MPG heroes - Performance

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Mini Cooper S
Target Price £16,088
Economy — Average 45.6mpg; Out of town 64.2mpg;
In town 39.2mpg

Big performance doesn’t always mean big fuel bills. Take the Mini Cooper S — it’ll do as many miles as a 1.3-litre Ford Ka on a gallon of petrol, and it gets to 62mph in a shade over seven seconds. Its performance is even more impressive on twisty roads.

Porsche 911 3.6 Carrera
Target Price £63,070
Economy — Average 29.4mpg; Out of town 39.2mpg;
In town 20.3mpg

Nearly 30mpg from a Porsche 911? Yep, it’s hard to believe, but that’s the official figure. The 3.6-litre engine is the smallest in the range, but will still get to 62mph in under five seconds. Even with the optional seven-speed auto ’box, your economy won’t suffer.

Food for thought
Tesla Roadster
Target Price £92,000
Electricity cost 3p per mile

This Lotus Elise-based road rocket runs on the same stuff as your TV or toaster. It’s not cheap, but it will get to 62mph in under four seconds and you’ll only spend 3p per mile on electricity. The standard Elise is slower, and will cost twice as much in fuel.

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