The most fuel efficient small SUVs you can buy right now

By Cameron Kirby, 14 Nov 2017 Car Advice

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most fuel efficient small SUVs

If saving cash at the fuel pump is your priority, these are the crossovers for you

So you are in the market for a new small SUV, but can’t decide which you want?

Well, if fuel efficiency is high in your priorities, maybe this list will help. We’ve collated data from the government’s Green Vehicle Guide to find which small SUV on sale in Australia is the most frugal.

While these figures, which represent how many litres your car consumes per 100km, may not directly represent what owners experience on the road, they give a good guide on which cars sip politely from their tanks, while others take large gulps.

Cars with manual gearboxes are traditionally better at saving fuel over the automatic variants, but when it comes to small SUVs, automatics are the overwhelmingly popular choice. It’s for this reason we haven’t included manual variants into our calculations.

Below is our full list of small SUVs, in order of fuel efficiency. We’ve also included the engine and gearbox of the vehicle, along with its price.

Citroen C4 Cactus

  • 3.6L/100km
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, six-speed automatic
  • $29,690

Peugeot 2008 Active

  • 4.8L/100km
  • 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol, six-speed automatic
  • $26,490

Suzuki Vitara S-Turbo 2WD

  • 5.9L/100km
  • 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol, six-speed automatic
  • $29,990

Mazda CX-3 Maxx Diesel

  • 4.8L/100km
  • 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, six-speed automatic
  • $27,290

most fuel efficient small SUVs

Mitsubishi ASX LS 4x4

  • 6.0L/100km
  • 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, six-speed auto
  • $32,500

Nissan Juke ST

  • 6.3L/100km
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol, CVT
  • $24,490

Toyota C-HR 2WD

  • 6.4L/100km
  • 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol, CVT
  • $28,990

Ford EcoSport Ambiente

  • 6.5L/100km
  • 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol, 6-speed automatic
  • $22,790

Honda HRV VTi

  • 6.6L/100km
  • 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol, CVT
  • $24,990

Hyundai Kona Active 1.6 T-GDi

  • 6.7L/100km
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • $28,000

Holden Trax LS

  • 6.7L/100km
  • 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol, six-speed automatic
  • $26,490

Small SUV comparison: Peugeot 2008 v Holden Trax v Mazda CX-3 v Toyota C-HR v Suzuki S-Cross

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