Next Green Car – MPV Awards 2016
BMW 225xe – CO2 46 g/km – NGC Rating 37
Already a very capable MPV, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is made even better with the addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain. With improved efficiency, the BMW 225xe is able to officially cover 25 miles on electric-only power (20 real-world), emit just 46 g/km CO2, and return a fuel+electric economy of 141 MPG (53 MPG fuel only), making it one of the greenest MPVs around. With the 225xe just one of a number of plug-in models now offered by BMW, you can see and feel the company's electrical expertise when you get behind the wheel. Well equipped, cheap to run, and practical, the 225xe is a refined family workhorse. Priced from £30,155 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "The only PHEV MPV on the market, BMW's 225xe manages to combine the practical capabilities of its 2 Series Active Tourer with its tried and tested plug-in hybrid powertrain. The result is a brilliant family workhorse that costs very little to run."
Considering that Renault created the MPV sector, until recently the only model in the sector was the aged Scenic. With the new Scenic, a stylish, practical and efficient compact MPV, the French firm is well and truly back in the game. There are a number of frugal models to choose from in the Scenic line-up, but the pick of the range is the new Hybrid Assist diesel, which will officially return 81 MPG (65 MPG real-world) while emitting 92 g/km CO2 thanks to its mild hybrid powertrain. Priced from £21,445.