The best Eco Friendly Cars – Our top 5 from 2014

As ever, the need for eco-friendly alternatives is growing. It probably comes as no surprise that your car choice has the potential to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.

With that in mind, we’ve reviewed the eco friendly cars of 2014 and present you with our top 5.

Note – We’re also included the Green Car Rating for each model features; the lower the number, the more eco-friendly the car is)

1.      BMW i3 Hatchback – £30,000, Green Car Rating 22

BMW i3 Hatchback Eco CarThe BMW i3 is an aesthetically pleasing electric car, which comes at a cost. At £30,000, this is the most expensive car on our list.

So what do you get for your money?

On a full charge the car can travel between 80 and 125 miles, dependant on your driving style. It’s not on the slow side either, with a punchy 168bhp motor and an aluminium and carbon fibre construction.

Find out how to get one here!

2.      Smart ForTwo ED Coupe – £15,395, Green Car Rating 24

Smart ForTwo ED Coupe Eco CarVoted as the ‘greenest’ car of 2014 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, it’s a neat little motor for two people.

This Smart car’s official driving range is around 84 miles and reaches a top speed of 78mph; it’s not the car for a boy racer!

However for a city car, it’s perfect; especially in London where you’ll receive a 100% Ultra Low Emission discount on the Congestion Charge. However at only 2.5 metres long, this isn’t good for carting around your luggage or the family.

For information and specs see here!

3.      Toyota Prius Plug In – £27,395, – Green Car Rating 27

Toyota Prius Plug In Eco CarThe Toyota Prius is perhaps the car that started the popularity of hybrid technology. Therefore it’s no surprise that their latest plug-in model makes it into our list.

This hybrid is great for those who love the idea of an eco-friendly car but don’t want to rely on charging them up. It can do around 15 miles on purely electric drive but its main attraction is that it can do an astonishing 108.6mpg and only emits 59g/km of CO2.

For details on how to purchase the new plug-in hybrid see here.

4.      MINI Cooper D 3 Door – £15,000, Green Car Rating 26

MINI Cooper D Eco CarThe MINI is one of the most iconic cars in the UK. This is style meeting eco-friendly values at its greatest.

With 80.7mpg and 92g/km CO2 emissions from its 1.5 litre engine, it’s actually up there with the best of the eco cars. Yet with its 114bhp it’s also a bit of a beast!

However, we’re not denying it, the main attraction is that it’s a MINI.

Check out Auto Express’s full review of this Mini Cooper D here.

5.      Renault Twizy Electric Car Urban – £6895, Green Car Rating 17

Renault Twizy Electric Car Urban EcoFriendly CarThe final car on our list is from Renault’s Twizy range. This strange looking car is currently sitting on top of the Next Green Car’s Eco-Friendly List with officially 0 CO2 emissions! It can go for around 62 miles per charge with a top speed of 50mph from a 17BHP engine.

And even though it looks more like a golf buggy than a car, its one of the purest of eco warriors!

Find out more here.

So there you have it, our top 5 eco-friendly cars of 2014! Would any of these persuade you to ditch your gas guzzling monster?

If you have an eco-friendly car, please share your thoughts of it in the comments box.

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