Looking for the best luxury SUV to lease for £500 per month (or a little more…)?
Choosing one is very hard, not only because each offers an amazing driving-experience, style and comfort but making a definitive decision is difficult with the changing attitudes to car styles, engines, fuel and emissions.
The bigger 4x4s are more “polluting” and are becoming a bit of a target for local authorities and councils, as part of the greener long-term strategies.
Having reviewed a plethora of great vehicles, the VW’s exceptional value won for it for the customer. We think you will agree that this is an amazing vehicle.
So are cities banning cars over the next few years? London has already been pretty forthright in its approach to emissions with their congestion zones, low-emission zone and ultra-low emission zones. However, a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is now being introduced across all major cities, as each local authority is having to become responsible for their air quality.
The Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) noted that the road users are responsible for 80% of the NOx and Particulate Matter across the region.
The government are now trying to make cities change their air quality in the short-term so that the legal limits are no longer exceeded. In the long-term, the aim is to make fleet/vehicle habits change away from the older more polluting vehicles. By March of last year, every council must have submitted an air quality improvement plan; on receipt of this the Government will issue funds in order to put in place changes. Each council has authority and discretion for choosing the actual steps it wants to take.
Each CAZ will have to be classified as a “category” so that road-users know what is expected of them:
· A – the regulations apply to buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles ;
· B – this includes heavy goods vehicles (HGVs);
· C – this includes light good vehicles (LCVs); and
· D – this will include cars.
Five cities have been mandated to introduce a CAZ. These include Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton. Additionally 23 local authorities have been named as requiring a feasibility study to prevent illegal levels of pollution. In Greater Manchester, by the end of 2019 the local authority will present its full business case to the Government as part of this. In particular, they will have to submit their air quality plans for the future. The aim will be to go “category B” in 2021 and “category C” in 2022. There are no immediate plans to go the “category D” just yet – those driving cars are safe for the moment!
As part of this, TfGM have stated that around 600 rapid chargers and 1000 fast charging points will be installed.
For those driving more polluting crossover and 4x4s, there are no short-term concerns from a commuting perspective (unless you live or operate in the London area). However, these changes are a sign of things to come across the UK, as attitudes towards transport will change. In some cities there may be an emphasis on moving to electric cars, vans and bikes (hence investment into charge points) whereas others may invest more into buses, trains and trams to move commuters from urban developments around the city.
This is why customers should now be considering their fuel types and choices. For more info on choosing the right fuel choice, head over to our “Car-E” section.
In terms of the car shown here, the Volkswagen TOUAREG DIESEL ESTATE 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion R Line Tech 5dr Tip (Auto), this is based on the following configuration:
· Deep Black pearl Metallic Paint
· R-Line vienna leather – Soul/Crystal grey + 14 way electric front ergo Comfort seats
· 20″ Nevada diamond turned alloy wheels
As standard the car includes 8 speakers, heated insulated glass, full LED headlights and LED tail lights, keyless entry and start, high beam assist, Vienna leather, ambient lighting, heated front seats, kerb adjusting door mirror, memory pack, electric tailgate with power cover, 20” alloy wheels, heated windscreen washer jets, post collision braking system, brake assist, hill descent, front and rear carpet mats, apple car play/android auto, Bluetooth, mirrorlink, wireless smartphone charger, adaptive cruise control with front assist, multifunction camera with lane assist, park assist with rear view camera, traffic sign recognition, dynamic road sign display with visual warning, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric folding/heated/auto dimming door mirrors, DAB radio, body coloured externals, automatic coming/leaving home lights, automatic headlights, LED indicators/running lights, puddle lights, climate control, heated multifunction steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, innovasion cockpit (digital cockpit), warning triangle and first aid kit, 4-way electric lumbar support, 60/40 split folding rear seats, limited slip differential, temporary space saver spare wheel and alarm with interior monitoring in cab. In terms of additional; factory options, consider – dark tinted rear privacy glass, head up display and the electric front tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof.
On the technical-side company car and users can note the P11d £57,850.00 and CO2 at 173g/km. The 2967CC 8 speed auto engine delivers 42.8 combined MPG (EC), 32.8 (WLTP), 286ps, 0-62 times of 6.1 seconds and service intervals are set every 24 months or 18,000 miles whichever lands sooner.
So would this be your selected luxury car leasing option? Or would you be heading to one of the others?
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