Best Superminis for Fuel Economy and Low Emissions

The Green Car Guide to the most economical and lowest emission superminis on sale in the UK today. We list and compare the best supermini vehicles in diesel, petrol and electric categories, with full spec reviews and fuel economy data. A supermini is defined as something larger than a classical Mini yet but smaller than a small family car and are most commonly available in hatchback form. The ‘Supermini’ as a formal car classification term was ratified in the 1980s and was eventually adopted as the B-segment of European Commission car classification in the late 1990s.

Diesel Superminis

First place

Peugeot 208Peugeot 208 Active 1.6 BlueHDi 75/100 S&S 94.2 mpg
The 208 combines good looks, with a fun driving experience and in the case of this model, exceptional fuel economy.

Second place

Ford Fiesta Style 1.5 TDCi 3 door  88.3 mpg

The Fiesta blends efficiency with sparking handling, a sensible list price and a mature and well laid out interior. It is not only a great Supermini but a great car.

Renault Clio Play dCi 90 ECO 88.3 mpg

The Renault Clio returns 88.3mpg, which makes it one of the most efficient Superminis.

Nissan Micra Nissan Micra Visia+ dCi 90  88.3 mpg

Better looking, better to drive and more efficient then ever before, the Micra has finally come of age.

Petrol Superminis

First place

Toyota Yaris Hybrid Icon 1.5 VVT-I  85.6 mpg

The hybrid Yaris is a miracle of modern engineering, offering very high official fuel economy.  Unfortunately ‘fun’ and ‘Yaris Hybrid’ won’t appear together in print too often.

Second place

Alfa Romeo Mito Alfa Romeo MiTo  67.3 mpg

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is now available with Fiat’s TwinAir petrol engine which gives it high mpg and low emissions to go with the MiTo’s good looks and fun driving experience.

Renault Clio Play TCe 90 ECO 67.3 mpg

The Clio is a strong contender delivering fun and efficiency in a stylish package. It is keenly priced too.

Peugeot 208 Peugeot 208 Active 1.2 PureTech 82 ETG5 S&S 67.3 mpg

The 208 is good to look at, good to drive, and comfortable. It isn’t at its best configured with the automated manual gearbox and the 81 bhp PureTech engine but there are lots alternative options to choose from. Just make sure the steering wheel doesn’t obscure your view of the instruments, yes we are being serious.

Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI 67.3 mpg

Objectively the A1 comes up short in pretty much every area. Subjectively it is one of most desirable superminis on the market. Why? Because it is an Audi.

Electric Superminis

First place

Renault ZOE ZE40 Renault ZOE

The Renault ZOE is a fully-electric supermini that is excellent to drive and cheap to run. The 41kWh battery increases the official range to 250 miles with a minimum real world winter range of 124 miles further expanding its appeal.