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Australia’s Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Not all cars are created equal these days; a car might be a top seller, but that doesn’t mean it’ll save you money in on-road costs or be environmentally friendly.

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Not all cars are created equal these days; a car might be a top seller, but that doesn’t mean it’ll save you money in on-road costs or be environmentally friendly.

If fuel efficiency is top of your list, (who doesn’t want to save petrol?) we’ve got the low down on which cars are the best in the fuel consumption category according to the Green Vehicle Guide*.

Small Cars

Mini Cooper D – Fuel consumption: 3.8 litres / 100 km

Fiat 500 – Fuel consumption: 3.9 litres / 100 km

The Mini Cooper D beats the Fiat 500 slightly on fuel consumption rating, but both the Fiat and the Mini Cooper scored 9/10 for the Greenhouse Rating and 7.5/10 for the Air Pollution Rating. The Fiat uses petrol while the Mini Cooper uses diesel, both cars are 2WD.

Medium Cars

Audi A3 – Fuel consumption: 1.6 litres / 100 km

Porsche Panamera – Fuel consumption: 3.1 litres / 100 km

The Audi A3 was the most fuel efficient medium-sized car and scored a 10/10 for its Greenhouse Rating and 8.5/10 for its Air Pollution Rating. The Porsche Panamera scored 9.5/10 for its Greenhouse Rating and 7.5/10 for its Air Pollution Rating.

Large Cars

Holden Volt – Fuel consumption: 1.2 litres / 100 km

Mitsubishi Outlander – Fuel consumption: 1.9 litres / 100 km

The Holden Volt topped the list of large cars for its fuel consumption rating. It’s a petrol/electric hybrid with a range of 87 km. It also scored 10/10 for its Greenhouse Rating and 8.5 for its Air Pollution Rating. The Mitsubishi Outlander scored 10/10 for GH but 7.5/10 for Air Pollution Rating.  

Off-Road

Porsche Cayenne – Fuel consumption: 3.4 litres /  100 km

Suzuki Jimny Sierra – Fuel consumption: 7.1 litres / 100 km

In the off-road section, the Porsche Cayenne took out the top spot overall with its impressive fuel efficiency, 9.5/10 for Greenhouse Rating and 8.5/10 for Air Pollution Rating. Although the Suzuki Jimny Sierra was the next most fuel efficient vehicle, it only scored a 7/10 for Greenhouse Rating and 6.5/10 for the Air Pollution Rating.

Ute & Light Truck

Tata Xenon – Fuel consumption: 7.4 litres /  100 km

Volkswagen Amarok – Fuel consumption: 7.9 litres / 100km

As to be expected fuel consumption is highest in this category and vehicles overall don’t score too well on the environmentally-friendly scale. The Tata Xenon has the lowest fuel consumption but only manages a 6.5/10 Greenhouse Rating and 5/10 for Air Pollution Rating. The Volkswagen Amarok is slightly higher on fuel consumption but only manages a 6/10 for Greenhouse Rating and a 5/10 for Air Pollution Rating. Holden Utility and Mitsubishi Triton took out the top overall performer spots for this category, despite having higher fuel consumption, because of 8.5/10 Air Pollution Ratings.

* The Green Vehicle Guide is current as at March 2015. Electric cars have been excluded from this list as they have a fuel consumption of ‘0’ but hybrid cars are included.

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