Most Fuel Efficient Cars in Australia

Over the last couple years, I’ve really tried to focus on saving money.  Now there are many ways to save money but one way a lot of people don’t think about is saving money at the gas pump.  Don’t get me wrong, most of us know where to find the cheapest gas.   However, if you have a gas guzzling vehicle, even the filling up with the cheapest gas will become costly since you will always be at the pump.  An often overlooked part of vehicle shopping is how many kilometres per litre of gas the vehicle is able to produce.  We tend to gravitate to automobiles with low kilometres (which is great!) and something that just catches our eye in general.  I’m guilty of this!  Overall, fuel efficiency hasn’t been a top priority for buyers.

Hopefully, this article can make you more aware of how important fuel efficiency is and save you some money on your next automobile purchase!  Below, I’ll list the five of the most fuel efficient cars in Australia based on the Green Vehicle Guide which is produced by the Australian government.  This list includes only automobiles that use diesel or petrol.  No electric/hybrid automobiles included.

MINI F56 Cooper D Hardtop
1.5L 3cyl (T), Man 6 speed
Hatch, 4 seats, 2WD

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This car has a top end speed of 205 km/h and goes 0-100 km/h in only 9.2 seconds! All of this speed in one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4 l/100km
Fuel consumption (extra-urban) 3.3 l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.7 l/100 km

MINI F55 Cooper D Station Wagon
1.5L 3cyl (T), Man 6 speed
Hatch, 5 seats, 2W

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No, this is not a typo.  Another MINI Copper on the list.  This time, it’s the F55 Cooper D Station Wagon.  With the added room available in this automobile, you would think the performance would suffer drastically from the smaller F56 MINI.  The drop-off is minuscule as the top end speed is 201 km/h and goes 0-100 in 9.4 seconds! And again, one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.5  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.3  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.8  l/100 km

Audi 66kW A1 Sportback 1.6TDI Attraction
1.6L 4cyl (T), Man 5 speed
Hatch, 5 seats, 2WD

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This powerful 1.6 litre TDI engine with a power output of 66kW is deployed in the Audi A1 Sportback. The common rail injection system has four injectors and is characterized by an excellent balance of performance, driving comfort and engine acoustics. Great all around performance includingawesome fuel efficiency.  Definitely one of the most powerful yet fuel efficient cars in Australia!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.8  l/100 km

Fiat Cabrio D/L 500 0.9 Turbo Twin Air
0.9L 2cyl (T), Auto 5 speed
Convertible, 4 seats, 2WD

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This is a great little car.  Very stylish model which comes with retractable roof so you can cruise with the top down. The kicker with this car is the Turbo Twin Air engine!  This car is not lacking in the power department.

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.6  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.9  l/100 km

Citroen C4 Seduction 82kW e-HDi EGS
1.6L 4cyl (T), Other 6 speed
Sedan, 5 seats, 4WD

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This five door hatch comes with a direct injection turbo diesel engine.  Included is a start-stop feature for that powerful engine as other bells and whistles including six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.  Add in the outstanding fuel efficiency and you will be riding in style while also saving money on Petrol!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.3  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.6  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.9  l/100 km

I hope this article showed you can ride in style while in some of the most fuel efficient cars out there.  In addition to gaining more kilometres per litre, fuel efficient cars produce much lower emissions than their inefficient counterparts.  Every kilometre per litre saved makes a difference in the fight against global warming… which is kind of a big deal!  I’ll leave you with this information taken straight from the ClimateHotMap.org  website regarding climate impacts in Australia and New Zealand.

“Australia has one of the world’s highest per capita global warming emissions rates, as well as vast coal reserves that make it the largest exporter of coal in the world. While coal is also New Zealand’s most abundant fossil fuel, the island nation generated 73 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2009. New Zealand’s biggest source of emissions is from its agricultural and forestry sectors.  Global warming impacts already underway in Australia and New Zealand include water stress, shrinking glaciers, rising sea level, regional disturbances in rainfall patterns, and increased frequency and intensity of fires and heat waves. Because of these impacts and its contributions to global warming emissions, this region must take swift action to curb global warming emissions.”

Most people will read something like this and not even stop to think about what this really means.  We only have one Earth so anything you can do to potentially help save the environment is critical.  Driving a more fuel efficient car won’t completely solve the problem but it’s a good start!

 

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