When you’re searching for a new car, one thing you’ll want to take into account is its fuel efficiency. How cost effective is it going to be to run and can you ultimately afford it? If fuel efficiency is high on your priority list, below you’ll discover the 10 most fuel-efficient cars to buy second hand.

10 – Fiat 500 TwinAir

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Fiat 500 TwinAir – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stylishly small Fiat 500 TwinAir model is one of the most fuel-efficient petrol models on the market. It can reach 0-60 in just 11 seconds and has a 2-stroke engine which can achieve 85bhp. It’s a classic model which is really cheap to run, earning it a well-deserved spot on the list.

09 – Peugeot 108

Considering the fact the Peugeot 108 has only been around for a few years, it comes at an extremely low purchase cost. You can save further money by buying second-hand from sites such as Ford of Winsford. It too uses a petrol engine, yet it features great fuel economy.

08 – Volvo V90 T8

Volvo V90 T8

Volvo V90 T8 – Makizox [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Volvo V90 T8 family estate is surprisingly economical. Although it does come with a high purchase cost, it features excellent safety tech and its diesel engine option provides remarkable fuel economy, returning just 62.2mpg.

07 – Citroen C3 1.4 HDi

Citroen C3

Citroen C3 – order_242 from Chile [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re looking for a car that’s stylish, reliable and cheap to run, the Ctroen C3 1.4 HDi is a fantastic choice. It’s official MPG of 40.1-74.3 and has an excellent 4-star crash test rating. It’s best suited for those who don’t do a great deal of motorway driving.

06 – Nissan Pulsar 1.5 dCi

Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Pulsar – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stylish Nissan Pulsar features a 1.5 diesel engine, returning up to 78.5mpg. Buy it quickly however as the manufacturer has now seized production.

05 – Mercedes Benz A 180d

Mercedes Benz A

Mercedes Benz A

Those seeking a high-end fuel-efficient model can’t go wrong the with Mercedes Benz A 180d. It’s capable of returning up to a staggering 80.7mpg.

04 – Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue

Ford Focus

Ford Focus – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1.5 EcoBlue Ford Focus is one of the newer models on the list. It offers a perfect mix of style, luxury, comfort and space and guarantees great fuel efficiency.

03 – Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6 BlueHDi

Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen C4 Cactus – © M 93 / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons

This extremely comfortable model has a softer exterior than the popular Cactus model. Capable of returning up to 83.1mpg, it more than deserves 3rd place on the list.

02 – Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius – Kārlis Dambrāns from Latvia [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Although the Toyota Prius Hybrid claims to return 85.6mpg, tests show it comes out at an average 76.3mpg. This is still great, plus it benefits from unique looks and a whole host of tech.

01 – Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi

At number one, the Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi manages to deliver close to 100mpg return. For the best fuel economy, stick to its 1.6 litre diesel engine.
Ultimately, fuel efficiency is becoming of greater importance to people prospecting new cars, and something definitely being factored in more and more in when comparing the options. These fuel efficient cars may become increasingly popular as people realise their fuel efficiency capabilities.