Will I get a better new car deal after the March number plate change?

This year, in particular, there’s another thing to take into consideration – car tax rates are changing dramatically on 1 April, making certain models more than £1000 more expensive to tax over t...

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Claire Evans
27 Feb 2016 17:22 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

We’ve looked at cars in 10 different classes and picked out some of the models you should buy before 1 April because they are going to be hit the hardest by the new tax system.

1. 4x4 - Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d 4Matic AMG Line

The combination of a big diesel engine and high list price mean the GLS and its rivals from other brands are going be pricier to own.

Three year’s car tax before 1 April £1040Three year’s car tax after 1 April £2100Additional cost £1060

Read our full review of the Mercedes-Benz GLS

2. Small SUV – Porsche Macan Diesel S

Will I get a better new car deal after the March number plate change?

Again, a high list price and not the lowest emission diesel engine add up to a big hike in car tax.

Three year’s car tax before 1 April £555Three year’s car tax after 1 April £1400Additional cost £845

Read our full review of the Porsche Macan

3. City car - Hyundai i10 SE

Will I get a better new car deal after the March number plate change?

The Hyundai i10 is one of many small sub-100g/km CO2 petrol hatchbacks that will no longer qualify for free car tax.

Three year’s car tax before 1 April £0Three year’s car tax after 1 April £400Additional cost £400

Read our full review of the Hyundai i10

4. Hatchback - Audi A3 1.6 TDI SE Sportback

Will I get a better new car deal after the March number plate change?

Just like sub-100 g/km petrol-engined cars, diesels will also cost more in tax.

Three year’s car tax before 1 April £0Three year’s car tax after 1 April £400Additional cost £400

Read our full review of the Audi A3

5. Compact exec – BMW 340i SE

Will I get a better new car deal after the March number plate change?

Fairly high emissions and a list price above £40,000 count against this 3 Series and many other premium saloons.

Three year’s car tax before 1 April £555Three year’s car tax after 1 April £1400Additional cost £845

Read our full review of the BMW 3 Series

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