Warning to London car buyers

  • Check emissions before you buy
  • BMW X5 3.0sd SE will only be 8 a day
  • Vauxhall Zafira MPV could cost 25 a day
Words By Jim Holder

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Motorists who plan to drive within London's Congestion Charge zone are being urged to consider their new car purchases carefully in light of the forthcoming 25 fee for high-emitting vehicles.

The new charging scheme comes into force on October 27, with cars that emit more than 225g/km of carbon dioxide being hit with a 25 charge. Cars that emit 120-224g/km will pay 8 and those emitting less than 120g/km will have the fee waived.

However, new car buyers are being urged to check emissions figures carefully before buying to avoid being caught out.

For instance, a BMW X5 3.0sd SE 4x4, a BMW 335d SE and Jaguar XF 2.7D V6 Luxury would only attract the 8 fee.

In contrast, a Ford Galaxy 2.3 Ghia Auto MPV, Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC ES Tourer, Peugeot 407 SW 2.7 V6 HDi GT Auto or Vauxhall Zafira 2.0i 16v T Design MPV will all pay 25.

Whatcar.com lists all emissions figures in the 'Running Costs' section of each car review.

We also have a comprehensive guide to green motoring, which can be found by clicking here.