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Looking at Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions

When in the market for a new car, one of the most important areas to look at is the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The public is becoming increasingly eco-conscious and the government are introducing incentives to encourage people to switch to more environmentally friendly automobiles.

This means that selecting a car with high mpg and low emissions is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Not just this, but many eco-friendly cars are brilliantly designed, comfortable and stylish.


In 2016, the average new car emitted 120.1g/km of CO2. This was 1.1% less than in 2015 and an impressive 33.6% less than in 2000. This shows the trend that there is an increase in demand for automobiles that leave less of a carbon footprint. In terms of fuel consumption, the average new car consumption in the UK in 2015 was 52.1mpg for petrol and 61.7mpg for diesel vehicles.


This demand for eco-friendly vehicles has been furthered by the Government’s Road Tax incentives. Currently, all-electric cars are exempt from paying road tax whilst conventional cars and hybrids are charged at a rate depending on their emissions. The Government also offer plug-in grants where people can benefit from money off the cost of new electric cars. Not only this, but any automobile which emits less than 75g/km does not have to pay the London Congestion Charge.

Finding Eco-Friendly Cars

Therefore, those that are in the market for a new car should look out for those that have zero or low emissions. This will allow you to save money on running costs and benefit from these incentives. Citroen is one manufacturer that has focused on developing environmentally friendly vehicles in recent years and they have a number of excellent ones to choose from. This includes the C1, the C3 Picasso and the C4 Cactus.

The Citroen C1, in particular, is a great choice as it is stylish, fun to drive and affordable to purchase. The most efficient is the e-VTi 68 S&S, which has emissions well under the UK average with 88g/km. It can also return 74.3mpg. This makes the C1 very cheap to run and ideal for those looking to save money whilst also reducing their carbon footprint.

In today’s day and age, miles per gallon and CO2 emissions are often the first aspects that a motorist will take notice of when buying a new car. This is due to the fact that there is such a heavy focus on environmentally vehicles, as well as the financial benefits of going green.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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