Electric finalist: RENAULT ZOE
Renault is proving to be quite a champion of electric cars, and the Zoe is its fourth EV and the most convincing one yet.
It is also the most instinctively appealing battery model so far.
With its trim little supermini looks, Clio underpinnings and roomy practicality, the Renault makes a strong case for going electric, with a 130-mile range and a similar price to a diesel Clio to boot.
Any anxiety about battery life longevity is overcome by a lease plan, and Renault will replace the pack for free when efficiency drops below 75 per cent.
Good to drive and blissfully quiet, the Zoe is a peach.
Hybrid finalist: MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS
Driving a hybrid should not be a quirky choice, as you want it to be utterly seamless and entirely unobtrusive, and that is what is so impressive about the E300 BlueTec Hybrid.
You could easily drive it, never bothering to know which fuel source is in action, or you can engage with it intellectually and play the system to maximise economy.
The car delivers twin-fuel motoring with high performance and great economy.
Close to 70mpg average consumption for a car this big and this quick is sensational.
It is the cream of the hybrids, pricey like all dual-fuel vehicles, but otherwise pretty much perfect, including being lavishly powerful.
Commended: Chevrolet Volt / Vauxhall Ampera
And the winner is…
|Prices||£18,995 to £20,195 (before £5k government subsidy)|
|Trim Levels||Expression, Dynamique Zen, Dynamique Intens|