Petrol prices are expected to continue rising. After increasing sharply following the lockdown of spring/summer 2020, a 10-year freeze on fuel duty is being considered by the UK government.
The Chancellor is currently deliberating a 5p hike, which would be announced in his Autumn Budget 2020 and introduced in March 2021.
The increase would automatically add 2p a litre at the pumps, as the price would go up in line with inflation.
Experts also predict further price rises at the pumps as the pound weakens — as fuel is traded in dollars, its price is affected by the currency exchange rate
While car insurance can be one of the most significant costs of running a car, there are ways of saving on your car insurance, including comparing quotes:
But if you’re serious about saving you can cut your driving costs by considering a fuel-efficient car.
Fuel efficient cars will also save you money because:
A fuel-efficient car can also help you to save on vehicle excise duty (more commonly known as road tax),
Small-engine fuel-efficient cars also tend to be in lower insurance groups, which could help to cut the cost of your cover.
If you are wanting to save money on your car’s fuel bill you might want to consider looking at some of the most efficient fuel-efficient petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars available, or even an electric vehicle if you’d like to cut your fuel costs altogether.
How efficient your car is also one that is driven in an economical way. The Energy Saving Trust has some tips on eco driving for UK drivers.
It recommends trying to change up a gear before you reach 2,500 revs (petrol car, and 2,000 in a diesel car). This can help you save 15% on fuel costs.
Try and drive smoothly to maximise savings when using energy efficient cars. This means avoiding breaking hard or accelerating too quickly.
You also don’t need to warm up your car - and switch off your engine if you are stuck in a traffic jam as idling your car wastes fuel and energy.
Advertised miles per gallon - 59.6mpg
This is the second version of the Ignis and is also available in a hybrid version. It’s a compact SUV at 3.7 metres long, 1.69m wide and 1.6m tall.
Advertised miles per gallon 55.9mpg
The UP has a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the latest version includes the addition of a turbocharger.
Advertised miles per gallon 55.2mpg
Petrol-engine versions of the Citigo are now available only on the used market, because the car has been overhauled to become fully electric
Advertised miles per gallons 55.2
The Baleno was launched to rival the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia, which is more efficient than either of them in its 1.0-litre form. The Baleno is no longer on sale, but you can find used examples at very reasonable prices.
While petrol cars are typically less fuel efficient than other options such as hybrid or diesel, there’s no shortage of economical petrol cars available, including these top picks:
Advertised miles per gallon 68.9mpg
The second-generation Peugeot 208’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel claims to have a fuel economy figure of 68.9mpg.
Advertised miles per gallon 67.3mpg
The Clio comes a second close to the Peugeot by 1.6mpg and is powered by an efficient 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.
Advertised miles per gallon 67.3mpg
This eighth generation version of the hatchback boasts a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder and features a dual AdBlue injection system and an additional catalytic converter, which limits the engine’s emissions to just 108g/km of CO2.
Advertised miles per gallon 46.9mpg
Hyundai's Ioniq features regularly in best hybrid buys – rated as “spacious, well priced and feels reassuringly normal to drive”.
Advertised miles per gallon 49.2mpg
The Yaris Hybrid includes light controls, a tight turning circle and well controlled ride, it is rated as a “fine city car”.
Advertised miles per gallon 50.5mpg
The Prius is the most famous hybrid of them all and is still considered one of the most economical.
The Kia e-Niro’s 64kWh battery pack enables it to comfortably travel 230 miles on a single charge.
The all-electric version of the 208 has been named What Car’s car of the year 2020 and has a 50kWh lithium-ion battery, giving it a range of 211 miles on a single charge.
As well as choosing a more fuel efficient car there are other things you can do to reduce the cost of your car insurance.
There are some things you can do that may reduce the cost of your car insurance:
Having a black box fitted
Lowering your mileage
Parking in a private driveway or garage
Considering a multi-car insurance policy
Choosing a car from a low insurance group
Having a black box fitted means your driver behaviour is monitored. The telematics box reports on how you accelerate, brake and negotiate sharp bends as well as what time you drive and on what sorts of roads.
The data is analysed, and if your scores are positive, your car insurance may be discounted over time.
If you drive fewer miles in a year this could result in a lower car insurance premium.
Parking in a private driveway or garage can also attract a discount. Car insurers may take into account where you park, depending where you live.
If your driveway is cluttered with cars, you may want to consider a multi car insurance policy
The lower the value of the car and the cheaper it is to repair, the less car insurance you may have to pay.