We might dream of driving around in a sleek, beautiful sports model, but when it comes to choosing a car, most of us have to be realistic. Rather than making our selection based on aesthetic or prestige, we have to go for an option that suits our budget, is cost-efficient to run, and fits the whole family inside it.
Luckily, car manufacturers recognise this need. They understand that economy and practicality are big selling points when it comes to marketing their new motors, so they’re going to great lengths to create models that are not only cost-efficient, but also sleek, chic, and manoeuvrable.
Here, we look at some of the best and most economical new motors on the market today…
For those looking for a motor that’s neat, nippy, and cheap to keep, you can’t go far wrong with the new Citroen C1. Its compact design makes it the ultimate city car, and there is nothing better for those whose daily commute takes them through the traffic jams and tight spaces of the urban jungle. Stylishly designed and attractive, it rounds out its many plus points with deliciously low emissions and enviable fuel consumption. Available from dealers like Robins and Day, prices start at just £8,195 straight from the showroom.
If the connoisseur in you is hungering for a slightly more prestigious brand, BMW has also been hard at work, producing the exceptional i3. Utilising F1-inspired lightweight carbon fibre materials throughout its design, its aesthetic is sleek, chic, and exquisitely high-end. Touted as a landmark in the evolution of electric cars, it is arguably the coolest fully electric model in town. Fully charged and with a full tank, it has a range of more than 200 miles, and claims 470mpg fuel economy. From where we’re standing, there really is an awful lot to love about it.
Electric cars and hybrids may have taken the motoring world by storm, but when it comes to the very best fuel economy, don’t discount diesels just yet. Case in point: the Peugeot 208. Cleverly designed with start-stop technology, it is able to pause its engines when it’s stuck in traffic; a trick that helps it to return an exceptional 94.2mpg. For added efficiency, it also incorporates both an exquisitely designed aerodynamic spoiler, and special energy-efficient tyres to help it glide through cities with a minimal amount of effort from your engine. Cleverly-formulated, cost-effective, and pleasing on the eye, it leaves little to be desired.
If you’re considering your options, which of these magnificent motors would be best for you?