Car reviews and road tests
The MINI Clubman Cooper D surely has it all great looks, fun to drive, excellent fuel economy, good performance, very low depreciation – and a valuable amount of added boot space over a regular MINI Hatch.
No other car combines the economy, space and value for money that the Skoda Fabia Greenline Estate offers. Its even enjoyable to drive. But could you live with a car that’s more ‘sensible’ than ‘special’?
The Ford Focus Econetic has been acclaimed by Green-Car-Guide as an excellent green car its affordable and good to drive. Presumably its big brother, the Mondeo Econetic, will receive similar praise. Or will it?
The new Subaru Forester is now here in diesel form and it instantly becomes the class-leader in terms of economy and emissions. Its 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 167 g/km in 2.0D X form is bettered only by its bigger brother…
Which best selling five-seat small family car can travel 65 miles on one gallon, can handle corners in an enjoyable way, yet costs less than £17,000? That’ll be the Ford Focus ECOnetic then.
BMWs Mini Cooper D is one of our favourite fun green cars. The BMW 123d Coupe goes one step better it also has great performance and is incredibly efficient. Although the Mini has great go-kart like handling, the 1 Series Coupe offers the feel of a real drivers car in a small package.
The Volvo S40 shares some of its styling cues with bigger Volvos but it can manage 57mpg. So if you want the image of a traditional, safe Volvo, but with good economy, you should choose the S40 1.6TD. Or should you? Can you live with its quirks…?
Can the solid Volkswagen Golf also be an efficient green car? This family hatchback achieves 62.8mpg, which suggests that VW has indeed found a way to combine sturdy engineering with economy.
At long last, Ford has a compact SUV soft-roader – and the company claims it’s class-leading in the areas of economy and emissions, with 44.1mpg and 169g/km CO2. Will families be moving out of their people-carriers into the Kuga?
The Fiat 500 manages to be a green car while at the same time having bags of character. The design is based on the 1957 Fiat 500 , the car that is still held up as a design icon around the world.