Car reviews and road tests
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値l 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 but its rear-wheel-drive. 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.
The big green idea behind the Mazda 2 is that a special effort has been made to make it lighter than its predecessor.
The BMW 320d has to be the perfect balance between being a drivers machine, an efficient green car, and a company car.
In the same way as the BlueMotion is the greenest car in the Volkswagen range, the 1.5 litre diesel is the greenest option in Renaults Laguna line-up.
First there was the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion the greenest Polo in the model line-up. Now Volkswagen is rolling out the BlueMotion treatment to the rest of its car range including the Passat saloon and estate.