Friday, 24 August 2012 12:25 PM
There's Jimmy Carr tax avoidance, there's big corporation tax loopholes - and then there's the kind of tax savings that won't cause you to be all over the evening news. That'd be the company car that saves your workplace plenty of pounds in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Which is how Lexus is selling the new Lexus RX 450h, a luxury SUV with a full hybrid system.
With CO2 emissions at just 145g/km it attracts at BIK rating of 20% - which Lexus proudly reports means thousands of quids saved compared to an equivalent BMW X5 or Range Rover Sport. The three-year company tax bill for the RX 450h is £12,173, compared to the Range Rover Sport SDV6 SE which attracts £20,549 over the same period.
There's also the RX 450h F Sport version of this one - a more potent hybrid - also offers a pretty sweet tax deal for company cars. It also falls in the 20% for a £13,055 tax bill over three years.
As we've come to expect with Lexus models, the Luxury version of the RX 450h doesn't skimp on kit and it comes fitted with dark-finish 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12-speaker audio package with DAB radio, DVD player, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, sat-nav, Snow and Sport modes, a powered tailgate, eight-way electrically adjustable heated seats with memory function, perforated leather upholstery, and an Eco EV function to make the most of the hybrid powertrain.
Prices start at £48,000 mark and the F Sport version is priced at £51,995.
By Georgia Lewis
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