8 Cheap Used Cars with Great Fuel Efficiency
Posted by: Lydia on 26/04/2017
When it’s time to buy a used car, one of the first things you should do is put together a list of possible options. You need to decide what you’re looking for, even if you only have a rough idea at the start. This task will be much easier if you have an open mind about what vehicle you’d be happy with. But whatever you’re looking for, there are always some essential features you should look for.
With the average Australian vehicle being driven over 13,716 kilometres each year, fuel efficiency will always be an important consideration when buying a car. But in a nation where record new car sales have been achieved - rising 2% in 2016 - looking for a new or used vehicle can feel like an overwhelming task. To help you navigate the market, here’s a look at 8 of the best used cars that have great fuel efficiency.
1. Suzuki Alto
The Suzuki Alto has won renown as a fantastically fuel-efficient vehicle. With its models around 2010 using just 4.7 litres per 100km, any buyer in the market for a great two-door car will find a wonderful match in the Alto.
2. Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen has long been a mainstay of the used car market. The biggest car manufacturer in Europe, the German team produced an outstanding vehicle with the Jetta. Needing just 6.5 litres per 100km, the Jetta is a tremendous pick for those who seek out a used car with European styling.
3. Toyota Camry
By many measures the Toyota Camry is the most popular vehicle in the world. It is no surprise, then, that it has a healthy presence in the used car market. While the Camry’s fuel performance of 7.8 litres per 100km is not as stellar as some others on this list, its easy availability means it is a great starting point for someone looking for a used car quickly.
4. Holden Odyssey
Delivering a performance of 8.9 litres per 100km, the Holden Odyssey is among the very best performers in the SUV class. For those looking for a good used vehicle that ticks all the boxes - without delivering great pain to the pocket each time you fill up the tank - this SUV is a great starting point in your search.
5. Toyota Prius
When it comes to fuel efficiency in the used car market, looking to hybrid and electric vehicles seems like a no-brainer. Delivering a fantastic efficiency of 3.9 litres per 100km, the Toyota Prius is among the best picks for those seeking out a hybrid vehicle with minimal expense at the fuel pump.
6. Tesla Model S
Broadly speaking, there are two types of car owners: those who feel a car is just about getting from Point A to Point B, and those who feel every vehicle they drive should be special. This attitude will definitely inform a used car buyer’s decision when looking at the electric car market.
For those who love a luxury ride, the Tesla Model S is a fantastic pick. Built for performance, like any other sleek sports car, the Model S is outstanding for producing an equivalent fuel consumption of just 2.26 litres per 100km.
7. Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is a great pick for those who love the sleek design of a Tesla but perhaps seek something in a more affordable price point. With the vehicle delivering an equivalent of just 2.2 litres per 100km, the Leaf is a market leader for fuel efficiency mixed with sleek design.
8. Audi A1 1.6TDI Attraction
Many used car buyers may look at an electric used car with interest, but they also want a European brand to marry their preferences of performance and style. The Audi A1 is a fantastic combination for these desires, possessing the contemporary luxury and sporty touch Audi is known for, while delivering an outstanding equivalent fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres per 100km.
Boost Fuel Efficiency After Purchase
When it comes to fuel efficiency in a car, most motorists look to the engine and fuel pump for information. It's pretty common knowledge that a V8 uses more fuel than a V6, and that running your vehicle in ‘power’ or ‘sport’ mode (usually activated by a little switch on the gearstick or dashboard) uses more fuel.
But many motorists overlook a simple but essential way to boost their car’s fuel efficiency: maintaining their tyres. Tyres that are not properly inflated or maintained will put more strain on a car while it’s running. With every kilometre, the wear and tear on the tyres adds up, so ensuring your tyres are properly inflated and in good condition (if not, consider buying a new set) will ensure your next car is fuel efficient across the board.
Buying and maintaining a car that is affordable involves many factors, such as buying it at the right purchase price, with affordable ongoing maintenance costs. Fuel costs will always be the biggest ongoing cost though, so buying a fuel efficient used car will give you a big advantage from the start.
You may want a traditional sedan, a two-door car, or a 4WD. You may even want to pick up your first electric car as your next used car, and do so without paying the sticker price. Whatever model and type of car you get, though, ensure you make fuel efficiency a non-negotiable in your next used vehicle. This ensures you get great value for money when you buy the car, and every time you fuel up thereafter.
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