Best MPG Cars 2018

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A key factor when buying a new car in 2018 is to find a model with good fuel economy to minimise running costs. In addition to saving direct fuel costs, cars with high MPG also have lower tail-pipe CO2 emissions and hence lower car tax and company car tax.



The list below shows the cars with best fuel economy available to buy new in 2018 across all categories. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars have been excluded from this list as they do not have a directly comparable MPG figure.

Use the search facility below to find best MPG by vehicle class or other criteria. If you wish to conduct a broader search, include electric cars in the results or search used cars go to the main car search page.

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Petrol
Diesel
Hybrid
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Hybrid
Electric
NGC
Rating
NGC
Approved
MPG
Combined
Real MPG
(Estimated)
MPG
Equivalent

TOYOTA Mirai 113kW Auto

OTR £61,500 Large family Automatic
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Official
MPG
100 est
Real
MPG
80 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.4p

PEUGEOT 208 1.6L BlueHDi Active 75 S&S

OTR £16,965 Supermini Manual 6-speed
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Official
MPG
94 est
Real
MPG
67 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.4p

RENAULT Clio 1.5 dCi Play 90 ECO

OTR £16,250 Supermini Manual 5-speed
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Official
MPG
91 est
Real
MPG
64 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.6p

NISSAN Micra 1.5 dCi Visia

OTR £15,090 Supermini Manual
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Official
MPG
88 est
Real
MPG
62 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.8p

TOYOTA Prius 1.8 VVT-i Active (TRK) Auto

OTR £24,245 Large family Automatic
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Official
MPG
87 est
Real
MPG
61 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.9p

TOYOTA Prius 1.8 VVT-i Active Auto

OTR £24,245 Large family Automatic
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Official
MPG
87 est
Real
MPG
61 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.9p

DS DS 3 1.6 BlueHDi Connected Chic 100hp S&S

OTR £18,170 Supermini Manual 6-speed
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Official
MPG
86 est
Real
MPG
60 est
Fuel cost
/mile
7.0p

HYUNDAI IONIQ 1.6 GDi Hybrid SE DCT

OTR £21,240 Large family Semi-automatic 6-speed
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Official
MPG
86 est
Real
MPG
60 est
Fuel cost
/mile
6.9p

FORD Focus 1.5 TDCi Style ECOnetic 105PS

OTR £20,220 Small family Manual 6-speed
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Official
MPG
85 est
Real
MPG
60 est
Fuel cost
/mile
7.0p

FORD Focus Estate 1.5 TDCi Style ECOnetic 105PS

OTR £21,320 Estate Manual 6-speed
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Official
MPG
85 est
Real
MPG
60 est
Fuel cost
/mile
7.0p

What is the source of these MPG figures?

MPG figures on the list of Best MPG Cars above are a combination of Official MPG figures and Real MPG figures estimated by Next Green Car.

The official MPG figures come from the New European Directive Cycle (NEDC). Performed on a rolling road, these official tests are used for emissions certification of light duty vehicles in Europe, and from which fuel economy figures are calculated (rather than measured). The official tests generate the familiar 'urban', 'extra-urban' and 'combined' official figures.

Urban - reflects city driving with lower speeds, frequent breaking, stop-start and higher gears resulting in the lowest MPG figure

Extra-urban - mirrors motorway driving and driving on country routes - higher speeds, infrequent stopping and lower gears. Hence this value is higher than the Urban or Combined

Combined - is an average of the figures from the urban and extra-urban tests weighted to take account of the miles driven in each.

In reality, drivers find it very hard, if not impossible to reach these MPG figures as the NEDC test is conducted in very specific conditions and does not reflect the real-world. Thus it should be seen as a comparative figure, rather than an absolute figure.

To provide a more realistic number, Next Green Car has calculated a Real MPG figure for all 50,000 models in the database. This figure is based on research into actual performance at a model level and involves the use of correction factors based on fuel type and year. See the Real MPG page for more information.

Other searches that may be of interest when comparing MPG values: Petrol cars with best MPG; Diesel cars with best MPG; 7-seaters with best MPG; and Best MPG cars under £10,000. Data in all of the search results are updated weekly from the Next Green Car database

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:22nd Jun 2018

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