What Car Q&A - What's a low CO2 small family car?

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I presently drive a Honda Civic 1.6-litre automatic. I’m looking to buy a new similar-sized replacement that emits less CO2, so I can pay £35 a year in tax. What would you recommend?
Ian MacGregor


There are four new small family cars that cost just £35 a year to tax because they all pump out less than 121g/km of CO2.

Greenest is the Toyota Prius hybrid, which uses an electric motor in combination with a 1.5-litre petrol engine to keep emission down to 104g/km. It is quite expensive, though, starting at £17,932.

The Honda Civic Hybrid is slightly cheaper and starts at £17,145 but emits marginally more CO2 at 109g/km.

The Citroën C4 1.6 HDI EGS and the Peugeot 308 110 FAP EGC both start at £16,395 and emit 120g/km. They use the same semi-automatic transmission, which can still change gear for you like a traditional automatic 'box but isn’t quite as smooth at doing so.

Remember to consider all the costs associated with owning a car, such as the purchase price, depreciation, insurance costs etc and not just the annual car tax bill. You can work these out using What Car?'s real Cost figures.

While these four cars will save you at least £85 a year in VED, it is worth noting that there are cheaper cars to own in the long run.

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