As we all know the road tax laws changed just recently meaning there will no more paying 20 or 30 pounds a year in road tax for a low emission new car. Only cars with zero emissions like the pure electric Nissan Leaf will attract a zero fee for VED. Every car will now have a standard rate of £140 (£130 for hybrid) per year after the first year rate. If the vehicle is above the £40,000 mark then a new £310 levy is placed on top of the standard rate for the next five years after the first year. Here is a look at the best low emission, new cars available on the market.
New FORD MONDEO DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 TDCi ECOnetic Titanium 5dr
The family favourite Ford Mondeo ECOnetic 1.5 TDCi starts at £19,750 has one of the lowest emissions in its class, truly living up to its ECO name. Just 94g/km of C02 means that the first year of tax is just £120 then £140 a year after that. Highlights for the Titanium spec include front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and lane keeping system with traffic sign recognition. An optional X-pack is available with Adaptive LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, leather seats, 10-way power driver & passenger heated seats (driver seat with memory), keyless entry and rear privacy glass. To save thousands, have a look at all of our Ford Mondeo Diesel Deals here.
New MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER ESTATE 2.0 PHEV 4h 5dr Auto
The Mitsubishi Outlander 4h only emits 41g/km of C02. It is by far one of the cheapest in road tax for the first year rate coming in with a grand total of nothing for the first year then £130 a year after that, due to the car being a hybrid. You can only have this model in the Frost White as the extras can push the retail price over the £40,000 pound mark, attracting the higher rate of tax resulting in £310 being added to the bottom line for 5 years. The Hybrid offers excellent value with a combined total of 166mpg and starting at £30,087 that’s almost ten thousand off the retail price. All of the PHEV Hybrid savings can be viewed here.
The New Grand C4 Picasso is another family car with surprisingly low emissions per kilometre featuring just 99g/km of C02 and costing just £120 in VED, very impressive for a large people carrier. This also has a competitive combined mpg of 74.3mpg making the C4 Grand Picasso a great option in family 7 seat market segment. The Grand C4 Picasso has been around for a few years now but with its futuristic styling it could have been released yesterday and you wouldn’t be able to tell. See all of the C4 Grand Picasso Diesel savings here
The new Renault Kadjar is up against the mighty Nissan Qashqai in the market for a mid-sized SUV. With the 1.5dci engine the Kadjar only emits 99g/km of C02 and delivers on fuel consumption with 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. Just like the C4, road tax is £120 for the first year. The engine is only rated at 110BHP but with the extra torque a diesel engine applies to the wheels, the Kadjar will have no problems. The Kadjar is competing well within the SUV market, filled with options from various manufacturers like the Seat Ateca, Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan. This is mainly down to Renault putting together a healthy mix of design, practicality and low running costs. Have a look at our new Kadjar Diesel savings here
The New NISSAN MICRA HATCHBACK DIESEL1.5 dCi N-Connecta 5dr
The new Nissan Micra looks to be taking on the likes of the Ford fiesta and will try to put a dent in the UK’s best seller. The Micra has been completely revolutionised this time around with a striking new look. In the 1.5dCi N-connecta only 85g/km of C02 is emitted to the atmosphere bringing the first year rate of tax down to just £100 then £140 a year after that. Fuel consumption is very good also with a claimed 88.3mpg on the combined figure with performance at 90BHP. The New Micra is aimed at replacing the old one but also taking over the role of the Nissan Note, with its larger more spacious cabin. See all of the New Diesel Micra deals here.