A good family car must cover a lot of bases to stand out pack. It needs to be comfortable and pleasant to drive, have space for passengers and luggage and have the right safety tech. With fuel prices rising every year, they must be very economical. Read which cars were voted the most economical family cars for 2021 by Auto Express...

What are the Most Economical Family Cars for 2021?

Here are the most economical petrol, diesel and hybrid cars on sale today.

Most economical petrol car - Skoda Octavia 1.0

The Skoda Octavia hatchback is the fuel economy king of family cars. It is available with a selection of petrol engines, but the most frugal is the 1.0-litre three-cylinder mild-hybrid – according to Skoda’s claimed fuel economy figures, it will return up to 56.5mpg.

Performance takes a back seat with the  cart – it only has 109bhp and 200Nm of torque. The 0-62mph time of 10.6 seconds and 124mph top speed still mean this Octavia has sufficient pace for day-to-day driving.

Most economical diesel family car - Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI

The diesel-powered Octavia hatchback from Skoda follows in the footsteps of its petrol counterpart, by being the most economical diesel car. In fact, with a 68.9mpg fuel consumption figure this particular Skoda Octavia is one of the most frugal non-hybrid diesels of all.

With 113bhp and 300Nm of torque, the entry-level Skoda Octavia diesel has enough punch for motorway cruising. If you desire, you can also replace the manual gearbox with a DSG automatic – though that reduces fuel economy to a still impressive 64.2mpg.

Most economical hybrid family car - Mercedes GLE 350de 

The plug-in hybrid version of Mercedes’ GLE is can give you up to 403.6mpg. It’s the most powerful car on the list, its 2.0-litre diesel engine and electric motor producing up to 316bhp and 700Nm of torque. That means 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds.

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