The Most Eco-friendly Sports Cars in the UK

The Beating Spirit to the lowest emission and most eco-friendly sports cars on sale in the UK today. We list our top  diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric sports cars which have all been road-tested by the GCG team. Fast but frugal, these sports vehicles will provide you the thrill of driving but in an environmentally manner – winning on two counts.


Diesel Sports Cars

First place

bmw 420d BMW 4 Series Coupe 420d SE Automatic 61.4 mpg

The BMW 4 Series Coupe features all the benefits of the 3 Series Saloon – including performance, efficiency and rear-wheel drive handling – but in a more sporty Coupe body style.

Second place

audi tt  Audi TT Sport 2.0 TDI Ultra 68.9 mpg

The new Audi TT has a sharper exterior, new digital instrumentation inside, and better economy from the now front-wheel drive-only diesel drivetrain.


Vauxhall Astra GTC Vauxhall Astra GTC 68.9 mpg

The Vauxhall Astra GTC looks great, it’s very economical, and it’s even practical, but it would benefit from a quieter diesel engine.

Fourth place

bmw 220d BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic 67.3 mpg

The BMW 2 Series Coupe combines strong performance, good economy and low CO2 emissions in a compact, agile rear-wheel drive sports coupe.

Volkswagen SciroccoVolkswagen Scirocco 67.3 mpg

The Scirocco has always been efficient but with the adoption of BlueMotion Technology it is now even better.

Petrol Sports Cars

First place

Caterham 160 Caterham 7 160 57.6 mpg

There’s now a Caterham 7 with a 660cc turbo engine and it returns 57.6mpg.

Second place

Lotus Elise Lotus Elise 1.6 45.0 mpg

Lotus has got away with very few updates for the Elise. The latest introduces a new Toyota derived 1.6-litre engine which dramatically reduces fuel consumption.

Third place

Mazda MX-5 is a very affordable sports car

Mazda MX-5 1.8i 39.8 mpg

The MX-5 remains a beautifully balanced car. This is good news as it enables the Mazda to maintain class-leading fuel economy and its fine handling.

toyota-gt86.png Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ 39.8 mpg

If Beating Spirit got to design a car it would probably be a lightweight, affordable, front engined, rear-wheel drive coupé with a characterful and fuel efficient engine.


Plug-in Hybrid Sports Cars

First place

bmw-i8-006-80x53 BMW i8 134.5 mpg

The BMW i8 looks amazing, it’s fantastic to drive, and thanks to its plug-in hybrid electric/petrol powertrain, it has an official economy figure of 134.5mpg.