True MPG: best family cars 2018

What Car?'s True MPG tests show what you can really expect from a car. Here, we reveal the most efficient family cars we've tested so far...

Author Avatar
Darren Moss
2 Jan 2018 11:17 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

7. Fiat Tipo 1.6 Multijet 120

Official combined mpg 64.2 True mpg 49.1 % difference 23.5%

True MPG: best family cars 2018

The big thing going for Fiat's Ford Focus rival is its price, which is tempting if you stick with the entry-level models. Plus, in this high-powered diesel form, it's also pretty gutsy. Be careful, though, because the Tipo scored just three stars on our road test because of its cheap interior and lack of wind refinement.

Read our full Fiat Tipo review

Find a great Fiat Tipo deal

6. Infiniti Q30 1.5d

Official combined mpg 68.9 True mpg 49.2 % difference 28.6%

True MPG: best family cars 2018

If you're looking for a family car with a premium badge, then this smallest Infiniti might well end up on your shortlist. It's certainly well equipped and comes with a large array of safety kit as standard, but it's an expensive option and isn't very inspiring to drive. This entry-level diesel engine is slow and unrefined compared with most rivals, too.

Read our full Infiniti Q30 review

Find a great Infiniti Q30 deal

5. Volkswagen Golf 1.0

Official combined mpg 58.9 True mpg 49.7 % difference 15.7%

True MPG: best family cars 2018

For many, the Volkswagen Golf is the de facto family hatchback, and we've been impressed with the recently facelifted model. With a 1.0-litre petrol engine, the Golf feels perfectly suited to driving around town and accelerates with urgency thanks to its turbocharger. The Golf also wins extra points for coming the closest to its claimed MPG figure, being just 16% adrift.

Read our full Volkswagen Golf review

Find a great Volkswagen Golf deal