Greenest MPVs

16 June 2008
Ford C-Max

We list the five cleanest five- and seven-seat MPVs and recommend a couple of each which we think you should consider.

Five-seat MPVs: What Car? Recommends
1 Ford C-Max 1.6 Duratorq TDCi (109PS)
Some people say that green motoring is not fun - they are wrong. One of the most environmentally friendly car in the MPV class is also the best to drive. The C-Max uses the same chassis as the Focus hatchback to give brilliant handling. Importantly for an MPV, there's plenty of space in the back and a big boot, too. It's not far off the best in the class for CO2 emissions and fuel economy, either.

2 Citroen C3 Piasso 1.6 VTi VTR+
The key to this little car's success as an MPV is is its boxy shape and flexible seating. Head- and legroom are very good throughout, and the rear seats split and slide, so that if you slide them forward, you have a boot nearly as big as a Ford Focus estate's. The car drives well, too, blending comfort and control, while economy of more than 40mpg is good for a petrol-engined car of this size and style.

Greenest five-seat MPVs
1 Citroen Nemo Multispace 1.4 HDi    119g/km   VED Band C   62.8mpg
= Fiat Qubo 1.3 Multijet   119g/km   VED Band C   62.8mpg
= Nissan Note 1.5 dCi 86   119g/km   VED Band C    62.8mpg
4 Renault Modus 1.5 dCi 86   120g/km    VED Band C   62.8mpg
5 Citroen C3 Picasso 1.6 HDI 90   125g/km   VED Band D    60.1mpg
= Volkswagen Golf Plus 1.6 TDI 90 S   125g/km   VED Band D    62.8mpg

Seven-seat MPVs: What Car? Recommends
1 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 16v HDi 110 EGS
Our reigning MPV of the Year is one of the greenest cars in its class, as well as the most versatile. In Exclusive trim, it gets the accomplished EGS semi-automatic transmission as standard, which makes it even cleaner. It'll also average an impressive 53.3mpg.

2 Toyota Verso 2.0 D-4D T2
In the Verso, you'll find everything that Toyota is renowned for - refinement, reliability and robustness - plus a practical and versatile cabin. The rear seats fold into the floor when they're not needed, and you can get seven inside as long as the middle row of seats are slid forward a little. To cap it all, it still offers impressive economy of more than 50mpg.

Greenest seven-seat MPVs
1 Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi    138g/km   VED Band E   57.6mpg
2 Vauxhall Zafira 1.7 CDTi 110 Ecoflex   139g/km   VED Band E   53.3mpg
3 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi Exclusive EGS   140g/km   VED Band E   53.3mpg
4 Toyota Verso 2.0 D-4D   143g/km    VED Band F   51.4mpg
5 Volkswagen Touran 1.9 TDI 105 Bluemotion   144g/km    VED Band F    52.3mpg

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