Top 10 cars to beat rising car tax costsOur favourite cars that qualify for free car tax

30 March 2011

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Beat rising car tax costs with these cars

As part of George Osborne’s Budget 2011 announcement, car tax is to increase for many of the different Vehicle and Excise Duty bands.

However, bands A,B and C will remain unchanged, meaning cars in the lowest band will still qualify for free car tax.

Here are our top 10 favourites in band A that qualify for free car tax.

Read what the Budget 2011 means for motorists here

 

 

Top 10 free car tax vehicles 

Smart ForTwo CDI

Smart ForTwo CDI

Smart ForTwo CDI

CO2 emissions: 86g/km

The diesel Smart ForTwo produces the lowest emissions of any non-electric car available in the UK. With emissions as low as 86g/km and a stunning claimed average fuel economy of 85.6mpg, the ForTwo CDI is among the cheapest cars to run. It achieves all this with a small 799cc diesel engine, bolstered by an equally small turbo.

Read the Which? Car full review for the Smart ForTwo

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hybrid CVT Auto

CO2 emissions: 89g/km

Toyota’s flagship eco-friendly car is the Prius, but the Hybrid Auris combines more traditional family hatchback looks with the same technology as its sister car. There are four different sub-100g/km C02 offerings in the Auris guise, but the Hybrid CVT Auto offers the lowest emissions of them all. It uses the same 1.8-litre petrol engine and supplementary battery-powered motor as the Prius.

Read the full review of the Toyota Auris here

Skoda Fabia GreenLine II

Skoda Fabia GreenLine II

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI GreenLine II

CO2 emissions: 89g/km

GreenLine is Skoda’s name for its most efficient models. There is a GreenLine version of the Octavia with sub 100g/km CO2 emissions, however the Fabia 1.2 TDI GreenLine II is the most efficient of all. The Fabia Greenline is available in hatchback and estate form, offering more practicality than some of the supermini options listed here.

Which? Car Skoda Fabia review available here

Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota Prius Hybrid E-CVT

CO2 emissions: 89g/km

The Prius is considered the pioneer of recent green car technology, and is held in high esteem by many drivers, from cabbies to celebrities. It uses the same 1.8-litre engine as the Auris Hybrid, which is a vast improvement over the 1.5-litre petrol engine used in the previous-generation Prius. Toyota claims it will achieve 72.4mpg, but our test results revealed a figure 10mpg lower than this.

Get full Toyota Prius test scores here

VW Polo BlueMotion

VW Polo BlueMotion

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TDI BlueMotion

CO2 emissions: 91g/km

Like GreenLine is to Skoda, BlueMotion is the sign of an ultra-efficient Volkswagen model, and there's a BlueMotion option in most of the German carmaker's model ranges. It’s not the most powerful supermini money can buy, but driven accordingly can return 74.3mpg according to our test scores.

Read the full review of the Volkswagen Polo

Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive

CO2 emissions: 92g/km

The new Seat Ibiza is a significant improvement over the model it replaced, providing better safety standards and a more desirable design, thanks to the work of former Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke. This ultra- efficient 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive engine is available in the Ibiza hatch, Sport Coupe and Sport Tourer estate, giving buyers a wide choice.

Read the full review of the Seat Ibiza here

Lexus CT200 h

Lexus CT200 h

Lexus CT200 h

CO2 emissions: 94g/km

The newest car in our list is the Lexus CT200 h – the Japanese brand's first compact hatchback and the first ever premium compact hybrid. It’s similar in size to a VW Golf or Ford Focus, but offers class-leading emissions thanks to the same hybrid system that's fitted to the Prius.

Watch our first drive video report of the Lexus CT200 h

Vauxhall Corsa EcoFLEX

Vauxhall Corsa EcoFLEX

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi EcoFlex

CO2 emissions: 94g/km

If you opt for the efficient EcoFlex models with start-stop technology in the Vauxhall Corsa range, you’ll be rewarded with CO2 emission returns of 94-95g/km. The Corsa is Vauxhall's bread and butter supermini; it received a mild facelift at the end of the 2010. The claimed mpg figures couldn't be matched in our tests, though.

Read the full Vauxhall Corsa review here

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Fiat 500 TwinAir

CO2 emissions: 95g/km

Fiat’s TwinAir engine holds the crown as the lowest emitting conventional petrol engine available, thanks to an ultra high-tech two-cylinder turbocharged 875cc engine. It’s available in both the Fiat 500 hatchback and the Fiat 500C convertible, and is more powerful than the outgoing 1.2-litre 69bhp unit.

Read our Fiat 500 reviews

Ford Fiesta Econetic

Ford Fiesta Econetic

Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic

CO2 emissions: 98g/km

A combination of an efficient diesel engine and clever design results in a sub-100g/km CO2 emissions figure for this Fiesta. The new Fiesta is bigger than its predecessor, but also lighter, thanks to some intelligent weight-saving technologies. We found the Econetic engine could return a respectable 62.8mpg, however this was short of the 76.3mpg claim by Ford.

Read more about the Ford Fiesta here

 

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