Grande Punto Abarth road tax (VED) rates

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Thinking of buying a new Grande Punto Abarth but confused by the imminent changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or ‘road tax?’ Here’s the deal:

The Grande Punto Abarth has a CO2 output of 162 g/km. At today’s VED rates, that places it in Band D, which costs £145 a year.

For 2009/10 when the number of VED bands expands to 13, the GP Abarth will slot into Band H, with a bill for £175.

In 2010/11, the Band H rate will be increased to £180. In addition, those buying the car new will have to pay an increased rate of £250 for the first year, reverting to the standard rate after that.

The rates for 2011/12 haven’t been announced, but it has been suggested that bands H and above will have their rates increased by £5 each year over and above whatever inflation-linked increase the Treasury slaps on us.

Year VED Band First year rate Standard rate
2008/9 D £145 £145
2009/10 H £175 £175
2010/11 H £250 £180

There is some cunning good news, though. If you have the ‘esseesse’ kit fitted to your GP, there is no requirement to alter the recorded CO2 figure on your V5 log book. So, despite the fact that fitting a dirty great turbo and a more aggressive fuel map will undoubtedly ratchet up your car’s CO2 production, you won’t be taxed any more for it.

For the tax-averse, that suddenly makes the Grande Punto Abarth ‘esseesse’ significantly more attractive than, say, a Clio Renaultsport 197 which, with 199 g/km of CO2, currently pays £210 a year, rising to £270.

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