Greenest family cars

16 June 2008
Toyota Avensis

We list the five cleanest cars in the family car category and recommend three which we think you should consider.

What Car? Recommends
1 Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D TR 4dr
The Avensis’ 134 g/km CO2 emissions figure doesn’t just make it impressively kind to the environment. It also keeps running costs for business users low, and that’s important when many cars in this class are run as company cars. A simple dash, effortless driving manners and excellent refinement complete the Avensis’ easy-to-live-with nature.

2 Mazda 6 2.2D (123) S 5dr
Saving weight is key to low emissions, and the 6 is a prime example. Mazda has been using weight-saving measures all over its family car and the result is CO2 emissions of 147g/km and 51.4mpg economy. The beauty of it all is that the same low weight also makes the 6 great to drive, with the agility of a smaller car and sharp steering. We've chosen the 123bhp version because of its price, but you can get the same economy and emissions from the 161bhp model - if you can afford the extra £1600.

3 Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI Bluemotion 2
So Kermit the Frog was wrong after all - it is easy being green! The Passat Bluemotion is a classy, desirable, saloon that happens to have spectacularly low CO2 emissions. Average fuel economy isn't far off 60mpg, thanks to measures such as low-resistance tyres and aerodynamic tweaks. Performance isn't particularly strong, but the Bluemotion is as spacious and good to drive as any other Passat.

Greenest family cars
1 VW Passat 2.0 TDI Bluemotion 2 4dr    128g/km   VED Band D   57.6mpg
Peugeot 407 1.6 HDi 110 4dr   129g/km   VED Band D  57.7mpg
Renault Laguna 1.5dCi 110 eco2 5dr    130g/km   VED Band D   55.4mpg
Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D 130 4dr    134g/km   VED Band E   55.4mpg
Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi 160 ecoFLEX 5dr    136g/km   VED Band E   54.7mpg