Next Green Car – SUV Awards 2016
Tesla Model X – CO2 0 g/km – NGC 35
While Tesla models might take a while to make it to market they're worth the wait. The Model X SUV takes the strengths of the successful Model S and expands on them – literally. Longer, wider and taller than the saloon, the SUV is more practical and has some high quality features. A huge, wrap-over windscreen lets plenty of light into the cabin, while the famed Falcon doors provide superb (and unique) access to a rear that can accommodate up to five passengers in the back. Add in the full-time four-wheel drive, towing capability, long electric range, surprisingly fun driving experience, rapid acceleration, and access to the Tesla Supercharger network, and the Model X runs away with this year’s SUV Award. Priced from £64,595 (inc Category 1 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "From its wrap-over windscreen and falcon-wing doors to its long-range electric drive, Tesla's Model X excels in providing a sophisticated 21st century driving experience. Tesla's entry into the SUV market looks set to be just as successful as the Model S."
Audi's big SUV has been given the ‘e-tron’ treatment. The result is a plug-in diesel hybrid with a fuel+electric economy of 157 MPG (50 MPG fuel only) – simply incredible for such a huge car. Helping the Q7 e-tron to the Commended spot is an all-electric range of 35 miles (28 MPG real-world), despite boasting a 0-62mph time of a little over six seconds. The Audi is spacious inside, with a comfortable cabin reflecting the driving experience on offer. Relaxing, quiet, and refined, the plug-in Audi makes excellent use of natural advantages afforded by an electric powertrain. Priced from £64,950.