More Miles for Your Money
In the last few years there has been a marked increase in the number of economy and low-emission cars on the market. This boom has resulted in a wider range of options for those looking for new and used cars alike.
The choice that is now available ranges from super minis to MPVs, with diesel, petrol or electric engines. While it usually true that smaller cars with smaller engines are the most environmentally friendly, by opting for the most efficient vehicle in its category you can save the cost of up to four months of fuel per annum.
Buying a car, whether new or used, is a significant financial commitment. Most people will either find savings accounts will have to be dipped into or they will have to apply for credit to fund their purchase.
For those looking for a petrol city car, the Fiat 500 TwinAir is a firm favourite. A stylish and small car, it was heralded as having the most efficient petrol engine in the world at its launch. Its fuel economy reaches up to 78.5 mpg in an urban setting and with a price tag of £12,530 it is certainly a budget option.
If you need a practical family car and like the idea of an electric vehicle, then the Vauxhall Ampera is worth serious consideration. The electric range is between 25 and 50 miles, meeting most people's day-to-day requirements.
Once the battery has run down on this vehicle, the petrol engine acts as a generator and gives an extra 310 miles. With a fuel economy that reaches up to 313.9 mpg in an urban setting, the Ampera can certainly be a cheap option to run if you rarely need the petrol back-up. With a price tag of £34,995 it isn't cheap to purchase, however.
If extra space is essential, then the Skoda Fabia Estate Greenline II may be a good option. This vehicle has a boot capacity ranging from 480 litres with the rear seats up to 1460 litres with them down. Its low CO2 emissions are due to its three-cylinder turbo-charged 1.2 TDI engine and it can achieve up to 94.2 mpg. And with a price range between £11.035 and £17,265, it is competitively priced against its nearest rivals.
For those searching for an executive car that is not too hard on the environment, the BMW 5 series has much to offer. The 520 diesel ED has many interesting features, such as low rolling-resistance tyres, brake-energy regeneration and a drive ratio that can reduce revs when travelling on motorways. The 520d ED has a fuel economy of up to 72.4 mpg and a price of £30,435, making it an attractive proposition.
If you are looking to buy a new or used car then it can be worth investing in a greener model. As well as getting more miles for your money, you can do your bit to help the environment. You might find savings accounts that have been lying dormant and put the money to better use by reducing your carbon footprint. You will be impressed by the variety of choice that is now available.