Fuel efficient fun

Audi a3 e tron front left 2013 tokyo motor show

Everyone knows the internet is not lacking on lists. This includes lists of the best cars to buy for petrol efficiency. We easily found a few great lists here, here and here. Carzoos decided to jump on the (energy efficient) bandwagon.

Unfortunately, Australia hasn’t yet made a name for itself in terms of selling fully electric vehicles. There are a few sweet rides we’d love to include below, but they’ve been taken off the market in Australia, e.g. smart cars and the Nissan Leaf. The Chevy Bolt was even designed by Australians but has yet to make it to the Australian market.

According to an article in RenewEconomy, “Last year, a total of just 219 fully electric cars were reported as sold throughout Australia, compared to 12,000 hybrid vehicles, 363,000-plus diesel vehicles and more than 768,000 petrol fuelled cars.”

That isn’t to say there aren’t highly fuel efficient vehicles on the Aussie market. We’ve performed a careful analysis and decided the best car picks for 2017 that are fantastically fuel efficient and available (or soon to be) in Australia. If you’re looking for a new car that’s sweet to drive and practical in the petrol department, look no further than the below:

Ford Fiesta

Why not start things off with a bit of fun. The festive fiesta is not just fast, it comes with cool features like a cockpit upgrade and 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine. It only comes as a manual, which is heaps more fun to drive anyway, and its fuel economy rating is 4.9L/100km.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta

Predictable Prius

It’s hard to believe the Toyota Prius first made its debut 20 years ago! Sure it’s undergone a few changes, but it has mostly stayed a reliable with its easily recognisable hatchback form. This trusty old favourite has a fuel economy rating of 2.5 L/100 KM.

Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius

Honda Odyssey

This green machine is big and roomy, with lots of space for your friends, family or things. A fuel economy rating is 7.6 L / 100KM, it comes with an eco-assist coaching system to help you save money on petrol without even trying.

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

Audi A3 e-tron

This sportback hybrid hatchback has fuel consumption of 1.6 L / 100 km and a 10/10 greenhouse rating. Cooler to drive than a prius but not as obnoxious as an SUV, it’s a win- win situation, especially when you see how much you’ll save on petrol.

Audi A3 e-tron
Audi A3 e-tron

Hyundai Ioniq

This sleek machine is not yet available on the market, but it’s expected to arrive by late 2017 or early 2018. Coming in both hybrid and electric form, this hatchback’s efficiency is 1.7 L/100 km. We can’t wait for it to reach our shores!

Hyundai Ioniq
Hyundai Ioniq