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Here are the top 10 most economical cars in the U.K. and Ireland based on their combined MPG figure as tested by the VCA.

All 10 cars make it on the list by combining quite small diesel engines with small lightweight cars. The mileage figures they achieve are simply outstanding, beating all the best petrol-electric hybrids.

Another great thing is these cars are not expensive to buy, unlike all the hybrid offerings. The Seat Ibiza Ecomotive costs around £10,000 for instance while the Toyota Prius is almost twice that.

One figure that stands out in this list is the Smart fortwo's urban consumption of 83 MPG, a full 14 MPG better than any other car.

Economical Car Engine
Urban MPG
Extra Urban MPG
Combined
Smart fortwo 0.8L diesel
83
88
86
Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion 1.2L diesel
69
94
83
Ford Fiesta 1.6L diesel
61
88
76
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3L diesel
61
88
76
Seat Ibiza Ecomotive 1.4L diesel
58
94
76
Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion 1.6L diesel
60
83
74
Peugeot 207 Economique 1.6L diesel
61
86
74
Citroen C3 1.6L diesel
60
86
74
Volvo C30 1.6L diesel
61
86
74
Seat Leon 1.6L diesel
60
83
74

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How The VCA Measures MPG

The UK's fuel consumption test procedures follow an EU directive that is in force right across Europe.

The cars tested must have already driven at least 1,800 miles. Test cycles are carried out on a rolling road in a laboratory.

The urban test cycle is from a cold start. It consists of a series of accelerations, steady speeds, decelerations and idling. Maximum speed is 31 mph, average speed 12 mph and the distance covered is 2.5 miles.

The extra urban cycle is conducted immediately after the urban test, again consisting of accelerations, steady speeds, decelerations and idling. Maximum speed is 75 mph, average speed is 39 mph and the distance covered is 4.3 miles.