The 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Electric Cars in Australia

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Oct 20th, 2020

The 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Electric Cars in Australia

The media puts a lot of effort into lauding the virtues of electrification. For obvious reasons, everyone seems to think that the future of automobile somehow lies with EVs. But does this mean gas-only vehicles are going away? Time will tell. Since internal combustion engines are still at large, you’ll find it useful to know which ones are the most fuel-efficient. 

Saving fuel is an admirable objective, and the cars listed below make it easier. This list includes both petrol and diesel engines that can be found here in Australia.

5 Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines

1. Citroen Cactus AT6

This small crossover tops my list of most efficient diesel engine cars. ‘Smurfette,' as I lovingly call it, is a fun little thing to punt around the town with. It is recognisable by its air-bumps design on the sides of the doors.

  • 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats SUV
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 3.6L/100km

2. Mini Cooper D Hardtop

A balance of sporty and stylish, the Mini Cooper is that fun small car to drive around town when running on a lean budget. The Mini Cooper boasts of an impressive fuel consumption rate.

  • 1.5L 3-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 2-Door, 4 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 3.7L/100km

3. Renault Megane 1.5

This baby beauty is perfectly balanced between fuel economy, performance and emission. The vastly unique beast has got wicked speed at its feet and superior performance compared to other models in the small car category.

  • 1.5L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 7-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Door, 4 Seats Hatch And Wagon Version 
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 3.8L/100km

4. Peugeot 308

If you are looking for a blend of stylish and conservative, you'll be happy with the Peugeot 308 GT. Its sharp and sensitive steering, sleek in-and- out design, and soft-edged nature rubs in a lot of satisfaction, even from the test drive.

The Peugeot 308 has a turbocharged 2-litre engine, a six-speed auto transmission. It nets 4L/100km fuel consumption for combined driving, coming fourth on our list.

  • 2L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4L/100km

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class A200

This Mercedes piece delivers top-notch tech abilities with features including keyless start, multifunction sports steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and much more. The A-Class has established itself as the hatchback category’s most advanced car with its artificial intelligence feature. This car won’t only help you save on fuel; it will also learn your routines, making driving easier. Who wouldn't like that?

  • 2.1L 4-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
  • 7-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Sedan
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4L/100km

5 Most Fuel Efficient Petrol Engines

1. Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI

This Audi A1 hatch brings next-level luxury to city cars but comes at a premium price. When it first arrived in Australia in February, it sold for a whopping $35,000 drive away. Not only is it one of the most fuel-efficient petrol vehicles in Australia, but it also has a five-star safety rating.

But the overhead cost is a bit scary for a small car, don't you think?

  • 1.0L 3-Cylinder Turbo Petrol 95RON Engine
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 2-Door, 4 Seats Wagon
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4.2L/100km

2. Skoda Fabia 70TSI

The Skoda Fabia is a reliable small-sized vehicle that is sure to impress those looking for a fuel-efficient machine with a petrol engine. This is a vehicle that competes well with other small hatches available in the country in terms of the purchase price but still gives you the luxury you would get from a premium-priced car.

  • 1L 3-Cylinder Turbo 95RON Engine 
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4.5L/100km

3. Peugeot 208 

The Peugeot 208 is one of the few premium light cars in the market, but don't let being small turn you away from what is still a stylish little offering. This small car has a luxurious interior that’s intended to appeal to city slayers with a thirst for European style items.

  • 2L 3-Cylinder Turbo 95RON Engine 
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4.5L/100km

4. Volkswagen Polo 70TSI

The Polo’s mission, I guess, has always been to offer a smarter cabin than what your average city car does. Although it’s built to a budget price both on overhead and running cost, it still presents an interior that is both beautiful and spacious. With features like driver-fatigue detection and the like, the VW Polo offers a lot for a machine its size.

  • 1L 3-Cylinder Turbo 95RON Engine 
  • 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4.7L/100km

5. Mini Cooper Countryman

Almost everyone in Australia seems to want an SUV. However, not everyone wants a six-door compact car. If I’ve succinctly articulated your troubles, then the Mini Cooper Countryman was made for you. It’s bigger than its mates in the Mini collection. Consequently, it offers a larger space than an average Mini and also better fuel efficiency than an average SUV.

  • 1.5L 3-Cylinder Turbo 95RON Engine 
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • 4-Door, 5 Seats Hatch
  • 2-Wheel Drive
  • Fuel Consumption (combined) of 4.9L/100km

So, here we are!

We at Carpart.com.au have put this list of the most fuel-efficient cars together because we know that fuel can end up being an accumulator in the long term cost of owning a car. We care about you too much to see you go through that. Not to worry, we already know how you feel; you don't have to say thank you. ;)


By Damilare Olasinde