When you’re looking for a car that has great fuel economy you’d be forgiven for thinking that your best option would be a hybrid car. And to some extent, it is true. Hybrids have good mileage figures as some of their power is provided by an electric motor that runs alongside the internal combustion engine. So, as the motor helps the engine through periods of acceleration it reduces the amount of fuel that needs to be burned.
For example, the Honda Insight can average 64.2 miles per gallon and has emissions of 101g/km. Not bad for a five seater with plenty of room in the boot.
However, there are also many new diesels and even petrol conventional cars that can get great mileage figures. The emissions have also reduced a lot in recent years, as car engine technology has been improved to meet with tighter legislation regarding CO2 emissions. The mileage you can get from a car depends on its size, of course, as well as the age of the car. An estate car will generally get fewer miles to the gallon compared with a supermini.
But for most people with families, a supermini simply isn’t a big enough vehicle. Some mid-sized conventional cars can still get good mileage figures. For instance, the Honda Civic 2012 2.2l diesel can achieve 53.3mpg and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
Similarly, the third generation Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi diesel has the same fuel economy and emissions. The mileage has been improved by the introduction of stop-start technology. This means that the engine cuts out automatically in a standstill queue, and restarts automatically when the driver lifts their foot off the brake pedal and is ready to move off again.
However much you want to increase the miles you get per gallon, you might not be in the position to buy a new car at the moment, in which case you’ll have to make adjustments to your driving style to increase the mileage you get from your current motor.