Cheap to tax family estates

  • Load-lugging estates that won’t break the bank
  • All five cost a maximum of £30 a year to tax
  • To check tax costs use the Parkers car tax calculator

As the cost of running a car has constantly increased, how much tax you have to pay has become more important than ever.

With fuel prices unlikely to fall below £1.30 per litre and insurance costs continuing to soar, the less road tax you have to pay the better. While this used to mean buying a small city car and often sacrificing some much needed space, that’s no longer the case.

Technology has come on so far that most manufacturers can offer a large family estate with incredibly low CO2 emissions, meaning you’ll pay less road tax.

We’ve pulled together five of the best family estates that cost no more than £30 per year to tax. Now that’s a bargain.

1. Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe (115bhp) SE Lux 

What is it?   

Possibly the most impressive estate for tax costs compared to the competition. Somehow Volvo has managed get the emissions for this model down to just 99g/km. Not only does that mean you’ll pay no first year tax or any tax after that, but you can also drive around London knowing you don’t have to pay Boris for the pleasure. You also get strong reliability and a stylish interior that makes the V50 a sensible proposition. The only real issue is that the boot space isn’t huge at 417 litres, but it’s a small problem to have to deal with.

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Rating: Four stars

Price: £24,495

CO2 Emissions: 99g/km - Tax band A

Road tax cost: £0

Fuel economy: 74mpg

Boot space: 417 litres

2. BMW 3-Series Touring 318d Exclusive

What is it?   

Even in Touring guise, the 3-Series is still one of the best handling cars of its size around. So if you’re worried that driving an estate means giving up on any fun you ever had then this is the best choice. Despite being on sale now for six years it’s still one of the more stylish models on offer, while you also get a decent amount of standard kit. It’s not the biggest estate on offer but if you’re a fan of the 3-Series, yet need more practicality and versatility than the saloon, then there’s no point in looking anywhere else.

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Rating: Four and a half stars

Price: £28,505

CO2 Emissions: 120g/km - Tax band C

Road tax cost: £30

Fuel economy: 62mpg

Boot space: 450 litres

3. Hyundai i40 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive Premium

What is it?   

Firstly, the new i40 Estate is one of the best-looking estates you can buy. It’s not something you hear very often, because they can often look like dreary rectangles or something you’ve seen before. This car, however, has a different look and sleek design. It’s not all style and no substance though. As with most Hyundai models you get lots of kit. There’s masses of room available for rear passengers as well as the 553 litres of boot space on offer. Add to this the five-year warranty and what’s not to like?

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Rating: Four stars

Price: £24,695

CO2 Emissions: 119g/km - Tax band C

Road tax cost: £30

Fuel economy: 62mpg

Boot space: 553 litres

4. Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI SE BlueMotion Tech

What is it?   

A stalwart in the line-up of estates, Volkswagen’s Passat continues to be one of the top choices for anyone looking for a reliable and competent load-lugger. This latest version is even better too with more gadgets, including a new bit of kit that means all you have to do is waggle your foot at the back of the car with the key fob on you and the boot opens automatically. The diesel engines are strong while you get a mammoth 603 litres of boot space - the biggest in its class. 

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Rating: Four and a half stars

Price: £23,600

CO2 Emissions: 120g/km - Tax band C

Road tax cost: £30

Fuel economy: 61mpg

Boot space: 603 litres

5. Peugeot 508 SW 1.6 e-Hdi  EGC Active

What is it?   

With the 407 estate beginning to look rather tired and Peugeot quickly falling behind the competition, the manufacturer replaced it with the excellent 508 SW. Not only is it a good-looking estate and it’s also great to drive. It’s more than competitive in the practicality stakes too, with 512 litres of boot space on offer. There’s just one word of caution; this model comes with an electronically-controlled manual gearbox that is a little jerky and can take some getting used to.

Vital statistics

Rating: Four stars

Price: £22,275

CO2 Emissions: 110g/km - Tax band B

Road tax cost: £20

Fuel economy: 65mpg

Boot space: 512 litres

Parkers Top Tip:

For more information about road tax, read our article here. To find out how much different cars will cost to tax, use the Parkers car tax calculator.