The Sub-100g/km Club

Annual vehicle tax can be a significant part of a car’s running costs. The rate of road tax or, to give it its official name, Vehicle Excise Duty, is determined by a car’s CO2 emissions. The lower the CO2 emissions the less you have to pay.

Some cars offer the first year free, but incur a charge thereafter. But others, if the CO2 is low enough, allow owners to renew the VED free of charge year after year. The current threshold for that is 100g/km and a surprisingly high number of cars now qualify.

Changes to VED bands in 2017: What it means for you

Top 50: Cars in tax band A | Top 50: Cars in tax band B | Top 25: Cars in tax band C

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Mazda 3

CO2 emissions from 99g/km

The Mazda3 is good to drive, solidly built and efficient. The 1.5-litre diesel is the only model to come in with emissions below 100g/km and it’s not the most potent choice, but it’s not bad. If you opt for a bigger 2.2-litre diesel the emissions penalty isn’t massive.

Read our review of the Mazda3


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