Top 10 Credit Crunch Cars

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Top 10 Credit Crunch Cars


MOTORISTS can save about pounds 350 a year in running costs if they choose the right small car from the list of top 10 models costing under pounds 10,000.

This is the finding of cost-analysis by environmental consumer website WhatGreenCar.com, which takes into account the initial cost of the car and the daily running costs in comparison to an average diesel model in the same sector.

Factors that influence running costs include economy, taxable emissions and depreciation.

NICE My Car (electric) CO2: 0g/km From pounds 8,995, Annual fuel cost saving pounds 870, Road tax pounds 0 With a top speed of 40mph and range of up to 60 miles the MyCar may not give you conventional performance but as one of the greenest four-wheelers its green credentials are unbeatable. Its 4kW (5.4bhp) motor is powered by deep cycle lead gel batteries and although a full recharge takes eight hours the batteries respond well to frequent top-up recharging. As with many electric vehicles MyCar offers very low motoring costs (around 2p/mile), no road tax, no congestion charge in London and zero tailpipe emissions.

Smart for two CO2: 103g/km From pounds 6,970, Annual fuel cost saving pounds 407, Road tax pounds 35 The for two mhd (mild hybrid drive) uses the new 999cc, three cylinder petrol engine providing 71bhp (max speed 91mph, 0-62mph in 13.3 seconds). Mild hybrid drive refers to the use of a belt-driven generator that supplies the car's electrical system and doubles up as a starter motor.

The engine features a stop-start function and the impact of this relatively simple technology is to reduce CO2 emissions from 112g/km to 103g/km. This equates to fuel economy of 65.1mpg.

VW Polo 1.4 Blue Motion CO2: 99g/km From pounds 10,934, Annual fuel cost saving pounds 403, Road tax pounds 0 The Polo Blue Motion is fitted with a 1.4-litre three-cylinder turbo diesel engine.

The gearbox has been given longer ratios and the aerodynamics have been improved. The model is also fitted with lower rolling resistance tyres and the result is economy of 74.3mpg and carbon emissions of 99g/km, which makes the Polo Blue Motion 1 road-tax free. However, the 78bhp engine will still give 110mph and 0-62mphin 12.8 seconds

Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1 CO2: 108g/km From pounds 6,719, Annual fuel cost saving pounds 367, Road tax pounds 35.

The Aygo is available in three-and five-door versions, all of which are powered by a 1.0-litre petrol engine.

It sits in the lowest insurance group and has economy of 61.4mpg. With CO2 emissions of 108g/km (VED band B) the Aygo is also cheap to tax.

However, Toyota have not compromised their reputation for reliability; they claim that the Aygo has a cumulative scheduled maintenance time to 60,000 miles of just 4.

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