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True MPG: best and worst city cars and small cars 2017

Which cars return the best fuel economy in the real world? We've counted down the city cars and small cars that perform the best under our True MPG tests and named the worst

Words ByDarren Moss

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7. CitroΓ«n C3 1.2

Official combined mpg 57.6 True mpg 48.8 % difference 15.2%

If you're looking for a small car with distinctive looks, then chances are that the CitroΓ«n C3 will appear on your shortlist. Rivals are better to drive and are even more practical, but this 1.2-litre version of the C3 impresses with punchy performance and low CO2 emissions.

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6. Dacia Sandero 0.9

Official combined mpg 55.4 True mpg 52.8 % difference 4.8%

Yes, the UK's cheapest new car is also one of the most economical. Even in 0.9-litre form, this Sandero has enough power to tackle faster roads and feels at home in the city. If you go for our recommended Ambiance spec, you'll also get a smattering of luxury such as air conditioning, a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

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5. VW Up 1.0 TSI 90

Official combined mpg 60.1 True mpg 53.7 % difference 10.6%

If you're looking for a small car with a premium interior, then Volkswagen's Up should suit you very well. Just bear in mind that it's the same as its Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo cousins but is the most expensive of the trio to buy. This Up feels more able to take on the motorway than the non-turbocharged option and responds quickly from low revs. The downside? It's only available in range-topping High Up or Up Beats specification, so you'll need to spend more to buy it.

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