Next Green Car – Small Family Car Awards 2015
Small Family Car WINNER
Nissan Leaf 30kWh – CO2 0 g/km – NGC Rating 28
The new Nissan Leaf might not look very new at all, but it is what’s under the skin that counts. With the larger 30 kWh battery, the Leaf’s new range is officially 155 miles, meaning you can comfortably cover around 125 miles in real world conditions – the same distance as the 24 kWh model’s official range. A step forward in mass-market EVs, the ability to cover well over 100 miles on one charge opens up Leaf ownership to a new group of potential drivers who would never before have considered going electric. Add to the new battery an upgraded NissanConnect EV infotainment system plus improved equipment, the sales success of this ground-breaking model shows no sign of slowing down. Priced from £24,490 including the government's Plug-in Car Grant.
NGC verdict: "The best-selling electric Leaf gets better still with a longer range and more kit. Now with fewer charges needed, the Leaf is an award-winning car in its own right, not just a winning EV."
Small Family Car COMMENDED
VW Golf GTE – CO2 39 g/km – NGC Rating 34
The Golf GTE is an excellent car that is ideally suited to the needs of 21st century driving. The plug-in hybrid also demonstrates that there is more to VW than just diesels, clean or otherwise! The GTE can cover more than 25 miles (official) in electric only mode, and emits only 39 g/km of CO2 (weighted combined). In addition to its electric capability, the GTE has all the usual features of a family hatch in the familiar shape of the VW Golf. Add to that the versatility of the powertrain to either be an eco-warrier or – in GTE mode – a B-Road blaster, and the Golf GTE becomes a car for all occasions. Priced from £28,755 including the government's Plug-in Car Grant.