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Economical cars should be able to run at a comfortable speed of at least 75 to 80 mph. Additionally, emissions need to be kept low to help with the annual car tax savings and any main city congestion charges.

It makes sense to consider economical cars especially if your budget is tight. However, some of the latest modern cars and electric vehicles can have a hefty brand-new price tag. Electric cars at the moment are likely to cost twice the price of a diesel or petrol car. Only you can make the decision if such a high price tag on a car is worth it. This decision will be mainly based on the amount of annual miles you do, and whether you drive mainly around town or long distance.

There are plenty of economical cars on the market, listed below are cars that produce approximately 80 mph and over.

List of electric and hybrid economical cars

Electric and hybrid cars are extremely economical cars. If you are seriously considering an EV be cautious of their initial high price tag.

  • Chevrolet Volt generates 235 mph and emits 27 g/km emissions, this is one of the most economical cars available.
  • Lexus CT 200h 1.8L S Petrol generates 74.3 mpg and emits 87 g/km emissions.
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot iOn, Citroen C-Zero all emit an average 73 g/km emissions.
  • Peugeot 508 2L diesel HYbrid4 generate 78.5 mpg and emits 95 g/km emissions.
  • Renault Fluence Z.E. Expression plus electric generates zero mpg but emits approximately 65 g/km emissions.
  • Renault Twizy Urban electric emits 34 g/km emissions.
  • Toyota Auris 1.8L petrol HSD Icon generates 74.3 mpg and emits 87 g/km emissions.
  • Toyota Pruis petrol electric 1.8L VVT-PI plug-in produces 134.5 mph and emits 49 g/km emissions.
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid emits 81 mpg and generates 79 g/km emissions.
  • Vauxhall Ampera Petrol Hybrid produces 235 mph and emits 27 g/km emissions, this is one of the most economical cars available.

Petrol and diesel most economical cars

  • Citroen C3 1.4L e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS VTR produces 83.1 mpg and emits 87 g/km emissions.
  • Citroen DS5 HYbrid4 200 Airdream EGS6 DSign produces 80.7 mph and emits 91 g/km emissions.
  • Fiat 500C 1.3L MultiJet Pop diesel generates 76.3 mpg and emits 97 g/km emissions.
  • Fiat Panda 1.3L diesel MultiJet Pop generates 72.4 mpg and emits 104 g/km emissions.
  • Fiat Punto 1.3L Multijet 85 produces 80.7 mpg and emits 90 g/km emissions.
  • Ford Fiesta Edge ECOnetic 1.6L TDCi 3 produces 85.6 mpg and emits 87 g/km emissions.
  • Honda Civic 1.6L diesel produces 78.5 mpg and emits 94 g/km.
  • Hyundai i20 1.1L supermini CRDi produces 88.3 mpg and emits 84 g/km emissions.
  • Hyundai i30 1.6L CRDi Classic Blue Drive generates 76.3 mpg and emits 97 g/km emissions.
  • Kia Cee'd 1.6L CRDi 1 ISG generates 76.3 mpg and emits 97 g/km emissions.
  • Kia Rio 1.1L Ecodynamics produces 88.3 mpg and emits 85 g/km emissions.
  • Peugeot 208 1.4L e-Hdi 70 Stop and Start EGC produces 83.1 mpg and emits 87 g/km emissions.
  • Renault Clio 1.5L dCi 90 Eco and the Start ECO produces 81 mpg and generates 88.3 g/km emissions.
  • Renault Megane Expression plus 1.5L dCi 110 Stop and Start produces 80.7 mpg and and emits 90 g/km. This has one of the best emissions rating within Renault.
  • Renault Megane Sport Tourer dCi 110 Stop and Start produces 80.7 mpg and emits 90 g/km.
  • Skoda Fabia Green Line produces 83.1 mp and emits 89 g/km emissions.
  • Skoda Octavia Green Line ll 1.6L TDI CR generates 74.3 mpg and emits 99 g/km emissions.
  • Smart Fortwo cdi produces 85.6 mpg and emits 88 g/km emissions.
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid T3 1.5L VVT-I produces 80.7 mpg and emits 79 g/km emissions.
  • Vauxhall Astra 1.7L CDTi ES Eco FLEX Start and Stop generates 76.3 mpg and emits 99 g/km emissions.
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3L CDTi 16v 95 Eco Flex Stop and Start produces 85.6 mpg and emits 88 g/km emissions.
  • Volvo V40 1.6L from 2012 generates 78 mpg and emits 94 g/km.

Do you drive a very economical car? If so, please tell us which model and what you most like about it below.

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