What are Australia’s most fuel efficient cars?

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What are the most fuel efficient cars in Australia?

Remember the good old days when petrol cost less than a dollar a litre? Nowadays, if it fell below a dollar a litre, most people would question its validity. Prices fluctuate so rapidly it’s almost a daily guessing game as to what the price will be. As such, fuel efficiency has become one of the primary considerations when purchasing a new or used car.

You might be left wondering, what are the most fuel-efficient cars, and what driving habits could help you to preserve fuel consumption? We’re here to break it down for you!

To make it easier for you we’ve broken it down into three categories:

  • Petrol
  • Hybrid
  • Diesel


Most fuel-efficient petrol cars

Skoda Fabia

Coming from one of the lesser-known European manufacturers, the Skoda Fabia is small, reliable, and good on fuel consumption, using only 4.5 – 4.7L per 100km.

Suzuki Swift

Another smaller-sized car, the Suzuki Swift has been a constant on Australian roads for years, and for good reason. With a sleek design at a very affordable price, the Swift uses roughly 4.6L per 100km.

Audi A1 Sportback

With a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Audi A1 Sportback is also an incredibly fuel-efficient car, boasting the lowest litre per 100km on this list. If the A1 takes your fancy, you’ll be pleased to know it only uses 4.2L per 100km.

Peugeot 208

With that classic Peugeot hatchback design, the 208 will have you picturing yourself driving through the French Riviera with fuel efficiency the least of your worries. The Peugeot 208 uses only 4.5L per 100km.



Most fuel-efficient hybrid cars

Hyundai IONIQ

This little hatchback comes packed with a 1.6L petrol engine and a 32kW electric motor. Together, they combine to deliver a fuel economy as low as 1.1L per 100km.

Toyota Prius

Long considered the poster car of hybrids and popular with celebrities across the globe, the Prius delivers exceptional fuel efficiency, using only 3.4L per 100km.

Toyota Corolla

Consider this, the hybrid version of the Corolla costs roughly $1,500 more than its petrol counterpart but uses over one third less fuel, with a litre per 100km efficiency rating of 4.2L per 100km.

BMW i3

This little beauty is making waves at the moment, and for good reason. Although being a BMW and on the more expensive end of this list, it has a combined fuel efficiency of just 0.6L per 100km. Keep in mind, though, its range maxes out at about 260 km.



Most fuel-efficient diesel cars


If a European AWD is what you’re after, then look no further than the BMW X2, which boasts impressive fuel consumption of just 5.1L per 100km.

Citroen Cactus AT6

Boasting an attractive side-panel design sure to get some looks of affection, the Cactus AT6 is the most fuel-efficient diesel car on this list, using only 3.6L per 100km.

Mini Cooper D Hardtop

Perhaps not so small as the name suggests, this iconic and stylish hatchback will keep you on the road for longer, using only 3.7L per 100km.

Renault Megane 1.5

Rounding out the all-European list of fuel-efficient diesel cars is the Renault Megane 1.5, a small, high-powered, low-emission hatchback that only uses 3.8L per 100km.



What driving habits help with fuel consumption?

Lowering your fuel consumption isn’t just about having a fuel-efficient car. There are also certain driving habits that you can adopt to reduce your fuel output. So next time you’re on the road, consider these tips for better fuel consumption.

  • “Pedal to the floor” may sound fun in theory, however in reality, the harder and more often you accelerate, the more fuel you’re going to burn.
  • Maintain a steady and consistent speed as often as possible
  • Don’t slam your brakes
  • Maintain optimal tyre pressure
  • Avoid overloading your car with unnecessary weight

So, if you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient vehicle you have plenty of options, from petrol to diesel and hybrid cars, there is something to suit everyone.

With summer road trips back on the cards again, remember our tips for optimal fuel efficiency!

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