Cars that have mastered the art of efficiency

People across the UK are feeling the pinch, with the cost of living crisis continuing to cause problems for family finances up and down the country. However, though buying a new car might not feel like a priority, swapping into a more fuel-efficient model can definitely help on a day-to-day basis.

Some cars currently on sale have mastered the art of efficiency, too, making trips to the pump few and far between. Here, we’re going to check out some of the best around today.

Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz has a real focus on efficiency, which is why it’s only available with a hybrid setup. Now it’s not a plug-in hybrid version, but it’s still able to return some excellent fuel consumption figures, with Honda claiming up to 61.4mpg.


Moreover, it’s got loads of interior space but is also small and easy to live with.

Audi A3 TFSI e

Audi has been really ramping up its hybrid offerings of late and the A3 TFSI e is one of its latest. Combining a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and batteries, it’s easily one of the most efficient cars in the firm’s range.


In fact, when fully charged Audi claims that you could see up to 235.4mpg. However, even without charge you’re still likely to see some respectable figures.

Volkswagen Golf GTE

The Golf GTE shares many aspects with the A3 TFSI e, but has a slightly more performance-focused take on things. It still features a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, but the whole thing has a more driver-focused feel.


However, you can still do up to 40 miles on electric power alone while Volkswagen claims you could see up to 246.1mpg.

Peugeot 408

Peugeot’s striking 408 hasn’t just got great looks on its side but also some clever hybrid tech. There are two options - which both centre around a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine - and both can return up to 40 miles on electric power alone.


That said, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine which kicks off the range is also a great option for those looking to cut back on fuel bills.

Jaguar E-Pace Hybrid

You don’t often associate an SUV with efficiency, but the new E-Pace plug-in hybrid from Jaguar flies in the face of that. It uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, again linked to an electric motor and battery like others on this list.


Jaguar claims that up to 141mpg could be achieved when the E-Pace is fully charge, while you should be able to travel for up to 34 miles on just electric power.

Mercedes C-Class

It’s not often that diesels are tied in with efficiency these days, but the diesel engine in the latest C-Class is a great example of how fuel-sipping oil burners can be. In fact, you could see up to 60.1mpg thanks to some clever mild-hybrid technology, while a full tank could return up to 1,000 miles.


Plus, you can get it as an estate, which means you can blend practicality with efficiency.

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