We live in a very different world to the one we lived in only a few decades ago and thanks to the changes economically and also in terms of oil and fossil fuels, car manufacturers are changing too.
This has meant we’ve seen notable rises in the MPG and falls in the CO2 emissions produced by cars – with many well below 80g/km. So, what are the most efficient autos in the UK for 2014 – we take a look.
The Ampera mixes the electric drive with the power of petrol, meaning the car provides both that green kick and also security of a traditional motor. The Ampera can manage 40miles before the need of the petrol engine and this means a combined fuel range of over 235mpg – which is an astoundingly high figure if you ask us. It also manages to create merely 27g/km of CO2 – a tiny amount too.
It’s seldom that a car can have it all, but it seems that the Fisker Karma almost does as it manages to produce both amazing mileage and also amazing performance. We’d love to get our hands on one at www.eurospecialists.co.uk but we’ll have to wait. It’s capable of amazing feats thanks to its 2litre turbo powered hyrid abilities and its lithium battery – which is charged by the petrol motor. The engine can produce almost 400hp and push to 62mph in just over 6 seconds. However, with a mileage of 62mpg and 53g/km of CO2 it’s putting cars with similar performance to green shape.
The car was actually designed by the man who styled the Aston Martin DB9 – so it’s got quite well renowned roots.
Toyota Prius Plug In
The Toyota Prius was the car that heralded the everyday green car and this new version is an amazing improvement on the original. The Toyota can push 15 miles before it even needs to use its petrol engine and this is a figure that will suffice for people on the vast majority of trips. Together with its petrol motor it is capable of managing a total of 134mpg on a combined mileage and produces only 49g/km of CO2 – a notably small amount.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
With similar beginnings to the Prius above, the Yaris comes with a 1.5l engine and hybrid battery power to produce a small car with high mileage. The Yaris can manage 81mpg and produces a small 79gkm of CO2 to keep it right at the top of our list. Its battery is quite small – only managing a range of 1 mile – still enough to push up the green stats however.
Renault Clio 1.5dCi ECO
The last on our list, but no means the least and a car that the Gallic manufacturers think will help solve green issues. The Clio can manage 88.3mpg and produces 83g/km of CO2. It’s one of the best looking small cars in the world at the moment and very contemporary looking.
There is competition in the VW Polo BlueMotion and Ford Fiesta’s green car – but in this case it’s our favourite.
So, if you’re looking for a car that produces high mileage and low CO2 levels – these are the ones that could tickle your fancy.