The most common engine configuration for European cars is the classic inline four. But, since fewer cylinders means less chances for fuel to burn, some automakers have been incorporating three-cylinder engines into city and supermini models that don't need a lot of horsepower. This happens mostly in models that have some Japanese DNA, as it's a popular engine configuration in the Land of the Rising Sun. Which models might these be? We've got a list of 15 models, powered by both diesel and gasoline, that Europeans can buy with three cylinders and that offer really good fuel consumption figures. Opting for one of these not only saves money at the pump, but also at time of purchase. Find the list after the jump.

[Source: Auto News]

Model Displacement Fuel Power (hp) Fuel consumption
l/100 km
Miles per gallon (U.S.)
Opel Agila 1.0 ecoFlex 996 cc Gasoline 65 5 l/100 km 47.0
VW Fox 1.4 TDI 1,422 cc Diesel 70 4.9 l/100 km 48.0
Mitsubishi Colt 1.1 ClearTec 1,124 cc Gasoline 75 4.9 l/100 km 48.0
Toyota Aygo 1.0
Peugeot 107
Citroën C1
998 cc Gasoline 68 4.5 l/100 km 52.3
Suzuki Alto Basic
Nissan Pixo 1.0
996 cc Gasoline 68 4.4 l/100 km 53.4
Smart Fortwo Coupé 1.0 mhd 999 cc Gasoline 61 4.4 l/100 km 53.4
Daihatsu Cuore 1.0 998 cc Gasoline 70 4.4 l/100 km 53.4
Toyota iQ 1.0 998 cc Gasoline 68 4.3 l/100 km 54.7
Hyundai i10 1.1 CRDi 1,120 cc Diesel 75 4.3 l/100 km 54.7
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI GreenLine DPF 1,422 cc Diesel 80 4.1 l/100 km 57.4
Seat Ibiza 1.4 TDI Ecomotive DPF 1,422 cc Diesel 80 3.7 l/100 km 63.6
Smart Fortwo Cabrio 0.8 cdi 799 cc Diesel 54 3.4 l/100 km 69.2


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