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 hot hatches that can sprint from 0-62mph in less than 7.0 seconds. Four cars beat 35mpg in our test, which means that despite their impressive straight-line punch, none of them should cost a fortune to fuel.
1. Peugeot 208 GTi – official 47.9mpg: True MPG 39.3mpg
The 208 GTi’s punchy engine makes it seriously quick in a straight line, but it doesn’t handle anywhere near well enough to trouble our favourite hot hatches. Still, the lowered suspension makes the GTi more composed than cheaper 208s over bumps, and our True MPG test shows that it’s remarkably economical. Nevertheless, it isn’t as accomplished at the best rivals.
2. Ford Fiesta ST – official 47.9mpg: True MPG 36.9mpg
Fast Fords haven’t always been runaway successes, but the new Fiesta ST is brilliant. Aside from its pretty firm ride, we can’t fault any aspect of the way the ST drives. In fact, the sharp handling is about as good as it gets, at any price. Throw in a comfortable cabin, room for the kids in the back, plus a decent-sized boot, and it’s obvious to see why we rate it so highly.
3. Mini John Cooper Works GP – official 39.8mpg: True MPG 35.4mpg
The Mini GP doesn’t have much more power than the standard John Cooper Works version, but gets extensive upgrades to the suspension, brakes and tyres. It also has a pair of bespoke Recaro sport seats. The GP is a hoot to drive in the right conditions, but these don’t exist very often in the UK. Still, if you want one you'll have to keep an eye on the used market now – Mini is only keeping 200 in Britain, and they’ve all been sold.
4. Audi S3 Sportback – official 40.4mpg: True MPG 35.3mpg
The S3 Sportback handles superbly, yet offers a comfortable, composed ride. It’s seriously fast, too – 0-62mph takes just 5.2sec with the manual gearbox, or 4.8sec with the optional auto. The latter is quicker than a Porsche Cayman S. If you want the ultimate hot hatch, the only alternative we’d recommend is a BMW M135i.
We add new models to our True MPG database every week. 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.