In October 2022, the independent Green NCAP institute evaluated six models for their environmental footprint, with scores ranging from 2 to 5. The first finding was that none of the three non-electric models scored worse. On the other hand, the company’s only electric car is also the only one to receive the highest number of stars. Below you will find six models that were evaluated.
Cupra Born – EV – 5 stars
The all-electric compact from Spain was tested in its 170 kW E-Boost RWD version and awarded 5 stars with a score of 9.6/10. The car has no direct CO2 emissions and is very energy efficient, with a range of around 360 km on a 58 kWh battery, at least under ‘normal’ conditions of use and moderate air conditioning use. However, its track record isn’t the best on the highway, which is why it doesn’t get full marks. We wonder if a separate and specific assessment for electrical structures would not be more important.
Fiat 500 – MHEV – 3 stars
The non-electric version of the Italian city car is only available as 500 Hybridwith a small one-liter petrol hybrid (MHEV) with a manual gearbox. In that configuration, cinquecento content with an average consumption of 5.2 l/100 km in real terms. It is understandable, but not surprising in the eyes of Green NCAP, which points to deficiencies in the treatment of exhaust gases, especially for ammonia (NH.3) and CO at high load. But the tested Fiat 500 also sins in terms of emissions. Which gave him an overall score of 5.2/10.
Hyundai Tucson – HEV – 2 stars
Bad student of the month is Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI Hybrid FWD, front wheel drive and automatic transmission, proving that there is nothing ecological about the SUV design with high weight and power, even with a hybrid engine. The setting ranks below average in the air quality index due to poor particulate control, high ammonia production and high CO emissions as well as high energy demand on highways. On short city trips, however, it does not fare much better and achieves an average consumption of between 8 and 9 l/100 km. He gives it a final score of 3.1/10.
Nissan Qashqai – MHEV – 2.5 stars
Nissan’s family SUV isn’t doing much better than its Korean counterpart. In MHEV version 1.3 DIG-T with 158 hp and CVT however, the Japanese SUV has a good pollution control system, but it could do better in terms of ammonia emissions – an uncontrolled pollutant. But like most SUVs, it’s highway and/or high-speed driving that limits its effectiveness. However, with an average of 6.7 l/100 km, which is better than the Tucson, it does not get more than a final score of 4.3/10, which in the eyes of Green NCAP is slightly average..
Seat Ibiza – petrol – 2.5 stars
The Seat of Ibiza 1.0 TSI 110 hp and automatic gearbox, without any kind of hybrid or electric assistance, proves that common sense still has its place when it comes to ecological performance. A small, relatively light car with simple, yet controlled engine technology can do just as well with some serious and inefficient upgrades. Mind you, the little Spaniard is not the epitome of a ‘green’ car, but it does know how to reduce its particulate emissions and manage its N2O (laughing gas) and CH4 (methane) emissions with great efficiency. The final rating for the Seat Ibiza is 4.8/10, which gives it 2.5 stars..
skoda Fabia – petrol – 3 stars
The Skoda Fabia, the technical cousin of the Seat Ibiza, tested here with its base engine, a three-cylinder 1.0 MPI of 65 hp with a standard manual gearbox. This versatile city car, which weighs more than one tonne, consumed less than 6 l/100 km, with a minimum of 3.9 l/100 km in the eco mode of driving. The Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI, which does not have a turbo or particulate filter, proves that it is possible to control emissions and fuel consumption in a compact and affordable car. However, it is not weak, with high particle emission and reduced efficiency at the beginning of the cold.