Green cars have come a long way since the introduction of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, from Toyota in the form of popular Prius in the year 1997. These days they are every bit as desirable as their petrol-guzzling rivals and also are capable of delivering phenomenal performance not just in terms of better fuel economy but also in terms of the look. So here’s our list of the Top 5 green cars.
5. Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid
At Number 5 we have the Volvo V60 which the company claims to be the most technically advanced car model it has ever produced. The Volvo V60 is front wheel powered and has a five-cylinder 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 160 kW, whereas the rear wheels get their power from a 52 kW electric motor. The car also offers a vast list of equally impressive standard equipment like the front & rear parking sensors, speed-dependent power steering, and high performance multimedia DVD audio system which consists of four 40 W amplifiers, eight loudspeakers and a 7″ display. To round it off, a smartphone app enables the driver to, amongst others, set the climate control to pre-cool the car on a hot day or make sure you get into a toasty warm vehicle in winter.
4. Citroen DS5
After the technical V60 at number 5, we have at number 4 a very elegant and luxurious Citroen DS5. This all-wheel-drive compact executive car offers buyers a choice between numerous conventional petrol and diesel engines, or PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Hybrid 4, which combines a 163 hp (about 121 kW) 2.0 HDi diesel engine with a 28 kW electric motor, sending the power to all four wheels as and when required. The electric motor can also fly solo, powering the vehicle by itself on the condition that it is sufficiently charged.
3. Lexus LF-LC Sporty 2+2 Hybrid Coupe concept
The Lexus Lf-Lc is a Sporty 2+2 Hybrid Coupe concept that might have an underwhelming name, but its aggressively styled angular looks and futuristic interior does the make up for this. With driver input via a touchscreen control board on the center console, it enables the driver or front passenger to control the audio system, change the climate control settings or even enter the destination from the satnav. Besides the touch-enabled control board, there are touchscreen controls located on each door to perform functions like operate the windows, make seat adjustments and access the infotainment system.
2. BMW ActiveHybrid 5
The German auto manufacturer gaint BMW, is renowned for its sporty, executive saloons and M badge boasting sports cars. However, this car maker is also responsible for some gorgeous eco cars, as illustrated by the BMW i8 concept featured in the movie Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. Changing lanes from the conceptual field to reality is the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 which is powered by a turbo charged three litre straight-six engine in combination with an electric motor delivering 250 kW of power making the sedan sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr in less than six seconds. The top speed of the car is 250 km/h and car gives 100 km mileage using just 6.5 liters of fuel.
1. Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid
And at Number 1 in our list is the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid which is a sublime looking plug-in supercar from the german auto manufacturer. This car delivers more power (around 521 kW) from its high-revving V8 engine, assisted by two electric motors, than the conventionally powered Porsche 911 Turbo S (390 kW). The 918 Spyder Hybrid is quicker than the Turbo S (0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, top speed of 315 km/h), being capable of delivering a top speed of 320+ km/h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. Even with this phenomenal performance figures this eco car will deliver fuel consumption of just three litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 70 g/km. Fans unfortunately have to wait a bit longer for this Hybrid to hit the roads, maybe till the end of year 2013.