So it seems that the high fuel prices we are currently experiencing are unlikely to go anywhere. On the contrary, they could still increase until 2022. This is bad news for all of us motorists, but to avoid getting into politics, we are focusing on the good news. Today we’re listing 10 of the most fuel-efficient petrol and diesel cars available in 2022. We’ve excluded electric cars – obviously – and only included fairly reasonably priced cars. So scroll down and if you’re looking to lower your fuel bill this year, why not take a survey of your local dealership?
On the right, we’ll start with the latest BMW 330e. It really is the complete package. The 330e is arguably the best-balanced version of the seemingly ever-popular 3-Series sedan. The 330e combines a 2-liter engine with an electric motor to deliver a claimed combined efficiency of 148.7 mpg when driven to meticulous standards. That’s pretty overkill for realistic driving conditions, but it’s a testament to what the 330e is capable of, and because it’s a hybrid BIK prices start from just £76 a month for the SE Pro Sport-Auto model.
Ford Kuga PHEV
The Kuga has sold well for a number of years now, and this latest iteration builds on the solid reputation the Kuga has earned as a fun family SUV/crossover. The PHEV model starts from £33,085 for the Titanium model and is capable of returning a theoretical 201.8 mpg as quoted by the manufacturer. This claim has been backed up by WLTP testing, so any buyer should be able to achieve this glorious level of efficiency, but it will require a very specific riding style and a flattering testing environment.
Toyota Prius PHEV
Another top scorer in terms of fuel efficiency is the car that’s almost synonymous with high mpg – and that, of course, is the Toyota Prius. The Prius is now exclusively available as a plug-in hybrid, whereas it was previously available as a self-charging hybrid. That’s good, because the plug-in model has always been the one worth buying. The Prius PHEV starts from £33,915 – reflecting pretty good value for money for a car of this size and with so much tech on board. The Prius’ proven powertrain is now capable of returning up to 235.4 mpg when tested to WLTP standards. For the majority of us driving cars that consume less than 50 mpg – that means considerably fewer trips to fuel pumps.
The Corsa is now available as an all-electric ‘Corsa-E’, which is certainly a car we could recommend to EV buyers, but the 1.5 turbo-diesel model is also a car worth considering. because it is just as impressive. Sure, it’s clear that petrol and diesel cars are on the way out, but in the meantime, a Corsa that can comfortably hit 70mpg is still welcome. This car is also available for as little as £17,380 making it one of the cheapest cars to buy and drive on the market in 2022.
For buyers looking for a small SUV in today’s market, you’re almost spoiled for choice. Every manufacturer seems to have at least no “B-segment” crossovers to offer and they all come with their own perks and pitfalls. Volkswagen’s T-Roc is definitely a model worth looking into. It’s a smart, sophisticated car that’s reliable, practical and – most importantly – economical. For buyers who don’t want a diesel in the current climate, but aren’t quite ready for a plug-in hybrid or electric car, the T-Roc’s 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine is a perfect fit. This unit returns a solid 47 mpg on the combined cycle, which is nice. If you wanted to go for the more expensive 1.6 TDI engine, that figure climbs even higher to 60 mpg – so buyers have several options.
The Peugeot 208 is an exceptional new city car that is actually best served as an all-electric version. The e-208 is capable of returning up to 217 miles of electric range while offering all the charming charisma of the regular 208 models. If your budget can reach close to £30,000 and you can afford to charge the vehicle, go for this one. If you don’t like an electric model, you have the choice between two exceptional fossil fueled models. The 1.2-litre Puretech Petrol engine is playful and capable of hitting a stellar 55.6mpg on the combined cycle, while the 1.5-litre BlueHDI diesel can return up to 73mpg – it’s the same engine than that of the Corsa model we mentioned earlier.
The IONIQ has drawn many comparisons to the incredibly popular Toyota Prius, and for good reason. It’s the Korean alternative to the fantastic Prius hybrid, and while they’re similar offerings, the IONIQ has its own quirks to entice buyers. Clean aesthetics, premium technology and a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty to name a few. The IONIQ Hybrid starts from £24,395 for a standalone model and £30,800 for a plug-in model. The former is capable of 62.8mpg on the combined cycle while the latter boasts an overall figure of 260mpg. Again, it’s worth remembering that the conditions required to reach such a high number are rare, to say the least…
No surprises here, the Fiesta is still one of the most affordable hatchbacks to buy, maintain and operate on the market – don’t hold the front page. Ford recently canned the 1.5-litre diesel engine from the Fiesta range, so now the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine rules the roost. This engine uses mild-hybrid technology to help with the more fuel-intensive driving elements, such as stop-start traffic negotiation, and owners are rewarded for it with a handsome 56 mpg. The Fiesta is on sale now and we’re sure there’s going to be a spec and engine that ticks all the right boxes for you, with prices starting at just £17,070.
Next up is the KIA Niro. Another small crossover with a hybrid powertrain, bags of standard tech, and an attractive price to boot. Best of all, it’s a KIA, so you’ll get a 7-year/100,000-mile warranty and a combined fuel mileage of 58.9 mpg. The Niro Hybrid starts from £26,295 for the ‘Connect’ model which comes with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, a lovely large 10.25-inch touchscreen and plenty of safety tech, so you won’t have need to splash too much money on optional extras. A solid hybrid car at a good price.
And last but not least is the Skoda Octavia. There’s a reason almost every Uber driver outside of London seems to be driving a diesel Octavia. They’re wonderfully comfortable for spending hours and hours behind the wheel, and the famed bulletproof 2.0-litre TDi diesel engine still returns 65+mpg in 2022. These cars are best served with the DSG automatic transmission also famous which contributes to a beautifully silky smooth driving experience. If you wanted to go for a petrol model, the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre options will still come out at over 50mpg, but you can go further and get the newer PHEV model – which comes out at a claimed 283mpg. Again, it must be said that the overall figure of 283 mpg requires extremely specific driving conditions, but it’s interesting to see what the Octavia Hybrid is capable of anyway!
So this is it! These are 10 of the most fuel efficient cars for 2022. Which models appeal to you? Also, let us know in the comments section what vehicle you’re driving right now and what mileage per gallon are you capable of average? And finally, have rising petrol and diesel prices changed your driving habits? We look forward to hearing your thoughts…