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Economical city cars and superminis

Economical city cars and superminis



  • 27 June, 2019
  • 5 min read

With many of us trying to keep an even closer eye on our finances, a lot of drivers are looking for the best possible value from their car.

Manufacturers have obviously been paying attention, and there are now more cars offering lower fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions available than ever before. As well as being more affordable to run, these cars are also generally kinder to the environment – so, by ‘going economical’, you can do your bit for the wider world as well as your wallet!

Here are just some of the most economical city cars and superminis currently available on the UK used car market.

Economical city cars

Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i

The new Toyota Aygo has had a revamp on style and will definitely now stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for economy and are after a petrol car, then go for the 1.0 VVT-i engine. This can achieve 68.9mpg on average and is easy to find on the used market.

Check out our range of Toyota Aygos

Peugeot 108 1.0L

There’s loads of choice on the used market for a Peugeot 108. If you look out for the second trim up, the Active trim, then you can enjoy Bluetooth and DAB radio on your journey too.

We would recommend that you go for the 1.0L model which gets around 68.9mpg on average, and if you have a start/stop model, this increases to 74.3mpg on average!

Check out our range of Peugeot 108s

Citroen C1 1.0 VTi

The Citroen C1 had a facelift recently to make it fit in with the rest of Citroen’s range.

It’s a great city car, and models with the Feel trim (the second one up) are easy to find on the used market and come with extras like Bluetooth and DAB.

In terms of economy, go for the 1.0 VTi engine which can get around 67.3mpg, and if you get a start/stop model, then this increases to 74.3mpg!

Check out our range of Citroen C1s

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is just oozing with style and is a popular choice for those that are a little less experienced behind the wheel.

Not only can you choose from a range of amazing colours, the Fiat also can get up to 60mpg on average, so you won’t be pinching the pennies either.

Check out what Fiat 500s we have in stock

Economical superminis

Ford Fiesta 1.5 TDCi

With a 1.5 TDCi engine under the bonnet, you can get up to an immense 76.3mpg (depending on the car you choose) in the funky Fiesta. Plus on the newer models you’ve got plenty of features to enjoy, even on the entry level Zetec trim!

It’s worth mentioning about Ford’s renowned EcoBoost engine which is perfect if you don’t do a lot of miles and won’t warrant a diesel! Although the MPG isn’t quite as good as the diesel, you get good MPG and a bit of bite under the bonnet too!

Check out our range of Ford Fiestas

Citroen C3 1.6 BlueHDi

If you’re after a Citroen C3, check out the range with a BlueHDi engine!

In the hatchbacks, this engine can get over 80mpg on average, and through the Cactus range, the economy still sits comfortably in the mid-70s. So you can get the look you want for great running costs!

Check out our range of Citroen C3s

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX

The Vauxhall Corsa has always been a favourite with new drivers and drivers running around town!

The models which feature the 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX engine generally get above 70mpg on average and the start/stop versions can push that to a massive 85.6mpg! But be wary as there are some variations on the market that have a lower fuel consumption at around 67mpg on average.

Check out our range of Vauxhall Corsas

Peugeot 208 HDi

The Peugeot 208 has a range of diesel engines that all deliver great fuel economy.

The most common version you’ll find on the used market is the BlueHDi, and depending on the BHP, you can get from 78.5mpg to 83.1mpg – so you can definitely go the extra mile.

If you’re not likely to being doing a lot of miles, you’ll be better off with a petrol car, the Peugeot 208 petrol versions aren’t as economical as the diesel. But you can still find models which get around the 65mpg mark!

Check out our range of Peugeot 208s

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI / 1.4 TDI 90

Although you can get Polos with a few different engines, if you’re after economy then go for the 1.2 TDI or the 1.4 TDI 90 versions.

The 1.2 TDI can get a massive 72.4mpg on average and if you get a model that was registered before 1st April 2017, it may only cost you £20 in road tax.

Despite having the bigger engine, the 1.4 TDI 90 engine will get better MPG at 74.3mpg, and some models registered before 1st April 2017 are £0 to tax!

Check out our range of VW Polos

You can clearly see the CO2 emissions, road tax price and combined MPG on every car on the CarShop website. Which makes it even easier to find your perfect economical motor!