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Beat UAE fuel price rises with these economical cars

UAE fuel price

As of this November, fuel prices have gone up in the UAE, and though we’ve had it good in terms of cheap fuel for a while, it’s fair to assume that we’ll see slight increases over the next few months. This means that it’s time to start thinking more about fuel economy.

First, some numbers. At the end of last month, the country’s Ministry of Energy announced that Super 98 would rise from AED 1.81 per litre to AED 1.90 per litre. Special 95, meanwhile, rose from AED 1.70 per litre to AED 1.79 per litre, and E Plus 91 went from AED 1.63 per litre to AED 1.72 per litre. Diesel was also affected, with prices rising from AED 1.76 per litre to AED 1.91 per litre.

With that in mind, UAE residents are being advised to keep an eye on their fuel consumption – something that the country is not traditionally used to doing. So if you’re buying a new car and want to ensure that your running costs will be kept down, it may be best to opt for something economical. And if that’s what you want, check out our handy list below of the UAE’s most economical cars.

Toyota Prius UAE fuel price

Toyota Prius Eco

Engine: 1.8-litre hybrid
Power: 95 bhp
0-100 km/h: 9.5 s
Fuel consumption: 4.4L/100km

The Toyota Prius kick-started the global trend for hybrid cars, which feature smaller petrol engines paired with electric motors to improve fuel economy. And though the original Prius was launched in 1997, it has only just made its way to the UAE in the form of the fourth-generation model. With this model, everything is improved – from performance to comfort. And, of course, the new-generation engine, paired with a new electric motor, offers superb fuel economy.

 VW Golf UAE fuel price

VW Golf

Engine: 1.2-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 104 bhp
0-100 km/h: 10.2 s
Fuel consumption: 4.8L/100km

Most car lovers will tell you that the VW Golf to buy is the hot GTI version, with over 220 bhp. But if you’re looking for a high-quality, practical hatchback with decent fuel economy, the base 1.2-litre version is the one to go for. Amazingly, this Golf is more efficient than many cars half its size, which goes to show how much thought has gone into this model’s clever four-cylinder engine.

Audi A3 UAE fuel price

Audi A3 30 Sedan

Engine: 1.4-litre TFSI 4-cylinder
Power: 125 bhp
0-100 km/h: 9.3 s
Fuel consumption: 4.9L/100km

The Audi A3 Sedan has become one of the most popular small cars in the UAE, and with good reason – it drives well, has a stunning interior, and all the refinement you could expect of a car wearing the Audi badge. This A3 30 version has two advantages in that it’s the cheapest in the range, and it’s also the most economical. A win-win, surely?

Chevrolet Spark UAE fuel price

Chevrolet Spark

Engine: 1.4-litre DOHC 4-cylinder
Power: 98 bhp
0-100 km/h: 10.8 s
Fuel consumption: 5.1L/100km

It may have once been a Daewoo Matiz in a previous life, but the Chevrolet Spark has grown up a lot since then, and is now a properly desirable small, cheap car. The current generation comes with distinctive styling, plenty of gadgets, and a nippy little engine good for 98 bhp. Oh, and with a fuel consumption rate of 5.1L/100km, it’ll also save you on trips to the petrol pump.Ford Fiesta UAE fuel price

Ford Fiesta

Engine: 1.25-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 82 bhp
0-100 km/h: 13.3 s
Fuel consumption: 5.2L/100km

The Ford Fiesta is a legend in the small hatchback world, thanks in no small part to its go kart-like feel through the corners. The cheapest model with a nippy, 1.25-litre engine comes with a manual gearbox that could be just about the most engaging gearbox to be fitted to a small car currently. It may not be fast, with a 0-100 km/h time of over 13 seconds, but the base Ford Fiesta represents pure, unadulterated driving fun – the fact that the car is economical is just the icing on the cake.

 

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