VW Golf VI Bluemotion is trully amazing car capable of doing 74.3 mpg and also freed from road tax. The vehicle is named Green Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards, held in association with Warranty Direct.

"Volkswagen has built a hugely desirable car that's big on ability, but small on running costs. The Golf BlueMotion does an enviable 74.3mpg and emits just 99g/km of CO2, which means it is exempt from road tax, while company car tax will be based on just 13% of its £18,685 list price. It's a package that's hard to beat. VW dealers are going to be busy.", commentedWhat Car? editor-in-chief Steve Fowler.

"Ever since the first BlueMotion model was launched in 2007 our strategy for this environmental sub-brand has been to produce class-leading vehicles which are efficient, sustainable, practical, comfortable and competitively priced.  This is what our customers want and all these values are encapsulated in the Golf.", noted Professor Dr Stefan Gies, head of chassis development.

VW Golf VI was also named best Green Small Family Car and beat eight other category winners to the overall Green Car of the Year title. VW also won the family car category with its Passat 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion. The judges said: "This is the green family car that families will want rather than the one they think they should have."

Other important suggestions are the Fiat 500 1.2 Pop, which was awarded best Green Supermini and the Jaguar XJ received the award - Greenest Luxury Car. Nissan Qashqai was the winner in the Crossover category, thanks to its cost-effectiveness, practicality, comfort, drivability and environmental credentials.

BMW 3 Series was the best Green Executive Car for the second year running, but now with the model 320d Efficient Dynamics returning 68.9mpg economy, low tax liability as well as low NOx and particulate emissions.

Peugeot 5008 is the best Green MPV, which offer seven seats, 53.2mpg and 140g/km C02 plus top-level safety kit and security features.

Honda CR-Z hybrid was named Green Sports Car 2010. Judges praised its low CO2 and high mpg, and commented: "The CR-Z is small and light, so it doesn't need a massively powerful engine, and that means it's clean, efficient and good to drive."

The What Car? Used Green Car award is new for this year and is sponsored by Warranty Direct. The prize went to the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 90 Style 5dr/

"The Ford Focus is one of the UK's favourite buys and there's a reason for that. The Focus is a sturdy, reliable car that is affordable to run and features good engineering. With so much emphasis on ‘green' motoring and lowering emission levels, a car like this that has excellent environmental credentials and has very few weaknesses elsewhere is the perfect buy for motorists in the small family category.", commented Warranty Direct, Managing Director Duncan McClure Fisher.

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Category

Car

Price

CO2

Ave mpg

Supermini

Fiat 500 1.2 Pop

£9,265

113g/km

58.9

Small family car

VW Golf 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion 5dr

£18,685

99g/km

74.3

Family car

VW Passat 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion

£19,710

114g/km

64.2

Executive car

BMW 320d ED

£27,245

109g/km

68.9

MPV

Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi 110 Active

£18,845

140g/km

53.3

Crossover

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Visia Pure Drive 2WD

£16,695

129g/km

57.6

Sports car

Honda CR-Z 1.5 i-VTEC Sport 3dr

£17,999

117g/km

56.5

Luxury car

Jaguar XJ 3.0D V6 Luxury

£53,900

184g/km

40.1

Used green car

Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi 90 Style 5dr '08/08 (*average)

*£8,900

118g/km

62.8


Editor's Award

Renault-Nissan Alliance





Overall Winner

VW Golf 1.6 TDI 105 BlueMotion 5dr

£18,685

99g/km

74.3