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