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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Road Tax Free Cars

May 19, 2015

Top 5 Tuesdays is back and this week we’re looking at the best road tax free cars. With almost every car brand having now inducted at least one road tax-free model into their arsenal, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to buying an efficient car. With cars that emit less than 100g/km of CO2 qualifying for road tax exemption, how do manufacturers keep costs low without compromising the driver experience? Let’s find out.

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

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Keeping it classic with the Ford Fiesta no longer means costly road tax bills. This feat of American engineering is among some of the very best road tax free cars, with CO2 emissions ranging from an impressively low 87g/km to a maximum 138g/km. Both the 98bhp and 123bhp 1.0 litre EcoBoost engines keep emissions below 100g/km, meaning they benefit from road tax exemption. The 1.6 litre TDCi ECOnetic engine comes in at just £14,495 and boasts CO2 emissions of 87g/km.

SEAT Leon Hatchback

New SEAT leon

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When it comes to road tax exempt cars, it’s no surprise that you might have to pay more to save more in the long run – and the most efficient model in the SEAT Leon Hatchback range lives up to that expectation. With emissions ranging from 87g/km to 154g/km, the most frugal engine comes with a 0-62 time of 10.4secs. Coming in at £17,326, this 1.6 litre TDI 110 manages 85.6mpg and emits just 87g/km of CO2.

Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 Front

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The Hyundai i10 is one of the most desirable city cars on the market, combining style and space with low running costs for an impressive package overall. Prices for the i10 are similar across the range and the car is cheap to buy, tax and insure. The most efficient model is the 1.0 litre Blue Drive, coming in at £10,020 and emitting 98g/km of CO2. Bringing high levels of comfort and practicality, the i10 is a strong contender in its class.

Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia Estate

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The Skoda Octavia Estate might be a surprise in a lineup of this calibre, but this large, practical car has earned its place. Although emissions can be as high as 142g/km in some models, buyers can expect low running costs with the road tax free 1.6 GreenLine model. At £21,320, this car is one of our most expensive picks – but emissions of 85g/km will help to keep running costs low in the long term.

Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda

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Emissions in the Fiat Panda range from 99g/km to 125g/km of CO2, with the £11,375 0.9 litre TwinAir engine proving the most efficient of the lot. As well as boasting both a dynamic design and a fun driving experience, this car can return 67.3mpg and is road tax exempt thanks to CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. The Panda is more suited to town driving, but a 0-62mph time of 11.2secs means it shouldn’t struggle on the motorway.

If you’re looking for an efficient motor without the electric car price tag, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Whether you’re in the market for the family-friendly Skoda Octavia Estate or you want to climb inside a classic with the Ford Fiesta, our flexible finance options mean we can help you finance your new car. Apply now to get your hands on one of these tax free cars – or if you’re still undecided, head over to our car finance calculator for a quick quote.


About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.