While official and recent, WLTP certification cycles remain too optimistic. This is why “L’AM” has been around for over forty years independent measurement cycles and especially close to real life, evolving according to changes in the regulatory rates† Sure, our data may be out of line for some of our readers, as the driving style and use of each affect fuel consumption. So, without claiming to represent all types of drivers, these tests eliminate a maximum of variables. such as temperature, wind, traffic conditions, consumption of peripherals (heating/air conditioning, etc.) and our measurements, taken by one person all year round, are reproduced identically to allow fair comparisons between them.
An independent cycle and quite close to reality
So, regardless of the on-board computer, which is legally entitled to plus or minus 5% error, we rely only on ultra-precise flow meters mounted on the fuel system and perform all our cycles on the same track of the circuit of Montlhéry ( 91), free from all traffic. Heating, air conditioning and ventilation are also cut. And for hybrids, whose battery charge level affects consumption, we perform several blank cycles so that this charge stabilizes at the level corresponding to the use considered in our measurement protocol. (city, road, etc.). Finally, if our “urban” cycle includes a 60 km/h section – against the normalized 50 km/h, or even 30 lately – it’s because many cities keep areas where it’s allowed to drive at 70 mph. km/h to drive.
The 16 cars currently consuming less than 5l/100 km in the city
If we measure all cars correctly on 3 different cycles, we only isolated the urban cycle for this peak consumption. For your information, we also give you the average of the 3 cycles, that remains instructive† Small and medium hybrids largely dominate this ranking and it makes sense. Because their mechanics are most effective in the city. If you can’t drive for a long time before the thermal intervention due to the small electric motors, this is perfectly suited for choppy driving in the urban environment where you often stop. The start-up phases, which are particularly fuel intensive, are mainly provided by the electric† In this game, even a austere Audi A3 30TDI, the first 100% thermal model in this ranking, is relegated to the back of the pack. Hybridization mandatory, there are only two mechanical boxes in the classification, with those of the Audi and the Renault Clio diesel.
On the other hand, it is necessary to underline the good performance of the Renault Arkana and Toyota RAV4, who, despite their respective 1,480 and 1,682 kg checked on our scales, manage to remain economical in the city† Likewise, the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, with which we measure an empty battery, remains extremely economical. A very good performance compared to other plugins whose voracious side we have already underlined once the “battery” has reached its minimum load threshold.
|ranking||Vehicle||Friendly||engine||City consumption||Average consumption|
|ranking1||VehicleToyota Yaris Hybrid||Friendlycity car||engineHybrid||City consumption3.6l/100km||Average consumption4.6l/100km|
|ranking2||VehicleHyundai Ioniq Hybrid Car6||FriendlyCompact||engineHybrid||City consumption4 l/100 km||Average consumption4.9 l/100 km|
|ranking3||VehicleHonda Jazz 1.5 i-MMD e-CVT||Friendlycity car||engineHybrid||City consumption4.1 l/100 km||Average consumption5 l/100km|
|ranking4||VehicleToyota Yaris Cross 2WD||FriendlySmall SUV||engineHybrid||City consumption4.3l/100km||Average consumption5,5l/100km|
|ranking5||VehicleRenault Clio 5 E-Tech Hybrid||Friendlycity car||engineHybrid||City consumption4.4l/100km||Average consumption5.1l/100km|
|ranking5 equal||VehicleToyota Corolla Hybrid 122 hp||FriendlyCompact||engineHybrid||City consumption4.4l/100km||Average consumption5,5l/100km|
|ranking7||VehicleToyota Corolla 2.0 Hybrid||FriendlyCompact||engineHybrid||City consumption4.5l/100km||Average consumption5.7l/100km|
|ranking8||VehicleRenault Arkana E-Tech 145||FriendlyCompact SUV||engineHybrid||City consumption4.6l/100km||Average consumption5.6l/100km|
|ranking9||VehicleToyota Corolla TS Hybrid 180||FriendlyCompact station wagon||engineHybrid||City consumption4.7l/100km||Average consumption5.9l/100km|
|ranking10||VehicleKia Niro Premium||FriendlyCompact SUV||engineHybrid||City consumption4.8l/100km||Average consumption5,5l/100km|
|ranking10 equal||VehicleRenault Captur E-Tech 145||FriendlySmall SUV||engineHybrid||City consumption4.8l/100km||Average consumption5.7l/100km|
|ranking12||VehicleToyota RAV4 Hybrid 2WD||Friendlyfamily SUV||engineHybrid||City consumption4.9 l/100 km||Average consumption6 l/100km|
|ranking12 equal||VehicleAudi A3 Sportback 30 TDI||FriendlyCompact||engineDiesel||City consumption4.9 l/100 km||Average consumption5 l/100km|
|ranking14||VehicleSuzuki Swace 1.8 Hybrid CVT||FriendlyCompact||engineHybrid||City consumption5 l/100km||Average consumption5.8l/100km|
|ranking14 equal||VehicleRenault Clio 1.5 dCi 100||Friendlycity car||engineDiesel||City consumption5 l/100km||Average consumption5.1l/100km|
|ranking14 equal||VehicleKia Niro plug-in hybrid||FriendlyCompact SUV||enginePHEV||City consumption5 l/100km||Average consumption5.3l/100km|
published on 02/05/2022 Updated 02/05/2022 François Lemaur and the editors