In light of the recent increase in fuel prices, we take a look at fuel-efficient vehicles

By Timothy Albright

Fuel prices rose after the new government eliminated fuel subsidies, requiring motorists to dig deeper into their pockets to fuel their vehicles. Potential car buyers are now looking for fuel-efficient vehicles that do not hurt the pockets.

As a result, we have decided to compile a list of fuel-efficient vehicles that can be fueled and maintained in the wake of the high fuel prices.

Honda Fit

If you’re looking for a small hatchback, the Honda Fit, as the name suggests, is a good choice. It has a decent and refined ride quality for its class, a comfortable interior that can comfortably seat four adults, and it looks good. The boot space is quite spacious, making it a practical vehicle.

The Honda Fit is available in four grades in our market: 13G with a 1300cc engine, 15x with a 1500cc engine, RS with a 1500cc engine tuned for extra power, and a 1500cc hybrid. The 1300cc engines in the Honda Fit get 26km/l on average, the 1500cc get 21km/l, and the 1500cc hybrid gets 36km/l on average. These figures demonstrate that running a Honda Fit is cost effective and that it is an excellent value when looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

The Nissan Note

The Nissan Note has become a popular vehicle on our roads for good reason; it is a spacious hatchback, larger in size than the Honda Fit and similar vehicles, and it offers excellent fuel economy. In our market, it is available with three engine options: a 1200cc petrol engine, a 1500cc engine, and a 1200cc petrol with DIG-S, which means it is supercharged. Nissan worked hard to create the DIG-S, a powerful hatchback with low fuel consumption.

Volkswagen Golf

If you’re looking for an European car that is fun to drive but will not make you break the bank every time you stop for fueling, the VW Golf is the vehicle for you. Volkswagen has embraced technology that allows the VW Golf to pack a punch while also being fun to drive. The ride quality, interior, and exterior feel much more refined than Japanese competitors in the same class, making it an appealing option.

IST Toyota

The Toyota IST is a compact car with a 1.5-liter or 1.8-liter engine. It is larger than regular small Toyota vehicles like the Vitz or Passo and has enough space to transport luggage. It seats 5 adults and uses little fuel. It is a good choice for someone looking for an affordable and compact car with slightly more size and power.

Mazda Axela

Mazda’s SkyActiv technology is intended to boost performance while lowering fuel consumption. Mazda Axela, a 1500cc hatchback with an average fuel consumption of 15-17km/l, incorporates the technology. It’s a good choice for someone looking for a fun-to-drive car with good looks, a decent boot space, and good fuel economy.

Fuel saving tips

A car’s fuel economy is highly dependent on driving style. As a result, even if you own a vehicle with a large engine capacity (cc), you can save fuel by employing the following fuel-saving hacks:

  • Accelerate gently- hard acceleration consumes a lot of fuel, whereas gentle acceleration consumes less.
  • To maximize fuel efficiency, cruise at a constant speed.
  • Avoid adding unnecessary weight to your vehicle.
  • Service your vehicle on time and make sure everything is in working order.
  • Gently brake and, if possible, coast to brake.
  • Check your tire pressure on a regular basis.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling and turn off the engine when stopping for an extended period of time.

Follow these fuel-saving tips and you will thank us later!



2 Replies to “In light of the recent increase in fuel prices, we take a look at fuel-efficient vehicles”

    1. Hello Hamisi, you are much welcome. For a first time car owner, we recommend a car that is reliable, fuel efficient and affordable. This also depends on factors like the main use of the car, your likes among others.

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