Time is running out for gasoline and diesel: Their bans are partly already a done deal. Who wants to drive in the future still everywhere, must change to clean models. A new ADAC test shows the best of them.
Clean or not? If you want to know the truth about a car, you should not look at the labels of the manufacturers. Or on their advertising. But on neutral expert tests. Like the Ecotest of the ADAC. In it, the traffic club checks which cars are really clean – and which are only pretending to be so. Here are the results.
Front-runner is not an e-car
And the results show: Many electric cars are indeed as clean as their reputation. Seven of the ten best cars in the new test run on batteries (as pure electric vehicles or hybrids), one with a fuel cell.
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But the top spot goes to someone else: the Seat Leon 1.5 TGI with natural gas drive. Followed by the VW Golf 1.5 TGI, which also fills up with natural gas.
They all receive the highest rating of five stars from the ADAC – something that no gasoline or diesel engine achieves. Some Stromer however also not. E-drive is therefore not a guarantee for good performance. Deductions are made, for example, if a model consumes too much electricity.
The 20 best cars in the ADAC tests
(Cars with a score of five and four stars are considered by the ADAC to be recommendable.)
|Seat Leon 1.5 TGI||50||48||103||★★★★★|
|VW Golf 1.5 TGI||50||47||102||★★★★★|
|Hyundai Kona electric (64 kWh)||46||47||101||★★★★★|
|Fiat 500e Convertible (42 kWh)||45||34||99||★★★★★|
|Renault Twingo Electric||44||34||98||★★★★★|
|Polestar 2 Long Range Single Engine||43||34||95||★★★★★|
|Suzuki Swace 1.8 Hybrid||49||32||90||★★★★★|
|Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid||50||33||90||★★★★★|
|Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid 140||48||32||87||★★★★|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range||37||45||84||★★★★|
|Mercedes EQA 250||37||45||84||★★★★|
|Seat Leon 2.0 TDI||50||30||84||★★★★|
|Skoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TDI SCR||50||32||84||★★★★|
|VW Golf 2.0 TDI SCR||50||29||84||★★★★|
|Skoda Enyaq iV 80||36||28||83||★★★★|
Test losers with alternative drive
Porsche Cayenne: The SUV with plug-in hybrid drive comes last in the ADAC ecotest. (Source: Manufacturer)
And even the worst model in the test – out of 112 cars after all – runs on an alternative drive: In particular, the experts criticize the high consumption and thus high CO2 emissions of the Porsche Cayenne Plug-in Hybrid. The large SUV therefore only receives one star in the Ecotest. The test loser thus seems to confirm what critics have been accusing the plug-in hybrid drive of for a long time: It is a dangerous invention. Find out why here.
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What is a plug-in hybrid??
The hybrid car combines a combustion engine (usually a gasoline engine) with an electric motor. Its battery is charged by the combustion engine and by recuperation, i.e. by recovering energy during braking. Plug-in hybrids (also known as PHEVs because of their Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle designation) can also be charged from a wall socket. It offers a very short electric range, and its high weight of about 200 kilograms in turn significantly increases fuel consumption. Nevertheless, the German government pays out a high subsidy to buyers of such a PHEV.