Real-world MPG: most economical family cars
The most economical petrol and diesel family hatchbacks tested in real-world driving conditions...
6. Mazda 3 2.2D 150 – official 68.9mpg; True MPG 59.4mpg
Mazda's Skyactiv technology is designed to minimise fuel consumption. In the 2.2D version of the Mazda 3 it appears to be doing just that.
7. Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi 120 Zetec – official 74.3mpg; True MPG 58.5mpg
The 1.5-litre diesel engine revs sweetly and is punchy enough to make the 148bhp 2.0 hard to justify. Its real-world True MPG 58.5mpg figure is impressive too.
8. VW Golf 1.6 TDI Bluemotion – official 88.3mpg; True MPG 56.8mpg
The Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion's True MPG rating is a decent 56.8mpg, but it is a long way off the promised official figure of 88mpg. If you are a private buyer we'd recommend taking a look at a petrol version instead.
9. Volvo V40 1.6 D2 – official 72.4mpg; True MPG 56.8mpg
The D2 engine in is the pick of the range because it keeps the purchase price low while offering decent fuel economy – 56.8mpg in our tests. The bigger D3 engine is almost as efficient, with a True MPG result of 56.6mpg.
10. Toyota Auris 1.6 Excel D-4D - official 65.7mpg; True MPG 56.2mpg
The new Auris is much better to drive than the model it replaces and now it's more efficient, too. The diesel engine falls short of its official combined fuel economy but still returns an acceptable 56.2mpg in real-world conditions.