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Congestion-exempt large car query!
I live a few streets outside the boundary for the newly reduced congestion zone in central London. Two of my four children go to school in the congestion zone. I don't fancy paying £9 every time I want to pick them up. What is my best bet for a congestion-exempt car that will carry my four children, all their bags and a couple of their friends? I don't want to spend much at all as we will keep our usual car for all uses other than the school run.

I look forward to hearing your advice!

Asked on 19 December 2010 by hugoalfven

Answered by Honest John
Petrol engined cars emitting less than 100g/km CO2 Congestion Tax and VED Exempt:

FIAT 500 TwinAir 95g/km

Honda Insight (original coupe, not current model) 80g/km

Hyundai i10 1.0 3-cylinder

Lexus CT200h 96g/km

Nissan Micra K13 Supercharged

Toyota IQ 1.0 5-spd manual 99g/km

Toyota Auris hybrid

Toyota Prius III


Diesel engined cars emitting less than 100g/km CO2 Congestion Tax and VED Exempt:

SEAT Ibiza 1.6 Ecomotive 89g/km

Renault Twingo 1.5 eco2 (from early 2011) 90g/km

Renault Clio 1.5 eco2 (from February 2010) 98g/km

Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 3-dr (from January 2010) 98g/km

Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 with stop/start 99g/km (from January 2010)
Volvo C30 1.6 DRIVe 99g/km (from October 2009 production)

MINI One D 2011 model diesel

MINI Cooper D 2011 model diesel

Citroen C3 Airdream + 99g/km

Citroen DS3 DStyle 99g/km

Peugeot 207 1.6HDI Economique 99g/km

SEAT Leon Ecomotive 1.6 diesel 99g/km from October 2009
Peugeot 207 Economique 1.6HDI 90 99g/km from October 2009

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 99g/km

Hyundai i20 blue 1.4 75PS 6-speed 99g/km from 2009)
VW Golf Mk V1 1.6TDI Bluemotion 99g/km from mid 2009
Ford Fiesta 1.6 ECOnetic 5-speed manual 99g/km
SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive 5-speed manual 99g/km

Vauxhall Corsa Ecoflex

VW Polo Bluemotion 1 5-spd manual 99g/km
VW Polo Bluemotion (all 2008 models) 5-spd manual 99g/km

VW Golf VI Bluemotion 99g/km

Volvo C30 DRIVe 99G/KM FROM 16-11-2010

Volvo S40 DRIVe 99G/KM FROM 16-11-2010

Volvo V50 DRIVe 99G/KM FROM 16-11-2010
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