Our top picks for fuel-efficient cars
Whether it's to do with petrol prices, or reducing your emissions, fuel efficiency is often a big factor for consideration when it comes to buying a car. While smaller cars generally use less fuel, larger vehicles can perform better than you might expect (and sometimes a lot worse). No matter what type of car you're purchasing, finding one that stands out for its economy isn't difficult.
Here are some of our top picks when it comes to fuel-efficient cars.
Toyota Prius C
This little hybrid beauty doesn't only come at a great bargain, but barely touches its fuel at 3.9L/100km. One of Australia's cheapest hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius C is designed for driving around town, providing a great turning circle, and making parking a breeze.
In the small car category, you can't miss the Suzuki Swift. The exterior design pulls on the cute factor, and its fuel economy is as micro as the car itself. The 1.2 Dualjet engine drinks only 4.6L/100km, and with a weight that's roughly 100kg lighter than its competitors, the Suzuki Swift buzzes with energy.
This is one of our favourite cars for many reasons. It's agile on the road, doesn't disappoint when it comes to power and safety, and thrills with its responsiveness. Plus, with the introduction of sound-deadening materials in its creation, the newer model is now quieter on the road.
As a city car, the Skoda Fabia offers a tidy 4.8L/100km for fuel efficiency. Yet this doesn't stop the vehicle demonstrating some fire when putting foot to floor. A brisk acceleration greets the driver, with little road noise to go along with it. Braking isn't an issue either, as four-wheel disc brakes provide great stopping security.
While the Suzuki Ignis is a small city car, don't underestimate what you can fit inside it, or the space available for passengers sitting in the back. Offering 4.7L/100km fuel economy alongside a 1.2L Dualjet engine, how roomy it is might not be the only thing to surprise you about this vehicle. Not only will it give you more kick than you might expect, but it also provides an impressive full-lock turning circle of under 10 metres. Suzuki has provided a fun car for manoeuvring through a busy city and nipping into tight car parks when it comes to their Ignis.
Citroen C4 Cactus
Named for how little fuel it needs to survive, only 4.7L/100 km, the Citroen C4 Cactus has won the international engine of the year three times consecutively. Quirky and with an unmissable personality, this car highlights the marque's tendency for thinking outside the box. The vehicle is a compact SUV, but its appearance makes it completely unique. Air bumps boldly decorate the doors, protecting them from carpark battles, and are available in a range of colours.
As well as an efficient engine and head-turning appearance, Citroen has given the C4 Cactus one of the best interiors on the market. Comfort, technology, and clever design touches make the inside really stand out.
Another of our favourites, in the mid SUV category this time, is the Peugeot 3008. It's not surprising that we like this vehicle when it was named the 2017 European Car of the Year.
Despite its size, the vehicle's fuel consumption is incredibly light and sits at only 4.8L/100km. Competent cornering and an incredible recognition of speed limits make this car a very simple one to drive. Technology almost immediately reads speed signs along the road, and brakes or accelerates accordingly.
It's the interior that really steals the show though. The cabin is all about luxury sensations and comfort, and the infotainment is amongst the best. Though phone pairing is included, you may find you prefer using the car's system instead since the processing power and screen response times are so quick.
The term sports car may not immediately cause thoughts of fuel efficiency to pop into your mind, but that doesn't mean you can't expect a touch of economy along with performance. At 8.4L/100km, the Toyota 86 does pretty well considering that it's built to get your heart pumping.
Toyota gave Australia the 86 over five years ago now, and it's still providing sharp-edged fun to drivers across the country. When taken out for a track day, everything about the vehicle tempts you to push harder lines through corners while it sticks to the road. Extra control and minimised body-roll along with great dampeners create a car that's a thrill to drive.
Whatever type of car you're looking for, don't miss out on great fuel economy. If you'd like to learn more about which vehicles lead their categories, head down to your nearest Peter Warren Automotive dealership today and talk to the team before heading out on a test drive.