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Finding a green family car

Many people with young children like to adopt a green approach to their lifestyle. This can be through simple things such as recycling and cutting down on waste that you simply throw into the bin through to the type of car that you drive and the way you get from A to B.

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There are plenty of new eco cars on the market that help drivers to be more environmentally friendly; however their purchase prices can be prohibitively expensive, and many people with children can’t afford the latest hybrid or electric vehicle. Electric vehicles can also be less than practical for family life – as you still have to allow time for the motor’s battery to recharge once you’ve reached the end of the vehicle’s range limit. This is something that improves with every new EV that is launched, as the charge times are getting shorter and pretty much every government is setting up better charging point infrastructure in order to encourage greater uptake of EVs.

However, for most families the most practical vehicle by far is still the trusty estate car. Granted, it might not be the sexiest car on the road, but when you’ve got three kids or more and a boot load of stuff, then what you need is something that offers comfort and space for all the people and things in the vehicle.

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And the new estate cars on the road are now offering better mileage too. As with all new cars, the fuel efficiency keeps improving, so estate cars needn’t be more expensive to run than hatchbacks.

For example, the Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI CR S GreenLine II can achieve 64 miles per gallon and has carbon dioxide emissions of just 114g/km, and with a starting price around £18,600 new, it’s one of the cheapest estate cars on the road. Similarly, the Volvo V70 DRIVe ES Start Stop has the potential to get 62mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2. Volvo always used to lead for cargo capacity, but the V70 is not actually as roomy inside as the Skoda.

Volvo has also got a plug-in hybrid V70 on the way, which the company claims will achieve 148mpg and have an incredibly low emissions figure of 50g/km of CO2. However, the price is set around £40,000, so in order to be good to the planet you’ll need to have plenty of spare cash available.

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