10 cars with really low co2 emissions

Only a few vehicles meet the EU limit of 95 grams per kilometer

10 cars with really low CO2 emissions (collage)

VW Polo 1.6 TDI: 97 g

The most economical Polo manages just under 100 grams. It is not a natural gas version (there is no such thing as the Polo), but a diesel. With the 95 hp 1.6 TDI and manual transmission, the compact car emits 97 grams of CO2 per kilometer according to the current NEDC standard.

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Renault Clio 100 TCe 100 LPG, 94 g

Renault Clio 100 TCe 100 LPG, 94 g

The new Clio is also still available with a diesel engine, and the lowest-emission version (the dCi 85 with manual transmission) emits 95 grams, which is a little better than the diesel Polo. But the LPG version Clio TCe 100 LPG did even better, emitting just 94 grams.

Fiat 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid: 93 g

Fiat 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid: 93 g

Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda are subcompact cars, so they rank one level below Polo, Clio and the like. Although smaller and lighter, they had a hard time with emissions until recently. The LPG version of the Fiat 500 emits an incredible 118 grams!

But the new “hybrid-version (which is really a mild hybrid) emits just 93 grams per kilometer, in the 500 as in the Panda. Which isn’t really much of a feat, considering the 70 hp it produces.

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Peugeot 308 BlueHDi 100: 91 g

Peugeot 308 BlueHDi 100: 91 g

Even compact cars can get below 100 grams of CO2. One example is the Peugeot 308 with the 1.5-liter diesel: The 102 hp version emits only 91 grams of CO2 per kilometer according to the standard. The arch competitor Renault Megane is much worse in this respect. At best, it emits 102 grams (Blue dCi 115).

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Opel Astra 1.5 diesel 105 hp: 90 g

Opel Astra 1.5 Diesel 105 hp: 90 g

The Opel Astra received new engines in the last facelift, but not PSA engines, but units that were still developed under General Motors’ aegis – even if they have similar data to the engines from Peugeot. There is also a very economical 1.5-liter diesel in the Astra. With the 105 hp three-cylinder, the Astra emits just 90 grams.

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VW Golf 2.0 TDI 115 hp: 90 g

VW Golf 2.0 TDI 115 hp: 90 g

What Peugeot and Opel manage, VW also manages with its compact car: The lowest-emission version of the new Golf, the Golf 2.0 TDI with 115 hp, emits 90 grams, just as little as the Astra with 105 hp diesel. The Golf, however, has a four-cylinder with 10 hp more under the hood.

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Peugeot 208 BlueHDi 100 and Opel Corsa 1.5 Diesel: 85 g

Peugeot 208 BlueHDi 100 and Opel Corsa 1.5 Diesel: 85 g

We have seen: VW is worse with its small car than with the compact. Embarrassing! Peugeot, on the other hand, shows where the hammer is with its new 208. The version with the 1.5-liter diesel and 102 hp (the same engine that is 91 grams in the 308) emits only 85 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Opel achieves the same value with the technically largely identical Corsa.

This cries out for a revenge from VW. The Polo would have to come with the 2.0 TDI (which emits 90 grams in the Golf) come to a similar value as the 208. So let’s hope for a Polo update, after all the current version has been on the market since 2017.

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Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 85 g

Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 85 g

Among the now rare subcompacts with conventional gasoline engines are the practically identical Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 cars with a 72-hp naturally aspirated engine. It emits 85 grams. The Toyota Aygo from the same factory comes strangely enough on 93 grams. It’s also worth noting that C1 and 108 achieve significantly lower CO2 than Fiat on the 500 with the mild hybrid system.

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VW Up 1.0 Ecofuel: 84 g

VW Up 1.0 Ecofuel: 84 g

And another subcompact car. The lowest emission version of the VW Up is the natural gas version with 68 hp, which is listed in the price list “Up 1.0 Ecofuel” are called “Eco Up,” but some of them are also called “Eco Up is called. It emits only 84 grams of CO2 per kilometer. By comparison, the Renault Twingo doesn’t stand a chance, emitting at least 100 grams. The same applies to the Kia Picanto 1.0 (101 grams).

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid 73 g

Toyota Yaris Hybrid 73 g

The new Toyota Yaris is currently the lone leader in terms of CO2 emissions. It is equipped with the new hybrid system based on a 1.5-liter gasoline engine (92 hp) and an electric motor (59 kW/80 hp). This 116-hp variant emits just 73 grams of CO2 per kilometer according to the NEDC standard.

By the way, for those who miss the Prius, the hybrid veteran was recently discontinued. With its 1.8-liter hybrid system, it achieved a very, very respectable 75 grams.

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The EU’s CO2 limits are strict: New cars should only emit 95 grams per kilometer or less as early as 2020, i.e. in the current year. This value applies to 95 percent of the fleet (i.e. 95 percent of new cars sold, the 5 percent with the highest emissions are not taken into account). The NEDC standard consumption is used as a criterion here.

From 2021, the limit will apply to the entire fleet; from 2025, the limit will be lowered even further, first by 15 percent, then by a whopping 37.5 percent from 2030 onwards. The regulations are still a bit more complicated; if you’re interested in the details, you can read it all in a memo from the German Environment Ministry (pdf file).

But which cars are actually available today? close of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer? There are only a few, you really have to look for them.

We have put together a list of ten truly low-emission cars for you to choose from. They’re all under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer. We left plug-in hybrids and electric cars out of the equation. Plus, we’ve included just one engine choice per model – the lowest-emission one. We start just under 100 grams and work our way up to what is currently arguably the lowest-emission car on the German market.

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