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 10:25 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Most economical petrol family cars:

1. Peugeot 308 1.2 e-THP – official 64.2mpg; True MPG 49.6mpg

The Peugeot 308 shows that a small engine can be efficient in a family car, with the three-cylinder unit the most economical petrol in this class in our tests.

Read our full review of the Peugeot 308

Real-world MPG: most economical family cars

2. Mazda 3 1.5 – official 55.4mpg; True MPG 47.3mpg

Skyactiv technology isn't just for the diesel Mazda models. The petrol-powered 3 returned an impressive 47.3mpg in our True MPG tests.

Read our full review of the Mazda 3

3. VW Golf 1.2 TSI 105 – official 57.6mpg; True MPG 45.8mpg

The Golf is one of our favourite family cars. Buyers may assume that the 1.2-litre petrol engine will be too small to cope with the Golf, but it performs well and returned 45.8mpg in our tests.

Read our full review of the VW Golf

4. Seat Leon 1.2 TSI 105 – official 57.6mpg; True MPG 45.4mpg

Seat's Leon uses the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that's in the Golf. In our True MPG tests, it couldn't quite match the figure achieved by the Volkswagen but still returned an impressive 45.4mpg.

Read our full review of the Seat Leon

5. Nissan Pulsar 1.2 DIG-T – official 56.5mpg; True MPG 44.3mpg

Nissan has returned to the family car class after a long absence. The new Nissan Pulsar is spacious, comfortable and also cheap to run.

Read our full review of the Nissan Pulsar

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Real-world MPG: most economical family cars