Volvo is the latest manufacturer to jump on the eco trend, and is introducing new DRIVe versions of the C30 hatchback, S40 saloon, and V50 estate at the forthcoming Paris motor show.
All three Volvo cars use a special, super-economical 1.6 diesel engine, and a number of fuel-saving tweaks to the aerodynamics. The most visually striking of these is the new wheel design, with unique ‘Libra rim’.
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Lengthened gear ratios, low-rolling resistance tyres and various other modifications complete the changes, and result in a C30 that returns 64.2mpg and emits just 115g/km of CO2 – close to the current best in its class, the Ford Focus Econetic.
The S40 and V50 return 62.8mpg, and emit 118g/km – in some ways even more impressive, given their larger size. Again, this puts Volvo up with the lowest-CO2 cars in this class.
All three will slot into band B for VED, meaning a year’s road tax will cost just £35. The DRIVe models go on sale next year and look set to take on the best of the current green car crop.