Cars with low road tax
To legally drive your car on the road, you need to have it taxed.
The amount you pay in road tax used to be completely dependent on the car’s CO2 emissions, and this is still true for cars that were registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017.
Here are the rates:
Which definitely gives you more of a reason to buy used when you compare it with the new rates:
There is now also a second tax payment for new vehicles, and if you are buying a vehicle worth over £40,000 there’s another cost on top of that. Check out the government website for all the numbers.
But sorting out the tax needn’t be taxing when you buy used, especially if you’re looking at the cars below.
Remember, this only applies to cars that were registered before the 1st April 2017!
The tax for the Hyundai i10 usually varies between £20 and £30 for the year, and this is dependent on the model and engine size you want.
The premium model has a lot of extras for your money, and you can often find the likes of parking sensors and cruise control too, but the lower specs will still have the essentials like USB and AUX connectivity.
On top of being cheap to tax, they are also one of the cars that are cheaper to insure, with the lower spec models falling into the lowest possible insurance category! So, if you’re a new driver, it would be an amazing option.
The more modern Corsas (before 1st April 2017) are usually no more than £30 to tax, even with their larger 1.4 litre engines, in fact, you can even find some models that are £0 road tax!
The Corsa has been a household name for new drivers for a while, and the low road tax definitely helps with this, but it’s worth noting that they have quite a lot of features for a smaller hatchback. In fact, the higher spec models even come equipped with park assist to help you out in the multi-story.
Mazda 3 have a variety of different engines, with some of the smaller being £0 road tax. Plus, it also has an extra trick up its sleeve…
With Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology, larger engines such as the 2.0L petrol engine in the Mazda 3 is only £30 to tax as it is amazingly clean and efficient. Plus, it can get up to a massive 55mpg and get from 0-60 in under 9 seconds!
The best thing about the Ford Focus is that the tax amount is minimal whether you’re after the petrol or diesel model – most engines won’t be any more than £30 for the year!
If you’re after a petrol engine, then it is worth keeping an eye out for Ford’s award-winning Ecoboost engine. Why? A 1.0L turbo engine can produce a whopping 125bhp and get a massive 56mpg. And if extras are your thing, then you’ll want to go Titanium when it comes to trims.
If you want low road tax in a Qashqai, you’ll be looking at a diesel engine. The 1.5L dCi engine is actually tax-free, but if you want a little more power under the bonnet, then the 1.6L dCi engine is just £30 to tax for the entire year (and it’ll get over 60mpg!)
If you’re after a few more extras for a comfortable drive, then check out the Tekna trim.
The Audi A3 is just one vehicle that uses the Volkswagen Group’s range of turbocharged petrol engines. The 1.2L and 1.4L TSI engines can deliver 110bhp and 150bhp respectively, and they won’t cost you any more than £30 to tax!
The later the year, the better the features get in the Audi A3, just make sure it was registered before 1st April 2017 to take advantage of the low road tax!
And remember, you can take any of these cars for a test drive at any one of your CarShop stores across the country! Call 0808 278 5955 and make a booking!