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The Top 10 Green Cars
- March 24, 2013
These are the top 10 Plug-in Electric Cars that are eligible for the UK government's Plug-in Car Grant.
- July 29, 2012
The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid boasts impressive fuel economy of 134.5mpg, along with emissions of just 49g/km CO2; these figures are achieved by the ability to plug the hybrid car into the mains to charge the battery.
- July 17, 2012
The all-new Volvo V40 is - at last - the company’s contender in the vital C-segment hatchback class, and in the case of the D2 it combines low emissions of just 94g/km CO2 and 78.5mpg with an upmarket feel.
- May 25, 2012
The Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.7CDTi looks good, it’s practical for a coupe, and it’s capable of 62.8 mpg, but does this diesel engine work in a coupe?
- April 24, 2012
To test its ‘low emission 4x4’ credentials, we pitched the new Peugeot 508 RXH diesel-hybrid against the racehorse of footballer Michael Owen – so which one won?
- April 9, 2012
The Renault Twizy, which is essentially an electric four-wheeled scooter, felt so much like a go-kart on its launch in Ibiza that it inspired us to take it for a test around an actual go-kart circuit.
- March 9, 2012
The new Hyundai i20, which had its world premiere at Geneva, will have the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain, at 84 g/km.
- November 3, 2011
The BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Saloon has a combined economy figure of 62.8 mpg and emissions of just 119 g/km CO2; surely such supermini-levels of emissions mean that this must be an ‘eco-special’ with compromises?
- July 14, 2011
The 235.4 mpg Vauxhall Ampera is an electric family hatchback, but one with unlimited range thanks to the on-board petrol range-extender.
- March 6, 2011
The smart fortwo cdi, capable of 85.6 mpg, is the UK’s most economical car, yet the smart fortwo electric drive (ed) doesn’t use any fuel at all; so which is best?
The Green Car Guide to the Top 10 Green Cars are cars that are amongst the best in class for highest mpg and lowest emissions, but which are also great to drive.
You may be surprised at some of the cars in our top ten. That's because it's no longer enough for 'green cars' to have compromises which are justified in the name of efficiency. Which is why these cars all have to be fit for purpose as well as class-leading in terms of fuel economy.
Cars are an emotional purchase, but today vehicles must also demonstrate environmental responsibility, and all of our top ten cars will satisfy both of these criteria for private buyers and fleet buyers.
These are the best cars that we have recently driven, however new green cars are appearing every month, so check back soon to see the latest updates to this list.
For our complete guide to the most economical cars in 10 different categories, see our Green Car Guide.