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Real-world MPG: most economical estates 2016

The most economical estate cars, as assessed by our True MPG fuel testers

Words ByMatthew Burrow

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Vauxhall Insignia Estate

16. Vauxhall Insignia Estate 2.0 CDTi Ecoflex – official 72.4mpg; True MPG 51.7mpg

The Vauxhall Insignia has some good points, but it is generally below par in what is a competitive class. However, one of its strengths is a relatively competitive fuel economy, which worked out at 51.7mpg according to our True MPG testers.

Read our full review of the Vauxhall Insignia Estate

17. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi - official 72.4mpg; True MPG 51.6mpg

The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is the second of the brand’s estate cars to make this list. It’s a compact estate that’s practical, well equipped and cheaper than many of its rivals. This 1.6-litre diesel engine also promises decent fuel economy, returning 51.6mpg in our tests.

Read our full review of the Vauxhall Astra Estate

18. Volvo V60 2.0 D4 – official 74.3mpg; True MPG 49.7mpg

The Volvo V60 is the first car in this list to dip below 50mpg according to our tests, but only by 0.3mpg. The V60 is an appealing alternative to many of its Gernan rivals, thanks to a classy and spacious cabin, and a generous level of equipment. Its boot isn't as spacious as you'd expect, but it is well designed, with flat-folding rear seats.

Read our full review of the Volvo V60

19. Toyota Avensis Touring Sports 2.0D - official 61.4mpg; True MPG 49.3mpg

The Toyota Avensis Touring Sports isn’t the most exciting car in the class but it is competitively priced and it comes with a five-year/ 100,000-mile warranty. This 2.0-litre diesel model is the one we’d choose. It offers decent performance and returned 49.3mpg at the hands our our fuel testers.

Read our full review of the Toyota Avensis Estate

20. Mercedes C 220 D Estate - official 65.7mpg; True MPG 48.7mpg

The Mercedes C-Class Estate is a premium estate with a decent boot, generous specification and a plush cabin. The C 220 d is our pick of the range offering the best blend of performance, economy and value.

Read our full review of the Mercedes C-Class Estate

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

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