July 21, 2021 at 1:04 PM

When it comes to purchasing a second-hand car, one of the most important factors that most people consider is the car's fuel efficiency. The advantage of economical cars is that not only do they reduce their damage to the environment, but because of their low emissions, they also save you a huge chunk of cash in road tax bills as well.

If you cannot afford a new car, they are myriads of used economical cars on the market to consider. In this article, you will find out some of the most economical small cars that you can get in today's used market, many of which are common on our forecourt. Do not let their small engines and fuel efficiency fool you that they are not as much fun to drive. Keep reading to find out about some of our favourite used cars available in 2021.

Some Our Favourite Economical Used Cars

Suzuki Swift

In a pool of Ford Fiestas and VW Polos, never overlook the Suzuki Swift in the used car market. The Suzuki Swift provides good value for your money, is reliable, and most importantly, it's fun to drive. It boasts a 56.5mpg on the combined cycle which is quite impressive even if the car comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine.

It is lightweight which helps with handling as well as vehicle's efficiency. Its interior is not very convincing but that is quickly forgotten if you consider that you can get yourself a 40,000-mile, stunning 2013 model of the Suzuki Swift for only £3,000. You'll be too busy having fun with the car that you won't realise its plasticky dashboard.


SEAT Mii exploded to the car scene nine years ago. It comes with a clever packaging and an efficient engine. This makes it a good modern pick for people who want a great amount of space in a compact package at a good price.

It packs a 1.0-litre engine that produces a powerful 59bhp which gives it the characteristic maturity and pace that the Mii is known for. Get the five-door version for easy access and a decent kit. A used SEAT Mii costs about £3,290 to purchase.

Peugeot 208

The 1.6-litre model of Peugeot 208 hit the car scene in 2015 being part of the 208's facelift. It delivers the lowest amounts of official emissions than any other non-hybrid fuel-powered car. Currently, the Peugeot 208 BlueHDi has hugely depreciated which makes it an attractive purchase for price-conscious buyers.

Its engine is on the rough side, so it won't offer the aboslute smoothest of rides, and it is not easy to attain Peugeot's claimed fuel economy of 80.7mpg. However, this ~£6,000-priced used car is remarkably refined for a supermini car and it has a soft suspension which enhances its comfortability.

Ford Fiesta Driving Economy

Ford Fiesta

The recent, 7th generation Ford Fiesta has been on the roads for quite some time now but is still one of the best used economical cars. Until it was replaced, it was regarded as Britain's best-selling car and among its class leaders.

The Mk6 Ford Fiesta has practical luggage space and comes in a sweet and relatively modern package. It costs around £5,000 to buy a low miles model that offers the kind of condition we look for, and it comes with a base 1.0-litre engine, produces 99bhp of power, and its fuel economy clocks at 65.7mpg.

Toyota Prius

The older generations of Prius have recently become affordable. It's not the most fun car to drive but it is one of the attractive economical cars for city dwellers because of its low rates of emissions and the good economy that come with the car (about 72.4mpg).

It is a car that starts somehwere in the £6,000 plus range to buy, and post-2012 versions have the advantage of a central touchscreen, a wide range of kit upgrades, and enhanced structural rigidity.