Real-world MPG: most economical family cars

The most economical petrol and diesel family hatchbacks tested in real-world driving conditions...

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Matthew Burrow
13 Jun 2016 10:23 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

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.

Read our full review of the Mazda 3

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.

Read our full review of the Ford Focus

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.

Read our full review of the VW Golf

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.

Read our full review of the Volvo V40

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.

Read our full review of the Toyota Auris

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Real-world MPG: most economical family cars