No one likes to spend a dollar more than they have to. Especially when the global economy is still so unstable and no one, not politicians, not economists, can say with any degree of certainty where we’ll be in ten years. So no doubt minimizing your fuel bills will be one of the ways you like to make savings. The best way to do this is to buy a car with an economical mpg output – a car that gets you as many miles as possible per gallon of petrol burnt.
The figure advertised is only a yardstick, of course. Cars tested on tracks will yield optimum performance. And you can expect considerable variation between a car driven by a young, inexperienced driver in the city, say, and one driven by an older driver who spends all their time cruising on the motorway. The real world is different to a laboratory setting.
That said, this does not mean the figures don’t mean anything. They do and can be enormously useful when it comes to choosing a new car or looking for an economical car hire option.
One thing you will notice is just how far we’ve come from the days when 30/40 mpg was considered reasonable. Today you can expect to get double, even triple, that figure, without compromising on performance. How far your dollar goes does depend on the price of fuel, of course, but these numbers are still a good starting point.
Here’s some great cars to consider based on mpg and overall performance.
The Tesla Model S
If it’s no-fuel excitement you want, look no further than the Model S P90D, which delivers 967Nm. Tesla trumps on range, too, with the lower-powered 90D version managing up to 576km. Tesla designed the Model S to be “the safest, most exhilarating saloon on the road” and did a damned fine job.
The Fiat 500
The popular Fiat 500 is a stylish favorite the world over and provides great value for money, pushing out 100 kilometers per 3.9 litres of fuel with a 0.9-litre engine. This car was built for and performs best around town, and is a perfect first car.
The Citroen Cactus
This beautiful, powerful, 1.6-litre engine vehicle manages a whopping 3.6 litres of fuel consumption per 100 kilometers. The Cactus is Citroen going back to their roots and giving us a cheap and innovative option.
The Fiat Panda
Fiat discontinued the Panda in Australia, but a good second-hand model offers a massive 4.1 litres per 100 kilometers, which represents excellent value for money. The Panda oozes that unique Italian style we all know and love and is fantastic around town.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander gets 1.9 litres per 100 kilometers, which is superb for a spacious 4×4. It’s also green-conscious and backed by a 60kw motor back and front. It’s available as a plug-in hybrid electric or diesel engine vehicle. The Outlander performs best when off the road or on the run, rather than in traffic.
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