2.1.2019Top 10 Green Cars 2019
The coming 12 months are set to be a cracker for green cars, with a number of significant EVs due for launch in 2019.
The number and breadth of new plug-in cars due became apparent when drawing up shortlists for our NGC Awards 2018, with the Next Generation category one of the toughest to decide upon.
The next few pages will give you an idea of the key electric models due to arrive on UK shores in 2019 - though as always, there will be important new models in the pipeline that we don't know about, and some models may be delayed too.
But enough preamble, here is Next Green Car's assessment of the Top 10 Green Cars to watch out for in 2019.
1 - Kia e-Niro
We start with a model that we have a due date for, and one that we've already tested - Kia's e-Niro. The all-electric crossover will join the Hyundai Kona Electric in offering a long electric driving range at mass-market money.
Due to be available only with the 64 kWh battery - other markets will be offered the 39 kWh model too - the e-Niro is a practical family car, with a very useful electric range. Official WLTP figures of more than 280 miles seem eminently achievable, and there is plenty of performance available too, thanks to a 150 kW electric motor.
Considering it will come with a price tag of a little over £30,000, and combines two of the UK's fastest growing market segments - EVs and crossovers - the Kia e-Niro is expected to sell like the proverbial freshly baked gateaux.
2 - VW ID.
Volkswagen's ID. could well become the most important car launched in 2019, and in fact the German manufacturer is pitching it as being as crucial to the company's success as the original Beetle and best-selling Golf.
Comparable to the popular Golf, the ID. badge is confirmed for a Samba-bus inspired MPV, and a coupe-SUV in the next few years. However, the hatch will be along first, and likely be the biggest seller.
Based on a new electric-only MEB platform, the ID. will come with three battery sizes available eventually, and the option of two- or four-wheel drive. Versatile and quick, the ID. is supposed to have the practicality of a Passat in the footprint - and price - of a Golf.