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Top 5 low-tax hatchbacks

  • Top 5 hatchbacks costing less than £100 per month
  • Each is capable of over 65mpg on the combined cycle
  • The easiest way to save significant amounts of cash

Everyone wants to save money, and one of the easiest ways to do this is to choose a car that doesn’t cost the earth to run.

Since one of the biggest monthly expenses for most company car drivers is company car tax, it makes sense to start there.

So in the first of several articles showing you how you can save valuable cash each month, we’ve picked out our top five hatchbacks that’ll cost you less than £100 per month to tax on the 40% pay scale. For those on the 20% scale, simply half the monthly cost.

1. VW Golf BlueMotion

Why buy?

The Golf BlueMotion was the car that started the ‘eco’ drive for low CO2 and high fuel economy figures. Since its first incarnation the technology has become a lot less intrusive, the car more refined yet the figures have continued to improve.

Fuel economy: 74.3mpg

CO2 emissions: 99g/km

BIK liability: 13%

P11d value: £17,640

Cost per month on 40% pay scale: £76

2. Volvo C30 DRIVe ES stop/start

Why buy?

The C30 is the first hatchback Volvo has produced for many years. It’s a sporty looking offering and drives pretty well considering this is a firm specialising in safe, reliable cars. The Swedish company has also begun to carve out a name for itself in the eco car game, and the C30 is a good example of how such a car should be done.

Fuel economy: 74.3mpg

CO2 emissions: 99g/km

BIK liability: 13%

P11d value: £17,940

Cost per month on 40% pay scale: £78

3. MINI One D

Why buy?

No matter what the engine or gearbox, there’s one thing you can be sure of with a MINI: it’ll be great fun to drive. With the 1.6-litre diesel engine it’s no exception, yet this combination means you get seriously high fuel economy and low CO2 to boot.

Fuel economy: 74.3mpg

CO2 emissions: 99g/km

BIK liability: 13%

P11d value: £14,425

Cost per month on 40% pay scale: £63

4. Lexus CT200h SE-I

Why buy?

The premium CT200h hatchback from Lexus is a car which aims to stop people from moving over to German opposition and leaving the Toyota/Lexus brand. A good level of standard kit and a decent ride are the primary aspects the firm hopes will attract buyers, while the petrol/electric hybrid powertrain means it’s seriously efficient too.

Fuel economy: 68.9mpg

CO2 emissions: 94g/km

BIK liability: 10%

P11d value: £23,695

Cost per month on 40% pay scale: £79

5. Citroen C4 1.6 e-HDI EGS VTR+

Why buy?

It isn’t the most refined, focused driver’s car of the bunch but it is a comfortable cruiser and extremely easy to live with. The interior is a stylish place to be while the 1.6-litre diesel engine is capable of excellent fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Fuel economy: 67.3mpg

CO2 emissions: 98g/km

BIK liability: 13%

P11d value: £19,790

Cost per month on 40% pay scale: £86

 

*Company car tax is calculated using our company car tax calculator and doesn’t include any optional extras.