Top 5 most fuel efficient cars

17 Jun 2016 Car Advice

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BMW i3 driving front

Electric cars lead the way for fuel efficiency, followed closely by petrol-electric hybrids.

1. BMW i3
Fuel economy: 0.0L/100km

BMW i3 black

Go for the pure electric i3 and you’ll use no fuel at all, courtesy of a 22kWh battery pack claimed to cover 190km. The 125kW/250Nm motor provides snappy performance too.

2. NISSAN LEAF
Fuel economy: 0.0L/100km

Nissan LEAF

Bigger body and bigger battery (24kWh) than the i3, but the Leaf’s range claim is only up to 170km. Respectable performance from the 80kW/280Nm motor, but bland dynamics.

3. TESLA MODEL S
Fuel economy: 0.0L/100km

Tesla Model S

If it’s no-fuel excitement you want look no further than the Model S P90D, which delivers 967Nm. Tesla trumps on range too, with up to 557km for the lower-powered 90D version.

4. AUDI A3 SPORTBACK E-TRON
Fuel economy: 1.6L/100km

Audi A3

You’ll use either no fuel or lots more than 1.6L/100km with Audi’s plug-in. Good fun, though, with a combined 150kW/350Nm thanks to a 1.4 turbo four paired to the electric motor.

5. MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV
Fuel economy: 1.9L/100km

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Decent drivetrain, shame about the rest of the car. Still, greenies will like the 60kW motor at either end, backed up by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

First published in the July 2016 issue of Wheels magazine.