The 15 most fuel-efficient cars in the world that don’t require much fuel

One of the key criteria for choosing a car is fuel consumption. This is not surprising, because a significant part of the cost of maintaining the vehicle is the purchase of gasoline or diesel, the cost of which does not cease to grow. Some motorists are of the opinion that only compact cars are economical, but that is not true. Leading automakers are trying to do everything necessary to make their cars “eat” as little fuel as possible, introducing advanced engineering and technological solutions.

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight, which underwent a global upgrade in 2018 and was equipped with the SPORT HYBRID i-MMD hybrid drive, based on a 1.5-liter, 109-hp powertrain, opens the ranking of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world.

In the urban cycle, the car consumes about 4.2 liters of gasoline per 100 km, while when driving on the highway consumption does not exceed 3.5 l/100 km. Thus, in mixed conditions, fuel consumption is kept at the level of 3.9 liters/100 km, that is, it is very low.

Nissan Kicks

Nissan Kicks is one of the most economical crossovers in the world with an average fuel consumption of 6.6 l/100 km driving on the highway, 7.7 l/100 km in the city and 7.2 l/100 km mixed cycle.

Under the hood of the model is a 1.6-liter 122-horsepower unit. The all-wheel-drive variant provides more efficient traction, but the front-wheel-drive version is considered more economical.

Smart Fortwo

It would hardly be possible to do without the Smart Fortwo in the rating of economical cars. This little thing is designed to seat two people, since it has a two-seat interior layout. For 100 kilometers, the Smart requires no more than 4.1 liters of gasoline. Its engine generates 71 hp of power, and if a supercharger is installed, the figure rises to 90 hp.

In terms of maneuverability, the Smart Fortwo is also unquestionable. The dimensions of the car allow for parking in the narrowest spaces, as well as to feel the city flow with special comfort and precision.

The weight of the car is only 995 kg, which allows it to move around the city quickly. The model has a rear-wheel drive transmission and a robotized gearbox.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a rare member of the German brand’s lineup, suitable for those who need reliability, modest fuel consumption and a high level of comfort. The sedan’s powertrain has optimal power and performance, but also remains economical, which is due to the clever layout of the modules and advanced technological solutions.

The 2016 model year version comes with a 1.5-liter diesel unit, a robotized transmission and rich on-board equipment. Fuel consumption in combined mode sticks at 3.9 l/100 km of travel. An identical model, but with a manual transmission, consumes slightly more – 4.1 l/100 km. In any case, it is a very low indicator for such a powerful car.

Peugeot 208

This “Frenchman” attracts with its futuristic design and fuel efficiency. One-liter gasoline engine with 68 hp consumes 3.9 l/100 km of driving on the highway. In the city the value increases slightly, but not significantly. Pleases the 5-seater interior layout, which makes it a great car for the family.

Volvo V40 Cross Country

The main buyers of the Volvo V40 Cross Country are people who prefer an active lifestyle, travel a lot and require a high level of comfort and safety. And due to the restrained fuel consumption even the longest trip in this car becomes quite budget-friendly.

Volvo likes to equip its cars with the most advanced systems and equipment, and the V40 Cross Country is no exception. The model is available in several modifications, and the line of power units is represented by four motors. As a transmission, you can choose “manual” or automatic transmission. The car is also available with front-wheel drive transmission and in 4×4 version.

In terms of economy, the best is the diesel unit of 2 liters with 120 hp of power. It has front-wheel drive, automatic transmission and fuel consumption of 3.9 l/100 km.

Toyota Prius


Under the hood of “Prius” is a gasoline 98-horsepower unit with a capacity of 1.8 liters, breaking the first “hundred” in 10.6 seconds, which is not bad for a car of this class. When moving around the city with a full load of the saloon fuel consumption is kept at the level of 4.5 l/100 km. The fuel tank is designed for 43 liters of gasoline, so when you fill it up to 100%, you can expect to overcome 800 kilometers without refueling.

Opel Corsa

German car industry is known for its small cars, and a striking example of such class is Opel Corsa, which spends 4 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers on the highway. In the city, this value increases to 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers and depends directly on the loading of the cabin.

This hatchback has a five-seat layout and is completed with five doors. In terms of reliability to the car there are no complaints. In this matter, it is one of the best among the economical foreign cars. As regards the one-liter 90-horsepower engine, it has a good stock of dynamics and even allows you to overtake in a stream with confidence.

Citroen C3 Aircross

Here is one of the most economic cars in the Russian market, which is produced by the legendary French automaker. The subcompact crossover comes with a manual transmission and a 92 hp 1.6 liter diesel engine with a turbocharged supercharger.

Average fuel consumption in the mixed cycle is 4.3 l/100 km. The company can also offer a model with a 1.2 liter gasoline engine. Here the indicator of fuel consumption is 5.1 liters/100 km.

Skoda Rapid

The model Skoda Rapid consumes a little more than 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers in the city, which makes it the ideal solution for metropolitan areas. The engine lineup is represented by several units, so you can choose the best option based on your preferences and requirements. But the most economical is 1.2-liter motor with 90 horsepower.

And although Skoda Rapid has no particular roominess and spaciousness, it can be considered as a good family car. The fact that the car saloon has 5-seat design, and the luggage compartment holds the optimal amount of cargo.

Kia Picanto

South Korean Kia Picanto hatchback is notable for its tiny size and nice design. With a weight of 885 kg it is equipped with 67 and 84 hp engines. And taking into account its minimal dimensions and weight, the car picks up speed very quickly and confidently, and also consumes very little fuel in the city.

You can choose between a manual transmission or an automatic transmission. With automatic transmission the fuel consumption is 5,4 l/100 km, while with “manual” the value decreases almost by one liter – to 4,5 l/100 km.

Citroen C3

Just like the Aircross version mentioned above, the base Citroen C3 features very low fuel consumption. The French hatchback is in demand in European countries because of its excellent handling and maneuverability, and its compact size allows you to park in tight places, avoiding trouble in the form of collisions and scratches.

Ford Focus

When planning to buy this car, you should keep in mind that the base Ford Focus cannot be called a very fuel-efficient car in terms of fuel consumption. However, the version with the two-liter unit and EcoBoost technology perfectly fits this category. Moreover, the hatchback has as much as 125 “horses”, while the fuel consumption does not exceed 4,7-5 l/100 km of run.

In a compact car even manages to start briskly at traffic lights. By the way, Focus comes in a diesel version with a 1.5-liter engine and consumption of 4.1 liters/100 km mixed cycle. The power reserve is slightly lower – 95 hp.

Volkswagen Passat

In the category of economical cars not bad proved itself a Volkswagen Passat with a 1.4-liter TSI engine. This unit generates 150 horsepower of power, so it is excellent for fans of dynamic driving style, especially in the city. The German sedan requires about 4.7 liters of gasoline for the city cycle. In the case of frequent driving on the highway, the value is slightly reduced.

Toyota Yaris Cross

Completes our rating of the most economical cars Toyota Yaris Cross 2020 model year with a 1.5-liter 120-horsepower gasoline engine. The key “chip” of this lineup is the hybrid all-wheel drive. When driving on a slippery surface at low speeds, the rear axle comes into action by triggering an auxiliary electric motor with 5 hp when the clutch deteriorates.

In terms of fuel efficiency there are no claims to Toyota Yaris Cross. In the urban cycle, the car requires 6-6.5 liters per 100 km of travel, while when going out of town consumption drops to 4.6-4.7 l/100 km. In the combined cycle, the figure ranges from 4.9 to 5.3 l/100 km.

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