Next Green Car – Executive Car Awards 2016
BMW 330e – CO2 44 g/km – NGC Rating 35
When BMW put its excellent PHEV powertrain into one of the most popular and capable cars on the road, it was always going to be in contention for an award. Avoiding the (rather unlikely) pitfall of disturbing the famous balance of the 3 Series, the plug-in BMW is a car that excels in all respects. Engaging to drive, but comfortable enough to do so all day long, the 330e can cover 25 electric-only miles (20 real-world estimate), which helps with fuel+electric economy figures of 149 MPG (50 MPG fuel only). Factor in the typically strong BMW interior, styling, and equipment levels, low BIK-rate (based on 44 g/km CO2), the 330e was the obvious choice for this year's Executive NGC Award. Priced from £31,435 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "A plug-in version of a car synonymous with the compact executive class can only be a good thing. With the potential for cost savings, strong performance, well-balanced handling, and a refined interior, the BMW 330e is a welcome addition to the executive fleet."
The mid-sized executive Mercedes E-Class has long been a bastion of refinement and quality - and the latest model is no different. In fact, it manages to move the game on a step further, and that's before you consider the E 350 e plug-in hybrid set-up which is now part of the line-up. Offering an electric-only range of 20 miles (16 miles real-world), the E Class returns a fuel+electric economy of 134 MPG (67 MPG fuel only), while emitting just 49 g/km CO2 (giving a BIK-rate of only 7% 2016-17). Practically silent, and with huge levels of low-down torque, the electrified powertrain complements the smooth, spacious, and beautifully built Mercedes E-Class perfectly. Priced from £42,430 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).