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New Year’s Resolution – buy a new car that is more economical

bmw-i3-004.jpg Last year some of the most economical production cars ever hit the roads. This year, cars that achieve in excess of 60 miles per gallon combined are going to be common. If your vehicle is guzzling fuel, you might want to consider upgrading to a new car that’s more economical. Here are some great fully electric and hybrid cars to consider.

BMW i3

The BMW I3 is the best small electric car money can buy. It is quick, stylish, and the all-electric version has a range of 80 – 100 miles on a single charge. With a range extender (a small petrol engine that generates electricity), the i3 will go on for 160 – 186 miles. You also get free road tax.

Toyota Yaris VVT-i Hybrid

Prices start from £15,495 for the Toyota Yaris VVT-i Hybrid and with a CO2 output of 79 g/km, it qualifies for free road tax. This car will return up to 80.7 miles per gallon on a combined cycle yet it’ll still sprint from 0 – 62 mph in under 12 seconds. Not bad.

Vauxhall Ampera

With a CO2 output of just 27g/km, the Ampera qualifies for free road tax. This is a much bigger car than the i3 and it’s ideal for small families. You can pick one up new for around £29,995 after a £5,000 Government grant. This car uses a 4-cylinder petrol generator to generate electricity to power the wheels.

There are a variety of economical cars you can buy which aren’t powered by electricity or feature a plug-in system, such as those Bristol Street Motors used cars Bristol
. With start / stop technology and other fuel saving technologies, you might like to consider:

Renault Clio 1.5 dCi 90

This is one of the most impressive diesel powered hatchbacks money can buy. With this engine, a top of the line Media Nav S Dynamique 5dr costs £16,295 and will return an impressive 78.5 miles per gallon combined. It also outputs 93 g/km and so qualifies for free road tax.

Volkswagen Polo 75 BlueMotion

This car is a direct alternative to the Clio above, but it’s slower and doesn’t look as good. It does however have slightly better economy, at 80.7 miles per gallon combined. It also qualifies for free road tax emitting only 90 g/km of CO2. The on-the-road price for a five-door is £16,415.

BMW 320d EfficientDynamics

Fancy something bigger than a Clio or Polo? The BMW 3 Series is a fantastic option. The best version is the 320d Efficient Dynamics, which is powered by a smooth 2.0 diesel engine which will return 68.9 miles per gallon on a combined cycle. Road tax costs £20 per year at 109 g/km of CO2.