Plenty of factors influence our decisions when buying new and used cars. Value for money is often near the top of the list, with initial purchase price, running costs, and miles per gallon all forming part of the equation. Car tax can represent a significant annual outlay, so it’s a good idea to factor it in when choosing a car. Under the current system, road tax is based on a vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Where these are very low, at 100g per kilometre or less, cars are exempt from road tax altogether. Cars with smaller engines and lower emissions can also save you money on your insurance policy, making them a highly economical and environmentally friendly choice. The tax incentive has influenced the motor trade to produce more and better cars that fall into the zero road tax bracket, giving drivers a wider choice of cost effective, low emissions vehicles which can be moved around on trade plates.
Toyota were at the forefront of the hybrid revolution. Among their latest offerings is a hybrid version of the popular Yaris. Although slightly lacking in performance, it’s as green as you can get without going full electric, and boasts a high tech interior.
If you’re after a different look, Citroën’s C4 Cactus is one of the most distinctive cars around. The 1.6 BlueHDi Feel has a roomy interior and boot, making it a highly capable SUV as well as a green one, at a competitive price.
Nissan’s safe and spacious diesel Qashqai SUV just squeezes into the zero tax bracket, offering economical driving that’s still a satisfying experience. If you’re after a slightly smaller family diesel car, the Peugeot 308 hatchback might be the one for you.
Another SUV, Volvo’s XC90 Twin Engine Hybrid is a real all-rounder, at home on business trips, commuting, or family holidays. This is a desirable car, and used models hold their value well.
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BMW and Audi might not be names you would associate with green driving, but both these luxury manufacturers have brought out tempting, tax free models. BMW bring all their technological advances to the electric i3. This city car is more than capable of motorway driving, and bristles with gadgets.
The five door Sport back version of Audi’s A1 is a quality piece of engineering with an economical engine that makes the initial cost of the vehicle worthwhile, without compromising on the driving experience.
With tax exempt vehicles ranging from city cars to people carriers, and from smart to sporty, it’s a good time to choose a low emission, hybrid, or electric car.