Typically we’ll be on the lookout for a few key things when buying a new or used car. These deciding factors include the make and model, specification, mileage, condition and price, depending on the individual. However, these days’ people are more interested in money related matters such as the fuel consumption level, the insurance band and tax band. This is why many car manufacturers are now trying to create more economical models that fall into road tax category A, which means you pay nothing to the tax man.
Below are five cars that all sit in category A which means they emit between 0 and 100g/km of Carbon Dioxide:
Smart Fortwo Coupe CDI Pure 2dr Auto
The Smart car brand has become popular over recent years, especially with city working commuters. Their small size has meant they’re a dream for parking in small parking bays that are dotted around the city streets. This automatic model has a mile per gallon rating of 85.6 and takes diesel fuel. It also has the lowest Co2 rating of all the cars here at 88g/km emissions.
Seat Ibiza SC Ecomotive 1.4 TDI
Slightly higher up in Co2 rating is the Seat Ibiza; the Seat Ibiza is one of Seat’s most popular models and with an economical, clean engine inside, the Ibiza can get up to 94.2mpg in its “extra urban” mode. It is much larger than the diminutive Smart car but its carbon level just scrapes into category A with 98g/km emissions.
Ford Fiesta Econetic 1.6 TDCi DPF
Another popular car that has had an energy efficient make-over is the Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta Econetic has the advantage of a larger engine size yet still sits in the category A emissions group, at 98g/km. The car also has a five star rating from the safety regulators NCAP meaning it’s both economical and safe.
Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI BlueMotion 1
The Volkswagen BlueMotion technology has helped to transform one of its most popular models into an economic green car. The BlueMotion technology is actually what is used in the Seat mentioned above (albeit renamed to Ecomotive) and much like the other popular cars it has 99g/km carbon outputs to keep it just under the 100g mark. With renewed engine mapping, aerodynamics and gear ratios, the polo also benefits from low miles per gallon (MPG) performance.
Toyota IQ 2 1.0 VVT-i
The Toyota IQ bears more than a passing resemblance to the Smart Car with the two looking incredibly similar, again a win for the city commuters searching for that last parking space in the multi-storey. The IQ has an impressive MPG performance for such a small car, achieving 65.7mpg for combined driving in manual transmission model. It’s worth noting the automatic model is actually in category B for emissions so only the manual transmission model falls in the free road tax band.