The Most Fuel Efficient Cars

By Angela Monroe - February 23, 2021

The Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Australians are no strangers to high petrol prices. Some large SUVs and utes average around 15+ litres per 100km.

We take a look at some of the most fuel efficient cars available today.

What makes a car fuel efficient?

Getting listed as one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market doesn’t have to come at the cost of power. Things like tyres, weight and design make a huge difference too.

Did you know that fuel consumption increases by around 1% for every 25 kilograms of weight cars carry?

Aerodynamics too. Drag caused by external cargo can cause as much as a 20% increase in fuel consumption when travelling fast on highways.

Make sure you save petrol by driving fuel efficiently too as it can make a huge difference.

Avoid shuddering every time you look at the petrol gauge with these:

  • We don’t be listing electric vehicles.

Hatches:

2020 Toyota Yaris

2020 Toyota Yaris

(source: motortrend.com)

Fuel Consumption: 3.3 to 6.4L / 100km
Engine: 1.3-litre 3-cylinder

The new Yaris has turned on a more exciting path compared to its predecessors. The flagship ZR model comes with a host of modern tech and driver assistance features. The Yaris is a popular hatch for any work-to-home commuter who wants a little more than a ‘normal’ hatch. 

2021 Honda Jazz

2021 Honda Jazz

Fuel Consumption: 5.9L / 100km
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder

The Honda Jazz has been stiff competition for the Yaris for years now. Super easy to park and packed with modern features like its 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Jazz is a win for city drivers. The Jazz is one of Honda’s most fuel efficient cars.

Family Cars:

2021 Kia Cerato

2021 Kia Cerato

Fuel Consumption: 6.8L / 100km
Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo

Kia’s Cerato is a stylish sedan that offers a range of trim levels. The Cerato GT sits atop the range. The modern-yet-durable interior makes the Cerato a popular option for drivers with kids and pets.

2021 Skoda Octavia

2021 Skoda Octavia

Fuel Consumption: 5.8L / 100km
Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo

Skoda is making serious moves in the Australia auto market. The Octavia is a high-tech, European-styled vehicle that’s available as a sedan or wagon. Its 10-inch infotainment screen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a fully-digital gauge cluster. Not familiar with the brand? It’s parent company is Volkswagen Group.

SUVs:

2021 Toyota RAV4

2021 Toyota RAV4

(source: carsdirect.com)

Fuel Consumption: 6.5L / 100km
Engine: 2-litre four-cylinder

Toyota’s popular midsize SUV sells in huge numbers for a few reasons: it’s reliable, practical and comfortable. The fuel consumption listed above is for the base model, the GX, which is not the hybrid version. The aggressive or ‘keen’ front styling makes the RAV4 a solid modernisation over previous models.

2020 Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson

Fuel Consumption: 7.8L / 100km
Engine: 2-litre four-cylinder

Hyundai has packed a lot of driver assist tech into the Tucson. SmartSense, Hyundai’s driver assistance suite, contains features like Auto Emergency Braking and blind spot monitoring. The system constantly monitors your environment making the Tucson safe and easy to drive – and park in small spaces.

Sports Cars:

2021 Mazda MX-5

2021 Mazda MX-5

Fuel Consumption: 6.2L / 100km
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder

Mazda’s beloved two-seater sports car has been enjoyed by enthusiasts for decades – or more accurately, since 1989. With a reputation for driving pleasure thanks to its lightweight and superb balance, the MX-5 is one of the most fuel efficient cars in its class.

2021 Ford Focus ST-Line Hatch

2021 Ford Focus ST-Line Hatch

(source: motor1.com)

Fuel Consumption: 6.4L / 100km
Engine: 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo

We know it’s a hatch, not technically a sports car but make no mistake about the Focus. It features an extremely punchy engine capable of 134kw. The big alloy rims, sports suspension, LED taillights and low ride height peg this hot hatch in our fuel efficient sports car list. 

Most fuel efficient cars round up

Getting the best deals on used cars goes hand-in-hand with the most fuel efficient cars. You’ll be able to save money from all directions. 

Make sure to do some research on servicing costs and insurance because the cars listed above attract some fantastic deals. 

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.

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