On Monday, 8 April 2019, Transport for London launched the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), covering the same area as the Congestion Charge.
London has moved to improve air-quality conditions in its busiest areas. Drivers in the new Ultra Low Emission Zone area will pay a £12.50 daily charge as well as the Congestion Charge, unless their car or van meets stringent emissions regulations.
These are the Euro 6 regulations for diesel cars, introduced in September 2015, and the Euro 4 regulations for petrol cars, which came into force in January 2005.
All-electric cars are exempt from the charge because they don’t generate any local emissions. Meanwhile, hybrids are subject to the Euro 6 or Euro 4 standards, depending on fuel type.
The easiest way to avoid the ULEZ charge is to drive a brand new car. Knowing you’re driving a car sporting the latest clean engines offers great peace of mind and is also a surefire way to comply with the latest emissions standards while benefiting from all the perks of a factory-fresh vehicle.
When you choose a car lease deal, you’ll be enhancing your buying power and ensuring an ULEZ-beating car is well within reach.
To help you decide, here are 10 of the best cars that avoid the ULEZ charge.
The city slicker
Big on the inside and small on the outside, the Up may well be the perfect city car. Start-stop technology ensures fuel consumption and emissions are low around town and its diminutive proportions make parking a breeze.
Available from £160.58 per month.
There’s a reason the Fiesta is the UK’s favourite car, with its unique blend of practicality and low running costs making its position almost unrivalled on these shores.
Sleek styling and sharp performance make the Fiesta an exciting car to drive on the open road and city street alike. It is effortless to manoeuvre around town and sips rather than gulps down petrol. Five doors enhance practicality, making it well suited to family life.
Available from £187.64 per month.
The green machine
The all-electric version of Hyundai’s popular green car offers zero-emission motoring for a cost-effective monthly car leasing price. For your money, you’ll get minimal running costs, a premium interior, cutting-edge design and all the practicality of a family hatch.
Available from £293.74 per month.
The family runner
If you have a load to shift, you can’t go wrong with the Astra Sports Tourer. It’s good to look at, has a generous specification and comes with acres of space for all your gear. The 1.6 CDTi diesel engine is clean and frugal, making it a good choice for ULEZ-beating family fun.
Available from £236.41 per month.
Fancy an Audi saloon for around £250 a month? The A4 TFSI is a good place to start. You get a turbo-charged petrol engine that keeps a lid on emissions, along with the premium quality of Germany’s finest. A great choice for busy executives.
Available from £251.99 per month.
No one does estate cars quite like Volvo, and the V60 is the best of the bunch. Silky smooth automatic transmission combines with a powerful petrol engine to deliver a peerless driving experience. If you want your family to feel cosseted, the V60 is the place to put them.
Available from £327.59 per month.
No one does SUVs quite like Volvo and the new XC40 is the pick of the bunch. Winner of the 2018 Car of the Year Award, the XC40 offers silky smooth transmission combined with a powerful, economical engine to deliver a peerless driving experience. If you want your family to feel cosseted, the XC40 is the place to put them.
Available from £238.79 per month.
The cut above
With more space than even the largest family will know what to do with, the E-Class looks smart both around town and out in the ‘burbs. If you value quality and want a car that tells the world you’ve made it, this commodious estate is a must-have.
Available from £329.99 per month.
The eco warrior executive
Jag’s futuristically styled I-Pace is the manufacturer’s first all-electric car and one of the most prestigious vehicles on the market.
Available on a personal car lease for less than £450 a month, the I-Pace is a realistic target for senior executives who want luxury, style and conscience-salving eco credentials. This top speccer drips with kit and has more presence than pretty much any other car on the road.
Available from £449.99 per month.
The business owner
If you’re a tradesperson or delivery driver who needs the flexibility of a van but the comfort and driveability of a car, the Peugeot Partner makes complete sense. In all-electric guise, it’s a zero-emission whizz: perfect for city driving and automatically exempt from ULEZ charges.
Available from £290.22 per month.
The simplest way to drive a new car
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