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Aug 26

Roundup Of The Most Economic, Fuel Efficient Cars

eco_carAs fuel prices seem to continue to go up and the environment becomes more important, the number of people asking their car dealer about how economic a car is seems to be on the increase too. Here is our round up of some of the most economic, fuel-efficient cars, in no particular order:

Volkswagen XL1

To put it bluntly, this is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world.

The diesel-hybrid is overtaking its competitors left, right and centre, offering impressive stats such as 313mpg and emissions of just 21/km of CO2. It looks like it is from the future and the fuel-saving tech expands onto the dashboard as well.

However, all this lovely eco-friendly power doesn’t come cheap, with a price tag of close to £100,000 (£98,515 to be exact) and there are just 30 expected to arrive on our shores, out of the 200 being produced in the Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory, Germany.

Don’t let the huge price put you off, because there are other alternatives to traditional car financing, such as Pay As You Go Car Finance.

Vauxhall Ampera

The Vauxhall Ampera is known as a Range-extending hybrid, which basically means that they use a small petrol engine onboard as an electricity generator to power the electric motor that sends its power to the front wheels of the vehicle. There is also a Chevrolet version, called the Volt.

You also have the option of recharging the car at home, which gives around 35 miles of range off just one single charge, with zero tailpipe emissions. This can extend to 300 miles though, when the engine kicks in to recharge the batteries.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Thanks to this Volvo’s clever plug-in hybrid technology, it has three options. It can either run on just electric power, just diesel or a combination of both of them.

Although it can only travel for short distances in the ‘Pure’ electric mode, it makes it the perfect option to select in traffic jams, because as it clears, you can switch to the combination setting.

Toyota Prius Plug-In

The Prius is usually one of the first cars to spring to mind when people mention “green cars” but this plug in develops the concept even more. The technology offered is similar to that offered from the Volvo, but it comes with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine instead to assist the electric motors.

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