Car reviews and road tests
The new Toyota Prius is extremely efficient in real-life driving and all the focus on diesel emissions and local air quality suggests that Toyota may have gone down the right route with its petrol-hybrid technology.
The BMW 330e is probably the best plug-in hybrid yet for mixed driving patterns, as it is still economical even if the battery runs out of charge – even though it won’t be achieving its official 148.7mpg figure.
The Lexus RX450h is a large, refined and luxurious SUV with a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that can deliver good economy if driven carefully.
We achieved over 100mpg in the latest iteration of the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion, showing that it’s ideal for company car drivers covering lots of motorway miles.
The Hyundai Tucson is a competent all-rounder that looks good and is easy to live with, but as with all SUVs, real-life economy – especially at motorway speeds – is not helped by its body shape.
The Nissan e-NV200 is now available as a pure electric seven-seater; despite having zero tailpipe emissions, it’s surprisingly fun to drive.
If you’re looking for the most economical executive car for driving lots of motorway miles – that is also good to drive – then look no further than the new Jaguar XF.
The new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e offers all the appeal of a Mercedes C-Class together with an official combined fuel economy figure of 134.5mpg, emissions of 49g/km CO2 and Benefit in Kind of just 7% – surely this must be an attractive company car proposition?
The new MINI Clubman aims to offer all the fun of a MINI Hatch but with extra space, and it has achieved a Green Car Guide real-life fuel economy record.
The Renault Kadjar looks good, drives well, and has excellent official and real-life economy; overall it’s an appealing package apart from a few details that let it down.