On 28 February, Green NCAP presented its first round of results. Twelve cars have been rated against a tough new test regime which explores the gap between manufacturers’ claims and real-world performance.
Green NCAP is a unique new consortium, comprising European governments, motoring clubs, consumer groups and universities, hosted and supported by the European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP). It aims to promote cars that are less polluting and more fuel- and energy- efficient by providing consumers with independent information about cars’ performance in tests that go well beyond legislative requirements to uncover the differences between manufacturers’ emissions-control strategies. For now, Green NCAP considers only the energy used while driving (‘tank to wheel’), but in time, well-to-wheel and ultimately the whole life-cycle will be considered, including the energy used to produce the vehicle, the energy it consumes in its lifetime and the energy needed to scrap and recycle its parts.
For this, Green NCAP’s first round of tests, twelve cars have been rated: the Hyundai Ioniq and BMW i3, both electric vehicles, achieve a maximum five-star rating; the VW up! GTI gets a creditable four stars; BMW’s X1 2.0d and the Mercedes-Benz A200 are both awarded three stars; the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is rated as two stars in its latest guise, and a one-star rating is given to the Audi A7 50 TDI, the Volvo XC40 T5 and the Subaru Outback 2.5. Three cars – the VW Golf 1.6TDI, the FIAT Panda 1.0 and the previous level Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost – get zero-star ratings. All three of the zero-star cars are approved to Euro 6b emissions standards, still valid for models introduced before September 2017. However, from September 2019, all cars will have to meet the tougher standards of Euro 6d-temp and updated versions of these cars will be rated in the next round of tests.
About Green NCAP
Green NCAP is operated by the European New Car Assessment Programme and is supported by the following organisations (in alphabetical order):
Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e V (ADAC)
Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI)
Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
Department for Transport (DfT)
Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (Empa)
Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA, represented by FIA Region 1)
Generalitat de Catalunya
Institut für Fahrzeugantriebe und Automobiltechnik (IFA)
International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT)
Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO)
Österreichische Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touringclub (ÖAMTC)
Touring Club Schweiz (TCS)
FIA Mobility Clubs received funding from the FIA Sustainable Mobility Programme, which is supported by the FIA Foundation.