True MPG: most efficient cars for town driving

What Car?'s True MPG tests show what you can really expect from a car, and here we reveal the models that perform best if you do most of your driving on congested urban roads...

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According to official figures, more than 43 billion miles were covered on urban roads in 2021. And whether you live in the city or have to travel into one for work, the chances are that most of us will spend a significant portion of our driving lives on such streets.

And that's a problem, because town roads, and the traffic situations they create, can dent your fuel economy; after all, the constant stop-start of urban traffic doesn't make for efficient driving. You can lessen the impact, though, by choosing a car that's at it's most efficient in town.

In this story, we'll use the results from our real-world True MPG tests to reveal which cars are likely to cost you the least to run in urban areas. In fact, each of the models in this list managed more than 60mpg during the town portion of our test – and the best did a lot better than that.

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