Next Green Car – Crossover Awards 2016
Toyota C-HR – CO2 86 g/km – NGC Rating 32
The new crossover from Toyota makes excellent use of the company's proven hybrid powertrain and platform, also found in the latest generation Prius. Seen as a key model by the Japanese firm, the C-HR Hybrid excels in offering high fuel efficiency for a crossover (79 MPG official combined, 57 MPG real-world). Stylish and frugal, the Toyota is fun to drive and ideally suited to urban driving, with drivers able to make the most of its nimble nature. With CO2 emissions figures of just 86 g/km, the Toyota C-HR is also one of the greenest models in its class. Priced from £20,995.
NGC verdict: "If you find the Prius tempting but a bit too staid, Toyota now offers the C-HR. Making the most of its market-leading hybrid system, the crossover is a frugal and stylish way to nip (and be seen) around town."
After waiting ages for a hybrid crossover to arrive, two come along (almost) at once. First past the post is Kia's Niro, a spacious and practical take on the crossover. Available only with a hybrid powertrain, the Niro is officially returns 74 MPG on a combined cycle (54 MPG real-world) while emitting 88 g/km CO2. The Kia drives well too with a semi-automatic gearbox rarely found on hybrid vehicles – but made all the better for it. It's most at home in 'normal' situations, excelling on the school run and easily able to tackle the challenges posed by commuting, the supermarket car park, and day-to-day motoring. Priced from £21,295.