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Why fuel efficiency and Performance are not an impossible combination in today’s car

In these times of austerity and dwindling fossil fuel supplies, petrol consumption is a concern for many drivers not to mention the planet. For many, an unfashionable set of wheels that will simply get you from A to B is more than sufficient. But for some others, the whole point of driving is the style and performance of the machine they will have invested so much time and money in. Fuel efficiency has always been seen as an enemy of true performance. However, manufacturers have in recent times had to pull out all the stops to find a solution to the desires of their style conscious customers while respecting the pressures that today’s drivers face in filling up their tanks.

I have been interested in how far car makers have gone in the quest to combine efficiency, performance and style and have identified these surprising models that fit a range of pockets.

Telsa Roadster

Performance: Battery only powered 375-volt electric motor produces 248bhp and 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: The equivalent of 256mpg with a range of 220 miles per charge.

Price: £92,000

Vauxhall Ampera (Available in 2012)

Performance: Voltec hybrid electric propulsion system will provide 150bhp delivering 0-60 in 9 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: Predicted to be the equivalent of 200mpg+ with a range of 300 miles.

Price: Estimated to be around £30,000

BMW 1-Series Coupé 123d

Performance: 204 bhp, 0-62mph in 7 seconds, the most powerful 2.0 Litre diesel engine ever.

Average Fuel Economy: 55.4mpg

Price: £27,000

Fiat 500 Abarth

Performance: Its turbo charged 16-valve 1.4 Litre engine produces 135bhp and 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: 52.3mpg

Price: £14,500


Audi TT 2.0 TDI

Performance: 170 bhp delivers 0-60 in 7.5 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: 53.3mpg

Price: £28,000


Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 MultiAir

Performance: 1.4 Litre 1.4 turbocharged tour de force petrol engine produces 135bhp delivering 0-60 in 8.2 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: 50.4mpg

Price: £15,000

Peugeot RCZ 2-litre HDi 163 Coupe GT

Performance: 2.0 Litre Turbo diesel delivers 160 bhp and 0-60 in 8.2 seconds

Average Fuel Economy: 53.2mpg

Price: £24,500

Volvo S60 2.4 D5

Performance: Five Cylinder Turbo Diesel produces 203bhp delivering 0-60 in 7.7 seconds

Average Fuel Economy: 60.1mpg

Price: £25,000

Honda CR-Z Mugen (Concept?)

Performance: 1.5 supercharged IMA electric motor to deliver 200bhp and 0-60 in 7 seconds.

Average Fuel Economy: 56mpg

Price: Unknown

Saab Phoenix (Concept?)

Performance: 1.6 Turbocharged petrol engine plus a 34bhp electric motor powered by a small battery attached to the rear axle (itself charged by regenerative braking) produces 200bhp.

Average Fuel Consumption: Predicted to be 56.5mpg

Price: Unknown

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I don't know anything about cars, but these look great. I particularly like the Vauxhall Ampera and the BMW.

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