Can you drive an environmentally friendly estate car?

If you’re looking for an estate car that is also a hybrid, then your choices are fairly limited. Although hybrids used to be limited to one or two models, there are now a good variety of hybrid cars available as most of the main car manufacturers now produce them. However, few have ventured into the estate market as yet.

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Of course, it depends what kind of budget you’re working to.  If you’ve got over £41,000 to spend on a car, then the Volvo V70 estate plug-in hybrid will cost you that much. However, you do get an incredible 149mpg in return, with low carbon dioxide emissions of 50g/km. So your running costs come right down as you’ll only pay about £4 to travel 100 miles and there’s no road tax to pay because of the low emissions.

Peugeot has just brought out its hybrid estate car – the 508 RXH. It has a 2 litre HDi diesel engine and a 37bhp electric motor. On a combined cycle, the Peugeot hybrid estate gets 67.2 mpg and has emissions of 109g/km.  The starting price is around £36,000, but even if you can afford it, you’ll be lucky to get one of these – as there are only 300 of the launch edition being produced.

Not everyone has that much money to spend on a car, though. You could spend half as much on an entry-level Honda Insight – which starts at just under £17,000, and you’ll get 64.2 mpg and with carbon dioxide emissions of 101g/km. You’d have to do a lot of miles in the Volvo to make up the difference in the purchase price! Of course, while it’s a hybrid, the Insight is not an estate car, but it has plenty of room for a family to sit comfortably and store their luggage in the boot.

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