Real-world MPG: best cheap cars that beat 45mpg

* Three great sub-£10k city cars beat 45mpg * Brilliant cheap cars that are also fuel efficient * Results indicate real-world fuel economy...

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Ed Callow
5 May 2014 09:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

What Car?’s True MPG fuel economy data is gained from real-world conditions, unlike official Government figures which are generated by a laboratory test. Our results show what you should really expect to get to the gallon.

This week we’re taking a look at the most economical cheap cars that get a What Car? rating of four of five stars. These models should be on the shortlist of anyone looking for a new car for less than £10,000 that won’t cost a fortune to fuel.

1. Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 – official 68.1mpg: True MPG 49.1mpg

The Citigo is one of the best city cars around – it's great to drive, well built and cheap to buy and run. A five-door Greentech SE model is well equipped, emits 95g/km of CO2 and costs less than £10,000. Even if it isn't as classy as the Volkswagen Up, it’s still a bargain in our book.

2. Volkswagen Up 1.0 60 Move Up – official 62.8mpg: True MPG 48.6mpg

The Up was our 2013 City car of the Year. It’s a funky-looking runabout that’s also economical, spacious and good to drive. This 59bhp engine can struggle on the motorway, but it’s fine around town. You can get a well-equipped, three-door Move Up model – plus VW’s portable sat-nav from the options list – and stay a fiver below the £10,000 budget.

3. Hyundai i10 1.0 66 S – official 60.1mpg: True MPG 45.6mpg

The new i10 only just beats 45mpg in our real-world test, but it performs so well in other areas that we named it our 2014 City car of the Year. Its ride, handling and compact size make it a fine urban runabout, while it’s also remarkably refined compared to all of its rivals. There’s room for four six-footers inside, a decent-sized boot, six airbags and Hyundai’s five-year warranty. The i10 is simply outstanding value for money.

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

Real-world MPG: best cheap cars that beat 45mpg