It is a well known fact that new cars are becoming more fuel efficient than ever. Technologies seem to advance at such a rate of change that consumers may be left feeling out of the loop even one week after reading about the newest economical car on the market. In this guide we ensure that you're up to date, so you know that you're next car purchase will be an informed one.
Saving fuel is the key to keeping your monthly bills down, after all, petrol and diesel are one of the most expensive regular purchases that you make. However it's not just the fuel efficiency that makes these cars desirable but also the fact that they sit in lower road tax band which will see you saving up to £140 a year.
However you should be sure that you know your budget before setting out on your search for a new car; whilst some models that seem only slightly out of your price range may seem desirable, they may land you in relative financial difficulty, particularly if you're buying on hire purchase.
1. Reasons - Be sure to think about how you use your car and the reasons behind you needing a fuel efficient car. Practically every model on the market today has a reasonable fuel consumption, but for those that travel extensively, they may find that they need a mile per gallon specification that is more efficient than the market average.
2. Size - When searching for your new car, you should consider the size of the car you need. For example, do you plan to travel with your family in it, or do you need no more than 2 seats?;perhaps you have a growing family, so could you need an SUV, saloon or estate? When it comes to fuel efficiency size matters - the bigger the vehicle -- the heavier it is, and therefore bigger fuel consumption. So go for the size that will match your needs exactly.
3. Engine size - The smaller the engine the lower the fuel consumption. So you need to consider whether you're ready to compromise on greater horse power for fuel efficiency.
4. Mile per gallon - Always be sure to research the MPG on different cars, and even different models within the range.
5. Consider hybrid cars - Hybrid cars are becoming ever more popular, as people look for a happy medium between petrol, diesel and electric cars. Hybrid cars vary from compact ones to SUVs so there is plenty of choice.
6. Consider diesel cars - Diesel cars are known for being fuel efficient because they use higher compression ratios and higher combustion temperatures. Also the diesel fuel itself contains about 10% more energy than the same amount of petrol.
7. Go for new car - New cars are more fuel efficient than second hand cars so if you have the option always go for a new car. Additionally, older cars inevitably have more problems than new ones, and the premium you pay for a new car may well be eclipsed by the engineer costs of an old car.
1. Toyota Prius hatchback - an easy car to live with boasting with a good sized boot. Prius is the face of hybrid and is very cost effective.
2. Ford Fiesta hatchback -with its 1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engine, it is definitely worth considering if you want an economical car.
3. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid - great looking car with MPG a little over than 60.
4. Toyota Yaris Hybrid - whilst the Toyota Yaris Hybrid has an average 81 MPG. It is deemed as far more affordable for the average family and is priced at around £11,000.
Whilst fuel efficient cars can achieve good mileage per gallon, they aren't efficient when driven irresponsibly. Following these tips will help you get the most out of your fuel efficient car:
- Do not accelerate quickly or abruptly, try and build up your speed steadily.
- Don't drive all the way up to traffic lights; this is a sure-fire way to waste a lot of fuel.
- Try planning your journeys around peak traffic times, and avoid the rush hour if at all possible.
- Bring down your average speed as much as possible; just how much an impact this can have is demonstrated by the fact that driving at a speed of 85mph uses approximately 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.
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