MPG heroes - Superminis

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MPG hero
Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 86 Dynamique 3dr
Price £12,345
Target Price £10,942
Economy — Average 64.2mpg; Out of town 70.6mpg;
In town 54.3mpg

Wondering why our Supermini of the Year, the Vauxhall Corsa, isn’t here? In petrol guise the Vauxhall might be our reigning champ, but switch to diesel in the search for more mpg and the Renault makes more sense, with better economy and more performance than its rival Corsa. The Dynamique trim gets air-conditioning and alloys wheels as standard.

Budget buy
Mazda 2 1.4D TS 3dr
Price £9099
Target Price £8626
Economy — Average 65.7mpg; Out of town 76.3mpg;
In town 53.3mpg

Cheap motoring isn’t just about miles per gallon. Sure, the Mazda 2 is super-frugal, but it won’t just save you money at the pumps — it’s cheap to buy, costs just £35
a year to tax and holds its value better than most other ’minis.

City driving
Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i + 3dr

Price £7500
Target Price £7022
Economy — Average 61.4mpg; Out of town68.9mpg;
In town 51.4mpg

It’s not quite as efficient as some diesel ’minis, but remember that a gallon of petrol costs less to buy. The 1.0-litre engine is ideal for nipping about town and, at just 3.4 metres long, the Aygo is easy to park.

Fashionista’s choice
Fiat 500 1.2 Pop

Price £8100
Target Price £8100
Economy — Average 55.4mpg; Out of town 65.7mpg;
In town 44.1mpg

Fiat’s 500 is more than just a pretty face. This 1.2-litre petrol isn’t quite as frugal as the 1.3-litre diesel version, but unless you’re doing serious miles (such as 20,000 or more a year) it isn’t worth shelling out the extra £1400 to buy. Huge desirability should mean its used values are high, and a low CO2 output keeps annual road tax down to £35.

For fun
Mini Cooper D
Price £14,420
Target Price £14,280
Economy — Average 72.4mpg; Out of town 80.7mpg;
In town 60.1mpg

You’d be forgiven for thinking 72mpg means next-to-no oomph, but the Cooper D will hit 62mph in under 10 seconds. It’s really fun on the twisty bits, too — the Mini has razor-sharp steering and bags of grip. It’s not cheap, but it should hang on to its value.

Auto option
Fiat Grande Punto 1.3 M’Jet 90 Eleganza Dualogic 5dr
Price £13,970
Target Price £12,277
Economy — Average 64.2mpg; Out of town 76.3mpg;
In town 51.4mpg

In small cars, the drawback of semi-automatic gearboxes is that they’re
usually a bit jerky. However, the benefits can include excellent fuel economy and a low CO2 output — the Dualogic Grande Punto actually achieves more miles per gallon than the manual version does.

Did you know...?
Last year, Shell made a profit of over £38m a day, which works out to £13.9bn

The top five…
Farthest on £1 of fuel
1 Seat Ibiza Ecomotive/Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion — 13.3 miles
2 Mini Cooper D — 12.9 miles
3 Citroën C1 1.4 HDi/Skoda Fabia Greenline — 12.3 miles
4 Toyota Aygo/Citroën C1/Peugeot 107 1.0 — 12.1 miles
5 Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet — 12.0 miles

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