The 4 Cars With The Best Fuel Efficiency in 2021

Posted by: Lydia on 10/11/2020

Category: General

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Fuel efficiency is an increasingly important consideration for Aussie car buyers. Some are principally motivated by a desire to drive a green vehicle, whereas others are focused on minimising hip pocket pain — a key priority given the economic turbulence that’s been seen across 2020 especially. For others, the motivation is a combination of the two.

Whatever the case, the next year is set to see the debut of some terrific vehicles with tremendous fuel efficiency. That said, it's important to note that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that some release dates could be subject to change  — especially as any delays we experience in Aus could be the result of overseas health concerns, financial complications, or simply just a need for a factory to catch up on production to meet growing demand! 

But even if it’s not yet guaranteed when each vehicle will be released, it’s clear that these cars are coming soon — and each of these 4 are worth getting very excited about. 

1. Toyota Yaris

The Yarris badge is a familiar one to Aussies, and there’s much excitement surrounding the upcoming release of the 2021 Yaris in Australia. Not only for this particular release, but the broader benefits the manufacturer offers its customers. Toyota is famous for the cost-efficiency of their vehicles, from their affordable sale prices to their minimal running costs. With a fuel consumption of just 3.3L/100km in the 2021 hybrid version of the Yaris, it’s easy to see why this reputation is going to stay for many years to come with this Japanese auto giant.

2. Hyundai Ioniq

This South Korean car manufacturer is another favourite Down Under. Beloved for its sleek style and zippy power, Hyundai has won devotees all across the country from all backgrounds. For anyone looking for an alternative to a Yaris that offers a lot of the same appeal (and some of its own unique virtues) the Ioniq electric model could be a winner. With a 134HP motor and a 38.3kWH lithium-polymer battery, a single charge is good for up to 273kms in distance. 

3. Kia Niro

Available in both an all-electric and plug-in hybrid model, the Niro’s all-electric model is powered by a 64-kWH battery that can provide a very impressive 384kms on a single charge. Originally the Niro was scheduled for release in Australia at the start of the year, to coincide with the Australian Open, of which Kia is a major sponsor. But the persistent demand from other markets around the world — especially those that have stricter regulations surrounding fuel emissions — has caused Australia to fall back in the queue. Although this is surely a little frustrating to local fans of Kia, it’s easy to understand the demand given the awards that the Kia range is collecting overseas, and it’s all the more reason to be excited about the Niro’s local rollout.

4. BMW X5 xDrive45e

If you’re looking for a vehicle with leading fuel efficiency mixed with a rich auto heritage, then this BMW may be the perfect fit for you. It's a vehicle with a sporty soul that you’ll love using in urban streets and on the open road alike. It looks like a classic SUV, but its fuel source confirms that this is a cutting-edge ride. This hybrid delivers an impressive fuel consumption as low as 1.2L/100km on the combined-fuel cycle.

New Tech, Old Tricks

These cars represent the cutting edge of fuel efficiency. Any one of these vehicles is a great pick for an Aussie looking to buy a car in the year ahead with fuel efficiency as a top priority. However, it’s essential to remember that an optimal engine isn’t the only element that makes a car fuel efficient. There are a number of other factors that impact a car’s fuel efficiency, and these are good to keep in mind whether you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle or optimise your current one.

Ensuring that your tyres are kept at the correct pressure is a great way of helping to keep your car at its maximum fuel efficiency. Similarly, try to always carry as little weight as possible in your vehicle to avoid placing extra strain on it, and expending unnecessary fuel. 

It's also important to consider how you drive. Drivers who like to frequently accelerate rapidly are diminishing their car’s fuel efficiency, and this also places additional strain on your vehicle's components. That’s why if you’re looking to improve fuel efficiency in any vehicle, it's a good idea to build the habit of consistent but gradual increases in speed when moving from a stop.

Getting Back on the Road

We live in an incredibly exciting time when it comes to car technology. It’s no secret that 2020 has been very challenging for the auto world, as well as the world in general. When we learn of delays surrounding vehicles we were looking forward to seeing locally, it can be super frustrating. Especially because in recent years we’ve seen so many new overseas releases make their way to Australia — and do so fast.

But it’s important to remember that even though 2020 has required so many of us to change the way we live and work temporarily, design work and research has continued around the world. So just as we can look forward to these 2021 vehicles arriving sooner rather than later, we can also be excited about seeing some of the progress that engineers have been making behind closed doors. 2021 is clearly set to go down as a great year in auto history, and we can certainly look forward to a few surprises being unveiled along the way.