Green Awards 2012

Small family cars

The best green small family car of 2012 needs to excel in every area. We expect CO2 emissions and fuel economy that are a match for some superminis, yet there shouldn’t be any shortfall in performance or refinement.

Our winner should be practical enough for families and have a decent standard of equipment, yet ownership costs should be reasonable.

Our winner here will be one of the greenest cars available, yet shouldn’t require any compromise from buyers. It’s a big ask.

Small family cars: Winner

Volkswagen Golf

BMW 1 Series

List Price: £20,885
Target Price: £19,605
CO2 99g/km
NOx 160mg/km
Particulate emissions 0.1mg/km
Average economy 74.3mpg

Small family cars: Runner-up

Hyundai Santa Fe

Kia Ceed

List Price: £16,295
Target Price: £15,682
CO2 139g/km
NOx 142mg/km
Particulate emissions 0.6mg/km
Average economy 76.3mpg

Small family cars: Runner-up

Volvo V40

List Price: £19,745
Target Price: £18,995
CO2 94g/km
NOx 122mg/km
Particulate emissions 0.9mg/km
Average economy 78.5mpg