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Best petrol cars 2020

best petrol cars 2020

Petrol cars tend to be cheaper to buy than diesels and, with recent advancements in engine technology, many are almost as efficient. With ever improving MPG and CO2 figures, top petrol models are no longer restricted to tiny superminis and sports cars.

The increase in the turbocharging or petrol engines has helped improve efficiency significantly and now MPG and CO2 figures are often close to those of diesels. Factor in the improved refinement and power levels over diesels and it is easy to see why petrol models remain a popular choice.

Listing of Top 10 petrol cars
Key

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

PEUGEOT 108 1.0L Active 72

City car 3 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £12,580
NGC
29
MPG
79
WLTP
CO2
110
WLTP

PEUGEOT 108 Top! 1.0L Active 72

City car 5 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £14,000
NGC
29
MPG
79
WLTP
CO2
112
WLTP

CITROEN C1 1.0 VTi Touch 72hp 3 door

City car 3 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £10,810
NGC
29
MPG
79
WLTP
CO2
108
WLTP

FIAT 500 1.0 Pop Mild Hybrid 70HP

City car 3 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £12,770
NGC
30
EST.
MPG
77
WLTP
CO2
119
119-123
WLTP

FIAT 500C 1.0 Pop Mild Hybrid 70HP

City car 2 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £15,420
NGC
30
EST.
MPG
77
WLTP
CO2
120
120-124
WLTP

FIAT Panda Cross 1.0 City Cross Mild Hybrid 70HP

Crossover 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £13,990
NGC
32
EST.
MPG
75
WLTP
CO2
126
126-132
WLTP

TOYOTA AYGO 1.0 VVTi x 3-door

City car 3 door / 4 seats
Compare
OTR £9,870
NGC
32
MPG
73
WLTP
CO2
113
WLTP

VAUXHALL Corsa 1.2 SE 75PS

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £15,790
NGC
33
EST.
MPG
73
WLTP
CO2
125
125-133
WLTP

MAZDA Mazda2 1.5 Sport Nav 90PS SKYACTIV-G

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £17,540
NGC
33
EST.
MPG
72
WLTP
CO2
120
WLTP

PEUGEOT 208 1.2L PureTech Active 75 S&S

Supermini 5 door / 5 seats
Compare
OTR £16,845
NGC
33
EST.
MPG
72
WLTP
CO2
124
WLTP

Why pick a petrol car?

Petrol cars tend to be cost less to buy than diesel cars by anything between a few hundred pounds to a couple of thousand. With excellent flexibility and suitability for a number of applications and conditions, petrol models are a good pick for those who need their car to do a bit of everything. The refined nature will be of benefit around town while the strong power levels will be useful on the open road. Significant recent improvements have been made in petrol engine technology too so they are close to being as efficient as diesel engines.

As the petrol vs diesel debate rages on, a more forward looking, low emission and low running cost alternative to the internal combustion engine is a battery electric cars or plug-in hybrids

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:10th Jul 2020

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