Eco-friendly, award winning, vehicles revealed by category alongside judges comments.
Car Of The Year and Small Family Award 2016
The Next Green Car Awards Car Of The Year 2016 is the Hyundai Ioniq, judges confirmed. This small family class hatchback – that uniquely is available in electric, traditional hybrid and plug-in hybrid form – also claimed the Small Family Award (electric variant). Judging criteria included: environmental efficiency, suitability for purpose, impact on the market plus value for money.
Next Green Car Content Manager, Chris Lilly, said: “The Hyundai Ioniq wins the Car Of The Year Award 2016 against some exceptional competition. While the last 12 months have seen a number of new models come onto the market, the Ioniq takes the prize for its quality design, practicality and its low running costs”, he argued.
“The Ioniq has been intentionally designed from the outset to offer 3 different electric powertrain options. The ability for customers to choose the electric powertrain that best fits their driving needs from throughout the Ioniq range is a great step forward”, he commented. This is a route he hopes other manufacturers will follow.
City Car Award 2016
The Volkswagen e-up! is the City Car Award Winner. Propulsion comes courtesy of its electric power plant that ensures its carbon emission figure is 0g/km. Next Green Car concluded it is “fun to drive and cheap to run”. It is an “ideal urban runabout”, it argued.
Supermini Award 2016
The Renault Zoe Z.E. 40 is the Supermini Award Winner. Next Green Car suggested that this fully electric vehicle “roots out range anxiety” as it can travel up to 250 miles-per-charge. That, it argued, is enough “to persuade even the most anxious driver” to purchase a fully electric car. The carbon emission figure is 0g/km.
Large Family Award 2016
The Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid is the Large Family Award Winner. Next Green Car explained that this plug-in hybrid is "smooth, spacious and stylish” and has “plenty of kit”. Judges praised the driving experience and argued that the car is likely to prove popular with families/company drivers. Carbon emissions are 37g/km.
MPV Award 2016
The BMW 225xe is the MPV Award Winner. Propulsion comes via a plug-in, hybrid, set-up and emissions are 46g/km. Next Green Car said it is a “brilliant family workhorse that costs very little to run". It also combines the practicality of the 2 Series Active Tourer with “tried and tested plug-in hybrid technology”, the judges suggested.
Crossover Award 2016
The Toyota C-HR is the Crossover Award Winner. A hybrid power system provides momentum and carbon emissions are 86g/km. Next Green Car suggested that it suits motorists that find the Prius – which is among the first mass-produced hybrid vehicles - “tempting but a bit too staid”. The C-HR is “frugal and stylish”, it claimed.
SUV Award 2016
The Tesla Model X is the SUV Award Winner. It has a fully electric power plant so emits no carbon. Next Green Car said that it provides a “sophisticated 21st-century driving experience”. It also praised the wrap-over windscreen, falcon-wing doors and long range.
Executive Award 2016
The BMW 330e is the Executive Award Winner thanks, in part, to its plug-in hybrid power system. The carbon emission figure is 44g/km. Next Green Car praised the “strong performance” and concluded that the handling is “well-balanced” and the interior “refined”. This car is a “welcome addition to the executive fleet”, judges claimed.
Sports Cabrio Award 2016
The Morgan EV3 is the Sports Cabrio Award Winner. Strengths include the fully electric power plant that emits no carbon whatsoever. Next Green Car suggested it “provides all the thrills of a 3-wheeler but with zero-emissions” so is “warmly welcomed” to market.