Testimony to the Taxless: Cheap or No Tax Vehicles

by admin on February 26, 2014

Gone – or at least quickly departing – are the days when drivers paid out small fortunes in car tax for the simple pleasure of driving and keeping their vehicles on the road.





The new era of austerity has not only tightened consumers’ belts and clamped their wallets shut but has also ushered in a wave of more economical vehicles, increasing numbers of which are subject to low levels of tax and some of which are entirely exempt.

Vehicles that emit 100g/km or less of carbon dioxide benefit not only the environment but drivers’ wallets too, as they qualify for free road tax, saving consumers a packet on otherwise costly taxation.

Some cars may have free road tax for their first year and only a small amount thereafter, such as £20 or £30 annually, while more executive and luxury cars will have road tax of around £100 a year.

Among the cars that are exempt from road tax is the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. It delivers a whopping 88.3 mpg and emits just 85g/km of C02. The relatively low starting price of around £16,775 is another major attraction with this popular car.

Coming in just under the emissions threshold for tax exemption is the luxurious BMW 1 Series hatchback. It’s a powerful and prestigious vehicle that does over 74 mpg and gives off 99g/km. This represents great cost efficiency for the driver, as well as the entry price of just over £17,000.

The Skoda Octavia estate is a lot of car for a reasonable price (entry-level at £17,115) and is big on mileage while being gentle on fuel. It delivers over 74 mpg while C02 emissions are 99g/km, again, just under the cut-off mark for free road tax.

In the booming diesel crossover market, there’s a wide range of vehicles that are subject to low tax rates, while others attract slightly higher rates. Among the more popular models is the Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi 130 TechLine, which starts at £17,444 and due to its CO2 emissions of 120g/km, it falls into Tax Band C, meaning £30 is payable per year.

There’s an enormous range of used cars that also have low tax rates. A Honda Civic Facelift 2.2 five-door hatchback with 2013 registration and doing 67 mpg with 110g/km emissions costs around £15,000 and has annual tax of just £20.

Even a 2010 BMW 3 Series 350D with over 27,000 miles on the clock will set you back only £20 in yearly tax, doing up to 68 mpg and emitting 109g/km of CO2.

A more executive-style Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi from 2013 releases 129 g/km into the air, however, and is therefore slapped with annual road tax of £105.

Today’s savvy drivers can save themselves a small fortune, and help to protect the environment, by choosing low-tax and even no-tax cars that are long on mileage and short on damaging emissions. The money saved can be put towards newer models that perform even better as new developments in engine technology come onstream.

Check out the range of low tax cars available from us here at Eddie Wright now, or for more information, just give us a call!


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