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Best fuel efficient carsBack

In light of the latest 2013 budget delivered by the Chancellor last week, the Trusted Dealers take a look at the best fuel efficient cars currently available to buy.

Although the Chancellor scrapped the proposed fuel duty rise the average price of fuel remains at £6.35 per gallon for petrol and £6.66 per gallon for diesel, and is therefore still a major expense for motorists.

This week, the Telegraph.co.uk has listed ten of the best fuel efficient cars currently on sale in the UK, excluding those powered by an electric motor, so if you’re looking for a new car, you can save some money at the pump by opting for one of these models.

It is also well worth remembering that if you opt for a plug-in car, you’ll not only save money on fuel but you will also be eligible for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Government towards your new car.

The team at Trusted Dealers have picked some of their favourite most fuel-efficient cars and listed them below.

Toyota Prius Plug-in: Priced from £27,985 (after £5000 plug-in grant)

The Toyota Prius remains a popular car, not only for its excellent green credentials but also for its appeal to families. It offers a spacious cabin and a large boot and swaps smoothly between petrol and electric power to achieve an effortless drive about town. Fuel emissions are low with a combined fuel consumption of 135mpg and CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. Resale values remain high on the Prius which means you’ll be able to cash in when it comes to selling your car on.

Renault Clio dCi 90 Eco: Priced from £14,345

We love the Renault Clio for its group of smooth and versatile engines and its cheap running costs. The Clio makes the perfect small family car thanks to its exceptionally large boot which is competitive within its class. It’s spacious enough to fit four people in comfortably, and the Eco model offers excellent fuel comsumption at 88.3mpg with CO2 emissions at a low 83g/km. Opt for a high-end model and you can benefit from Renault’s touch-screen infotainment system which is packed with features and easy to use.

Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic: Priced from £14,595

The Ford Fiesta remains the UK’s most popular car whilst recently winning the What Car? Supermini of the Year 2013, and it’s not difficult to see why. Sporting the highly esteemed Ford badge and the promise of a car which is not only great to drive but is stylish both inside and out, you cannot go far wrong if you opt for this car. Choosing the Econetic version will mean you can achieve a combined fuel consumption of 85.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 87g/km. The Ford Fiesta excels in all the right areas and if you do your homework, you can benefit from some excellent discounts on new models.

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Greenline II: Priced from £13,875

Last but definitely not least is our final pick of day, the Skoda Fabia. If you are looking for a car which sports a sophisticated engine courtesy of its brother Volkswagen, but minus the higher price tag, the Skoda is the perfect choice for you. The Skoda Fabia sports a spacious cabin and has a good reliability record, making it a great choice for those with small families. Choose the Greenline II version and you’ll benefit from a combined fuel consumption of 83.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km. Shop around and you should be able to buy a new Skoda Fabia at a highly competitive price for a car of its class.

Posted by Leana Kell on 26/03/2013