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Green Car Reviews 2012

List of cars reviewed on Green Car Guide in 2012. Searchable list of reports on all the cars reviewed or featured on the Green Car Guide site since January 2012 ordered by manufacturer in alphabetical order. All vehicle types are covered from purely electric cars through to hybrids and standard petrol and diesel models boasting particularly high efficiency or low emissions.

Green Cars 2012

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Giulietta– one of the best looking cars in its class, it’s sporty and curvaceous, and has simple uncluttered lines
Alfa Romeo Mito 1.3 JTDm-2– capable of a highly impressive 80.7 mpg, equating to 90 g/km CO2.


Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI– stylish and economical executive estate capable of 56.5 mpg
Audi R8 e-tron– report on Markus Winkelhock’s lap record for an electric car at the Nurburgring


BMW ActiveHybrid 5– BMW has now joined the hybrid party with its first hybrid car
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics– delivers fuel economy of 68.9mpg, together with emissions of just 109g/km CO2
BMW 328i– petrol engine which combines 245 hp with 44.8 mpg and 147 g/km CO2 emissions
BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics– rear-wheel drive handling in a compact SUV package returning 62.8 mpg


Caterham Roadsport 125– one of the most efficient petrol sports cars that you can buy


Chrysler Ypsilon– individual design in the supermini sector with the potential of over 60mpg from its Fiat TwinAir engine


Fiat Panda– we road test the new version of Fiat’s classic city car


Ford Focus EcoBoost– 5-door hatchback powered by a 1-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine


Honda Civic 2.2 i-DTEC EX GT– we review the 64.2 mpg, diesel engined, 5-door car
Honda CR-V– preview of the new CR-V which is due in UK car showrooms from October 2012


Hyundai i30– a thoroughly competent car with emissions of just 100g/km CO2 and combined fuel economy of 74.3mpg
Hyundai i40 Tourer– the official economy figures for this large estate are 65.7 mpg for the combined cycle

Infiniti (Nissan Motors)

Infiniti EMERG-E– electric range-extended concept car on show at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Infiniti EMERG-E– on display at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show


Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel– at 52.3 mpg and 149 g/km CO2emissions it’s the most economical & greenest Jaguar ever

Kia Motors

Kia Optima1.7 CRDi 2 tech– a low-emissions car amined at company car buyers
Kia Picanto– a characterful and revvy three-cylinder, 1-litre petrol engine city car
Kia Rio 1.1 CDRi EcoDynamics– the most economical car you can buy in the UK (excluding electric cars)
Kia Sportage– a 4×4 returning 49.6 mpg and 149 g/km CO2 emissions


Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid– has started its dynamics and durability testing in Norfolk


Mazda CX-5 AWD SKYACTIV-D 2.2 Sport Nav– class leading economy stats on this 4×4 diesel


Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 CDI– now with diesel engine giving 56.5 mpg


MINI Countryman cooper SD ALL4– a family hatch that is good to drive


Nissan LEAF NISMO RC– testing the racing version of the all-electric Nissan LEAF
Nissan Qashqai 1.6dCi– a 4×4 diesel that does 55.4 mpg


Peugeot 208– new supermini with 3-cylinder petrol unit returning 65.7mpg at only 99g/km CO2 emissions
Peugeot 308 e-HDi 112– 62.8 mpg economy and emissions of 118 g/km CO2 in a practical family hatchback
Peugeot 508 RXH– we pitch the low-emissions 4×4 vs a racehorse
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4– a 4×4 with fuel economy of 74.3 mpg
Peugeot iOn– an all-electric city car which emits zero-CO2tailpipe emissions


Renault Clio– The new, fourth-generation Clio with three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Renault Twizy– we test the ‘electric four-wheeled scooter’ on a go-kart circuit


Subaru Legacy– a large estate with all-wheel drive that can achieve 47.9mpg


Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D– 57.6 mpg with 130g/km CO2 emissions
Toyota Yaris Hybrid– we review the 1.5HSD petrol-electric model


Vauxhall ADAM– a city car with the company’s new-generation small petrol engine
Vauxhall Ampera Earth– a new entry-level Ampera that costs £29,995 after the Plug-in Car Grant.
Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.7CDTi– a coupe that looks good and does 62.8 mpg

Volkswagen (VW)

Volkswagen Golf Blue-e-Motion– a battery-powered family hatchback still in development
Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion– fuel economy of 68.9 mpg plus 70-litre tank equals theoretical range of 1061 miles
Volkswagen Up!– we test the Move Up! with 68.9 mpg BlueMotion technology


Volvo V40 D2– the company’s contender in the vital C-segment hatchback class
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid– a quick test drive up the hill at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed