Eco Friendly Car Hire – Low Emission Car Rental

Eco Friendly Car Hire – Low Emission Car Rental

We’ve covered the safest rental cars before, however in the increasingly environmentally conscious world we live, more and more customers are seeking the most environmentally friendly rental car. It’s no secret that travel (and driving) leaves a carbon footprint and until EV car rental is a viable option for the many, we’ll continue to drive cars that emit CO2 into the atmosphere, however we can make informed decisions on what cars we rent to limit those emissions.

We’ve looked at all of the rental cars available from our fleet in the UK (shared makes and models from destinations all over the world) to reveal the lowest emission rental cars in the UK to help you rent the most eco friendly rental car.

eco friendly rental cars

Most eco friendly rental cars revealed

Class
Make / Model
co2
combined mpg
Exact model
Mini
Toyota Aygo
93
53.3
X 1.0 Petrol (72 hp) 5-Speed Manual
Economy
Citroen C3
99
51.3
Touch PureTech 83 S&S Manual
Compact
Peugeot 308
104
49.6
Active 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S
Standard
Volkswagen Passat
121
53.3
1.5 TSI EVO 150 S 4dr
7 Seat Minivan
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
113
45.3
PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual
9 Seat Minivan
Ford Tourneo
124
58.9
Zetec 1.5 TDCI 100 PS (74KW)
Premium
BMW 5 Series
131
49.6
520i SE 4dr Auto
SUV
Toyota Rav4
102
50.4
Icon 5-door FWD Hybrid Petrol 2.5 VVT-i

Tips for reducing emissions from a rental car

There are number of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint when renting a car, we’ve outlined our handy hits and tips from your choice of rental car to driving techniques.

Rent the smallest car category to meet your needs

Not only will renting a smaller class car save you money, it’ll likely reduce your CO2 emissions also. Smaller cars are generally lighter and use smaller engines, both factors contributing to lower CO2 emissions. For example, a Volkswagen Polo emits just 105 g/km of CO2, whereas its bigger brother the Golf emits 110g/km.

Smooth driving reduces fuel consumption / CO2 emissions

It’s no secret that a smooth driving style will not only reduce CO2 emissions but also reduce fuel consumption, again saving you money. Accelerate slowly and avoid heavy braking (where safe to do so). Did you know that pulling away from a standstill uses more fuel that any other type of driving, try to avoiding stopping entirely when approaching traffic (of course, where safe to do so).
 
Class
Make / Model
co2
combined mpg
Exact model
Mini
Hyundai i10
117
50.4
1.0 MPi 67PS
Mini
Fiat 500
110
60.1
1.2 69 HP Start&Stop
Mini
Chevrolet Spark
119
55
1. 0
Mini
Volkswagen Up
95
55.4
1.0 S/S 60 PS 5-Speed Manual 3 door
Mini
Toyota Aygo
93
53.3
X 1.0 Petrol (72 hp) 5-Speed Manual
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa
131
43.5
3 Door 1.4i (75ps)
Economy
Ford Fiesta
110
50.4
Titanium 1.0 Ecoboost 100PS (73.5KW)
Economy
Volkswagen Polo
105
50.4
SE 100 TSI 95PS 5-Speed Manual 5 door
Economy
Citroen C3
99
51.3
Touch PureTech 83 S&S Manual
Economy
Audi A1
116
80.7
1.6 TDI SE
Economy
Mini Cooper
124
47.9
ONE 1.5 3-cylinder petrol engine
Compact
Kia Ceed
129
49.6
1.4 T-GDi ISG
Compact
Ford Focus
110
49.6
1.0 Ford EcoBoost 85PS
Compact
Fiat 500L
147
42.2
1.4 95 HP (start & stop)
Compact
Peugeot 2008
114
43.8
1.2L PureTech 82 S&S 
Compact
Vauxhall Astra
110
61.4
1.0i Turbo (105PS) Start/Stop ecoTEC
Compact
Vauxhall Mokka
162
36.7
1.4i Turbo (140PS)
Compact
Suzuki Vitara
139
45.9
1.0 BOOSTERJET 5
Compact
Volkswagen Golf
110
50.4
1.0 ltr TSI
Compact
Citroen C4 Cactus
109
49.8
PureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual
Compact
Peugeot 308
104
49.6
Active 1.2L PureTech 110 S&S
Compact
Seat Leon
107
52.3
SE 1.0 TSI 115 PS 6-speed manual
Compact
Hyundai i30
126
48.7
1.0 T-GDi 120PS Petrol Manual
Compact
Mercedes A Class
123
47.9
A180 Petrol – 4-cylinder, 136hp/100kW
Compact
Volvo V40
148
49.6
D2 (120 hp) man
Compact
Vauxhall Crossland X
106
44.8
1.2 (83PS) Start/Stop
Compact
BMW 1 Series
134
38.7
118i SE
Estate
Mercedes E Class Estate
161
33.2
SE E200 Petrol – 4-cylinder, 184hp/135kW
Estate
Ford Focus Estate
110
57.6
1.0 EcoBoost 85 Style 5dr
Estate
Volkswagen Passat Estate
124
51.4
1.5 TSI EVO 150 S 5dr
Estate
Kia Ceed Estate
120
54.3
1.0T GDi ISG 2 5dr 
Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
111
58.9
1.0 TSI S 5dr
Estate
Vauxhall Astra Estate
110
47.9
1.0i Turbo (105PS) Start/Stop ecoTEC
Estate
Ford Mondeo Estate
152
41.5
1.5 EcoBoost Zetec Edition 5dr
Estate
Volkswagen Golf Estate
113
49.6
1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr
Estate
Skoda Superb Estate
125
51.4
1.5 TSI S 5dr
Estate
Volvo V60 Estate
117
64.2
2.0 D3 Momentum 5dr
Estate
Vauxhall Insignia Estate
121
61.4
1.6 CDTi Design 5dr
Estate
Audi A4 Estate
113
54.7
2.0L 30 TDI S TRONIC 7AT (136 HP)
Estate
Mercedes C Class Estate
136
46.3
C180 SE 5dr
Estate
BMW 5 Series Estate
139
46.3
520i SE 5dr Auto
Standard
Vauxhall Insignia
123
46.3
1.5 (165PS) Turbo
Standard
Volkswagen Passat
121
53.3
1.5 TSI EVO 150 S 4dr
Standard
Skoda Superb
122
52.3
1.5 TSI S 5dr
Standard
BMW 5 Series
131
49.6
520i SE 4dr Auto
Intermediate
Citroen C4 Picasso
123
45.3
PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual
Intermediate
Hyundai Tucson
129
57.6
1.6 CRDi S Connect 5dr 2WD
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia
108
60.1
1.0 TSI S 5dr
Intermediate
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
131
49.6
218i SE 5dr
Intermediate
Volkswagen Jetta
122
53.3
1.4 TSI SE 4dr
7 Seat Minivan
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
113
45.3
PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual
7 Seat Minivan
Vauxhall Zafira
154
43
Tourer SRI 1.4L 
7 Seat Minivan
Citroen Berlingo
125
51.4
1.2 PureTech Feel M 5dr
7 Seat Minivan
Volkswagen Caddy
131
51.4
2.0TDI 102PS 5-speed manual
7 Seat Minivan
Volkswagen Sharan
159
42.2
1.4 TSI S 5dr
7 Seat Minivan
Seat Alhambra
130
56.5
2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive S (150) 5dr
7 Seat Minivan
Ford Galaxy
168
38.2
Zetec 1.5L Ford EcoBoost 165PS
9 Seat Minivan
Volkswagen Transporter
198
39.8
Startline T28 2.0TDI 102PS 5-speed
9 Seat Minivan
Ford Tourneo
124
58.9
Zetec 1.5 TDCI 100 PS (74KW)
9 Seat Minivan
Mercedes Vito Traveliner
185
38.2
114 Tourer PRO L1
9 Seat Minivan
Ford Transit
177
42.2
2.0 TDCi Ford EcoBlue 105 PS
Fullsize
Mercedes C Class
134
47.9
C 180 S 4dr
Fullsize
BMW 3 Series
116
64.2
320d SE 4dr
Fullsize
Jaguar XE
165
39.2
2.0 Ingenium SE 4dr Auto
Premium
Mercedes E Class
154
42.2
E 200 SE 4dr 9G-Tronic
Premium
BMW 5 Series
131
49.6
520i SE 4dr Auto
SUV
Toyota Rav4
102
50.4
Icon 5-door FWD Hybrid Petrol 2.5 VVT-i
SUV
Range Rover Sport
164
45.6
2.0 SD4 HSE 5dr Auto
SUV
Nissan X-Trail
137
54.3
1.7 dCi Acenta 5dr
SUV
Peugeot 3008
119
54.3
1.2 Puretech Active 5dr
SUV
Nissan Qashqai
129
50.4
1.2 DiG-T Visia 5dr
SUV
Volvo XC60
139
53.3
2.0 D4 Momentum 5dr AWD
SUV
BMW X1
125
51.4
sDrive 18i SE 5dr
SUV
Jaguar F-Pace
140
51.4
2.0d (163) Prestige 5dr
SUV
Range Rover Evoque
154
48.7
2.0 eD4 SE 5dr 2WD
Cargo Van
Renault Master Cargo Van
156
47.9
ENERGY dCi 150
Cargo Van
Ford Transit Cargo Van
177
42.2
2.0 TDCi Ford EcoBlue 105 PS
Cargo Van
Volkswagen Caddy Combo Van
131
49.6
C20 1.0TSI 102PS 5-speed manual
Convertible
BMW 4 Series Convertible
150
44.1
420i Sport 2dr Auto 

 
Posted: August 29, 2019 by Phil Partridge | with 0 comments
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This article is written by: Phil Partridge - Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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