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