But what is a green car exactly? Well, in our book, it’s anything with super-low CO2 emissions, much lower than that produced by your average motor. So, that’s why we set a limit of 50g/km, and any new car on sale with emissions below that threshold was eligible for the prize. And as it turns out, the eventual winner was a car that produces exactly zero tailpipe emissions: the all-electric Tesla Model S.
Like all our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of more than 60,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion.
The statistical results of our study showed that buyers were most impressed by the power and acceleration of the car, and that – as you’d expect – cost-efficiency was a key aspect for most.
Here are just a few of the comments that owners made about the Model S…
- “It feels like the future is here already. Effortlessly fast, smooth, high-tech and – most importantly – electric, and charged off low-carbon energy.”
- “Practicality, cost, silence, and convenience of an electric car. Easy to charge, excellent supercharger network, excellent range, excellent energy management features, so no range anxiety.”
- “Autopilot is a great tool on long distances. It provides the security of an extra pair of eyes on the road.”