the green car round up 2021
As we get towards the end of 2021, we’ve seen a number of changes in the used car market. From huge increases in price due to supply chain issues, to the petrol shortage making drivers consider a switch to EVs, there are many reasons why you might be looking into the greenest and most eco-friendly cars available.
In this piece, we look at some of the top cars for fuel efficiency and environmentally-friendly design, as well as standard vehicles that offer the best mileage for your pound.
What is the most efficient family car?
When we talk about efficiency, we look at a calculation that shows MPG (miles per gallon). For example, WhatCar.com states that the Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex as the most efficient car they’ve ever tested, with 46.4mpg driving in urban conditions and a massive 73mpg in more rural areas.
The issue when looking at MPG as a condition of purchase is that sometimes the results can be deceptive or somewhat ambiguous. With a new and more rigid set of regulations now in place, some sales brochures may show an MPG score that just isn’t reflective of real-world driving. Using realistic routes in laboratory settings gives a better view of MPG and will hopefully help inform customers when they look to buy a car.
What are good family cars with good mileage?
If you’re looking for some other options when it comes to fuel efficiency, a few that make the top ten lists include:
- Seat Leon 1.6 TDI 110 Ecomotive - 56.0mpg
- Seat Leon 1.0 TSI 115 - 53.1mpg
- Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi 120 - 52.4mpg
- Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid - 51.8mpg
- Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi - 50.5mpg
All of the above cars are five-seaters, making them perfect choices for families looking to get more miles for their money.
If you are looking to keep costs down low, a popular choice is the Dacia Logan MCV which was the cheapest family car on offer when new, coming in at around £10,700. Now that it’s not available to buy new, second hand Logans are likely to be good value. The MPG is also not bad either, in the low 50s and low 60s for the diesel version.
Dacias in general are among the best value for money on the market, with the Duster coming in as the second cheapest family car available, again with the diesel reaching a huge 58mpg.
What is the most eco-friendly petrol car?
With the environment a hot topic on everyone’s mind at the moment, reducing your carbon footprint by driving an eco-friendly car can be simpler than you think. If you’re not quite ready to go fully electric, you can choose a petrol car with low CO2 emissions.
The Kia Picanto 1.0 66 is one of the best used cars you can get when it comes to MPG and emissions. It has 58.9mpg, a CO2 emission level of 110kg/km, CO level of 291mg/km and a NOx level of 13mg/km.
If that all sounds like a bunch of numbers, it becomes clearer when you compare this with some of the highest emission vehicles available, like most Aston Martin cars, which come at an average of 314g/km of CO2. Similarly, Land Rover and Subaru are among the worst offenders, with the former having a score of 223g/km and the latter 214g/kn.
Starting off with a hybrid is a good stop gap between petrol and electric, as they can run on electricity for between 20-40 miles before the engine needs to kick in.
What are the top five most environmentally-friendly cars?
It goes without saying that the ‘greenest’ cars are EVs (electric vehicles). The top 5 in terms of their environmental-friendliness are:
- Renault Zoe
This was one of the first EVs to enter the mainstream market way back in 2012. It is affordable and unassuming but one of the best choices for people looking for something good for the planet and good for their wallet too.
- Fiat 500
It’s a stone cold classic for Fiat and revolutionised driving for those living in Italy after the Second World War. Now, it’s pioneering again with the first fully-electric model coming out this year.
- Volkswagen ID.3
Practical and sizeable, the ID.3 is a top choice for commuters and small families as it offers a range of between 217 and 263 miles and is the first of the next-gen electric VWs.
- Hyundai Ioniq 5
One of the bigger EVs on the market, the Ioniq 5 is a premium option for people looking for something a little more imposing. It’s got a good range with a powerful aesthetic; great for all types of driving.
- Tesla Model 3
We had to include a Tesla on this list as they are among the most exciting electric vehicle manufacturers out there. Although reputation precedes it, it does live up to the hype, with a huge set up of high quality tech that gives it a futuristic feel.
When it comes to choosing an environmentally-friendly car, you need to make the right choice for your budget and lifestyle. For example, if you are a heavy commuter or drive long distances regularly, electric vehicles might not suit your needs, but you could opt for a hybrid.
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