Next Green Car – Crossover Awards 2015
Renault Kadjar 1.5dCi – CO2 99 g/km – NGC Rating 34
Renault should be very proud of the all-new Kadjar. It wins the Crossover prize in a very competitive year and has done so by performing strongly in every area with a brand new entry. Important considerations in this sector are practicality and value for money; two aspects in which the Kadjar delivers very well and excels at respectively. Add in the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s efficient 1.5 dCi diesel, with zero-road tax CO2 emissions at 99 g/km (official) and a quoted 74 MPG (combined), and the Kadjar won’t just be cheap to buy but frugal to run too. The styling is striking and the handling comfortable on bumpy roads, all of which combine to make Renault’s first entry into the large crossover market a highly successful one. Priced from £19,895.
NGC verdict: "While it’s taken some time for a new King of the Crossovers to arrive, Renault’s all-new Kadjar easily takes the title. Efficient, comfortable, spacious and good value for money, the Kadjar raises the bar in the crossover segment."
Mazda CX-3 1.5 Skyactiv-D – CO2 105 g/km – NGC 35
In a year which has seen some excellent crossovers launched in the UK, Mazda can be proud of a Commended prize with its new CX-3. Building on the company’s good work done with the CX-5, the more compact CX-3 is a good looking, well-built and well equipped machine that’s comfortable yet sporty. The CX-3 also benefits from Mazda’s Skyactiv principles to return more than 71 MPG (official combined) and emit 105 g/km CO2. An excellent compact family car, the CX-3 is a great compromise for those who need the practicality of a crossover but want a stylish car that’s fun to drive. Priced from £18,995.