GREENER driving is all about limiting the damage we do to the environment – but in many cases it can also mean limiting the amount of hard-earned cash we have to splash out on motoring in the process.
With the credit crunch in mind, whatgreencar.com have compiled their Top 10 of the frugal offerings at the more eco-friendly end of the car market. Taking fuel economy, low emissions, low tax and low price tag, the
electric-powered MyCar by Italian carmakrers NICE drove off with first place, ahead of the smart fortwo in second and the VW Polo 1.4 BlueMotion in third.
Dr Ben Lane, Director of whatgreencar.com said: “As fuel prices soared earlier this year, many motorists were pushed over a fuel cost threshold. The only winners have been the manufacturers of fuel-efficient cars in the mini and super-mini segments. Low-cost, low-emission, ‘green cars’ are going to be in increasing demand for some time to come.”
CARS UNDER 10K
AS car sales plummet, it’s an ideal time to invest in a bit of greener motoring as manufacturers slash prices to boost sales.
Which? Have compiled their top 10 cars which are currently available for under £10k.
They’re all decent performers on the eco scale, too, since they average between 51 and 5 mpg. And after next April, tax will be cheaper on the lowest CO2 models.
1 Fiat Panda 1.3 Multijet Dynamic 5-dr (list price £8,990) now £6,471.
2 Citroën C2 1.4 Hdi Vibe 3-dr (list price £10,190) now £8,082.
3 Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI 70 1 5-dr (list price £9,925) now £8,333.
5 Citroën C1 1.0i Vibe
3-dr (list price £7,540) now £6,117.
5 Peugeot 107 1.0 Urban Lite 3-dr (list price £7,540) now £6,176.
6 Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-I
3-dr (list price £7,170) now £6,154.
7 Suzuki Splash 1.2 GLS 5-dr (list price £9,048) now £8,454.
8 Mazda2 1.4D TS (AC)
3-dr (list price £9,594) now £9,027.
9 SmartForTwo 1.0 71 Pure 2-dr (list price £7,445) now £6,955.
10 Hyundai i10 1.2 Comfort 5-dr (list price £7,740) now £7,398.