What is the most environmentally friendly vehicle? Hybrid with electric motors? No. Dual fuel? Wrong, again. In fact, according to MSN Cars, the "UK’s greenest car" is a diesel-engined Renault Grand Scénic 1.5-litre dCi 106 Euro IV, as it emits a measly 20.57 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre for each of the seven passengers it can carry.
The G8 summit may have just ended, but global warming continues to be hot news. Indeed, many car buyers are now actively seeking not just more planet-friendly cars but, in light of rising fuel costs, more economical ones too. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Ahead of the UK Government’s voluntary eco-labelling scheme becoming effective at dealers across the UK from 1 September, Renault’s stylish, seven-seater compact MPV, Grand Scénic, has the answer to both problems, as highlighted by the latest independent research study from MSN Cars.
The MSN Cars research, entitled ‘Great G8 Cars’, studied the most ‘green’ road cars on sale in the UK today, ranging from the very small, like the Smart Fortwo, to the very big, the Lexus RX400h. However, instead of looking just at the total emissions of the vehicle, they used a method used regularly in other areas of transport, like the airline industry - that is, CO2 emissions per passenger. After all, how great is a car that has emissions the same as most others, yet can only carry two people for example? Looked at by the number of seats as standard, the Grand Scénic left all the other contenders trailing in its wake, not to mention every other car in the UK, with its 144g/km CO 2 emissions figure. With such low emissions and a Euro IV compliant engine the vehicle only attracts a 15% tax levy too, making the car even more appealing to company car users.
The Renault Scénic, which created the compact MPV niche in 1997, is widely regarded as the class leader for its winning combination of good economy, practicality, refinement and space. Now, fresh from winning the Compact MPV category in Auto Express’ New Car Honours earlier this month for the second consecutive year, it can also add the "UK’s greenest car" tag to its ever-growing list of plaudits.