With London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanding, and more focus on lowering emissions across the country, low emission cars are now more popular than ever. If you now need a ULEZ-compliant car, or just want to lessen your impact on the environment, below are some of the best low emission cars for 2024.
The Ford Fiesta is a popular hatchback that you’ll see all across the UK – and there’s a reason it’s so prevalent. It’s nimble and easy to drive, as well as being compact and economical. All Ford Fiesta’s registered after 2005 for petrol engines or 2006 for diesel are ULEZ-compliant, which is a credit to their fuel economy.
The Ford Fiesta EcoBoost is a petrol engine that uses regenerative braking to enhance its fuel efficiency. The 1 litre petrol engine has 124-120 G/KM CO2 emissions, but the Mild Hybrid electric option has 116-113 G/KM CO2 emissions.
The Volkswagen Golf is another popular, sophisticated hatchback that’s ULEZ-compliant if you go for the right model. There are fully electric models available in the e-Golf, plus a hybrid in the Golf GTE. But the 1.3 litre TSI petrol and 1.4 litre TDI and 2.0 litre diesel engines are also all ULEZ-compliant.
The BMW X5 is a large, comfortable family vehicle, with functional features and a sporty design. As a plug-in hybrid, it’s also ULEZ-compliant with low CO2 emissions at 21-18 g/km. The electric charge has a range of up to 67 miles and a charging capacity up to 7.4 kW/h. It’s a great option for people who want an SUV that still has its eco credentials.
The Toyota Yaris is a bestseller for the brand in the UK, thanks to its great fuel economy, sleek design, and comfortable interior. The hybrid electric engine uses braking to self-charge the battery, meaning you can use your car as normal while saving fuel and reducing emissions.
Toyota estimates that their hybrid engines spend around 50% of driving time using electric. In addition, they’re ULEZ-compliant, with around 92-112 g/km CO2 emissions.
The Skoda Octavia is stylish family car that has low emissions, making it ULEZ-compliant. The car is comfortable to drive with a roomy interior and advanced safety features. The latest models that operate with SE technology are the ones you need for low emissions, including the plug-in hybrids Octavia Estate SE Technology and Estate VRS. With the Estate SE Technology, the CO2 emissions are at a low 109-127 g/km.
Honda Jazz e:HEV
The new Honda Jazz Hybrid vehicle is spacious and dynamic, with great fuel economy thanks to its self-charging capabilities from regenerative braking. The model can deliver up to 550 miles on a full tank, with CO2 emissions from just 82 g/km. The battery comes with a 5-year/90,000-mile warranty, giving you peace of mind. In addition, the model has advanced safety features and in-car connectivity, designed to give you a better driving experience.
SEAT Lyon e-Hybrid
The SEAT Lyon is another hybrid vehicle, this time bringing the best of both worlds by running on 100% electric power and only switching to petrol when the battery needs charging. The battery has capability to plug-in to recharge as well as using regenerative braking for self-charging, for even more flexibility and choice. The SEAT Lyon hybrid allows travel up to 40 miles with no CO2 emissions at all, thanks to the electric engine.