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Why is the Suzuki Jimny so expensive to tax?

I am confused! I saw a 2008 Suzuki Jimny 1.3 I liked the look of. Went on to motortax online to see how much tax for the year was. It said tax band 171-190g/km, which is 677 euros!!! Emailed dealer and he said tax correct. Surely something seriously wrong? My husband's Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.0-litre is €660 and other Jimnys are 358 Euros.

Holly Darling (Wexford)

Aug 2012 Filed under: taxation

Expert answer

Hi Holly,

This is correct I'm afraid. In 2008 the tax system changed over to a CO2 emissions rating (from engine size bands) and the 1.3-litre Jimny went from €358 overnight to €677. It's quite an inefficient car for the size of the engine.

If you really do like the Jimny then you'll need a pre-2008 model to keep your annual tax bill down.

Hope that helps.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser

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