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5 of Australia’s most economical cars.

There are all sorts of different factors to consider when buying a new car [1], ranging from what sized vehicle best suits your needs to which loan is most appropriate for your financial situation. What’s often overlooked, however, is the ongoing costs of a car, and whether or not one model might provide an advantage over another. While it’s all but impossible to predict unexpected maintenance costs, the money you’ll spend on simply running a certain car is easy to find out, and can play a big role in determining the long-term cost of the investment [2].

To help you, we’ve put together a list containing 5 of Australia’s most fuel-efficient cars, based on information from Performance Drive¹.

Let’s take a look at the options:

  1. Toyota Prius [3](Plug-in hybrid)

The first car on our list is the ever-popular Toyota Prius, which has seen countless variations over the years. An ongoing process of refinement has made it one of the most feature-packed affordable vehicles on the market. Just as importantly, it uses a mere 3.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (L/100km), meaning it won’t hurt your wallet over its long lifespan.

  1. Mini Cooper D [4] (Diesel)

If you’re after a set of wheels that combines style with economy, look no further than the Mini Cooper D. Not only does the Mini boast one of the most distinctive looks in automotive design, it also runs on an efficient 3.7L/100km, thanks to a state-of-the-art diesel engine which puts it in the top tier of economic vehicles just behind the Prius.

  1. Citroen C4 Cactus [5] (Diesel)

Sticking with the diesel options, it’s hard to look past the Citroen C4 Cactus, which at 3.4L/100km is just as efficient as the Prius. The Cactus also has a unique, funky design that’s sure to turn heads wherever the road takes you.

  1. BMW [6] 330e (Plug-In Hybrid)

If you’re after something a bit roomier than the small cars that we’ve touched on already, but still want to achieve the great possible fuel efficiency, consider hybrid and electric vehicles. In the four-door sedan class, the outstanding option is the BMW 330e, a plug-in hybrid vehicle that achieves an outstanding 2.1L/100km.

  1. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV [7](Plug-in hybrid)

If the BMW 330e still isn’t big enough for you, take a step up to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The PHEV provides everything that you’d want in an SUV – including remote climate control and scheduled charging – all while beating the BMW on efficiency at 1.9L/100km.


Ultimately, the car that you choose will be based on a variety of factors, including your financial situation, family needs and the various car loans available [8]. However, knowing which models are the most fuel-efficient is a great way to ensure you make a smart purchase that makes sense today, tomorrow and in five years’ time.

For more information, contact Beyond Bank today [9].


This information has been provided without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, you should consider its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. Beyond Bank Australia, a trading name of Community CPS Australia Ltd, 100 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 (ABN 15 087 651 143, AFSL / Australian Credit Licence 237856)
¹Performance Drive, Top 10 most economical cars on sale in Australia