We’re all being encouraged to ‘go green’ at the moment, in all areas of our lives -from recycling our waste to driving fuel efficient cars that cut down on harmful CO2 emissions. Logic would dictate that the cars that offer the best fuel economy would be the smallest – light and nimble city-focused vehicles. For families, who need as much space as possible to accommodate their brood, it may seem that their options in the green car market are limited. However, there are a number of environmentally-friendly cars that don’t skimp on space but are still impressively eco-conscious.
Take a look at my list of five of the best fuel efficient cars for families – I’m sure you’ll ‘go green’ with environmental envy:
Toyota Prius – The Prius was the first hybrid car to be put into mass production. Over the years it has been improved on several occasions, and this constant revision means that the Prius has consistently remained one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market. Its engine capacity has been improved, and it now generates 134 horsepower (with the power from the electric motor included), compared to the previous model’s 110 horsepower. Its components have also been made lighter and it has been made more aerodynamic.
Peugeot 508 – Although it isn’t a hybrid car, the Peugeot 508 boasts one of the most impressive fuel efficiency ratings around. It was also the first non-hybrid, non-electric car to achieve a carbon emissions rating lower than 110 g per kilometre. It doesn’t sacrifice power for economy, either – it is fitted with a 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine. The car also boasts a very good safety rating – always an important consideration for families – and achieved a score of five out of five from the European New Car Assessment Programme.
Hyundai i40 – Available in estate and sedan versions, the Hyundai i40 is an impressively spacious vehicle that also ranks as one of the most fuel efficient cars of its type. It boasts a boot space of 553 litres, and with the rear seats folded down, this increases to 1,719 litres. Like the Peugeot 508, it also scores five out of five on the European New Car Assessment Programme safety tests. In terms of carbon emissions, the i40 releases a lightweight 113 g per kilometre, all the while operating on 114 brake horsepower.
Ford Mondeo – This car has been around since 1993, and has been a favourite with families ever since it was launched. It is the latest version, however, that really impresses in its balance of fuel efficiency and family-friendly spaciousness.
Volkswagen Passat – Volkswagen’s entry into this line-up of fuel efficient cars for families has been in production – in various forms – for even longer than the Ford Mondeo. The latest model was launched in 2005, and has numerous benefits for families, such as excellent handling and massive amounts of boot space. Add to this list its excellent carbon emissions rating of 114g per kilogram, and you have a great all-rounder that’ll keep your family safe and your purse secured.