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Diesel Nissan Murano drivers no better off for company car tax

Drivers choosing the new diesel version of the Nissan Murano will be no better off for company car tax from 2011 and will see only a modest benefit for the remainder of this financial year.

The second-generation Murano was launched as a petrol model late in 2008, and sales have been modest, although the new diesel version is expected to be far more popular.

However, the auto-only 2.5 dCi has CO2 emissions of 210g/km and when the 3% diesel BIK surcharge is added, drivers are liable for tax at 34%, just one band lower than the petrol version.

But both petrol and diesel will be priced £2,700 higher than the previous petrol model, which means a 40% taxpayer would hand over £5,058 to HMRC in benefit-in-kind tax for driving the diesel version, compared with £4,759 for the earlier petrol version and only £150 less than the lightly revised petrol model.

That figure would rise to the same £5,207 as the petrol model 2011/12 as the new diesel goes into the highest 35% tax band.

The Murano diesel uses the latest version of Nissan's 2.5 dCi engine with a six-speed automatic tranmsission and is more refined than in previous applications in the Pathfinder and Navara pick-up.

It achieves 35.3mpg on the combined cycle and is as well equipped as the petrol version with a single high-specification derivative with only a rear DVD system and metallic paint as options.

The Murano comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate and colour rear and kerbside cameras all fitted as standard. Murano also features Nissan Connect Premium satellite navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen, HDD 9.3 Gb music server, ipod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity combined with premium 11-speaker BOSE audio system.

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