Real-world MPG: petrol coupes that beat 35mpg

  • Stylish, fun cars that won’t cost a fortune to fuel
  • Four petrol coupes beat 35mpg in our True MPG test
  • Results indicate real-world fuel economy
Words ByEd Callow

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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 fuel economy of stylish cars that will put a smile on your face without emptying your wallet. These five petrol-powered coupes all beat 35mpg in our test.

1. Mini Coupe 1.6 Cooper S – official 48.7mpg, True MPG 40.2mpg

The Mini Coupe has bags of style and is great fun to drive - especially when you work the 181bhp engine in this Cooper S version. In fact, the John Cooper Works version is even quicker and not much less efficient. Our only significant criticisms are the poor visibility and refinement, along with the fussy, unintuitive dashboard.

2. Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI – official 42.8mpg, True MPG 38.1mpg

If you’re looking for something more grown up, then the Scirocco is a great choice. It might not have the fizz of the Mini, but it still drives sweetly and this 158bhp version has plenty of pace. There are two seats in the back, but access is cramped, and the boot is rather small. Still, this VW is genuinely fun to drive and great value, too.

3. Audi TT 2.0 TFSI – official 42.8mpg: True MPG 37.6mpg

The new Audi TT has its global debut at the Geneva motor show this week, but the outgoing model remains a sensational coupe, especially in our favourite 208bhp front-wheel-drive spec. There are few cars in any segment that offer such a compelling blend of style, high quality cabin finish, reasonably running costs and driver appeal.

4. Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6T – official 39.2mpg: True MPG 36.7mpg

The Astra GTC is an affordable, good-looking alternative to coupes like the VW Scirocco. It’s much more fun to drive than a standard Astra, but it remains reasonably practical and comes with plenty of equipment. This 1.6 petrol is our favourite model - stick to Sport trim and the standard 18-inch alloys to get the best blend of kit, ride quality and cost.

5. Toyota GT86 – official 36.2mpg: True MPG 36.2mpg

The GT86 is fun to drive on the road thanks to its sharp handling and crisp responses - and it’s even better if you get it onto a track. We wish it had more pace, though - you need to thrash the engine to get the sort of performance you expect. You do at least get plenty of equipment as standard, and while the cabin isn’t plush, Toyota’s reliability record is impressive.

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