Next Green Car – Crossover Awards 2014
Although the C4 Cactus has quirky styling that might not be to everyone’s taste there is no denying it has impressive official figures for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. At 83 MPG (official combined) and 87g/km (CO2), the 1.6 BlueHDi diesel in particular trumps all but the electric and hybrid cars in this segment. Thanks to its low weight, which Citroën has worked hard to reduce to 1070 kg, even the petrol variant can achieve 66 MPG (official combined) with car tax-free CO2 emissions of only 98 g/km. It’s also very well priced from £12,990 for the petrol and £15,390 for the diesel.
NGC verdict: "With its distinctive looks, the Citroën C4 Cactus will get you noticed. It’s also a pleasure to drive, is zero car-tax rated and is the most fuel frugal car in its class."
"We’re delighted that the New Citroën C4 Cactus has topped the Crossover category in this year's Next Green Car Awards. Designed to be environmentally considerate with fuel economy of up to 91mpg and low CO2 emissions from just 82g/km, this latest addition to the range has certainly caught the attention of the public and press alike. The New C4 Cactus reflects Citroën’s new design philosophy with its striking good looks; focus on occupant comfort; all the latest user-friendly technology and it's low cost of ownership. We are very proud of the advances made with the C4 Cactus and are honoured that the Next Green Car judging panel have chosen to recognise the brand's achievements with this prestigious award."
James Parfett, Communications Director at Citroën UK
The new Soul EV is the result of almost 30 years of research and development into the feasibility of electric vehicles at Kia and it shows. A 27 kWh lithium-ion battery gives the Soul EV an official range of 132 miles beating everything but the Model S. As you’d expect for an electric car, the Soul EV is quiet and perfect for nipping around town. Unlike most other EVs, however, it also scores highly on the use of low impact materials including bio-degradable plastic, bio-foam and bio-fabric which are all used in the interior. Zero tail-pipe emissions mean zero London Congestion Charge and zero car tax (Vehicle Excise Duty). Priced from £24,995 the Soul EV isn’t cheap but it does come with Kia’s class-leading 7-year warranty. Unfortunately, only limited numbers expected in the UK for 2015.
*TBC – To be confirmed
**If powered using renewable (e.g. wind, solar) electricity