Did you know that fuel prices are at a five-year high? Petrol prices across the UK have hit 128.72p a litre whilst diesel hit 131.61p a litre and they are expected to rise even further.
With that depressing stat in mind and the news that the Government is set to double its funding for on-street electric car charging, now is a fantastic time to consider a more eco car.
Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of our what we consider to be the best economical cars in 2019. We’ve factored in both the cost to finance these cars as well as the running costs for an all-round cheap runabout.
The Ford focus has been well loved for many years. In the most recent years, it has undergone a well needed facelift and brought it up to speed to be a more modern, well rounded family car. Ford have also worked hard to make the 1.5 litre TDCi engine as efficient as possible. The Focus has been revised to be much more about comfort and space. Previous Focus owners had complained about the cramped rear seating, but this has now been made into a pleasant experience and spacious ride for both front and rear passengers. If you’re after a comfy, spacious and economical family car, the Ford Focus could be perfect for you.
The Ioniq is easy to distinguish from other competitor models and has been impressively designed as an aerodynamic family car. The bold design helps to reduce the effort required for movement, so the combined petrol and electric motor hardly ever feel overworked. Its main competitor is the Toyota Prius, which we will come to next. The Ioniq is remarkably faster than the Prius and is more responsive thanks to its conventional dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Ioniq is a hybrid that has an impressive range of 25 to 30 miles on electric power alone after a full charge.
The Toyota Prius was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid and is still one of the most popular hybrid hatchbacks to date. It benefits from quiet motoring and a large boot which makes it comfortable and spacious for the full family. It’s undeniably strong on the economy front too! Drivers who have a short daily commute or just potter around the city will really benefit from the cost-effectiveness of the Toyota Prius.
The Kia Niro is a reasonably priced, attractive and well-equipped SUV hybrid. In the hybrid market it isn’t as economical as the Toyota Prius but it is still one of the best in 2019. The Niro has a high roof line which offers plenty of headspace and interior is spacious throughout. The fuel economy is particularly impressive for a car that is fuelled by petrol and its low speed electric capability helps to reduce emissions. The Kia Niro offer the visibility and practical benefits of an off-road car, with the comfort and stability of a standard hatchback.
For the past 4 years, the Ford Fiesta has been the most popular car bought in the UK. In 2018 it won first place for the best selling car of 2018 and it’s easy to see why. It’s popular amongst first time drivers and families as it offers a spacious cabin with a fun and sporty drive. The Fiesta is also popular because it has low running costs and promises low fuel consumption.
The Skoda Octavia is a reliable family car which is great value for money! It has lots of interior space and comes with plenty of equipment. Skoda has an impressive reputation for reliability and safety, which is what makes the Octavia a perfect family car. It’s a similar size to a Ford Mondeo which makes it spacious and comfortable but instead has a similar price to that of a Ford Focus. The Octavia is an impressive car which has good fuel economy. The recent update saw considerable changes both inside and out, making it the best model to date!
Again, one of the most popular cars in the UK, the Volkswagen Golf is a firm favourite. The Golf GTE is a new hybrid version of the popular Golf family car. It is one of the best petrol hybrids on the market and its new for 2019! You can run the GTE in four modes; pure electric, hybrid GTE and ‘battery charge’. Most of the time its easiest to run in hybrid mode, with the 1.4 litre petrol engine assisted by an electric motor to improve performance and help deliver good fuel economy. The GTE is great value for money and you can grab a great deal on a used Volkswagen on finance.
The Volvo XC40 is a small SUV that has funky styling and is comfortable to drive while inside, it’s smart looking and spacious. It’s a really good choice if you are looking for an economical SUV that looks good. Volvo has claimed that the XC40 is the safest of its kind and comes with a whole load of high-tech driver assistance features that can be found on more expensive Volvo models. The Volvo XC40 has also previously won WhatCar?’s car of the year so you can be assured that it’s a great car!