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Greenest 4x4s

16 June 2008
Volkswagen Tiguan

We list the five cleanest compact and large 4x4s and recommend three from each class that we think you should consider.

Compact 4x4s: What Car? Recommends
1 Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI S 2WD
The likelihood is that you won't be taking your SUV off-road, and that's where this version of the Tiguan comes in. Without the weight and drag of a four-wheel drive system, it returns a very decent 45.6mpg and emits less than 160g/km CO2. Plus, it's as good to drive, spacious and classy as any Tiguan.

2 Honda CR-V 2.2 i-CTDi ES
Honda's engines are as clean as they are smooth and powerful. A cracking 2.2-litre diesel unit is the secret of the CR-V's success. Despite being significantly bigger and heavier than the SX4 below, it is not much heavier on CO2 emissions.

3 Suzuki SX4 1.6 VVT GLX 4Grip
Here's proof that if you want low emissions, you have to keep things compact. The Suzuki SX4 is no bigger than a Ford Focus, but this 4Grip model is a proper off-roader. It's the SX4's weight and aerodynamic advantage over its large, bluff, lolloping rivals that gives it the edge on emissions.

Greenest compact 4x4s

Greenest compact 4x4s


Model
Suzuki SX4 1.6 DDiS
Subaru Legacy Outback 2.0TD
Toyota RAV4 2.2 D-4D 150 XT-R
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 2WD
Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi 2WD
Emissions
139g/km
153g/km
154g/km
155g/km
159g/km
VED
E
G
G
G
G
Ave mpg
53.3mpg
48.7mpg
48.7mpg
45.6mpg
46.3mpg


Large 4x4s: What Car? Recommends

1. Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Style 7st
The beauty of the Hyundai Santa Fe is that it’s such a superb all-rounder. The diesel engine is stronger than most rivals’, giving it a useful 2500kg towing limit, and this seven-seat version is as practical as some MPVs. It drives well, too, but the real attraction is the price. You’ll struggle to find a better-value 4x4.

2. Lexus RX450h SE-L
A few years ago, a ‘green’ 4x4 was a contradiction in terms, but the Lexus RX changes all that. Incredibly, it has the kind of emissions you’d expect from a small family car, which means it costs much less to run than many rivals – and all without any sacrifice in build quality, space, or desirability.

3. Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 143 SE
The Q7’s not-so-little brother has a lot to recommend it: fine car-like handling, supreme build quality, and a practical and spacious cabin. It also has plenty of equipment and good refinement, and the only thing that might put you off is the firm ride.

The greenest 4x4s

The greenest 4x4s


Model
Lexus RX450h
BMW X3 xDrive 18d
Subaru Forester 2.0D
Honda CR-V 2.2 i-DTEC
Suzuki Jimny
Emissions
148g/km
165g/km
167g/km
171g/km
171g/km
VED
F
G
H
H
H
Ave mpg
44.8mpg
45.6mpg
44.8mpg
43.5mpg
39.2mpg

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