My wife and I bought a (nearly) new car recently.
It’s a Citroen C1. Citroen says it’ll do 51-72 mpg, which is about 500 miles on one 35 litre (£30) tank. So far, this seems pretty accurate.
It’s cheap to tax, too (£35 this year, which will go down even further next year to just £20).
Its little 3 cylinder, 1 litre engine is quieter and more civilised than I expected. For driving around town, and short journeys to the station, it’s perfect, and even short motorway trips are OK.
In many ways, it’s the spiritual successor to the old 2CV, that poisonous upturned bathtub favoured by the sort of hippie who’s currently handcuffed to the tow hook of your Land Cruiser.
Rachel owned one of those upturned bathtubs when we first started going out together, and they’ve always had happy memories for both of us.
I like the C1. I like it a lot.