Beating the 100g/km CO2 threshold

With running costs the watchwords when it comes to buying a car these days, one of the best ways to reduce the cost of ownership is by reducing or, even better, cutting out altogether the annual Vehicle Excise Duty or road tax charge.

You can find used cars in Sheffield that qualify for road tax exemption, the threshold of which is currently 100g/km in CO2 emissions without going hybrid or electric according to this government website.

Cars CO2

Consider the following options


Alfa Romeo Mito

This racy little hatchback comes with a choice of petrol or diesel engines that are exempt from VED. The two cylinder 0.9 litre TwinAir comes in at 98g/km of CO2 emissions, while the 1.3 litre JTDM diesel unit is even lower, with 90g/km. essentially, with 84bhp, both of the engines offer perky performance.

Audi A1

This premium hatch qualifies for road tax exemption in 1.6 litre TDI form, with CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Buyers will find all of Audi’s legendary build quality in a compact and practical 104bhp package. If you need something a bit bigger and enjoy the premium quality, the 2012 A3 comes with the same engine and doesn’t compromise on performance.

BMW 1 Series

Audi’s traditional Teutonic rival offers its 116d EfficientDynamics with 99g/km. It may be the only model in the 1 Series range to achieve VED exemption but it isn’t the slowest, as BMW has used all of its technological know how to squeeze every last bit of performance out of this impressively clean and efficient 1.6 litre diesel engine.

Chevrolet Aveo

The Chevrolet badge doesn’t receive much love in the UK, but the Aveo is a practical little number with two models undercutting the CO2 threshold. The 1.3 litre diesel VCDi comes in 75bhp format for 99g/km or as a 95bhp Eco with 95g/km. This low profile, value for money car makes a suitable rival for the likes of the Fiat Punto or Suzuki Swift.

Ford Fiesta

As Britain’s best selling car, you should have no trouble finding a qualifying Fiesta on The 1.5 TDCi at 95g/km, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost at 99g/km, the 1.6 TDCi with 99g/km and the 1.6 TDCi Econetic for 87g/km mean there’s plenty of model choice, and there are no questions over performance either. The Fiesta is widely considered the best handling car in its class and recent versions are particularly modern and stylish looking.

Citroen C1

Since 2012 the revised C1 qualifies for VED exemption and the other advantages available to the sub-100g/km club at 99g/km in CO2 emissions, as a manual at least. It is one of a badge engineered trio along with the Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo, but is probably the funkiest and most stylish out of the three.

Citroen C3

The slightly larger C3 has a few qualifying models on its roster. The lowest of the lot is the e-HDi 1.4 Airdream, with a 69bhp diesel engine emitting just 87g/km in CO2. There’s a slightly perkier version of the same engine with 99g/km or an 89bhp 1.6 e-HDi for 98g/km too.

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Published on: April 29, 2014

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