Primarily the car of choice for European audiences, hatchbacks offer motorists bags of practicality, the opportunity to drive in style and, with the recent development of fuel efficient engines, an economical drive.
The latter factor is growing in importance with every passing year. It’s well known that fuel prices are on the rise, and they aren’t going to come down. So, especially with the recession, dreams of going out and purchasing a large car fitted with a large, thirsty engine have gone out the window.
Instead, they’ve subsequently been replaced with more economical options – like hatchbacks.
Obviously, fuel efficiency isn’t everything when it comes to purchasing a vehicle – but in the current climate, it should feature pretty highly on the list of points to consider.
The more fuel efficient the engine is, the lower the amount of cash you’re going to need to spend on refuelling it. There’s also a strong likelihood that the emissions will be much lower too, meaning less road tax – bringing overall run costs down by an even greater amount.
Luckily for those exploring the market for a new car there are a number of solid options to choose from. Ranging from the latest version of Volkswagen’s ever-reliable Golf to the innovatively designed Ford Focus Edge ECOnetic – quality isn’t exactly hard to come by.
Here are just a couple of the stand-out economical hatchbacks currently available:
PEUGEOT 308 5-DOOR:
This particular 308 model from the French manufacturer has been in production since 2007. In that time it’s established itself as a firm favourite amongst motorists, as well as critics – evidenced by its Goldene Lenkrad (Gold Steering Wheel) win. Naturally, as a Peugeot, the 308 delivers style and substance. The body features a rear sports bumper, and a swish bonnet and front grille. Whilst undoubtedly eye-catching, these features serve a real purpose. For example, the mesh grille helps to improve the car’s air intake, which in turn helps to reduce the amount of fuel it consumes.
Peugeot has claimed that that the 308 model fitted with a 1.6 e-HDi 112 FAP EGC diesel engine is capable of doing around 76.4 mpg (miles per gallon) on a combined cycle. Emissions-wise, it’s also extremely impressive – 98g/km (grams per kilometre). The car’s definitely a good option for those looking to reduce the amount they spend on running costs.
VAUXHALL ASTRA ECOFLEX:
Designed with sportiness in mind, the Vauxhall Astra ecoFLEX delivers a whole host of economic benefits in addition to its fantastic aesthetic. Its diesel engine is capable of recovering energy, thanks to its Energy-Recuperation System.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, potential buyers will find themselves drawn towards its fuel consumption figures. Much like the Peugeot 308, it’s capable of delivering a rate of 76.3 mpg on a combined cycle – the model fitted with the 17 CDTi (130PS) Start Stop engine, that is. The additional space on offer is also very handy, especially for small family units – it’s absolutely perfect.
Just two of the great models you might see on your next trip to the car showroom forecourt, there’s plenty of great options – including the Hyundai i30 and the BMW 1 Series.
Louisa Jenkins combines her love of blogging with her passion for motoring. She regularly produces pieces detailing fuel efficient models – like the Peugeot 308.