Next Green Car – Estate Awards 2017
The Kia Optima PHEV won the NGC Awards 2017 Large Family category last year, so perhaps it should be of no surprise that the Sportswagon version wins this year's Estate award. Like the Optima saloon and Crossover Award-winning Niro, the Optima Sportswagon benefits from Kia's penchant for long electric driving ranges. With one of the longest on sale, the practical estate makes for a practical PHEV too - one of the few big-booted plug-in cars on sale in the UK. Priced from £30,155 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "For those wanting value-for-money motoring, practicality, and a plug-in powertrain, the Optima Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid is one of the best options around. With a long electric range and load-lugging potential, Kia's Optima estate opens up PHEV models to many buyers that need a large car but with low running costs."
Kia commented: "We are thrilled to have received these awards from Next Green Car. The Niro PHEV and Optima Sportswagon PHEV are great additions to both the Kia fleet and the ever-growing UK alternative fuel market. Having this choice of Plug-in hybrid Electric Vehicles within the Kia range has enabled us to better meet our customers' changing needs – it's a very exciting time for Kia."
The V90 is a typical Volvo estate, and with plenty of space in the rear the Volvo V90 T8 TwinEngine combines the best traditions of big-booted Volvos with the company's new focus on electrification. With official efficiency figures of 46 g/km CO2, electric driving range of 28 miles, and 141 MPG (weighted combined) the V90 T8 TwinEngine is a large and comfortable estate without the normal associated high running costs and poor environmental ratings. The stylish zero-tailpipe emissions capable estate loses out on top spot only because of Kia's superior green rating. Priced from £55,955 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).