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With climate change happening as you read this, it's important to make changes to the cars we drive on a daily basis. Whilst 'enjoyable' cars tend to use more fuel, technological advancements in internal combustion engines and electric motors mean cars are having less of an environmental impact whatever their intended use is.

This list highlights the most economical production cars to date and ranks them from best MPG to worst.

The Highest MPG Cars Ever

Volkswagen XL1 (2014-2016)

With a fuel economy of 280 mpg, the Volkswagen XL1 takes first place.
It's a 2 door RWD Coupé with 2 seats and a 0.8L Inline 2 Turbo engine.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Plug-In Hybrid Cars Ever.

Artega Scalo (2015-)

With a fuel economy of 271.6 mpg, the Artega Scalo takes second place.
It's a 2 door RWD Coupé with 2 seats and a electric motor.
It is also 1st in The Best MPG Electric Cars Ever.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV (2014-2016)

With a fuel economy of 264.7 mpg, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV takes joint third place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also joint 1st in The Highest MPG Hatchbacks Ever.

Peugeot iOn (2013-)

With a fuel economy of 264.7 mpg, the Peugeot iOn takes joint third place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Peugeots Ever.

Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid (AE) (2017-)

With a fuel economy of 256.8 mpg, the Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid takes fifth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 5 seats and a front-mounted 1.6L Inline 4 engine.
It is also 1st in The Best MPG Petrol Cars Ever.

Citroën C-Zero (2013-)

With a fuel economy of 251.5 mpg, the Citroën C-Zero takes joint sixth place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also joint 1st in The Highest MPG Citroëns Ever.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV (2012-2014)

With a fuel economy of 251.5 mpg, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV takes joint sixth place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG Mitsubishis Ever.

Peugeot iOn (2010-2013)

With a fuel economy of 251.5 mpg, the Peugeot iOn takes joint sixth place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG Peugeots Ever.

Citroën C-Zero (2010-2012)

With a fuel economy of 251.5 mpg, the Citroën C-Zero takes joint sixth place.
It's a 5 door RWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also joint 1st in The Highest MPG Citroëns Ever.

Renault Zoe ZE40 (2016-2017)

With a fuel economy of 244.1 mpg, the Renault Zoe ZE40 takes tenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 5 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Renaults Ever.

Smart Fortwo ED (2011-2012)

With a fuel economy of 241.8 mpg, the Smart Fortwo ED takes eleventh place.
It's a 3 door RWD Hatchback with 2 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Smarts Ever.

Renault Zoe (2013-2016)

With a fuel economy of 239.5 mpg, the Renault Zoe takes twelfth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 5 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG Renaults Ever.

Toyota Prius Plug-In (2017-)

With a fuel economy of 235.4 mpg, the Toyota Prius Plug-In takes thirteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Fastback with 5 seats and a front-mounted 1.8L Inline 4 engine.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Toyotas Ever.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (AE) (2016-)

With a fuel economy of 219 mpg, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric takes fourteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 5 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG Hyundais Ever.

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid (DE) (2017-)

With a fuel economy of 217.3 mpg, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid takes fifteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD SUV with 5 seats and a front-mounted 1.6L Inline 4 engine.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG SUVs & MPVs Ever.

Volkswagen e-up! (2016-)

With a fuel economy of 215.6 mpg, the Volkswagen e-up! takes joint sixteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also joint 2nd in The Highest MPG Volkswagens Ever.

Volkswagen e-up! (2013-2016)

With a fuel economy of 215.6 mpg, the Volkswagen e-up! takes joint sixteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD Hatchback with 4 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also joint 2nd in The Highest MPG Volkswagens Ever.

Renault Fluence Z.E. (2012-2014)

With a fuel economy of 211.3 mpg, the Renault Fluence Z.E. takes eighteenth place.
It's a 4 door FWD Saloon with 5 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also 1st in The Highest MPG Saloons Ever.

Kia Soul EV (PS) (2017-2018)

With a fuel economy of 209.6 mpg, the Kia Soul EV takes nineteenth place.
It's a 5 door FWD MPV with 5 seats and a front-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG SUVs & MPVs Ever.

Smart Fortwo ED (2012-2014)

With a fuel economy of 207.8 mpg, the Smart Fortwo ED takes twentieth place.
It's a 3 door RWD Hatchback with 2 seats and a rear-mounted electric motor.
It is also 2nd in The Highest MPG Smarts Ever.

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Last updated on 22nd August, 2019
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