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Top cars that beat London congestion charges

Planning a trip to the capital? Perhaps you’re visiting friends or family for a weekend, or maybe you’re just passing through on business. Either way, you’ll need to factor in the London Congestion Charge if you’re taking a car…

If your car emits over 75g/km of CO2 then there’s no escaping a fee that will set you back £11.50 each day. HOWEVER, if you think tactically…there are many vehicle choices for purchase or rental that produce low emissions that will allow you to escape the charge.

Here are just five options to consider…

  1. Toyota Prius

    If you’ve ever been to London – you may have noticed that the place has literally been overthrown by this particular hybrid. Smart, efficient and great value for money – the Prius is a favourite of the Uber driving community.

    A 1.8-litre petrol engine and an electric motor allow the Prius to return 94.1mpg, while emissions of 70g/km are low enough to ensure exemption from the London Congestion Charge.

    It may not be the most exciting choice, but the relaxing and practical driving experience makes it a top choice in the hybrid category.

  2. BMW i3 hatchback

    BMW’s range of ‘i’ cars combine electric-car efficiency with the fun driving experience normally associated with the German brand.

    The agility of this model definitely makes the i3 a more entertaining option if you’re looking for a fun drive, while the electric-only model can go for up to 195 miles before needing a recharge.

  1. Nissan Leaf hatchback

    If you’re looking for rock-bottom running costs, then this is a perfect option to consider. Nissan was the first to bring pure electric cars to the market and the Leaf model remains a popular budget friendly choice.

    The Leaf would also make a great family car due to its reasonable size. Think Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra. It’s also good to drive, thanks to the quick acceleration that comes from its electric motor.

  1. Kia Soul

    Think funky AND practical and you have yourself the Kia Soul. Offering chunky SUV looks, the Soul also has plenty of room space for the family and luggage.

    This model also comes with sat nav, an eight-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera, keyless entry and heated seats.

  1. Renault ZOE hatchback

    Last but not least, we have ZOE. By far one of your cheapest EV options, this Renault model is best suited to urban environments. Whilst ideal for city driving, the ZOE – with a maximum range of just 100 miles – is not well equipped to tackle those longer journeys – so this may be something to consider.

    Definitely more conventional in style, this is a perfect option if you’re looking for something that’s cheap to run and will get you around the city without the fuss.

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