Wanting to avoid that hefty fee that comes with driving in London’s ultra-low emission zone? We have picked 8 cars that beat that charge for you.
Transport for London launched the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on the 8th of April 2019, which covers the same area as the congestion charge.
London has vowed to improve its air-quality conditions, especially in its busiest areas. Drivers that are in the new ULEZ will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 on top of the Congestion Charge they also have to pay. That is unless their van or car meets stringent emissions regulations.
These are the Euro 4 regulations for petrol cars and the Euro 6 regulations for diesel cars. The Euro 4 regulation came into play in January 2005 and the Euro 6 regulation in September 2015.
Going the leasing route gives you access to a lot more cars that meet the ULEZ regs and in this article, we’ve picked out our top 8 picks.
It’s useful to note that cars which are all-electric exempt this charge due to the fact they don’t generate any local emissions. But the hybrids are subject to the Euro regulations previously mentioned, depending on the vehicles fuel type.
So what’s the best way to avoid the ULEZ charge? Drive a brand new car! That’s right, knowing that you are driving a car that is equipped with the latest clean engine offers peace of mind and is most certainly a way to comply with the latest emission standard as well as the other perks that comes with having the latest and best cars available.
In order to help you decide, we put 8 of the best cars that avoid the ULEZ charge.
The city slicker
Volkswagen Up 1.0 Petrol Beats 3dr
Although small on the outside it boasts a bigger interior than what meets the eye and is definitely the perfect city car. With the new start-stop technology it ensures fuel consumption and emissions are low and its cutely proportioned size makes parking light work.
Ford Fiesta 1.1 Petrol Zetec Navigation 5dr
The Fiesta is the UK’s favourite car and with reasons, boasting a perfect blend of practicality and its low running costs make it a top competitor round these neck of the woods.
Elegant styling and responsive performance make it a car which is thrilling to drive on the open road as much as it is on the city streets. It manoeuvres effortlessly around town and rather than gulping down the petrol, it sips. And with its 5 doors, this makes its practicality a contender and definitely is suited for family life.
The green machine
Hyundai Ionic Hatchback 88kW Premium 5dr Auto
This beauty offers zero-emission motoring, hence why it’s Hyundai’s most popular all-electric ‘green car’. So what makes it attractive aside from its minimal running costs, are its stunning interior, sleek design and it’s the practicality of being a family hatch.
The family runner
Vauxhall Astra Diesel Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 16c 136 Elite Nav 5dr
Got a load to shift? No problem, this Astra Sports Tourer makes that an easy task. It’s easy on the eye, to say the least, has a great specification as standard and comes with an abundance of space for all your stuff. Its 1.6 CDTi diesel engine is clean and frugal, ensuring that the ULEZ will be the last of your worries on family runs.
Audi A4 Saloon 35 TFSI 4dr S Tronic
Wanting to look classy in an Audi saloon at a pocket-friendly cost? A4 TFSI is a great place to start. This turbo-charged petrol engine packs a punch whilst keeping a lid on emissions all while coming with the luxury quality of Germany’s finest.
The cut above
Mercedes-Benx E-Class Diesel Estate E220d AMG Line 5dr 9G-Tronic
Nothing screams class and sophistication like Mercedes, but this is hard to find in a family car, but they still manage to provide. This little beauty is sure to turn heads in the streets and ‘burbs. If quality is a priority with a minor touch of bragging rights, this estate is a must.
The eco-warrior executive
Jaguar i-Pace 294kW EV400 S 90kWh Auto
This futuristic styled car is Jaguar’s first all-electric car and is by far one of the most prestigious cars to hit the market. If you’re looking for luxury, style and eco credentials which won’t leave you with a guilty conscience, this perfect for you.
The Business Owner
Peugeot Partner L2 Electric 552 SE 67 Van Auto
If you’re looking for a van with all the practicality you would expect but want the comfort of a car then look no further. Whether you’re a tradesperson or a delivery driver this is the one for you. An all-electric ride with its zero emissions means this is definitely excluded from the ULEZ charges.