Next Green Car – Supermini Awards 2014
WINNER: Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T Ecotec – CO2: 100 g/km – NGC: TBC*
With the help of lower emission Ecotec engines, more equipment and excellent pricing, the new Vauxhall Corsa is set to challenge the highly popular Ford Fiesta. The new three-cylinder turbo-charged petrol unit delivers 89 bhp, 0-62 mph in 11.9 seconds , with a top speed of 112 mph. Official fuel economy is 65.7 MPG (combined) with CO2 emissions of 100 g/km which means it’s zero-rated for car tax. Although a diesel engine variant offers official fuel consumption of 87.8 MPG (combined) and CO2 emissions of 85 g/km, diesel’s higher particulate emissions means that, for those with low to average mileage, the petrol model will pollute less in the urban environment. Priced from £8,995 the new Corsa undercuts the cheapest Fiesta by £1,000.
NGC verdict: "The new Corsa is value for money all round; its impressive new three-cylinder engine providing excellent drivability with emissions well below the zero car-tax threshold."
"We’re delighted the Corsa has won the Next Green Car award for best supermini. The all-new Corsa has raised the benchmark for driveability, comfort and practicality. New and improved powertrains achieving as low as 85g/km make this one of the most compelling low emission models on the market."
Peter Hope, Marketing Director, Vauxhall
Dubbed as the first ‘five door Mini’, the new Hatch means the world’s most famous small car is now more practical and spacious with a bigger boot, more rear leg room and seats for five adults. The 1.5 litre diesel engine delivers 116 bhp and is capable of 0-60 in 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 126 mph. Official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and are 79 MPG (combined) and 95 g/km respectively, slightly more than the three door variant. Priced from £15,900 (diesels from £17,050).
*TBC – To be confirmed
**If powered using renewable (e.g. wind, solar) electricity