Best Economical Luxury Cars

16th Aug 2022

By Kenny Longdon

Economical Luxury

Premium, luxury and sports cars are way more exclusive than your everyday cars, so it makes a nice change if you can find one that is economical, as who said just because a car costs more, it should not be good on fuel?

It used to be diesel cars which offered high miles per gallon (mpg), but now we see a clever choice of hybrid vehicles, which use electric assistance to help make a vehicle much more economical.

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The best new economical luxury cars

Quite possibly one of the best feelings is 'that new car feeling'. And when choosing a new car that is also great on fuel, it only adds to the overall experience.

And although these cars featured in our list may be of a premium price, at least with these picks you will not be visiting the fuel station too often.

BMW 330e

BMW 330e Touring

BMW make some excellent plug-in hybrid models which offer outstanding economy. They have a whole range so finding your ideal economical luxury car is simple.

Here, we have chosen the textbook choice in the form of the BMW 330e - a PHEV version of the ultra-popular BMW 3 Series, a car well-known for its excellent day-to-day luxury and ability to munch miles with effortless ease.

The 330e 3 Series is a petrol plug-in hybrid and can be specified in the popular M Sport trim with either classic BMW rear-wheel drive or for extra stability and grip, then there is also the option to have your 330e with xDrive all-wheel drive.

Performance is impressive with 0 to 62mph happening in 5.8 seconds, along with incredible economy of up to 201mpg combined.

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Range Rover Sport SE

Range Rover Sport PHEV

The off-road icon that is the Range Rover is not really the first vehicle that may spring to mind when thinking about good economy.

But thanks to evolving electric and PHEV technology, Land Roverhave come out the with some properly good engine/PHEV choices, such as the Range Rover Sport P440e AWD PHEV with can excel when it comes to mpg.

Not only is it still a joy to drive on and off-road, but this brute of an SUV can return up to 336mpg combined - which is unbelievably good.

What is more, this iconic SUV can still cut in when it comes to performance too, with 0 to 62mph happening in just 5.5 seconds too.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class PHEV

Throughout Europe, you can always guarantee seeing a Mercedes-Benz E-Class as a taxi. The car has a reputation for munching miles, whilst occupants are treated to epic comfort and outstanding levels of luxury.

It comes as no surprise then that you can specify an E-Class with PHEV technology, allowing for some excellent mpg and economy figures. Up to 235mpg to be precise, and unlike those mentioned previous, the E-Class Plug-in Hybrid uses a diesel engine with electric power.

Along with the impressive economy, you can travel up to 34 miles in pure electric mode too.

And with the latest state-of-the-art digital cockpit, the E-Class feels right up to date, and with the option of either a saloon or estate, you can tailor your E-Class to your exact needs.

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Jaguar F-PACE


Another large luxury SUV that is excellent when it comes to clocking decent economy.

Despite this big cat's practical and large SUV size, the F-PACE Electric Hybrid can return up to 130mpg. This is thanks to a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine working alongside a 105kW electric motor for a combined power output of 398bhp. And being a Jaguar, performance is not lacking either, with the big cat being able to complete the 0 to 62mph sprint in an effortless 5.0 seconds flat.

And like many state-of-the-art PHEVs, the F-PACE Electric Hybrid can be driven up to 33 miles on pure electric only, ideal for short journeys or starting the car in the morning without waking the neighbours.

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MINI Countryman PHEV

MINI Countryman PHEV

As the largest MINI model available, the Countryman is for those who want the most practicality from their MINI.

But if you want the most economy too, then the MINI Countryman PHEV is well worth a look. All models are of the S specification too, meaning you are not lacking when it comes to performance either, with 0 to 62mph taking just 6.8 seconds.

You can drive up to 31 miles in electric mode, which helps deliver its high up to 134mpg economy.

The Countryman Plug-in Hybrid really is a fantastic all-rounder, as it is quick, comfortable, refined, full of state-of-the-art technology, practical and stylish.

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The best economical used cars

Although not brand-new, a new to you used car is always a nice feeling, getting a car you maybe have always wanted at a fraction of what it may have cost brand new. Below are our top pics for used cars that offer great economy.

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 PHEV

Volvo really have given us some fantastic looking cars in recent times, and their SUVs are a prime example of this.

It is the entry-level XC40, their most compact SUV which we have chosen for this list as along with being a handsome and practical compact SUV, it also offers many variants, with plenty returning excellent economy.

Even the 2.0-litre petrol returns over 40mpg, whilst if you go for the 1.5-litre T4 RECHARGE PHEV you can see 135mpg with up to 28 miles being able to be driven in electric.

Being a Volvo, it is also loaded with safety kit, and it is as handsome and refined on the inside as it is on the outside too.

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Audi A1

Audi A1

The second generation Audi A1 started appearing on UK roads in early 2019. With the first generation A1 being well received, the second generation looked to continue the trend.

It had all the right ingredients. Compact proportions, premium looks, eye-catching Audi design and a digital cockpit that set the standard really for digital instrument and infotainment.

Team this with a peppy 3-cylinder turbo engine, and the nippy little Audi can still return just under 60mpg.

You can even find 4-cylinder versions with just over 200bhp. These offer much more performance but dent the economy, although they will still return a pretty respectable 40mpg plus.

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Ford Mondeo Vignale

Ford Mondeo Vignale

Some may wonder what the humble Ford Mondeo is doing in a list of luxury cars, but this is not your average motorway munching Mondeo. This is the 'posh' one, as Ford introduced a Vignale model, which gave the Mondeo some serious luxurious and premium features.

Along with the upgraded and sleeker looks, making it stand out when parked next to a regular Mondeo, there are luxury features such as acoustic glass and an active noise cancellation system that make it one of the quietest cars in its class.

Strong and reliable - this is a Mondeo after all - will see it easily return around 60mpg, especially on a motorway run. It may not be a textbook choice when thinking of luxury cars, but the Mondeo Vignale could be a great outside the box choice for some.

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Volkswagen Arteon

VW Arteon Shooting Brake

VW make some properly impressive cars, that are able to fit in to wherever they go. Some would say cars like the Golf are classless and look good outside a posh hotel as they do in a supermaket car park.

The Arteon however is a little posher, with its sleek lines and large Germanic proportions, it wants a piece of the German luxury saloon car segment. You cannot fault VW for their efforts as the Arteon does have a lot of presence and being a Volkswagen it's refined, good to drive and ticks all the right boxes for affordable luxury.

You can get some petrol engines that will return 45mpg, whilst diesels will get you 60mpg. If you want the most economical though, there is a plug-in hybrid petrol which will return a colossal 250mpg.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Nothing like a little bit of Italian flair to conclude proceedings on economical luxury.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is perfect for those who do not want to seem predictable and buy a popular German saloon. The Giulia is rather cool, and even its name is rather evocative and beautifully Italian.

This is a car you choose with your heart. Once you have taken in the sleek and stylish looks, the interior follows suit perfectly with lashings of leather and a driver-focused feel to fit the bill too.

You can find Giulia models with different engines, all of which offer decent economy. There is a frugal 2.0-litre petrol that comes in standard guise with 197bhp, which is good for over 45mpg. Even with the beefier 276bhp 2.0-litre unit, you will still return up to 40mpg, which is impressive for a petrol car that can also go from 0 to 62mph in 5.5 seconds.

Choose a diesel, and you can see up to 67mpg.

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Find your perfect car

There is a lot of choice when it comes to luxury cars. However, to find one with good economy will be very appealing to many, especially if the car will be driven daily.

We have lots of quality new and used cars available via our portfolio of Stratstone retailers.

Why not have a look at our latest offers and discover your perfect car today.