4 Awesome Second-Hand Green Cars

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 9 months ago
    Owning a new car is out of the question for an average enthusiast. As much as you want a brand spanking model, they are expensive to buy and run. Sadly, most of us don’t have the money. That leaves the rest of the petrol world with second-hand motors. Now, they are cheap but they do have negatives. After all, they are old and that means they aren’t as eco-friendly, right? Well, not exactly. Depending on the make, model and year, a second-hand car may be as green as the new models on the market. 

    Here are four examples to check out if you are a non-believer.

    Ford Focus (After 2008)

    The Focus is in Band A for VED, which means it’s a friend to the environment. In fact, it’s also a BFF of your wallet because this should reduce road tax costs too. Sure, the engine size and top speed aren’t great, but you’re not looking for a Porsche here. Anyway, the 1.6TDCi adds to the greenness. On the whole, this model gets about 85 miles to the gallon whereas plenty of cars average around the 50 to 60 mark. It’s a popular vehicle around the world, especially the UK, because it’s fuel-efficient and cost-effective.

    Seat Ibiza (2006-09)

    Another model in the VED Band A, the Ibiza gets around 74 miles to the gallon. However, the engine size is a little smaller at 1.4lts. Compared to the Focus, it is probably a distant second. The good news is it has a redeeming quality – its appearance. Whether you want to go green or not, looks are important and always will be. Ford is okay regarding style, but the Seat is Spanish –made and has the Mediterranean flair associated with mainland Europe. Sleek and compact, compare it to American models such as the Fiesta and you’ll soon spot the difference. This is for motorists who don’t want to compromise aesthetics.

    VW BlueMotion Golf

    Yes, Volkswagen has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons recently. In many ways, it’s difficult to trust anything they have to say anymore regarding CO2 emissions. On the flip side, Germany has pioneered the approach for used cars with the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi all aging well. And, the BlueMotion version of the Golf certainly seems to hit all of the right targets. With a fuel economy of 88.3 miles per gallon, it’s the best on this list. But, it doesn’t stop there because it only releases 85g/kg of carbon dioxide into the air.

    Toyota Prius 

    Behold the Prius, the king of fuel economy. Without a doubt the most popular green car on the market, the Prius has been rather expensive since its release. After all, the technology doesn’t come cheap. Good news for buyers, though – the market is saturated. With Tesla, Nissan and Peugeot all releasing electric cars, the Prius is no longer alone. As a result, its second-hand value has dropped, making it somewhat of a bargain.

    Do you know of any other awesome used cars that are good for the planet? You can click here to search cars for sale in San Diego 


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