Friday March 18th, 2011 15:11 The 10 Most Economical Eco Cars Available in the UK

Setting fuel efficiency records and producing the lowest levels of CO2 emissions, the top 10 most economical “green” eco cars available today are smart buys in today’s economy where fuel prices have been steadily rising and environmental concerns growing.

With some surpassing 80 mpg and emitting significantly less carbon dioxide than previous models, these impressive new vehicles also offer the benefits of qualifying for free road tax and “green” insurance discounts for drivers of low-emission cars. It is no surprise that these innovative diesel superminis, hybrids, and revolutionary petrol powered cars came out on top:

1. In first place is the sporty SMART Fortwo CDI touted as the most economical automobile on the market. It is capable of attaining an amazing 85.6 mpg with the lowest CO2 emissions at 88g/kg and a modest price from only £9,825. Although not the fastest, with the world’s smallest direct-injection diesel engine, it offers increased power and agility with decreased fuel consumption over its predecessor.

2. A less aerodynamic model than the Prius, the Toyota hybrid petrol-electric Auris HSD has an impressive fuel economy averaging 74.3 mpg and better performance in-town than over the long run. Priced from £19,545.

3. Another Toyota hybrid, the Prius boasts low CO2 emissions of 89g/km and can reach 76 mpg due to smaller wheels that significantly reduce drag. From £20,695.

4. The most practical and fuel-efficient of Volkswagen’s line is the classy diesel Skoda Fabia Greenline II emitting only 89g/km of CO2 and surpassing 83 mpg. Starting at £13,685.

5. Nimble on the road, the latest generation of the Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion averages 80.7 mpg and emits just 91g/km of CO2. Priced from £14,860.

6. One of the most economical diesel cars available, the SEAT Ibiza E Ecomotive, includes numerous updates that reduce fuel consumption and improve driving performance, including a stop-start system and engine redesign. It is on par with other VW “green” cars but is priced lower from £13,900.

7. The pricier Lexus CT200h SE-I hybrid, at £23,485, offers quality and sophistication, although its fuel-efficiency and performance are similar to competitors, with low CO2 emissions and 69 mpg.

8. Fiat’s revolutionary 500 TwinAir 85 which gets 69 mpg has had its two-cylinder petrol engine turbocharged to attain 85 hp without negatively impacting CO2 emissions of 95g/km. From only a meager £10,865.

9. Another bargain-priced offering from Fiat, the Punto Evo 1.3 MultiJet 85 Eco saves fuel by averaging over 78 mpg with reduced CO2 emissions of 95g/km due to diesel engine upgrades. From £12,195.

10. The Ford Fiesta Econetic also makes the grade as one of the most fuel-efficient diesel five-seaters with superior ride and handling, a modest price, exceptional mileage of 76.3 mpg and low emissions at 98g/km. From £13,895.

Other models from Peugeot, Audi, Toyota, Citroen, Volvo, and Vauxhall are close behind the pack, and new entrants in this rapidly changing market are expected such as the first eco car from Korea by Hyundai, the i10 Blue supermini, that will be the least expensive five-seater on the market meeting the 100g/km tax free threshold. So for drivers who want to make the switch to a greener and more economical mode of transportation, consider these winners when shopping around for cars that offer the best combination of environmental and fuel-efficiency features.


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