Car Buyer’s No. 1 Priority? Fuel Consumption     

Fuel consumption is now said to be the number one priority for UK car buyers, with 57% declaring it as one of their most important factors when considering their next vehicle purchase, a new study has revealed.

The survey, commissioned by used car marketplace CarGurus, found that owners are using their current cars less, prioritising fuel-efficient models more heavily when shopping for a new car, and contemplating purchasing EVs in greater numbers than before.

Fuel consumption (57%) relegates reliability (55%) to second on the list of buyers’ concerns, ahead of road tax (25%), which has climbed from sixth to become Brits’ third most significant consideration as the cost of living continues to increase. Design/style and passenger/luggage capacity have slipped from third and fourth to fifth and sixth respectively.