Green Car Guide Cars of the Year 2014December 12, 2014
Green Car Guide exists to report on cars that are great to drive and that also demonstrate class-leading efficiency. Over the last year we’ve reviewed a wide range of models to see if they meet this criteria; these are the Green Car Guide Top 10 Green Cars for 2014.
1. BMW i8
The BMW i8 is the world’s first plug-in hybrid supercar with a three-cylinder petrol engine, and it combines a top speed of 155mph with an official economy figure of 135mpg and emissions of 49g/km CO2.
2. TESLA MODEL S
The Tesla Model S is probably the biggest revolution in motoring in the last 100 years, as Tesla has appeared from nowhere and produced an amazing all-electric sports saloon with a range of 300 miles – and it can even seat up to 7 people.
3. BMW 330D XDRIVE TOURING
The BMW 330d xDrive Touring is, in our view, the world’s best all-round car – it’s great to drive, it has massive performance, it’s efficient, it’s practical, and, with all-wheel drive, it’s also now an all-weather car.
4. BMW 2 SERIES
The new BMW 2 Series Coupe focuses on driver appeal, but you’ll have to decide whether you want the ultimate driver’s car, the M235i, or the economy choice, the 220d, which is capable of 64.2mpg.
5. CATERHAM 160
Can a Caterham 160 with a design that’s almost 60 years old, skinny tyres and a three-cylinder, 660cc, 80bhp engine really offer a fun and economical driving experience? You may be surprised at the answer…
We’ve tested the new Cooper D and the Cooper S, but we wanted to do a full review of the MINI Cooper to see if this is the best MINI hatch to choose; and the answer is…
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is a refined 5-door, 5-seat Audi family hatchback that promises economy of 176.6 mpg along with emissions of just 37g/km CO2 – surely this must be the least compromised plug-in car?
8. CITROEN C4 CACTUS
Car manufacturers are introducing various technologies to reduce emissions, yet the weight of cars generally continues to rise; however Citroen has achieved some genuinely significant weight savings with the C4 Cactus, which has led to an improved driving experience as well as efficiency.
9. MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a 4×4 SUV with the capability for 32.5 miles of all-electric driving, an official fuel economy figure of 148mpg, and emissions of 44g/km CO2.
10. RANGE ROVER EVOQUE COUPE SD4 GREEN CAR REVIEW
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque is available with a new 9-speed automatic transmission which results in an combined economy figure of 48.7mpg for the four-wheel drive 190PS diesel model – and it’s very capable off-road as we discovered; read our review and watch the video.