Fuel price rises are hitting all UK motorists in the wallet, and it is driving instructors who stand to be one of the groups who are most affected by this.
For every mile traveled, the total profit being generated by instructors during lessons is reduced. Making an effort to reduce the number of miles completed during tuition could help to address this, but not without running the risk of reducing pupil pass rates. Upping lesson fees is another option available to instructors, but this too has the potential to be counterproductive if the higher prices prove detrimental to new client adoption rates.
However, one variable which has the potential to reduce fuel cost expenditures without any notable drawbacks is via a driving instructor’s choice of car. This decision can have massive implications on fuel costs given the significant fuel efficiency variations that are to be found between different models of vehicle.
Opting for an electric car simply isn’t a realistic option for most driving instructors due to the lack of recharging point availability around the UK. We have therefore put together a list of the top 4 most fuel efficient cars for driving instructors, with our analysis being exclusively focused on cars that still utilise conventional internal combustion engines.
We have combined this with factors such as additional car running costs, features, reliability and performance in order to produce a definitive list which is exclusively tailored towards helping driving instructors keep a lid on fuel expenditures as the increased prices begin to hit home.
1. Peugeot 208
Peugeot cars have almost always been kind on the eye, but reliability and driving experience has traditionally been somewhat underwhelming. This is now changing, and the latest 208 model mixes stylish looks with excellent drivability and much better reliability than has historically been the case.
The 1.5 litre diesel engine option offers an impressive average fuel consumption figure of 88 MPG (miles per gallon) which would go some way towards helping instructors keep fuel costs under control.
It is also technology filled, with features such as a 3D digital display which projects important information such as velocity onto the windscreen. This makes it easy to read for learners so that they can ensure that their eyes remain fixed on the things that matter. Together with its excellent handling, decent power output and excellent fuel efficiency, its safe to say that the 208 offers a winning combination to driving instructors
2. Vauxhall Corsa
If you like the Peugeot 208, then chances are that you will like the latest Vauxhall Corsa too because it is effectively the same car.
With Vauxhall having now been enveloped by the French colossus Stallantis (which also owns Peugeot), the latest Corsa uses the same very efficient 1.5 litre diesel engine, the same gearbox and much of the same internals. The big difference can be seen on the inside, with the Corsa being slightly less swanky in terms of interior styling and also doesn’t offer the same impressive range of tech gadgets.
However, the Corsa does undercut the Peugeot on price; coming in at over £1,600 less than its French cousin. Ultimately, the choice between the two comes down to whether you prefer techny gizmos or cost savings.
3. Renault Clio
The supermini section of the new car market is as ferociously competitive as ever. This is working in favour of motorists, as it is spurring manufacturers on to achieve greater things.
Renault’s latest Clio is no exception to this, helping the French manufacturer to maintain their reputation for producing cars that are kind on the eye. It is also almost as fuel efficient as its French rival, with an average MPG of 79 being offered by the Renault 1.5 litre diesel engine. Driving experience is also just as good as ever, and there really is very little to split the cars in this respect.
The biggest difference between the two is to be found on the inside, with the Renault driver cabin offering fewer tech features than the Peugeot. The Clio is also arguably less impressive when it comes to interior styling. However, it is cheaper to purchase than either of the previously mentioned superminis, undercutting the Peugeot by over £2,000. It therefore again comes down to whether you value money more than style and tech.
4. Ford Fiesta
Ford’s 1 litre EcoBoost petrol engine is without question a technical marvel, with the small capacity motor mustering 94bhp while still offering exceptional fuel economy with an average fuel consumption figure of 72mpg.
Diesels naturally tend to have higher MPG figures, but this comes with the obvious impediment of a higher cost per litre at the pumps. All things considered, the average instructor could realistically expect to pay a comparable amount to fuel the Fiesta each year as they would to run the Peugeot 208.
One area where Ford does have the advantage though is on affordability, with the basic Fiesta model equipped with the fuel efficient EcoBoost engine costing almost £3,000 less than the cheapest 208 featuring Peugeot’s most economical motor. This does come at a cost though, with the basic EcoBoost Fiesta offering a significantly less stimulating driving experience and also omitting many of the technical wow factors that the more expensive 208 affords.
Without question, the top of the range ST-Line and Titanium models are head and shoulders above the three other cars on this list when it comes to driving experience and quality. You do need to pay that bit extra for this, but it would practically guarantee you an efficient and impressively reliable car that you could always rely on.