Green NCAP test: diesel cars close to plug-in hybrids

The last test round of 2021 for Green NCAP ends with the analysis of five cars. Among the tested models we find the electric Nissan LEAF e + e Lexus UX 300e, the plug-in hybrids Renault Capture E-TECH e Volkswagen Golf 8 GTE and also a diesel car, theAudi A3 Sportback 35 TDI. Green NCAP’s classification system takes into account the emissions into the atmosphere of the cars tested.

For this reason, it was easy for Nissan and Lexus’ electric cars to get 5 stars (out of 5) from Green NCAP. It should be noted, however, that the Green NCAP test found a significantly lower range than that declared for the Lexus. The two plug-in hybrids analyzed, on the other hand, stop at 3.5 stars as a final score. To close the ranking we find theAudi A3 Sportback 35 TDI which recorded a total of 3 stars in the test.

The four-cylinder diesel engine of the Audi hatchback performed very well, approaching the results of the plug-in hybrids. For a diesel engine, in fact, the 3 stars represent an excellent result that rewards the work done by the German company to optimize the engine in the best possible way, reducing emissions and maximizing efficiency.

From next year, Green NCAP tests will become more stringent, considering a greater number of variables to determine the number of stars to be assigned to the vehicles analyzed. At the base of the final evaluation there will be aanalisi well-to-wheel to assess greenhouse gas emissions. In this way, it will be possible to obtain a more complete assessment of the real environmental footprint of the tested cars. Green NCAP will provide, from 2022, a total life cycle analysis of a vehicle that also takes production into account. Next year’s tests will therefore give us even more detailed information on the sustainability of the cars marketed on the European market.

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