Motoring.co.uk is always looking to minimise your automotive expenditure. We therefore trawled our database of nearly new vehicles and identified three models exempt from paying road tax. To qualify these motoring marvels must have emissions of no more than 100g/km. So, which vehicles make the cut?
The Ford Fiesta is a versatile and capable machine. The ECOnetic variant has a 1.6-litre TDCi engine capable of achieving a combined average of 76mpg. Carbon emissions are therefore only 98g/km. Despite its impressive economy this stylish run-around has decent performance. The diesel engine produces 88bhp and hits 62mph in 12.3 seconds. New prices start at £14,245, but Motoring.co.uk's database lists used 2009 examples from only £9,995.
The recently replaced Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion also qualifies for free road tax. This economical model has a 1.4-litre 78bhp diesel engine. It achieves a combined average of 74mpg and emissions are only 99g/km. During early 2009 this eternally reliable town car sold, brand new, for up to £13,770. The Motoring.co.uk database now lists nearly new examples from only £10,995.
Another tax dodging super-mini is the Seat Ibiza Ecomotive. Like the Polo BlueMotion it has a 1.4-litre diesel engine producing 78bhp. This stylish Spaniard's emissions are only 98g/km and it achieves a combined average of 76mpg. Fuel consumption is therefore identical to the Ford and marginally superior to the Volkswagen. New prices are as high as £12,775, but flicking through Motoring.co.uk's database reveals nearly new examples from £8,000.
These low emission vehicles are great news for motorists. Road tax costs up to £405 per annum so these capable little cars, plus other similar models, are worthy of serious consideration.