What Car?'s True MPG technicians test new cars every week. However, unlike the Government figures that are generated by a laboratory test, our team's MPG numbers come after thorough test drives in real-world conditions.
This week we’re taking a look at the seven most economical estates that we’ve tested so far. Five are diesels, two are hybrids, and all have recorded more than 55mpg in our True MPG test.
1. Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDIe SE – official 62.8mpg: True MPG 59.3mpg
The best A4 for business users is also the most fuel efficient estate that we have on record. It's a classy car, with a range of powerful engines – we'd recommend you avoid S line trim and its overly firm suspension, though.
2. Kia Ceed Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi – official 64.2mpg: True MPG 58.9mpg
The Ceed Sportswagon is our favourite estate car for less than £18,000. As with other Kias, it's good value for money, with lots of space and kit for a very competitive price. A 1.4 CRDi is also available, which is just as efficient.
3. Toyota Auris Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid – official 76.3mpg: True MPG 58.7mpg
The Auris Touring is one of the most practical and user-friendly estates on the market. It's not as good to drive as some of its rivals, but it should be significantly cheaper than most for company car drivers.
4. Peugeot 508 SW RXH 2.0 HDi Hybrid4 – official 68.9mpg: True MPG 57.4mpg
The 508 SW RXH Hybrid isn’t cheap, but it will appeal to some business users because it emits just 107g/km of CO2 and escapes the 3% BIK tax surcharge applied to other diesels. Unfortunately, the hybrid systems eats into the boot space and the gearbox spoils the driving experience.
5. BMW 320d Touring Efficient Dynamics – official 58.0mpg: True MPG 56.1mpg
The 320d Touring is the best-handling car on this list - as long as you add the optional adaptive suspension. There's a large, flat loadbay in the back and the cabin feels luxurious. A 320d GT is worth considering as an alternative.
6. Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon 1.7 VCDi – official 62.0mpg: True MPG 55.3mpg
The Cruze SW is a roomy estate with a good warranty package. It's worth considering as a practical, budget option, but most rivals in this list are far more rounded performers.
7. Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE – official 74.3mpg: True MPG 55.1mpg
The Octavia Estate has a classy cabin and a cavernous boot. All models are predicted to hold their value well, but the 1.6 TDI is the one to go for if low buying and owning costs are a priority.
Visit whatcar.com/truempg to see the full range of cars we’ve tested, and find out what you really can expect to achieve on UK roads.