Top 50: Cars in tax band A

Want to reduce the cost of your motoring? One way is to choose a car that’s in band A for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which means it emits less than 100g/km of CO2, and you’ll pay precisely nothing in annual car tax.

However, the current VED rules changed on 1 April 2017, with a new tax system that will introduce a flat standard rate of £140 effectively for any car that’s not a pure-electric vehicle. You can read about the changes in more detail here.

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Jaguar XE

The XE has been one of the most talked about cars in recent years, and is the model tasked with taking on class leaders from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Fortunately, the basic recipe looks promising with an aluminium-intensive construction and a new range of four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ engines that includes the one we’re interested in here, a 2.0-litre diesel boasting 163PS and a stout 380Nm of torque.

Jaguar claim this variant will achieve 75mpg, no doubt helped by super-slippery aerodynamics with a 0.26 Cd, and the XE is also packed with technology including a colour head-up display and a new traction control system dubbed ‘All Surface Progress Control.’

To read the full review of the Jaguar XE click here


JontyW    on 18 November 2016

there didn't seem to be any link on the email received ....

stanton    on 1 June 2017

I've been looking at the list of top 50 A band road tax vehicles.
Most unfortunately are Diesels which should come with a severe Health Warning .
The Japanese had ample evidence in the 1990's to prove that Diesel cars produced some of the most Carcinogenic Emissions known to man . Now we have evidence ourselves at long last an attempt by
Motoring experts should be in motion to remove Diesel Cars from Car Manufacturer's price lists.
When are you going to start , this killing must Stop .SH Oxford.

cfc2000    on 1 June 2017

So when the mothers who drag their spoilt brats to school in a V8 petrol 4x4 they are saving the planet are they? This diesel v petrol argumant is now silly. The latest diesels are vastly cleaner than the old ones, and have less of an effect overall on climate change than equivalent petrol engines. Both are inferior to electric vehicles, and really the spoilt brats should be walking to school, and so should the mothers.

stanton    on 2 June 2017

As usual the exageratted answer from your last comment writer missed the point

Too much Nitrose Oxide kills and that is what is happening now on the streets of Britain .Reducing CO2 is not intelligent;by having diesels replace, petrol engines . Diesel emmisions of whatever size or shape of particle lead to high levels of NO2 which is a resparatory disaster . Current Euro 6 does not solve this problem at all but enables the particles to get into lungs and therefore blood streams far easier . This can only endanger more people especially city dwellers

If you own a non commercial Diesel powered vehicle change it not for a gas guzzler but for something that will reduce this problem and quickly before more people suffer especially children . Stanton

William Ransom    on 8 June 2017

Sadly, Mr / Mrs / Ms (??) Stanton, yopu are way off the mark and rather insulting to boot. A Euro 6 Diesel engine running correctly (Dieselgate will eventually sort this out fully) is as clean as the equivalent size petrol engine and substantially cleaner than the little turbo-powered 1 litre and below petrol engines that are being touted as the answer. I am referring to NOx output here, not to CO2 output. Once Diesels are removed from the market are you going to ban the suddenly noticed dirty petrol engines..??

Electric / hydrogen power is the future, and it should be the aim of every car owner to step up to the plate and change. YES, the electric ranges are silly at present, but that is a problem being overcome by battery research and the installation of more charging stations up and down the land. At present, only those who can afford the more expensive versions of the Tesla achieve near-hydrocarbon fuel range in their electric cars, so, we should be shouting at the manufacturers to get on with the job, while at the same time, producing better quality hybrids to cover the battery development delay.

The argument that fossil fuel-powered power stations generate the emissions that the electric cars would have generated if they were petrol or diesel powered is false, except in those countries where the regulations are not being adhered to. It is very easy (but not cheap!!) to make a power station NOx emissions lie at or below the level deemed acceptable in the atmosphere because the space is available for the equipment required - basically the same setup as what is currently in Euro 6-powered diesels - and because the power generation equipment runs at near constant speed and load, the emission control available is so good that the system exhaust gases can be breathed safely.

Your claim about particles emitted by Euro 6 diesels exhibits some ignorance of what Euro 6 engines do, which has nothing to do with particle size. This is taken care of by particle filtration which has very successfully been in use in all diesel engines since 2002. Euro 6 regulates the output of NOx gasses by injecting ADBLUE into the exhaust stream in finely controlled amounts determined by sensors upstream of the injection point to combine with the exhaust gas and neutralise the NOx content. A perfect engine running in Euro 6 configuration produces Nitrogen and water at the exhaust outlet.

In reality there will always be a small amount of NOx due to inadequacies in the computer control of the injection system, and the rate of application of the accelerator foot by the driver (driving like a racer with rapid stop/go application of the accelerator pedal is extremely difficul for the onboard computer to keep pace with, Ablue-injection wise).

This will be addressed in its entirety when autonomous (driverless) cars start to take to the road. THEN we will see a massive drop in NOx output from hydrocarbon-fuelled cars. If there are any left on the roads after those zealots among us have shouted and screamed about killer-NOx has driven all hydrocarbon-fuelled cars off the roads...

Edited by William Ransom on 08/06/2017 at 18:05

GREG HOLLIDAY    on 2 September 2017

If your worried about diesel pollution you should look out to sea.? our local ferry was replaced a few years burned 8500 gallons of travel 80 miles..? it used waste called bunker fuel each trip to France.. 17.000 thousand gallons of this black sludge, mixed with lots of other waste a day..!!!! it ticked over in port leaving a cloud of the most revolting smoke I've ever smelled...i was a truck fitter for 10 years,im used to diesel fumes, they are not good for the planet or the body..Working with the local Council we managed to get it replaced, it was a 1970s ship..totally worn was scrapped, the new one is less smoky but has I'm told a Cat...but we still see smoke and smell it most days..marine pollution is the biggest polluter in the world..but its all out to sea, where no one sees or hears it..its someone else's problem out there..

stanton    on 23 November 2017

William Ransom assumes we will get driver less cars soon . Electric and driver less have many problems too
Let us not get away with letting politicians via scientists make huge errors with transportation systems untried and ill considered . Euro 6 Diesels still won't cure the problems of Nitrogen di oxide
poisoning in practise
. First let us balance the fleet of transportation with the best of all emmisions so
not targeting specific chemicals as we have done with CO2 and then introducing other major problems
There are wide variations of solutions to our transportation problems but some will be very ineffective.

Which then to choose? if we knew that we would have practical .realistic solutions and not theoretical Hog wash.may be we could help the planet more.
Diesels except temporarily are the wrong answer .....
Electric can be good but in order to allow the public see the picture clearly of how their choices effect us all proper figure for all emissions for transport should be compared like for like . including Tyre, Brake, suspension with electrical generation figure added to the total combined figures .
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT? ) along with Various Universities in Scandinavia have done extensive work on this, so our Government should provide more accurate Data .
Some smaller petrol engined cars are much lower in general Road emissions than the Tesla saloon car which they claim is emission free ..!!!!! Sorry that without provided detailed data as proof is blatantly a Lie .
So don't you all rush out and buy one please . by all means small and less sophisticated high speed cars which won't make that much difference . This data is not secret so please check it out .
As for driver less cars the cost to the UK generally will be prohibitive the Motorway furniture to do this
electronically will take years to roll out across the Uk let alone across Europe generally .
A denser populated country such as ours will require far more expenditure in Electronic senders .
receivers and more gizmos than are properly available at present due to the use of scarce metals and elements .
To make it safe we must do without any driven transport....... that will involve at least 20 years heavy expense and constant physical work for which we do not have the labour to do quickly .
Instead of theoretically saying it could be 5 years.....then let us see some pragmatic persons convert the technology into practical applied .operation..... programmed/CPA experts to the fore then ,whether computerized or like me just experienced .....
By the time our forward looking politicians are ready the whole of this driver less car road project will be surpassed by other more effective transportation system possibilities and don't mention HS 2 the train is not a mass transportation system in the future but just for the very wealthy or the NHS and government personnel. The freedom of the car to us all will be lost if the anti everything Brigade have their way and how much will that effect employment !!??? Stanton

   on 2 July 2019

Road tax is totally unfair to low milage car users,
I pay £300 and drive between 1000 to under 1500 miles a year.
My car is a 2005 Audi A4 petrol which and always serviced and MOT on time and kept in first class condition.
My son in law has a large BMW which he uses for his work doing over 20,000 a year and pays £30 per annum. I have a low basic pension and have a blue card parking permit so I don't get a wage or an increase in my income to pay for the increase that is taxed on me and other in the same position.
It's not fair, I have paid my taxes including road tax for over 45 years.
Road tax should be based on the milage used, by fixing an extra tax on the price of petrol/diesel.
Certain adjustments could be made to cover the extra cost to emergency and other essential high mileage road users, but they are making money out of their road use, so it should not be a 'give away' to farmers road hallers and others.
Stop this 'to those who have, give more to those who don't take more away'.

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