What's a low CO2 small family car?

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22 August 2008
What's a low CO2 small family car?

I presently drive a Honda Civic 1.6-litre automatic. Im 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 Citron 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 isnt 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.