The Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in 2019

The Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Cars in 2019

If you’re reading this then you’re probably looking for a fuel efficient petrol car, perhaps to replace your current diesel car which you want to phase out of your life.

The problem for many drivers is that petrol cars just don’t seem to be as fuel efficient as their diesel counterparts so are often ignored by high mileage drivers.

However, whilst it’s still true that you’ll tend to see higher MPG figures with diesel cars, there are plenty of petrol cars that are extremely fuel efficient.

To give you an idea of what’s available, we’ve broken this list down into the different groups and found the top three petrol cars with the best fuel efficiency in each group.

So whether you’re looking for a small car to nip around town in or a 7-seater that you can fit the whole family and the dog in you’ll find something to suit you.

Table of Contents

1. City Cars

2. Small Cars

3. Family Cars

4. SUVs

5. Estate Cars

6, MPVs & 7-Seaters

City Cars

1. Citroen C1 1.0 VTi 72hp 5dr - Feel or Origins trim

Official MPG - 79MPG

Official CO2 - 85g/km

With low CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency approaching 80mpg, the Citroen C1 would be an excellent choice if you’re looking to nip around the city. Choose the Feel or Origins special edition if you want to maximise the fuel efficiency.

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2. Peugeot 108 1.0L Active 72

Official MPG - 79MPG

Official CO2 - 85g/km

Sharing the same chassis as the Citroen C1, the Peugeot 108 is a great little city car with lots of technology and styling options that’ll also give you fantastic fuel economy and low emissions. Go for the Active trim.

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3. Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ3

Official MPG - 75MPG

Official CO2 - 89g/km

Highly practical with a big boot and plenty of interior space for the family, the Suzuki Celerio is also extremely fuel efficient with low overall running costs. The SZ3 spec is the one to choose.

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Small Cars

1. Peugeot 208 1.5L PureTech Active 100 S&S

Official MPG - 70MPG

Official CO2 - 97g/km

Stylish and packed with loads of equipment, choose the Peugeot 208 in Active trim and not only will you get to drive a smart small car, you’ll also keep your motoring costs right down.

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2. Alfa Romeo MiTo 0.9 TB TwinAir MiTo 105hp

Official MPG - 67MPG

Official CO2 - 99g/km

If you’re looking for an upmarket, stylishly designed small car you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than the Alfa Romeo MiTo. With low running costs to boot, it’s a smart choice.

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3. Honda Jazz 1,3 i-VTEC S CVT

Official MPG - 64MPG

Official CO2 - 106g/km

Do you need lots of space but don’t want a big car? With the biggest boot in its class and a huge amount of interior space for its size, the Honda Jazz is also incredibly fuel efficient for a petrol car.

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Family Cars

1. Peugeot 308 1.2L PureTech Allure 110 S&S

Official MPG - 66MPG

Official CO2 - 102g/km

Combining a comfortable ride and large boot with superb fuel efficiency, the Peugeot 308 is the ideal car for all the family. Go for the Allure trim to maximise the efficiency and lower your running costs.

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2. Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2 PureTech 110hp S&S - Feel or Origins trim

Official MPG - 64MPG

Official CO2 - 106g/km

As comfortable as it is distinctive, the Citroen C4 Cactus is a practical family car that’s fun to drive. With up to 64mpg from the 1.2-litre petrol engine, it won’t break the bank either. Again, go for the Feel or Origins special edition spec.

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3. SEAT Leon 1.0 TSI SE 115PS

Official MPG - 62MPG

Official CO2 - 109g/km

The 1.0-litre engine in the SEAT Leon may be small but it packs a punch, as well as being extremely economical. Couple that with the Leon’s stylish design and you have the perfect family hatchback.

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1. Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2 Tech Line Nav 110PS Turbo S/S ecoTec

Official MPG - 64MPG

Official CO2 - 105g/km

The Crossland X may be Vauxhall’s smallest SUV but it stands tallest among its competitors when it comes to the efficieny of its petrol engine. Spacious, comfortable and with lots of equipment as standard, its a great choice if you’re looking for a crossover.

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2. Peugeot 3008 1.2L PureTech 130 Auto S&S - Active or GT Line Premium trim

Official MPG - 57MPG

Official CO2 - 118g/km

Winner of multiple awards, the Pegueot 3008 SUV is highly practical, easy to drive and has one of the most intelligent interiors in its class. Factor in the great fuel economy you get from its petrol engines and as an SUV it’s hard to beat.

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3. Suzuki Vitara 1.0 Boosterjet SZ4

Official MPG - 56MPG

Official CO2 - 121g/km

The Suzuki Vitara has been around for a long time and it’s not hard to see why it’s been such a popular car. Packed full of great equipment and with a stylish and sporty design that belies its off-roading roots, it also offers surprising fuel economy of nearly 60mpg from its petrol engines.

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Estate Cars

1. Volvo V60 2.0 T8 R-Design Plus 390HP AWD Automatic

Official MPG - 135MPG equivalent

Official CO2 - 42g/km

You can’t talk about estate cars without mentioning Volvo. They’ve been the pinnacle of estate car producers for decades and with the V60 T8 Twin Engine hybrid they couple a powerful petrol engine with an electric motor giving up to 135mpg.

With a high-quality interior, excellent boot space and strong performance, it’s a great choice for company car drivers as well as families.

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2= Ford Focus Estate 1.0T EcoBoost Zetec Edition 100PS

Official MPG - 62MPG

Official CO2 - 109g/km

The Ford Focus is one of the most popular and capable cars on the road and the estate version has one of the most economical petrol engines. With great looks, a spacious interior and a drive that’s as fun as the hatchback, the Focus Estate is a great family car.

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2= SEAT Leon Sports Tourer 1.0 TSI SE 115PS

Official MPG - 62MPG

Official CO2 - 109g/km

Like the Focus above, the SEAT Leon ST is based on a highly successful hatchback version and this one is just as economical and just as fun to drive. It matches the stylish design of the hatchback but ramps up the practicality with a much larger boot. Go for the SE trim.

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MPVs & 7-Seaters

1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Hybrid R-Design 2.0 AWD Auto

Official MPG - 135MPG equivalent

Official CO2 - 52g/km

Arguably the most affordable luxury SUV on the market, this Volvo XC90 adds a hybrid petrol engine which increases the fuel economy to an equivalent of 135mpg, whilst keeping CO2 emissions to a staggeringly low 52g/km.

If you’re looking for a 7-seater that matches incredible comfort with great styling and performance, this is the car for you.

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2. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer 1.2 PureTech Feel 130hp S&S EAT6

Official MPG - 59MPG

Official CO2 - 115g/km

If you want a large MPV, you have to think about Citroen. With enough space to seat seven in comfort, plenty of equipment as standard and loads of boot space, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer is hard to beat as a luxury people-mover.

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3. Peugeot 5008 1.2L PureTech GT Line Premium 130 S&S

Official MPG - 56MPG

Official CO2 - 120g/km

A fantastic addition to the Peugeot family, the 5008 SUV is a cleverly designed 7-seater with an intelligent interior, loads of space for the family and easy to drive for such a large car. Choose the GT Line Premium trim and not only will you enjoy tons of great equipment and in-car tech, you’ll also enjoy great fuel economy from the superb petrol engine.

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As you can see, you don’t have to drive a diesel to get great fuel economy. Many people love to drive petrol-powered cars and you don’t have to sacrifice fuel efficiency if you choose one.

We have lease deals available for all cars in this list and every deal can be personalised to match your own requirements. Simply visit each car’s page and enquire online or speak with our friendly team on 01405 744171 and they’ll help you to find the right deal for you at a fantastic price.

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