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Car tax 2018 – These cars will cost £500 more to tax from April

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Car tax will be increasing for a proportion of new drivers from April 1st 2018.

Motorists that buy and register a new car after this date face paying between £20 and £500 more for their first year VED rate.

The vehicle excise duty increase was announced in the Budget 2017 and will see drivers that don’t meet a new emissions standard pay one band higher car tax.

Car experts have argued that the move is slightly unfair as no new diesel car will meet the Real Driving Emissions 2 standard, because it doesn’t become mandatory to adhere to until 2020.

Under the new rules any car that produces between 171 and 225 g/km CO2 will have to pay an additional £500 in the first year.

Ford Focus

Cars that produced 130g/km to 150 g/km of CO2 face paying £300 more in the first year.

After the inflated first rate fee, VED rates will revert back to the standardised second year rates, which were introduced under the car tax changes in 2017.

In 2017 a number of changes including the standard second year rates, surcharge for cars costing over £40,000 and stricter CO2 limits were introduced.

The second year standard rates are:

£140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles

£130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, bioethanol and LPG)

£0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions

Audi RS6 Avant 4.0 TFSI quattro

An additional surcharge of £310 will be payable if the car owned by the driver costs more than £40,000.

This means that even some electric cars such as the Tesla Model S and Model X will face paying this new fee, while previously paying nothing.

The rules coming into affect on April 1st 2018 will only affect new diesel cars meaning that any car registered before this date will pay the old car tax rates.

Here are some of the cars that will be hit the hardest by the inflated fees:

Audi RS6 Avant 4.0 TFSI quattro – 223g/km – £81,430

Land Rover Discovery SDV6 SE 3.0 litre SDV6 – 203g/km – £47,500.00

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 MultiJet II – 184 g/km of CO2 – £ 48,440

Audi SQ7 4.0-litre TDI – 199g/km – £88,295

Bentley Bentayga 4.0-litre V8 – 210g/km – £137,055

Hyundai i800 2.5-litre CRDi – 199g/km – £28,545

Range Rover Sport 3.0-litre SDV6 – 211g/km – £62,650

Ssangyong Rexton 2.2-litre – 194g/km – £24,495

Ssangyong Turismo 2.2-litre – 196g/km  – £23,250

Toyota Land Cruiser 2.8-litre – 194g/km – £37,230

Mercedes GLS 350d – 199g/km – £71,430

Porsche Cayenne 4.2-litre – 209g/km – £68,022

Range Rover 4.4-litre SDV8 – 219g/km – £86,700

There are still a number of ways drivers can avoid paying the new car tax rates which include buying pre-registered cars or buying before then end of the month.

Here are new car tax bands as of April 2017 compared to the new rates set to be introduced as of April 2018 for newly registered diesel drivers:

1 – 50 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE:£10FROM 2018: £25

51 – 75 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £25FROM 2018: £100

76 – 90 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £100FROM 2018: £120

91 – 100 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £120FROM 2018: £140

101 – 110 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £140FROM 2018: £160

111 – 130 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £160FROM 2018: £200

131 – 150 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £200FROM 2018: £500

151 – 170 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE:£500FROM 2018: £800

171 – 190 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £800FROM 2018: £1,200

191 – 225 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £1,200FROM 2018: £1,700

226 – 255 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £1,700FROM 2018:£2,000

Over 255 g/km CO2

CURRENT RATE: £2,000

[“Source-express”]