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Top 10 diesels for low BIK tax

At the budget end of the market it makes little sense to choose diesel company cars unless they will be covering high annual mileage, and often petrol makes a more cost-effective

1. Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi Ambiance

CO2 emissions: 99g/km
BIK tax band: 13%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £234/£467

Renault’s no-frills brand isn’t expected to be a big player in the fleet market but it offers the best diesel for low BIK tax, with a £20 monthly tax bill.

2. Smart Fortwo CDI coupe

CO2 emissions: 86g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 13%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £279/£557

The Smart Fortwo would rule itself out of a lot of fleet lists because it only has two seats, but it’s a fun vehicle and the 86g/km diesel variant also offers very low BIK tax liability

3. Hyundai i20 1.1 CDRi Blue

CO2 emissions: 84g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 13%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £305/£610

The Hyundai has the same ultra-efficient 1.1-litre diesel engine as fitted to some versions of the Kia Rio, but it offers lower BIK tax as a result of its lower P11D value.

4. Kia Rio 1.1 CRDi Ecodynamics

CO2 emissions: 85g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 13%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £08/£616

The Kia Rio is one of the cars that helped transform the brand and establish it among mainstream car manufacturers. CO2 of 85g/km is among the best in the industry.

5. Fiat Panda 1.3 Multijet Pop

CO2 emissions: 104g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 15%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £318/£636

Practical and surprisingly stylish for a tall city car, the Panda diesel might not have the lowest CO2 emissions, but the entry level variant offers low tax liability.

6. Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet Pop

CO2 emissions: 97g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 14%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £332/£664

The 500 comes with a slightly more powerful diesel engine than the fifth-placed Panda, and is quite nippy with 95bhp. It also makes a good low-tax option for company car drivers.

7. Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi Access+

CO2 emissions: 98g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 14%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £340/£679

The Peugeot 208 impresses not just in its ability but also in its low BIK tax bill, with drivers paying as little as £28 a month if they choose the entry-level diesel.

8. Chevrolet Aveo 1.3 VCDi LT

CO2 emissions: 99g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 14%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £351/£702

Not the lowest CO2 emissions in the Aveo range, but low enough to combine with a modest P11D value to result in lower BIK tax bills than the Eco version.

9. Citroen C3 1.4 HDi VT

CO2 emissions: 99g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 14%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £362/£724

Facelifted in 2013 the C3 maintains its low BIK tax credentials with this entry-level 1.4-litre diesel version, leaving standard rate taxpayer drivers liable for £30 a month.

10. Ford Ka 1.3 TDCi Zetec

CO2 emissions: 109g/km
BIK tax band 2013/14: 16%
BIK tax 2013/14 (20%/40%): £365/£729

The Ka is the only Ford in this top 10, and is a reskinned version of the Fiat 500 with more sophisticated rear suspension. The well-equipped Zetec offers low BIK tax.

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