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Top 5 tax-busting family hatchbacks

  • We pick top five green family hatchbacks
  • Two petrol/electric hybrids
  • Tax busting cars with CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km

Nissan has opened the order book for its Leaf electric car, and while it promises zero exhaust emissions it is pricey at nearly £24,000 (with the government grant). But there are plenty of low emission family hatchbacks on the market. We pick five of the best.

 

1.SEAT Leon Ecomotive 1.6 TDI S

 

WHY BUY?

Essentially, this is a Volkswagen Golf in different clothes, sharing the same 1.6-litre diesel engine and stop/start technology. It returns identical figures to the Golf - 99g/km of CO2 and fuel economy of 74.3mpg - but costs nearly £2,000 less than the Golf BlueMotion.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £16,840

CO2 emissions - 99g/km

BIK banding - 13%

Fuel economy - 74.3mpg

 

2. Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion 5dr

  

WHY BUY?

Why buy? For exactly the same reasons as you'd buy the SEAT above, with the exception of price. Near-£2,000 premium for the VW badge, but the Golf holds on to its value better - it retains 40% of price new after three years/60,000 miles, while the Leon retains 33%.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £18,715

CO2 emissions - 99g/km

BIK banding - 13%

Fuel economy - 74.3mpg

 

3. Toyota Auris HSD T4

 

WHY BUY?

If you want to advertise your eco leanings buy a Prius, but if you're happy staying incognito the Auris is the perfect car. Shares the same mechanicals as the petrol/electric Prius but is clothed in one of the most unassuming suits on the road.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £18,950

CO2 emissions - 89g/km

BIK banding - 10%

Fuel economy - 74.3mpg

 

4. Volvo V50 1.6D DRIVe ES start/stop

 

WHY BUY?

OK, it's not a hatchback, but the V50 estate offers plenty of room for a family, has a stylish interior and, thanks to a start/stop system, brings emissions down to an impressive 104g/km. A little pricey, but semi-premium branding lifts Volvo above volume makers.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £21,445

CO2 emissions - 104g/km

BIK banding - 13%

Fuel economy - 72.5mpg

 

5. Honda Insight SE

 

WHY BUY?

Honda has recently made some wholesale revisions to the Insight, promising a better interior with higher quality parts used and also a much improved ride quality thanks to suspension revisions. Economy is not its strongest suit but it's a cheap hybrid.

VITAL STATISTICS

Price - £16,325

CO2 emissions - 101g/km

BIK banding - 10%

Fuel economy - 64.2mpg