The 10 Best Green Cars of 2015

This blog post was written by: Jason Falls (guest blogger)

There's no doubt that green cars are growing in popularity across the world as more drivers want to 'do their bit' in helping to protect the environment and the cars available today offer just as much performance and reliability as their petrol and diesel engine counterparts.

While many will opt for petrol hybrids, those vehicles with a petrol engine and a battery powered option, others are choosing electric-powered vehicles in greater numbers.

Motorists are increasingly looking to buy vehicles that do not pump out pollution and car manufacturers are striving to meet this demand, particularly with cleaner diesel engines that are offering impressive economy figures.

On the horizon we have hydrogen cars beginning to make an appearance and this 'green car list' will, undoubtedly, change hugely by the end of 2016.

The criteria we have used includes choosing cars that have practicality, an affordable price and efficiencies to make the list provided courtesy of Show Plates Direct.

Our list of what are the 10 Best Green cars of 2015

This is our list of what are the 10 Best Green cars of 2015 and there are some very impressive vehicles on it. Starting in reverse order:

10. Peugeot 208

As a diesel-powered car, the 208 is a hatchback that has a clean engine in the 1.6 BlueHDi model and will return an impressive 94mpg.

9. Porsche Panamera

This pricey S E-Hybrid is proof that eco-cars can be stylish and fun to drive. Excellent performance and still 91mpg - considering the car will sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.5 seconds, that's impressively frugal motoring.

8. Tesla Model S

Proving that not all electric cars are dull and unfashionable; the Model S is an electrically-powered sports car capable of travelling 270 miles on one charge and offering excellent levels of performance.

7. Toyota Prius

Possibly the best known hybrid, the Toyota Prius opened up the potential of hybrid cars for everyday use. Expect 15 miles on a charge and 134 mpg as a hybrid.

6. VW e-Up!

As a city car, the VW Up! offers great performance and the electric version is just as good with a potential 216mpg available.

5. Renault Zoe

A decent attempt by Renault to introduce a low-priced electric car, the Zoe is small but agile with expected fuel economy of 169 mpg.

4. VW e-Golf

The same great handling and performance from the standard VW Golf but with electric power. The e-Golf will cover 83 miles on a single charge.

3. Nissan Leaf

The British-built Nissan Leaf is an exceptional vehicle and destined to do very well for this carmaker. Owners can expect 84 miles for its range on one charge and economy of 169 mpg.

2. BMW i3

Expect to see more of these on our roads in the coming years; the BMW i3 is an excellent car with lots of great design ideas that are well executed. The car is comfortable and impressive: expect a range of 81 miles one charge. One model of the i3 has an expected 471 mpg equivalent performance.

1. BMW i8

If all electric cars were like this head-turner, we would all be driving one! Brilliant performance, exceptional build quality and comfort levels. An all-round impressive product from BMW with an expected range of 140 miles.

 

We should also give a mention to the Renault Twizy which is effectively a quad bike with the side doors open to the elements but has an equivalent economy of 211 mpg. It's also cheap to buy with futuristic looks. These are just the author’s opinion, and it is up to you to decide!