Next Green Car – Large Family Car Awards 2017
Large Family Car WINNER
Toyota Prius Plug-In – CO2 22 g/km – NGC Rating 30
Toyota's Prius was Commented in the NGC Awards Large Family category last year, offering a hybrid with efficiency figures well ahead of anything else without a plug socket in its class. This year, it's the turn of the PHEV version to appear in the NGC Awards but this time the Prius Plug-In takes the title. Styling that distinguishes the PHEV version from the standard Prius is a clever touch, especially since it is still recognisable a Prius. It is under the bodywork though that has taken Toyota to another NGC Award. Official economy figures of 22 g/km CO2, 39 mile electric range, and 283 MPG (weighted combined) are the best in its class, with the new Prius Plug-in again taking a step forward in terms of powertrain technology in its sector. The Prius Plug-in's party piece is that it is very easy to drive economically, allowing those that just want to just get in, turn on, and forget about different settings to achieve truly superb efficiency figures. Priced from £29,195 (inc. Category 2 OLEV grant).
NGC Verdict: "With class leading electric range, CO2 emissions, and fuel economy, the Prius Plug-in moves the game forward for PHEVs. Arguably at its best when in EV mode - feeling faster and more responsive - the Toyota Prius Plug-in is a car that is very easy to drive efficiently."
The IONIQ range is an excellent one, with Hyundai rightly recognised for its work on the all-electrified line-up. The final part of the trio - joining the existing Electric and Hybrid options - was the Plug-In. It performs as you would now expect a model bearing the IONIQ badge to do, namely excellently. Another IONIQ that is very easy to drive, the Plug-In's quoted economy figures of 26 g/km CO2, 30 mile electric range, and 257 MPG, are some of the best on the market. High levels of equipment and a flexible powertrain make for a very useful family car should low running costs be high on the list of priorities. Priced from £24,995 (inc. Category 2 OLEV grant).
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, commented: "Alongside Hybrid and Electric, the IONIQ Plug-in continues to receive praise from customers and the media alike. With vehicle emissions becoming an increasingly important factor for consumers looking for their next car, the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid offers the best of both worlds - an ideal solution for those who want low emissions but whose circumstances mean that choosing a fully electric vehicle isn’t yet a viable or practical option for them. "At Hyundai, we have one of the broadest product line-ups in the industry with hybrid, plug-in and electric powertrains alongside efficient combustion engines all available for customers to buy now. But there is much more to come. The IONIQ will be joined next year by a fully electric KONA with an increased electric range along with an exciting all new fuel cell model."