The top 10 fast and economical cars!
So with petrol prices on the rise, the things we hear most about at the moment are all about miles per gallon instead of the 0-62mph. When it costs in excess of £60 to fill the tank, you want to make sure that it lasts for more than a week before you have to fill up again. However for those that are used to performance vehicles, sacrificing speed for MPG’s can be a pretty horrible feeling at times. Most of the time you’re happy tootling around enjoying getting your 50 miles to the gallon, and then a nice opportunity presents itself to put your foot down a little bit and your car feels like a slug.
As a result, we’ve put together a Petrol Heads list of the top 10 cars that offer good MPGs while also offering some quite high levels of performance (medium-high range). Now these cars have been chosen by us, so it is by no means a complete list and there may be some obvious ones that we’ve missed. If so please feel free to comment below with your recommendations. The cars have been listed in order of the highest combined MPGs:
|Manufacturer||Model||Gearbox||Top Speed||BHP||0-62mph||C02||Tax||Ins Group||Urban||Extra Urban||Combined||OTR price|
|VW||Golf 2.0 TDI GT||Manual||130mph||140||9.3||126||D||12||46.3||68.9||58.9||£21,815|
|Honda||Civic CTDI 2.2||Manual||127mph||140||8.6||135||E||10||42.8||65.7||55.4||£21,125|
|VW||Scirocco 2.0 TDI GT||Manual||137mph||170||8.1||139||E||14||40.4||65.7||53.3||£24,705|
|Mercedes||C250 CDI Blue efficiency||Manual||148mph||204||7.8||140||E||15||42.2||62.8||53.3||£32,000|
|Audi||A3 2.0 TDI Quattro||Manual||138mph||170||7.9||148||F||14||39.2||60.1||50.4||£22,735|
|SEAT||Leon 2.0 TDI FR||Manual||135mph||170||8.3||159||G||12||36.2||56.5||47.1||£18,235|
|Skoda||Fabia vRS 1.4||Semi Auto||139mph||180||7.3||148||F||14||36.7||54.3||45.6||£16,415|
|Mini||Cooper S 1.6||Manual||140mph||175||7.1||149||F||15||35.8||54.3||45.6||£17,065|
|Jaguar||XFD V6 3.0||Auto||149 mph||240||6.7||179||I||18||30||51.3||42.1||£36,065|
So what do you think? Obviously each car is suited to different age ranges and budgets, but overall I have to say that I’m most impressed by the Skoda Fabia vRS. It’s a 1.4L 180BHP engine, with a semi auto DSG gear box. It is capable of 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds while still offering a combined MPG of 45.6. For an OTR price of £16,415 and a second hand price of around £12,000 this seems like an absolute bargain. Of course, I must stress that this is based purely upon what I have read on paper. I have never actually driven a Skodia Fabia vRS, and until I have I can’t really recommend it!
Hopefully this helps anyone looking to buy a good car with a compromise between performance and economy, and as mentioned, if there are any cars you would like to add to our list then please comment!