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Next Green Car Awards 2011

Next Green Car Awards 2011 Welcome to the Next Green Car Awards 2011, the most scientifically based Next Green Car Awards in the UK.

Next Green Car uses its unique Green Car Rating to rank the greenest new cars to come to market in 2011.

Eligible cars are selected for their low Green Car Rating, level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.

Small Family Awards 2011

Small family car winner logo SKODA Octavia Hatch WINNER: Skoda Octavia Greenline II – CO2: 99 g/km – GCR: 28
The Octavia Hatch 1.6 TDi 105 PS Greenline II achieves an impressive fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The Octavia Greenline is a practical and affordable choice, with plenty of room inside for five adults to travel comfortably. This model, the most economical model, still manages to maintain good performance: 0-60 mph takes 11 seconds and top speed is 119 mph. From £17,875; Available now; Octavia review.

NGC verdict: "With the new Octavia, Skoda continues to excel with a low emission family car that is practical, affordable, with plenty of room inside for five adults to travel comfortably."

Nissan LEAF COMMENDED: Nissan LEAF Electric – CO2: 0 g/km – GCR: 27
With exemption from car tax, Congestion Charge, and BIK, the LEAF has very low running costs. A 80kW electric motor provides rapid acceleration and a top speed of 90 mph. Limited only by its range of 100 miles, and an 8-hour 'slow' recharge time, its exceptional handling and comfort provides a motoring experience comparable to any conventional, well-equipped new family car. Game changer. From £25,990 (including Plug-In Grant); Available now; LEAF review.

Ford Focus COMMENDED: Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi – CO2: 109 g/km– GCR: 32
The new version of the UKs most popular car is packed with features and technologies, including assisted parking and braking options and refined efficiency. The greenest in the range is the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi 115PS variant, with start-stop and particulate filter. It delivers 67.3 mpg and CO2 of 109 g/km. The new range is fun to drive and styling has been improved; a popular choice in its class. From £15,995; Available now; Focus review.

Large Family Awards 2011

Large family car winner logo Peugeot 508WINNER: Peugeot 508 Saloon 1.6 e-HDi – CO2: 109g/km – GCR: 32
The greenest model in the new 508 range is the 1.6 e-HDi version with start-stop, that produces 110 bhp with only 109 gCO2/km and a fuel economy of 67.2 mpg (combined) – particularly good for a large family car. The 508 looks stylish, with a spacious, quiet and well equipped interior. Build quality and handling are excellent, making the 508 a practical and affordable option. From £19,050 OTR. Available now; 508 review.

NGC verdict: "A great looking car, the new semi-automatic 508 is spacious and well equipped. Build quality and handling are excellent, with the best fuel economy in its class."

Volkswagen Passat BlueMotionCOMMENDED: VW Passat BlueMotion – CO2: 114g/km – GCR: 32
The 1.6 TDi 105 PS BlueMotion S model is stylish, spacious and comes with plenty of high quality equipment. With just 114 gCO2/km and achieving 65.7 mpg (combined), it's BIK rate is an attractive 13% and it falls into VED band C – together with VW's reliability reputation and impressive performance stats, this Passat model will be popular among both private and business users. From £19,655 OTR. Available now; Passat review.

Citroen C5COMMENDED: Citroen C5 1.6 e-HDi – CO2: 120g/km – GCR: 34
Citroen's new C5 offers stylish looks, a comfortable ride, and is more refined than many of its rivals in this category. The 1.6 diesel version with Citroen's ultra efficient e-HDi 112 bhp engine is the greenest, emitting 120 gCO2/km and achieving 61.4 mpg combined (VED band C). The new C5 uses start-stop technology, but even when the engine is running the cabin is unusually quiet, with road noise barely noticeable. From £22,195 OTR. Available now.

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