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

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Volkswagen Polo

CO2 emissions from 82g/km

There are lots of versions of the Polo, powered by petrol or diesel, that come in at below 100g/km. Top prize goes to the BlueMotion diesel though, which emits 82g/km. You don't have to opt for that version to get free tax, of course, so we'd look at the recent 1.0-litre petrol instead, with 99g/km emissions.

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