Green cars

HankookIt's the norm to be 'eco' these days; every face-lifted or all-new model pumps out less CO2, as makers work towards stringent future emissions regulations.

Here, though, we credit those cars that are not the norm; the models that move the efficiency game on, whether that's by getting ever-lower CO2 from a combustion engine, making electric motoring more accessible, or introducing technology.

If it adds a dimension to eco-transport, it could win our green award.

BMW i3
Key facts
0-60mph 7.2sec
Top speed 93mph
Claimed range 80-100 miles
CO2 emission 0g/km

BMW i3

Best buy £20,000-£30,000

The i3 brings more than just a premium offering to the mainstream electric car scene.

List price (after grant) £25,680
Target price (after grant) £25,680
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Renault Zoe
Key facts
0-60mph 13.5sec
Top speed 84mph
Claimed range 130 miles
CO2 emission 0g/km

Renault Zoe

Best buy Less than £20,000

The Fiesta-sized Zoe is one of the most affordable ways into electric motoring. It offers similar running costs to a diesel-powered Renault Clio, and that's before you consider that free of company car tax.

List price (after grant) £13,995
Target price (after grant) £13,995
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Tesla S
Key facts
0-60mph 4.2sec
Top speed 130mph
Claimed range 310 miles
CO2 emission 0g/km

Tesla Model S

Best buy More than £30,000

If anything, the all-electric Tesla Model S feels more brilliantly extravagant on the road than any of its diesel- or petrol-powered competition.

List price (after grant) £68,700
Target price (after grant) £68,700
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