Next Green Car – Executive Car Awards 2017
BMW 530e – CO2 46 g/km – NGC Rating 36
BMW's 5 Series is one of the most important in the German giant's range, a fact born out by the new model being not just one of the best car's in its class, but one of the best cars full stop. Available in 530e specification, the superb 5 Series is also available in plug-in form, further expanding BMW's electric car line-up. Efficiency figures are quoted at 46 g/km CO2, 29 mile electric range, and 141 MPG, putting the 530e right in the mix at the top of the plug-in executive car league table. Factor in the fact that the 5 Series is great to drive, stylish, and well stocked with kit, and the plug-in hybrid 530e becomes a fantastic all-rounder. Priced from £44,765 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC verdict: "Fast but economical, the 530e benefits from the great driving dynamics offered by conventionally-powered 5 Series models to make for an engaging drivers' PHEV. With the 5 Series established as one of the best in its class, the 530e improves the overall package by offering the benefits of an electric powertrain too."
Volvo is doing some great work in the plug-in car world, launching PHEV variants each time a new model is released. Sitting in the highly competitive executive class, the Swedish firm has its work cut out with the S90; but it competes and competes well. The S90 is a comfortable and stylish executive saloon, with the added benefit that it is available with Volvo's T8 TwinEngine PHEV powertrain. The battery sits within the transmission tunnel so interior space isn't compromised, and the official economy figures are quoted at 46 g/km CO2, 28 miles of electric range, and 141 MPG (weighted combined). It's an alternative to the traditional German best-sellers, and a fine one at that, with a PHEV system that can offer exceptional economy. It might not be as famous as the likes of the category-winning 530e, but it's still well worth its commendation. Priced from £53,955 (inc Category 2 OLEV grant).