Real-world MPG: best cars that beat 60mpg

  • Most economical cars that are good buys
  • New Mini Cooper D is a cheap company car
  • Results indicate real-world fuel economy
Mini Cooper D manages 62.6mpg in our real-world True MPG test
Mini Cooper D manages 62.6mpg in our real-world True MPG test

What Car?’s technicians drive new cars every week to capture our True MPG fuel economy data. Unlike official Government figures generated by a laboratory test, the numbers we publish are gained from real-world conditions.

This week we’re looking at the most economical cars that we’ve tested so far, which get a What Car? rating of four or five stars out of five. If you want an impressive new car that should do more than 60mpg in real-world driving, these four models are great buys.

1. Mini Cooper 1.5 D – official 80.7mpg: True MPG 62.6mpg

Looking for the best premium diesel small car you can buy? The Mini Cooper D is now a better buy than even the Audi A1. Ride comfort is impressive, although the small boot plus prominent wind noise means there are more practical and refined choices. Still, few are as cheap to run as a company car.

2. Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Greenline – official 88.3mpg: True MPG 61.9mpg

If you’re after the roomiest and most economical family hatch you can get on a budget, look no further. Some eco-hatch rivals are cheaper, better to drive or have smarter cabins, but the Octavia Greenline strikes the best balance of costs, practicality and generally being a pleasant way to travel.

3. Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC – official 74.3mpg: True MPG 61.8mpg

If practicality is your number one priority for a family car, it doesn’t get much better than the Civic Tourer. The huge boot includes a large underfloor storage area for a couple of carry-on bags, and the clever rear seats let you flip up the bases or fold the backrests completely flat. Refinement and rear visibility leave a lot to be desired, though, and the cabin is too cluttered with poorly labelled buttons.

4. Renault Clio 1.5 dCi – official 78.5mpg: True MPG 60.1mpg

This engine is our pick of the Clio range – it’s strong, smooth and economical. The 1.5 diesel is also very refined, which makes the Renault a decent choice for longer journeys. There are roomier superminis, and ones with plusher cabins, but the Clio really isn’t too far behind the class leaders. Go for Dynamique Media Nav trim to get the best value for money.

Want to find out what you can really expect to achieve on UK roads? Visit to see the full range of cars we’ve tested. We add new models to our True MPG database every week.


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