When deciding to rent a car, there are a few things you will need to consider. Besides your driving needs, you will also need to take into account a car’s fuel economy. This is especially the case if you are renting a car for a considerable period. Choose a car with poor fuel economy and you will probably end up burning a hole in your wallet each time you head to the pumps. To help you avoid that, here are 10 of the most fuel-efficient cars to rent. To ensure a fair and equal comparison, we’ll only be considering petrol cars.
1. Mitsubishi Attrage
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The Mitsubishi Attrage comes with a 1.2 litre engine with 79 brakehouse power (bhp). Although lacking in power, the car makes up for it with its outstanding fuel efficiency of 20.4km/l. It is also favoured by families for its roomy interior and large boot capacity of 450 litres. If safety is a concern, don’t fret, because the Attrage comes with 6 air bags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). This car should be a good choice if you’re planning a long road trip for the family.
2. Nissan Note
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Equipped with a sharper and sportier body kit, the Nissan Note is probably one of the most stylish hatchbacks in the market today. It runs on a 1.2 litre engine with 78bhp, and has a fuel consumption rate of 20km/l. It also boasts an interior length of 2,065mm and should seat a party of five rather comfortably. If you’re driving within a busy metropolis, the Note should be your go-to car.
3. Toyota Vios
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Mention the Toyota Vios to any Singaporean driver, and it would instantly remind them of their driving school days. Despite the association, the Vios still remains as one of the most fuel-efficient sedans in the car market. Equipped with a 1.5 litre engine, it boasts 105 bhp and a fuel consumption rate of 17.2km/l. With its recent facelift, the Vios is also much longer and wider than before. Yes, that means a more spacious cabin for your passengers.
4. Ford Focus
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Fitted with Ford’s award-winning 1 litre EcoBoost engine, the Ford Focus proves that you don’t need a big engine to have a powerful drive. With an engine power of 123bhp, it’s definitely one of the most powerful hatchback cars out there. Combined with a fuel economy of 18.1km/l, the Focus should outperform most cars in the same category, without burning a deep hole in your wallet. It does come with a rather small boot though, so those driving with excess baggage might want to take note.
5. Suzuki Vitara
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Those looking to rent a fuel-efficient SUV should consider giving the Suzuki Vitara a shot. Fitted with a 1.6 litre engine at 118bhp, it boasts a fuel consumption rate of 17.5km/l. With its rugged exterior and array of features on the inside, the Vitara proves to be a sturdy and comfortable vehicle to handle. This tough SUV is also available in 4-wheel drive, making it suitable for both urban and off-road driving.
6. Mazda 3
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The Mazda 3 has always been a favourite thanks to its stylish and sporty look. Appearance aside, it comes fitted with a powerful 1.5 litre, 4-cyclinder engine with 118 bhp. Unlike other cars in the same segment, the Mazda 3 is quite fuel efficient and is able to cover 17.5km/l. Those looking to drive with conviction will definitely be impressed by its handling, sleek exterior, and premium interior finishing. This car is perfect for couples and those traveling in small groups.
7. Honda City
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Known as “The People’s Car”, the Honda City certainly lives up to its moniker. A well-rounded vehicle, it’s suited for both city driving and long road trips. Powered by a 1.5 litre engine at 118 bhp, the City is considered by many to be one of the most economical cars in the market with a fuel consumption rate of 17.5km/l. You wouldn’t need to pump premium petrol in it either, as it runs perfectly with regular 92-grade petrol. Other plus points include spacious legroom in the passenger seats and knocked down rear seats for added boot space.
8. Honda Jazz
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Similar to the Mitsubishi Attrage, the Honda Jazz is a fuel-efficient vehicle with a decent powered engine to boot. It comes equipped with a 1.3 litre engine at 98 bhp, with a respectable fuel consumption rate of 19.2km/l. This compact hatchback is loved by many for its handling and spaciousness within the cabin. It also comes with EBD and brake assist for safety. The suspension might be hard for some, but it makes up for it in terms of responsiveness and reliability.
9. Mitsubishi Space Star
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The most economical car in our list belongs to the Mitsubishi Space Star. Although not the flashiest model under the Mitsubishi brand, the Space Star is certainly one of the easiest to handle thanks to its compact size. Don’t expect much under the bonnet; it comes with a 1.2 litre, 3-cylinder engine with 78 bhp. Its fuel consumption, however, is impressive at 23.2km/l. The perfect point A to point B vehicle, this car best suited for city driving.
10. Volkswagen Golf
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Easy on the eyes, the Volkswagen Golf makes it place on our list for its minimalistic appearance and respectable fuel efficiency. Although it comes with a 1 litre engine, it does achieve power of 109 bhp. However, the true plus point of the car comes from its 20km/l fuel consumption. A decent, all-rounded vehicle, it picks up speed rather quickly and is perfect for city driving. Its interior can be rather tight for passengers, therefore, it’s more suited for couples and small families.
If you are looking to rent a car in Singapore, ETHOZ has a wide range of vehicles to suit every budget and need. With over 30 years of experience, they are one of the most established car rental companies in Singapore. Customer safety is their top priority, and every rental vehicle must pass a strict and thorough quality inspection. These inspections are carried by experienced mechanics in their very own workshop facility.
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