Next Green Car – Awards 2015 shortlist

Next Green Car Awards 2015

The winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2015 are selected from a shortlist featuring 44 different models competing across 10 categories.

The shortlist inlcudes the highest-quality low-emission new cars which have been launched in 2015. To qualify, models must be commercially available to purchase or order during the year. The ‘Next Gen’ Award also highlights innovative models planned for launch in 2016.

Listed by category and alphabetically by manufacturer, the Awards 2015 shortlist is as follows:

City Car shortlist 2015
Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir – 90 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 29
Smart fortwo 1.0 – 93 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet – 84 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 27*
Vauxhall Viva 1.0 ecoFlex – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 32

Supermini shortlist 2015
Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-D - 89 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi – 79 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 27
Seat Ibiza 1.4 TDI – 88 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 31
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex – 85 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 31*

Small Family shortlist 2015
Nissan Leaf 30kWh – 0 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 28
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi ecoFlex – 82 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30*
Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion 1.0 TSI – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 33
Volkswagen Golf GTE – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 34

Large Family shortlist 2015
DS Automobiles DS5 1.6 BlueHDi – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
Mini Clubman Cooper D – 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37
Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI Greenline – 95 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 34
Volkswagen Passat GTE – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating TBC**

Estate shortlist 2015
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37*
BMW 3-Series Touring 330d ED Plus – 104 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI Greenline – 96 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 34
Volkswagen Passat GTE Estate – 39 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating TBC**

MPV shortlist 2015
Ford C-Max 1.5 TDCi – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
Ford S-Max 2.0 Duratorq TDCi – 129 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 43
Nissan e-NV200 Combi – 0 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 30
Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI – 111 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 39*

Crossover shortlist 2015
Fiat 500X 1.6 MultiJet II – 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38
Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC – 108 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37*
Mazda CX-3 1.5 Skyactiv-D – 105 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi– 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 34

SUV shortlist 2015
BMW X1 sDrive18d – 109 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38
Hyundai Tuscon 1.7 DRCi – 119 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 39
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 42 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 38*
Volvo XC90 T8 TwinEngine – 49 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 53*

Executive shortlist 2015
Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
BMW 3-Series 320 ED Plus – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 35
Jaguar XE 2.0d – 99 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 36
Mercedes Benz C-Class C350e – 48 g/km CO2 – NGC Rating 37

Next Gen shortlist 2015
BMW 330e PHEV – NGC Rating**
Honda Clarity FCV – NGC Rating**
Tesla Model X EV – NGC Rating**
Toyota Prius Hybrid – NGC Rating**

* NGC Rating estimated
** NGC Rating to be confirmed

Eligible models on the Awards short-list are primarily selected for their low emissions as indicated by their NGC Rating. However, account is also taken of the level of innovation, value, drive experience and design.

The NGC Rating looks at the environmental impact of each model including CO2 emissions, MPG, NOx and particulate emissions throughout the whole of a car’s life cycle. With the current focus on emissions testing, the recently updated NGC Rating 2.0 has taken on a more significant role than ever in assessing the real-world impacts of CO2 and NOx.

This year, more than half of the models on the Next Green Car Awards 2015 shortlist emit less than 100 g/km tailpipe CO2 (official combined). Of those, seven are plug-in hybrids, reflecting the recent increase in models available and their popularity with customers, and three are pure-electric with zero emissions. Taken together, the average CO2 figure of the Awards 2015 shortlist is just 78 g/km.

At the launch of the shortlist, Ben Lane, Managing Editor at Next Green Car commented: "The 2015 Awards shortlist demonstrates the broad range of low emission models on the UK market. Particularly encouraging is the growing number of plug-in vehicles across no less than seven of the 10 categories; a sure sign than the EV revolution is continuing apace."

Melanie Shufflebotham, Sales and Marketing Director at Next Green Car added: "Understanding real-world vehicle emissions and the impact on air quality and climate change is becoming increasingly important to car buyers. The Next Green Car Awards offer an independent assessment of the best new cars on the market, and, coupled with the NGC Rating and the suite of Next Green Car tools, help car buyers make good choices when looking for a more economical and lower emission car."

Winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2015 >>

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:15th Feb 2019

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