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Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Tired of escalating fuel costs and looking for a super economical hatchback? Geraldine Herbert selects five of the most fuel efficient around.

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC

Engine: 1.6 i-DTEC

Fuel: Diesel

CO2: 94 g/km

Performance: 78.5 mpg / 3.6 litres per 100 kms

Price: £19,575

We Say: Still light years ahead of the competition in terms of styling, there is a lot to like about the new Civic. With its spaceship styling, excellent fuel economy and roomy interior, it deserves to do well.



Volvo V40 D2 Manual

Engine: 1.6

Fuel: Diesel

CO2: 96 g/km

Performance: 76.3 mpg / 3.7 litres per 100 kms

Price: £21,595

We Say: With stunning looks, delicious interior and incredible technology, the V40 has the potential to change your view of Volvo forever. On the downside, prices are high and rivals offer better overall value.



VW Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDI 5dr

Engine: 1.6 TDi

Fuel: Diesel

CO2: 98 g/km

Performance: 74 mpg/ 3.8 litres per 100 kms

Price: £20,990

We Say: The Mk7 Golf is a refined, smarter and polished version of its predecessor. Thirty-eight years and 29 million cars later, the seventh generation Golf is the car by which all other hatchbacks should be measured.


Volvo V40

Volvo V40

Lexus CT 200h Eco

Engine: Petrol / Electric Hybrid

Fuel: Petrol

CO2: 87 g/km

Performance: 74 mpg/ 3.8 litres per 100 kms

Price: £21,995

We Say: Nicely designed both inside and out but on the road it drives too like the Prius to make it serious contender and even when the generous kit is taken into consideration is it still pricey.



Toyota Auris Hybrid

Engine: Petrol / Electric Hybrid

Fuel: Petrol

CO2: 91 g/km

Performance: 72.4 mpg/ 3.9 litres per 100 kms

Price: £20,395

We Say: Smart, comfortable and reliable, the Auris is the one to opt for if low running and maintenance costs are high on your shopping list. Auris fans will love the new model but we are no convinced it will woo too many new buyers to the marque.


Lexus CT 200H

Lexus CT 200H

Geraldine Herbert

20th September, 2013















Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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