The figure advertised is only a yardstick, of course. Cars tested on tracks will yield optimum performance. And you can expect considerable variation between a car driven by a young, inexperienced driver in the city, say, and one driven by an older driver who spends all their time cruising on the motorway. The real world is different to a laboratory setting.
That said, this does not mean the figures don’t mean anything. They do and can be enormously useful when it comes to choosing a new car or looking for an economical car hire option.
One thing you will notice is just how far we’ve come from the days when 30/40 mpg was considered reasonable. Today you can expect to get double, even triple, that figure, without compromising on performance. How far your dollar goes does depend on the price of fuel, of course, but these numbers are still a good starting point.
Here’s some great cars to consider based on mpg and overall performance.
The Tesla Model S
The Fiat 500
The Citroen Cactus
The Fiat Panda
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
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