Green car ratings reveal best and worst

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  • Updated:28 Jul 2006
 

02.Best and worse green ratings

Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

Best & worst green ratings
Make / model, current models as of May 2006
(in order of overall points)
Star
rating1
(5 stars = best)
Greenhouse rating2
(10 = best)
Air pollution rating3
(10 = best)
Fuel type Fuel consumption4
(L / 100 km)
The best
TOYOTA Prius 1.5 L, hatch 5.0 8.5 8.5 Electric / regular unleaded 4.4
FIAT Punto 1.4 L, manual, sedan, 3-door and 5-door 5.0 8.0 8.5 Premium unleaded 5.9
CITROEN C3 1.6 L, manual, hatch 5.0 7.5 8.5 Premium unleaded 6.2
MERCEDES BENZ A150 1.5 L, manual, sedan 5.0 7.5 8.5 Premium unleaded 6.7
HONDA Civic Vti / VTiL 1.8 L, manual, sedan 4.5 7.0 8.5 Regular unleaded 6.9
MERCEDES BENZ A200 2.0 L, manual, sedan 4.5 7.0 8.5 Premium unleaded 7.4
MERCEDES BENZ B200 2.0 L, manual, sedan 4.5 7.0 8.5 High-octane premium unleaded (98 RON) 7.4
TOYOTA Corolla 1.8 L, manual and auto, hatch / sedan / wagon 4.5 7.0 8.5 Regular unleaded 7.2–7.5
HONDA Civic Hybrid 1.3 L, sedan 4.5 8.5 6.5 Electric / regular unleaded 4.6
HONDA Civic Sport 2.0 L, manual, sedan 4.5 6.5 8.5 Regular unleaded 7.9
LEXUS GS450H Hybrid 3.5 L, sedan 4.5 6.5 8.5 Electric / premium unleaded 7.9
SMART Fortwo 0.7 L, auto, convertible and coupé 4.5 8.5 6.5 Premium unleaded 4.8
VW Bora 2.0 L, manual, sedan 4.5 6.5 8.5 Premium unleaded 8.1
VW Golf 2.0 L, manual, hatch, 3-door and 5-door 4.5 6.5 8.5 Premium unleaded 8.0
VW Jetta 2.0 L BLR and BVY engines, manual, sedan 4.5 6.5 8.5 High-octane premium unleaded (98 RON) 8.2
The worst
FORD PH Courier XLT Hurricane 2.5 L, manual, ute, 4WD, crew cab and super cab 1.0 4.0 0.5 Diesel 10.6
LAND ROVER Defender 2.5 L, manual, 110 wagon and 130 cab-chassis 1.0 4.0 0.5 Diesel 10.5
NISSAN Patrol 3.0 L, wagon, manual and auto, 5 and 7 seats 1.0 4.0 0.5 Diesel 10.7–10.9
SSANGYONG Korrando 2.9 L, auto, wagon, soft and hard top 1.0 4.0 0.5 Diesel 11.3
TOYOTA Landcruiser 100 4.2 L turbo, manual and auto, wagon 1.0 4.0 0.5 Diesel 11.0–11.2
NISSAN Patrol 4.2 L, manual, wagon, 5 and 7 seats 1.0 3.5 0.5 Diesel 11.6
TOYOTA Dyna Single Cab 3.0 L, manual, cab-chassis 1.0 3.5 0.5 Diesel 11.9
TOYOTA Landcruiser 78 4.2 L turbo, manual, wagon and cab-chassis 1.0 3.5 0.5 Diesel 11.7–12.0
NISSAN Patrol 4.2 L turbo, manual, cab-chassis 1.0 2.5 0.5 Diesel 12.9
TOYOTA Landcruiser 100 4.2 L, manual, wagon 1.0 2.5 0.5 Diesel 13.0
TOYOTA Landcruiser 78 4.2 L, manual, wagon and cab-chassis 1.0 2.5 0.5 Diesel 13.1–13.6

Table notes

1 Star rating This is based on the combined point scores of the greenhouse and air pollution ratings. For example, a five-star rating requires at least 16 points, 9.5–11.0 points score three stars, and a model with less than five points only one star.

2 Greenhouse rating This is based on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions measured during the standard test for the fuel consumption label. The amount of CO2 depends on the fuel consumption and the type of fuel. As an example of how the ratings relate to each other, a car with a score of 5 produces about twice as much CO2 as one scoring 8.

3 Air pollution rating As examples of how the scores relate to each other, a petrol or LPG model with a score of 8.5 emits only about a third of the amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrocarbons (HC) of a car scoring 6.5, which in turn only emits half the amount or less of a 5-point model. The rating isn’t based on actual emissions, but on the emissions of NOx and HC, as well as particulate matter for diesel vehicles, that are allowed under the emission standard to which the model is certified for the Australian market.

4 Fuel consumption This is the figure you’ll find on the fuel consumption label each new car has to display on its windscreen. It’s based on a mix of city and highway driving in controlled, standard laboratory conditions, so the results are comparable across car categories. However, real-life driving conditions, your driving style and the car’s condition are likely to be different, and real-life fuel consumption is therefore usually higher than the label figure.

 

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