Best low emissions green cars

Toyota Prius plug-in 2013 front action
Credits: Otis Clay
22 Oct, 2014 1:30pm Steve Walker

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There have been many green cars in the past, but paint colour isn't what springs to mind with that phrase these days. Now it's all about being cheap to run, with higher mpg figures, lower exhaust emissions and reduced carbon footprints. There's a lot of pressure on the manufacturers of modern cars to go green - and many are stepping up to the plate.

Electric cars, hybrid cars and advanced new petrol or diesel cars can all be called green, thanks to rapidly advancing technologies that keep all types of power on the cutting edge.

The goal is always the same, whether to company believes in highly efficient diesels or clean electrics: green cars that are kinder to the environment, cheaper to run and still desirable to consumers.

Here we list our favourite green cars that you can buy today. It all depends on how the car suits your needs - you might be the perfect candidate for an efficient small petrol engine, or it could be a pure electric car that fits your lifestyle best.

This top ten selection will help you find the top environmentally friendly models currently available, and takes into consideration the full range of the modern green car market from hybrid and electric to petrol and diesel.

Tell us what you think of our green car picks in the comments section below...    

Best green cars: top 10

Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion front tracking

1. BMW i3 2. Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion
3. SEAT Leon Ecomotove
4. Vauxhall Ampera
5. MINI Cooper D
6. Toyota Prius Plug-in
7. BMW 116d  EfficientDynamics
8. Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
10. Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion

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    Quite amusing really to see the Golf bluemotion at number 1 then another VAG product at number 2 but not unexpected from AE. When did the likes of Toyota and Honda start putting high tech hybrids on sale and how long did it take the likes of VW Group and others to catch up?!

    Toyota/Lexus Hybrids are now in their 3rd generation - they don't shout about it or get the credit they deserve. If it wasn't for Lexus doing Hybrids I doubt we'd see the the other premium manufacturers playing catchup.

    There are no green cars in any of the photos in this list, and I somehow doubt that many of them even have green as a colour option. At least the BlueMotion Golf is some shade of blue.

    The order of cars in the list is rubbish, and the inclusion of dirty black smoke belching diesels is ridiculous. CO2 is not the only pollutant that cars make.

    Autoexpress may not be aware but Europe is waking up to the fact that a diesel compact or sub-compact can never be as clean as a petrol engined car or perhaps Autoexpress is waiting for Volkswagen Group to make their versions of Toyota Prius before this magazine rehashed it's so-called green car list?

    Dirty filthy sooty diesels playing russian roulette with our respiratory health. Thank you for the carcinogens. Time to stop this lie that diesels are green. Regardless of CO2 and MPG, they carry diesel oil into our crowded town centre streets, then they burn that oil and emit their noxious gases within a few feet of where people are breathing.

    These cars may be relatively economical, but green they most definitely are not.

    Very true !!! Toyota and then Lexus are the original 'old school' hybrids that started the trend so much that BMW is using their technology !

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