Motorists can potentially save £2500 a year on a London commute by purchasing
a car free from the congestion charge. Any car that emits less than 100 grams of
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is exempt from the London congestion charge; these cars
are also road tax free, so it's a double bonus. Cars that are exempt range from a
hatchback to a convertible to a family saloon.
The Toyota iQ is one of the smaller hatchbacks that are exempt; the new 2011
Toyota iQ is now on sale priced from £10,158 on the road. The 1.0-litre manual
model delivers 99g/km and 64.2mpg (combined cycle) and the 1.33-litre (manual)
with Stop & Start returns an official 113g/km and is capable of 57.6mpg.
A bigger hatchback that is also exempt is the Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi 95 Econetic,
priced at approximately £13,800 the Ford Fiesta is the UK’s top selling car.
If a convertible is your choice the Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir is exempt. Every TwinAir-
equipped Fiat 500 features Start&Stop and a Gear Shift Indicator to help drivers
achieve the best economy possible. Prices start at £13,900.
The Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 TDI CR Greenline II is perfect if a bigger car is required.
Skoda claims that this family estate car has the best green credentials than any
estate car available in the Fabia price range. Prices start at £14,300.