Increasing diesel prices, stricter emissions regulations, and uncertainty over Brexit have all disrupted the UK’s new car market, resulting in its 6.8% decline in 2018. Diesel car registrations, in particular, saw a 30% drop over the previous 12 months, while alternatively-fuelled vehicles have risen in popularity by 20.9% in 2018.
If you live in London and you’re looking to buy a car this year, there are a number of factors that you should consider in order to make the best choice. With the London Congestion Charge policy in full swing, it’s a good time to consider the above statistics and look into vehicles that are exempt from these costly additional fees.
Stylish, safe, and spacious, the Ioniq is a plug-in hybrid with a claimed fuel economy of 257 mpg. Charging up the battery takes around two hours and will give you 39 miles of range before switching to the petrol engine. The combined range of both power sources will allow you to travel a full 660 miles before having to fuel up again.
As with all cars on the list, it’s Congestion Charge exempt, which saves you a daily fee of £11.50. The spacious four-door design makes it perfect for families while the large boot allows you to pack a good amount of luggage in the back. Luxury features such as adaptive cruise control and heated seats add even more value to an already great buy.
Toyota Prius Hybrid
Coming from a long line of fuel-savvy models, it should come as no surprise that the PHEV version of the Prius is extremely cheap to run. The 1.8-litre petrol engine runs in combination with an electric motor, giving you 283 mpg. Strong build quality, massive interior space, and futuristic styling ensures that it’ll outlast most cars on the road, too.
Citroen Berlingo Electric
Electric vans are getting better by the day, with complete exemption from congestion charges and great versatility for both business owners and families. Electric-vans.co.uk offers all of the currently available vans, including the Berlingo, at unrivalled prices. Financing, leasing, and hire options are available, ensuring there’s a deal for every buyer.
With the Berlingo Electric, each mile will cost you an average of 3p and recharging is only necessary after 106 miles. You can also place a charge point in your home, with both AC and DC charging options. It’ll take around eight hours to fully charge the Berlingo using a Type 2 socket, while a DC port will give you 80% charge in just 30 minutes.
VW Golf GTE
The Golf GTE is a hybrid derivative of the sporty GTi model, which means you’re getting a stylish interior and exterior design with impressive performance. The electric powertrain gives you 20 miles of range, while the claimed fuel economy of 156 mpg makes it dirt-cheap to run.
These are just some of the great hybrid vehicles that have come in recent years, giving new car buyers a bright future in the UK. Be sure to keep an eye on hybrids and electric vehicles when making your next purchase, as they’re sure to make a worthwhile investment.