If you're looking to save money, then choosing a car that doesn’t need any road tax is one of the easier options. Not only do you avoid having to tax your car, you also get the benefit of a car that has low emissions and low running costs too. Because the majority of tax free cars also have some of the cleanest, efficient engines on the market.
Unless you have a 25 year old classic car, as these can be tax free, but don’t count on them to have a fuel efficient engine!
So what are the best road tax free cars you can buy in 2019? Here are our ten favourites you can finance today.
Electric and hybrid cars are the future of motoring. It’s a simple fact that, as we go towards a more eco-conscious carbon-weary society, the idea of driving a gas guzzling fume spewing machine becomes more and more unpopular.
While there have been many cars that have helped legitimise green technology, BMW’s double threat i3 and i8 proved that hybrid cars can be good to drive and stylish. While the i8 is out of most price ranges, the BMW i3 is a slightly more affordable way to benefit from the incredible hybrid engines and smart future technologies that BMW have created.
You might be surprised to see an SUV on this list of tax-free cars. But the diesel variant of the Renault Kadjar SUV has an engine that has emissions below the tax-free threshold. It still has the size you need from an SUV, with an excellent high seating position and plenty of space for passengers and luggage.
This is the perfect family car for the money-conscious driver, who needs the protection an SUV grants but wants to make it as affordable as possible.
If you want smart, efficient, small cars designed for urban driving, then you should head to the far east for inspiration. Designed to navigate the megacities of Tokyo and Seoul, they are specialists at creating compact and agile small cars.
The Nissan Leaf is the best selling electric car in Europe, thanks to its simple, no frills approach to driving. You will save money on tax and fuel. It won’t make your heart race as you drive it, but you don’t need that if you are driving around town looking for a parking space that you can slide into easily.
Another car from the far east, the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the best cars you can buy, never mind the fact that it’s available as either a hybrid or a fully electric vehicle. To look at it, you won’t even notice it’s not a normal petrol car (unless you spot the lack of exhaust on the electric model).
The electric is the only version that is completely tax free, so go for that version to take full advantage of the extra savings.
One of the most popular family cars on the market, the Skoda Octavia Estate is beloved by drivers across the UK for its brilliant design, great fuel economy, and excellent safety ratings. But you might be surprised to see that it is also tax free in the diesel version.
But paying no tax doesn’t mean you miss out elsewhere. There is a huge amount of space in this car, perfect for buggies or shopping bags, or filling up with suitcases for a family holiday. And the money you save on tax can be put towards upgrading to one of the smart infotainment systems that come as an optional extra.
You might be thinking we are winding you up. But your eyes aren’t deceiving you, it is possible to drive a Mercedes that is tax free. The E-Class saloon has all the style and swagger you expect from a Merc, and its diesel engine has emissions as low as 49g/km.
The fear is that low emissions = low thrills. You can go from 0-62mph in just a little over 6 seconds, so there is plenty of power. But it’s the style and prestige that comes with Mercedes’s attitude to interior quality and ergonomics that will make you happy.
If you are based in a big city or don’t drive too far on your daily routine, then its worth going for a Renault ZOE. Not only will you save money on petrol and won’t be sat idling away your bank account in heavy traffic, but it has the styling of a Clio which is one of the better looking hatchbacks on the market.
A far cry from the rather oddball looking Twizy, the ZOE now has a range of over 180 miles. And with more and more charging points appearing across the country, now is the time to go fully electric. For you, for your bank balance, and for the environment.
Alright, it’s not the most beautiful car on the market. But if low running costs and practicality are what you require from your car, then the Kia Soul EV is one of the best in the business. The best part of it is the seven-year warranty you get when you buy the Soul. A warranty this long means you’ll be covered long into the car’s life, even if you were to purchase it nearly-new.
There’s a big boot for your daily needs. The 120 plus mile range isn’t the greatest, but if you plan your trips carefully, it shouldn’t hold you back.
Tax-free of course, but the Peugeot 308 has an mpg of around 83, which is comparable to most efficient cars on the market. The BlueHDI engine is an example of diesel done right. Make sure the car is registered before April 2017 to ensure its tax-free. This makes it perfect as a nearly-new car.
If you want an electric, efficient car that looks great, then you can’t go wrong with Volkswagen e-up. While the e-Golf is a perfectly decent choice, you'll get more bang for your buck if you choose the e-up! Designed for city driving and short commutes, the money you save on tax and petrol can more than make up for the time you need to take to plan your journeys. Its only downside is its rather short range of 90 miles, so go for this one if you aren’t doing a lot of long journeys.