charge, making them ideal for city living.
Best for…. environmentally conscious drivers.
2. SEAT Ibiza
SEAT’s best-selling model celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it has never been in better shape. The sleek design is now available in a number of different colours, and it is fully kitted out with all the little luxuries you’d come to expect from such a popular car. With a 1.2-litre diesel engine and a manual gearbox, it offers the best MPG of all the non-hybrid models we stock.
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3. Peugeot 208
A chic car that offers some of the lowest running costs on the market. The Peugeot 208 comes with a 1 litre or 1.2-litre petrol engine, or 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engine. Naturally, the diesel engine offers the best fuel economy, at around 78.5 MPG. The popularity and reliability of the Peugeot 208 mean that they hold their resale value quite well, while the car’s safety record is superb.
Best for… commuters. Search Now
4. Peugeot 308
Like the 208 the Peugeot 308 will keep your running costs down, offering up to 78.5 miles per gallon. However, where it differentiates itself is in the details. The Peugeot 308 is finished to the highest spec, including an easy to use touch screen display, lumbar support, DAB digital radio and colour satellite navigation. The 1.6-litre diesel engine adds more power than you’d expect for a relatively compact car.
Best for… a first family car. Search Now
5. Toyota Auris
Toyota has made a name for itself in the hybrid market, with its ‘Prius’ model becoming a byword for clean driving. The Auris is a more affordable hybrid model, which combines petrol and electric engine to offer up to 78.5 miles per gallon. The Auris has all the quality you’d expect from a Toyota, and comes with an automatic gearbox, making it a great choice for more inexperienced drivers.
Best for… cruising through the country.
6. Nissan Note
Another popular hatchback offering great fuel economy, the Nissan Note is surprisingly spacious and inexpensive to run. Safety features include curtain airbags, blind-spot monitoring, speed controller and stability control, making it a great family-friendly choice. The 1.5-litre diesel engine offers up to 78.5 MPG.
Best for… small families.
7. Citroen DS3
The Citroen DS3 is a neat little hatchback with a wide range of features. Available in a rainbow of colours, it is a surprisingly powerful model as a result of its free-revving petrol engines and 1.6-litre diesel. The diesel model offers up to 78.5 MPG, keeping the running costs low without sacrificing speed.
Best for… a second car.
8. Ford Fiesta
The world’s best-known hatchback is a perennial favourite. Reliable, compact, safe and easy to run, the 1.6-litre diesel model offers an impressive 76.3 MPG. This is an affordable car with good resale value and with five doors it can carry a lot of passenger-cargo. One of the most consistent and stylish cars on the market, the Ford Fiesta is hard to fault, particularly with this level of fuel economy.
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9. Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is one of the most versatile cars on the market. It is compact and ergonomic, with a great safety record. Available in a variety of different engine sizes, the best fuel economy is offered by the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine, which can cover 76.3 miles on one gallon of fuel. Due to its reputation as a reliable motor, the Fiat 500 holds its value better than most.
Best for… city dwellers.
10. Vauxhall Insignia
An unusually efficient family-sized car, the Vauxhall Insignia has some of the lowest CO2 emissions on the market, and the 2.0 CDTi 120ps Ecoflex diesel engine covers 76.3 miles per gallon. This is a comfortable car over long distances, with all the mod cons you would come to expect from a top of the line vehicle, including Bluetooth, USB ports, pollen filters, digital radio, electric height-adjustable driver’s seat, and additional lumbar support.
Best for… company cars.
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