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ULEZ compliance doesn’t always cost, says Auto Trader

posted on 08/11/2023
ULEZ compliance doesn’t always cost, says Auto Trader

Erin Baker, Editorial Director of Auto Trader, commented on the compliant alternatives:
“Following the extension of the ULEZ in August, owners of more enthusiast-oriented cars, typically diesels, living within the zone now face a decision between paying the daily charge to keep a much-loved but non-compliant model or swapping for something similar but clean enough to avoid the penalty.

“We want to help those car enthusiasts who may feel stuck between a rock and a less exciting car choice – the list we’ve compiled shows that there are some great compliant alternatives out there that won’t cost the (green) earth and in some instances, you may even be surprised at the profit to be made when swapping in your old car.”      


The fast family car
Non-compliant: 2011 BMW 3 Series 330d M Sport Touring (diesel) £17,226
Compliant alternative: 2013 BMW 3 Series 335i M Sport (petrol) £17,995
Cost of changing: potentially like-for-like

The convertible sports car
Non-compliant: 1997 Porsche Boxster 2.5 litre (petrol) £6,995
Compliant alternative: 2011 Mazda MX-5 2.0-litre Sport Black limited edition (petrol) £8,800
Cost of changing: £2,000, offset against lower running costs for the Mazda

The fashion conscious 4x4
Non-compliant: 2016 Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon (diesel) £38,388
Compliant alternative: 2016 Jeep Wrangler (diesel) £27,500
Cost of changing: potential £10,000+ profit!

The lifestyle van
Non-compliant: 2012 Volkswagen Transporter Kombi (diesel) £17,500
Compliant alternative: Volkswagen Multivan (petrol hybrid) £47,995
Cost of changing: £350/month 

The hot hatch
Non-compliant: 1993 Peugeot 205 GTI (petrol) £14,995
Compliant alternative: 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 (petrol) £13,200
Cost of changing: save around £1,500 

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