Advertorial: Fuel efficient and sporty too

Drivers in Hartlepool who are looking for a car that is fuel efficient, compact and stylish will be spoiled for choice. Fuel efficiency and style aren’t mutually exclusive, and there are many compact cars on the market that boast excellent fuel economy whilst maintaining a classy appearance. Here are five of the best models that are currently available.

1. The Volkswagen Up

The Volkswagen Up is ideal for city driving. The 59bhp three-cylinder engine isn’t particularly impressive when driving on the motorway, but the 74bhp version drives like a dream. One area where the Volkswagen Up really impresses is in its handling. It’s very agile and easy to drive around small streets and tight corners, making it an excellent choice for driving around Hartlepool.

2. The Mazda 2

The Mazda 2 is another very compact and agile car that is fun and sporty whilst managing to achieve CO2 emissions of 115g/km. It’s easy to handle and agile around corners, helped by its electronic power steering. The car is light and acceleration is fast, managing 0-62mph in just 13.6 seconds.

3. The BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series boasts excellent performance with superb handling. It’s easy to drive and responsive, and at 62mpg it’s also a very fuel-efficient model. The smooth engines mean that sound from outside is minimal, especially with the diesel versions, but the wind noise is sometimes an annoyance at higher speeds.

4. The Audi A1

At 53.5mpg, the Audi A1 is a very fuel-efficient car, but it’s a bit more expensive than its other compact rivals. It comes with a range of engines, from a 1.2-litre petrol engine to a 2.0-litre diesel engine, but for driving around the streets of Hartlepool a 1.2-litre engine is the best option.

5. The Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is excellent for city driving as well as boasting very light steering, which is ideal when it comes to parking. Despite this, it’s let down by its performance on faster roads and the wind noise is often uncomfortably high.

Small, Stylish and Fuel Efficient

All of the above cars are excellent options for drivers looking for compact cars that are fuel efficient and stylish. Although it’s hard to pick out an overall winner, the Mazda 2 certainly ticks all the right boxes. However, all of these cars are great options for any drivers in Hartlepool who need something compact and fuel efficient that doesn’t compromise on style.