Next Green Car – Large Family Car Awards 2016
Large Family Car WINNER
Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid – CO2 37 g/km – NGC Rating 40
Based on its new Optima range, Kia’s first plug-in hybrid officially offers 33 miles of electric-only driving (we estimate 26 miles real-world). With a test CO2 emissions figure of 37 g/km and a fuel+electric economy of 176 MPG (41 MPG fuel only), the company is taking the PHEV game seriously and have manufactured a product to match. The PHEV version makes excellent use of the range’s extensive levels of equipment, superior comfort and well-designed interior space, making this stylish Kia more efficient still. Whether piloting through town on electric-mode or driving on open roads, the low BIK-rate Optima Plug-In Hybrid makes an ideal company car. Priced from £31,495 (inc. Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC Verdict: "Smooth, spacious, and stylish, the Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid offers plenty of kit and a comfortable driving experience. With its handy range in electric-mode, Kia's latest plug-in is likely to prove a popular family and company car."
Already one of the most famous green cars in the world, the Toyota Prius’ fourth-generation model is the Japanese company’s best hybrid yet. Strikingly styled and based on an all-new platform, the Prius’ powertrain has been overhauled to offer a drive that is both extremely efficient and far smoother than the outgoing model. With CO2 emissions of 70 g/km and an official quoted fuel economy of 94 MPG (68 real-world), the Prius more than lives up to its ‘green car champion’ status. Comfortable to drive and spacious, the Prius is an excellent large family car – a pedigree hybrid that will tempt buyers away from Toyota’s non-hybridised rivals. Priced from £23,600.