Should I replace my diesel Nissan Qashqai with a petrol or hybrid alternative?

My NHS lease car is due for replacement soon. I drive a diesel Nissan Qashqai 1.5, mainly on A and B roads in Devon, up to 17,000 miles a year. With uncertainty around diesels being taxed more in the future, is it wise to stick with diesel or is it time to move over to petrol or non plug-in hybrid (no charging points around for plug in types). I would like to downsize to something like a Renault Captur. What is best at the moment?

Asked on 10 March 2017 by Steven Allen

Answered by Simon Harris
Company car tax rates are set out for the next few years, with no announcement in the recent Budget to change the emphasis. Drivers of diesel company cars already pay a 3 per cent supplement on their BIK tax. Company car tax rates will increase incrementally over the next few years for all fuel types. Local authorities might be looking more seriously at congestion charges in cities that could take a harder line on diesel cars, or higher parking charges for diesels in particularly congested cities to help discourage their use. If you are interested in the Captur (it has the same diesel engine as your Qashqai) it might be worth waiting for the updated model due this summer if your lease continues until then. Otherwise, if you're interested in downsizing, I'd recommend looking at the Mazda CX-3, Vauxhall Mokka X, Citroën C4 Cactus and Fiat 500X.
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