At CAR, we take each vehicle we test on a standard fuel route of 100 km (comprising of urban and motorway sections) to gather data on its “real-world” fuel consumption. Listed below are the 10 most fuel-efficient cars (measured in litres per 100 km) we tested in 2018…
10. Honda Jazz 1,5 Sport CVT: 5,90 L/100 km (claimed: 5,60 L/100 km)
Sporting a rear wing, red accents and black rim, Honda’s little hatch looks angry. The Jazz Sport’s 1,5-litre four-pot produces 97 kW and 155 N.m of torque which, when mated to a continuous variable transmission (CVT), managed a respectable 5,90 L/100 km on our combined fuel route.
8=. Nissan Qashqai 1,5 dCi: 5,80 L/100 km (claimed: 4,20 L/100 km)
Despite being the heaviest vehicle on this list, weighing some 1464 kg according to our scales, this Japanese SUV is not only a spacious family carrier but also an efficient one…
8=. Volkswagen Polo 1,0 TSI Comfortline: 5,80 L/100 km (claimed: 4,40 L/100 km)
This iteration of Volkswagen’s ever-popular Polo is powered by a 1,0-litre petrol powerplant, producing 70 kW and 175 N.m of torque. Theoretically speaking, this “Beats Edition” could cover some 690 km before refuelling is required, all while churning out your favourite tunes.
7. Renault Duster 1,5 dCi 4×2 Prestige : 5,70 L/100 km (claimed: 4,80 L/100 km)
Renault’s new Duster improves on its forebear in virtually every way, but retains much of its rugged looks and off-road capability. The 80 kW/250 N.m four-cylinder turbodiesel sipped at just 5,70 litres on our 100 km fuel route.
5=. Hyundai i20 Active: 5,60 L/100 km (claimed: 6,70 L/100 km)
This Active version of Hyundai’s i20 rides a full 20 mm higher from the ground (at 170 mm) than the standard derivative. What’s more impressive, though, is its fuel consumption on our standard route. Indeed, the i20 Active came in far under its claimed figure.
5=. Suzuki Dzire: 5,60 L/100 km (claimed: 4,90 L/100 km)
Suzuki’s small sedan employs the same naturally aspirated, 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Swift, producing 61 kW and 113 N.m. But it’s a little heavier than its hatchback sibling.
2=. Ford Figo 1,5 Trend: 5,50 L/100 km (claimed: 5,70 L/100 km)
Although not quite as well specced as the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and Suzuki Baleno it came up against in our comparative test, the Figo’s peppy 1,5-litre engine is more powerful. It’s pretty darn efficient, too.
2=. Suzuki Baleno 1,4 GLX: 5,50 L/100 km (claimed: 5,10 L/100 km)
Yes, another Suzuki. This version of the Japanese brand’s Baleno hatch weighs but 916 kg, making it fairly easy for the free-breathing 1,4-litre petrol engine to achieve a 5,50 L/100 km figure on our fuel route.
2=. Honda Amaze 1,2 Comfort: 5,50 L/100 km (claimed: 5,60 L/100 km)
The solidly built Amaze employs a 66 kW/110 N.m naturally aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine. Not only is this little sedan light on the scales (weighing 926 kg, according to our measurements) it’s light on fuel, too…
1. Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL: 5,10 L/100 km (claimed: 4,90 L/100 km)
The latest version of Suzuki’s lovable hatchback takes first place in 2018, with its four-cylinder petrol powerplant using only 5,10 L/100 km on our combined fuel route…