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3. VW Tiguan GTE - Plug-in Hybrid - CO2 42 g/km

VW Tiguan GTE

The new version of Volkswagen's popular family-sized SUV will see a PHEV model join the line-up for the first time in the shape of the Tiguan GTE. Sharing the same name and technology as the excellent Golf and Passat GTEs, the Tiguan will use a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine alongside an electric motor to provide 215 bhp in total (according to Frankfurt concept). The concept's powertrain is likely to make it into the confirmed GTE production model, which would put the Tiguan GTE comfortably within the current limits to exempt it from road tax and congestion charge costs, while also qualifying it for the government's Plug-in Car Grant. An electric only range of around 30 miles is expected and, along with the Golf and Passat, VW is bringing together a varied range of family PHEV models - a welcome departure from rivals' larger and more expensive SUV offerings.

4. Volvo S90 - Plug-in Hybrid - CO2 49 g/km

Volvo S90

Volvo's recent announcement that it will electrify its entire range has been followed up the unveiling of the new S90 saloon. Set to rival the likes of BMW's 5-Series, Mercedes' E-Class and the Jaguar XF, Volvo's new large saloon will share the T8 TwinEngine powertrain from its XC90 stablemate. This should see emissions around the 50 g/km mark and an official fuel economy figure of more than 130 MPG. On top of the 400 bhp powertrain, the S90 will feature semi-autonomous driving tech, drawing on Volvo's involvement in the public DriveMe autonomous driving project, due to start soon. A stylish exterior and cabin, alongside the frugal and potentially zero-emission powertrain, could see Volvo take a surprisingly large chunk out of the established competition's executive saloon sales.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:24th Dec 2015

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