Thinking of buying an eco-friendly car? Aside from wanting to be kinder to our environment,
going green can save you a lot of money when it comes to cars. Essentially, the more fuel
efficient your vehicle is, the more you’ll save.
We’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly and fuel efficient cars that cover all the bases, from
petrol to diesel to hybrid engines. We look at how many miles per gallon (MPG) these car
models can achieve, and what kind of lifestyle they suits.
Eco-friendly and petrol aren’t terms that generally go together, but these hyper efficient car
models make use of every drop of petrol. I’s worth nothing that petrol cars are more
widespread in the UK, so generally tend to retail lower than diesel cars, and petrol is also
the cheaper fuel.
The cute Smart car is an icon of city driving thanks to its tiny frame, and fuel efficiency.
Smart has since moved into the slightly roomier Smart ForFour models, but if you’re after a
high MPG, than the Smart ForTwo is the model to beat.
Toyota is no stranger to eco-friendly, fuel efficient cars, and the new Aygo is compact, zippy,
and has a bold front design. Another great car for city living – if the aesthetic of the Aygo,
and choice of fun colours doesn’t lure you in, the impressive MPG will.
Diesel cars haven’t traditionally been known for being eco-friendly, and have a reputation
for being expensive, but this is all changing. Diesel engines are more efficient, and you can
usually find larger vehicles with the similar fuel efficiency to smaller petrol-powered
Diesel cars are always going to give you more miles per the gallon, but the Kia Rio really
pushes that boundary as far as it can go. This car is a great option if you’re looking for a fuel
efficient diesel engine, but don’t want to break the bank on purchase.
Whilst the Nissan’s Qashqai may not immediately strike you as being eco-friendly (it’s MPG
isn’t as high as the others on this list), it is one of the most fuel efficient SUVs on the market.
If you’re looking for a comfy family car, and still want to be environmentally conscious, the
Nissan is a solid choice.
If you want to move into really eco-friendly territory and still use traditional fuels, then
hybrid cars are the ticket. The industry has matured, and prices are coming down for these
environmentally (and financially) friendly vehicles.
Toyota has been manufacturing hybrid cars for decades now, and their flagship model, the
Prius has become synonymous with the technology. The fuel efficiency is really impressive,
but the comfortable interiors, quiet and smooth gearbox are also big selling points. If you’re
looking for a classic, this is the one.