BMW 118d

Price: $56,500 C02: 118g/km

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BMW reck­ons it can in­clude se­ri­ous fuel-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy in its cars with­out los­ing that sport­ing flavour which has been so im­por­tant to the brand in the past – an ethos it calls Ef­fi­cient­dy­nam­ics. We reckon they’re right. The lat­est 1-se­ries of­fers every­thing you’d ex­pect of a BMW – slightly odd looks, im­pres­sive per­for­mance and sportscar-like rear-drive han­dling. But in 118d 2.0-litre turbo diesel form, it’s equally se­ri­ous about be­ing green: it has fea­tures like stop/start, an eight-speed gear­box, a set­ting you can dial up for the pow­er­train called Eco­pro and even a cus­tomis­able trip com­puter that can graph your fuel use over any given pe­riod. Yes, it’s fun to be fru­gal. Hon­estly.

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