Road tax rules are set to change in April 2017. Many car owners are worrying about what these changes could mean to them and their pocket. If your vehicle has an officially stated CO2 emissions of 100 g/km or less you don’t have to pay any road tax. Unfortunately that is changing in April 2017, and could cost car owners a huge load of cash with only zero-emissions rated vehicles escaping the tax hike. The good news: If you register a tax free car before the date of the change, that vehicle will remain tax free for its lifespan. What this means is you should probably be looking for a new car, right about now.
Does this tax rule mean you’re condemned to a super-mini, or one of those low-range hybrids? Surprisingly not, as manufacturers have managed to push vehicle emissions down for all classes, from supercars, all the way up to SUVs. Here are a few of our top picks from the Flexed team:
With a CO2 rating of just 59 g/km the i8 is well within the threshold, although there is one unique quality the i8 has over other cars on this list. 0-60 mph in a blistering 4.4 seconds. Beyond the figures you only have to look at it to know we’ll one day be talking about it on a par with the fabled BMW M1. It’s just a glimpse of the technological progression that is soon to come, breakthroughs begin in luxury items and slowly funnel down to everyday items, which is likely a good thing when the i8 costs £100,000 after a year on the waiting list!
Another plug-in hybrid from BMW but this time affordable. It costs roughly the same amount as the 330i, with the same performance – only with no road tax! BMW have coupled a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine, producing 157 bhp, with an electric motor bringing the total up to 241 bhp. The 330e is available for £34,000 new, including a £2,500 government grant. You get a lot of bang for a lot less bucks.
Volvo XC90 T8
It turns out you can get a 7 seater SUV and still get away with not paying road tax. So how have Volvo done it? They coupled a supercharged, 2.0 liter,, four cylinder engine with an electric motor totaling 376 bhp. Believe it or not all of that power only produces 49 g/km of CO2. Furthermore, you can apply for a £5,000 grant bringing the cost of this XC90 down to £55,000.
Citroen C4 Cactus
At just £15,000 on the road the C4 is cheap to buy, but will also save you money in the long run. It’s efficient, averaging 91 mpg; light, weighing in at just 1 tonne; and with its airbump panels promises to stay in good shape for the foreseeable future. This is probably one of the best options for a family run-about that money can buy.
This list should get you started on your hunt for a new car. Whatever your needs or price range there is a car out there than can save you on road tax for years to come.