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Low Emission Cars Explained

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Road Tax Emissions: Best Cars for CO2 Emissions are the best cars for low tax


The introduction of Showroom Tax means it’s imperative that you do your homework and select the right version of your chosen car. By choosing the right low CO2 model and trim specification you can save hundreds in on-going Road Tax and fuel costs. Below we highlight the lowest emission cars in 4 key car markets, Supermini, Small Family, Small MPV & Crossover.

Low Emission Cars

If you are in the market for a new car fact is you need to get an understanding of CO2 emissions and low emission cars. The movement towards driving low emission cars constantly gains momentum and has taken a step further forward in the UK with the introduction of Showroom Tax. Like it or not the UK government is determined to hit CO2 emission targets and is using road tax to drive the consumer towards lower emission cars.


Designed to encourage buyers to choose cars with lower carbon dioxide emissions the aim of Showroom Tax is to penalise high-emission vehicles with a higher first-year rate of Road Tax. The Department of Transport describes this as “First-year rates provide a stronger signal at the point of purchase that motorists can save money by choosing a lower-carbon car.” It’s believed that Showroom Tax will raise £735 million in its first year of inception.


Buyers know that a greener car is cheaper to run and superminis have never been so popular. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says that supermini sales now account for over 30% of all cars sold. Allied to that the average CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the UK have collapsed over the past decade. In 1997 the average car sold in the UK had CO2 emissions of 189g/km. In 2008 that average had fallen to 158g/km (source: SMMT)
Supermini Lowest CO2 Emissions  Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Road Tax  Peugeot 207 Economique  Corsa ecoFLEX
Model Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Peugeot 207 Economique Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX
Engine 1.6 TDCi - Diesel 1.6 HDi - Diesel 1.3 CDTi - Diesel
CO2 Emissions 99 g/km 99 g/km 98 g/km
Fuel Efficiency 76.3 MPG 74.3 MPG 76.3 MPG
Tax Band A A A
Standard Road Tax FREE FREE FREE
Cost Over 3 Years FREE FREE FREE
Small Family Lowest CO2 Emissions Ford Focus ECOnetic   VW Golf Kia Pro Ceed
Model Ford Focus ECOnetic Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion Kia Pro Cee'd Ecodynamics
Engine 1.6 TDCi - Diesel 1.6 TDI - Diesel  1.6 CRDi - Diesel
Fuel Efficiency 72.2 MPG 74.3 MPG 67.3 MPG
Tax Band A A B
Standard Road Tax FREE FREE £20
Cost Over 3 Years FREE FREE £40
Small MPV Lowest CO2 Emissions Kia Venga   Nissan Note 1.5 Citroen C3 Picasso
Model Kia Venga Ecodynamics Nissan Note Visia Citroen C3 Picasso
Engine 1.4 CRDi - Diesel 1.5 dCI - Diesel 1.6 TDI - Diesel 
Fuel Efficiency 60.1 MPG 62.8 MPG 60.1 MPG
Tax Band C C D
Showroom Tax FREE FREE £110
Standard Road Tax £30 £30 £110
Cost Over 3 Years £60 £60 £295
Crossover Lowest CO2 Emissions Nissan Qashqai BMW X1 Road Tax
Model Nissan Qashqai Pure Drive Peugeot 3008 Active BMW X1 sDrive 
Engine 1.6 dCi - Diesel 1.6 Hdi - Diesel 2.0d - Diesel
Fuel Efficiency 57.6 MPG 55.4 MPG 54.3 MPG
Tax Band D E E
Showroom Tax FREE £130 £130
Standard Road Tax £110 £130 £130
Cost Over 3 Years £210 £330 £330

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