Eco wheels


Credit: iStockphoto

- Advertisement -

The greener fleet

Suzuki Alto GL
Powered by a light all-alloy three cylinder 1.0 litre petrol engine, this zippy little car produces a peak power output of 50 kilowatts at 6,000 rpm (revs per minute). This car is so efficient on fuel that one fuel tank lasts
725 km.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.7 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 110 gm/kg
■ $12,490

Nissan ST Manual Micra
It’s small with a 1.2 litre three-cylinder engine, but there’s plenty of headroom in this five seater. The
road noise and vibrations at idle are kept to a minimum. Bluetooth is standard in this cute city get-about.
■ Fuel Consumption: 5.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 138 gm/kg
■ $12,990

Hyundai i20 Active
With six airbags, bluetooth phone connectivity and a high-mounted LCD display, driver safety is kept to a maximum. With a 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine, there’s not a lot of power, but it’s a great zippy city car that will fit easy into small parking spaces.
■ Fuel Consumption: 6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 142 gm/kg
■ $15,490

VW Comfortline Polo 66TDI
This new 1.6 litre turbo diesel with four cylinders is six per cent more efficient than it’s predecessor’s 1.9
litre engine. It comes with chrome-edged vents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a rear centre armrest.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 121 gm/kg
■ $22,350

smart fortwo cambrio
Originating from France, there’s been a few version of this quirky car in Australia already, but the newest model from smart was released in Australia in February this year. With a very tiny 1.0 litre engine, it’s extremely economical on fuel.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.4 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 100 gm/kg
■ $22,990

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
The greenest of Ford’s fleet, but it doesn’t run off an electric motor or batteries – it’s a super-efficient diesel engine. It actually beats the Prius in terms of fuel economy, and it performs very well. To cut aerodynamic drag, the ECOnetic is also a little lower to the ground.
■ Fuel Consumption: 3.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 98 gm/kg
■ $24,990

Honda Insight VTi
This automatic hatchback is a petrol-electric system but with only a small 1.3 litre engine. To get the most out of this hybrid-style, the speedometer turns from blue to blue-green as you use less fuel. Green driving is rewarded with ‘leaves’ added to your dashboard.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 109 gm/kg
■ $29,990

Toyota Prius
The world’s most popular hybrid car, with more than 2.1 million Prii being sold worldwide since its introduction to the world market in 2001 – so it’s tried and tested and into the third generation now. Being hybrid electric, there’s no risk of running out of charge.
■ Fuel Consumption: 3.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 89 gm/kg
■ $34,990

Toyota Camry Hybrid
With the fuel efficiency of a small car, the Camry Hybrid performs like a V6 and is perfect for highway driving
and long holidays with lots of room for luggage. Seamlessly switches between the petrol engine and electric motor.
■ Fuel Consumption: 6 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 142 gm/kg
■ $36,990

Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
Powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor. Featuring four drive modes, geared to the eco-conscious and the spirited driver alike. The boot is lined with bio-plastic, and Lexus also says that 85 per cent of the vehicle is recyclable.
■ Fuel Consumption: 4.1 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 95 gm/kg
■ $39,990

Mitsubishi i-Miev
‘Miev’ stands for ‘Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle’, and it is indeed innovative. A five-door electric hatchback with an Australian-approved range of 155km, retail sales to the Australian public start in August from all capital cities.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ $48,000

Tesla Roadster Electric
A quiet and electrifying ride in this all-electric sportscar will take less than four seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h. The single-speed gearbox has a 375 volt alternating current (AC) electric motor, with a range of up to 394 km from a single charge.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ $206,188

Kia Rio
The new sleekly-styled Rio will be available in Australia from September. A 5-door hatch with a choice of 1.4 litre multi-point injection or 1.6 litre gasoline direct injection engine, it comes standard with electronic stability control, ABS, six airbags and Bluetooth.
■ Fuel Consumption: 5.7 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 133 gm/kg
■ RRP will be announced closer to launch.

Nissan Leaf
Purpose-built from the ground up, this 100 per cent electric five-door hatchback has a range of 117 kilometres, there’s loads of room for the kids and all their sports gear. It has won the prestigious award of World Car of the Year 2011.
■ Fuel Consumption: 0 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 0 gm/kg
■ Available in Australia mid-2012.

Volvo V60 Plug-in hybrid
The first car of its kind – a hybrid that doesn’t just charge off the motor, it also charges from a powerpoint. It uses regular diesel, so has very low fuel consumption; a 1,000 km drive, such as that from Sydney to Melbourne, would cost under $30 at the current Australian fuel prices.
■ Fuel Consumption: 1.9 L/100 km
■ CO2 Emissions: 50 gm/kg
■ Production will start in 2012.

Single page view