Next Green Car – Supermini Awards 2015
Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi – CO2 79 g/km – NGC 27
Emitting just 79 g/km of CO2 and returning almost 100 MPG (official combined), the compact Peugeot was always going to be a strong contender in this class. Add to that a comprehensive re-fresh with styling, engines and safety specifications all worked on, and the new 208 is a worthy winner. Fun to drive around town with its compact steering wheel, square stance and supple suspension, the facelifted 208 has a range of efficient powerplants, many of which alone would put it in contention for this award, showing the current strength in depth of the Peugeot engine range. Priced from £14,845.
NGC verdict: "Peugeot's stylish supermini towers above the sector with exceptional economy figures. Low running costs combine with a great town driving experience to make the new 208 a top small car pick."
Peugeot comment: "We are absolutely delighted to have won this Next Green Car 2015 award. As leaders in the CO2 ‘race’ with a CAFE* rating of just 106.3g/km, our best-selling 208 with CO2 from 79g/km fully deserves recognition as the most efficient non-hybrid car on the UK market"
Neil Moscrop, Peugeot Brand Director
Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv-D – CO2 89g/km – NGC Rating 30
The Mazda 2 would have won this category in any other year, and would have been a worthy champion too, returning official CO2 emissions of 89 g/km and 83 MPG (combined). The smallest model in Mazda’s range, the 2 makes good use of the company’s Skyactiv principles which reduce weight and improve efficiency to ease the load on the engine. Stylish inside and out, the Mazda 2 is well-equipped and, with its refined ride, feels like a larger car than it really is. Priced from £15,995.
* CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Emissions)