What Car?’s True MPG fuel economy data is gained from real-world conditions, unlike official Government figures which are generated by a laboratory test. Our results show what you should really expect to get to the gallon.
This week we’re taking a look at the most economical cheap cars that get a What Car? rating of four of five stars. These models should be on the shortlist of anyone looking for a new car for less than £10,000 that won’t cost a fortune to fuel.
1. Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 – official 68.1mpg: True MPG 49.1mpg
The Citigo is one of the best city cars around – it's great to drive, well built and cheap to buy and run. A five-door Greentech SE model is well equipped, emits 95g/km of CO2 and costs less than £10,000. Even if it isn't as classy as the Volkswagen Up, it’s still a bargain in our book.
2. Volkswagen Up 1.0 60 Move Up – official 62.8mpg: True MPG 48.6mpg
The Up was our 2013 City car of the Year. It’s a funky-looking runabout that’s also economical, spacious and good to drive. This 59bhp engine can struggle on the motorway, but it’s fine around town. You can get a well-equipped, three-door Move Up model – plus VW’s portable sat-nav from the options list – and stay a fiver below the £10,000 budget.
3. Hyundai i10 1.0 66 S – official 60.1mpg: True MPG 45.6mpg
The new i10 only just beats 45mpg in our real-world test, but it performs so well in other areas that we named it our 2014 City car of the Year. Its ride, handling and compact size make it a fine urban runabout, while it’s also remarkably refined compared to all of its rivals. There’s room for four six-footers inside, a decent-sized boot, six airbags and Hyundai’s five-year warranty. The i10 is simply outstanding value for money.
Want to find out what you can really expect to achieve on UK roads? Visit whatcar.com/truempg to see the full range of cars we’ve tested. We add new models to our True MPG database every week.