Rishi Sunak said his family drives a Volkswagen Golf, but sources said he also has a high-specification Range Rover, as well as a top-of-the-range Lexus and a BMW kept at his luxury Santa Monica pad
Rishi Sunak was accused of being “out of touch” tonight after it emerged he owns four cars rather than the modest family hatchback he has admitted to.
The millionaire Chancellor claimed today that his family drives a Volkswagen Golf which they are understood to use to get around London.
But it is by far the cheapest of the quartet of vehicles the top Tory keeps at his homes across the globe.
Sources said Mr Sunak also has a high-specification Range Rover, which costs from £94,000 new, for use at his grand North Yorkshire constituency home.
They claimed he owns two further vehicles – a top-of-the-range Lexus and a BMW – which are kept at his luxury Santa Monica pad.
A new Lexus can cost between £50,000 and £80,000 while BMWs start from £30,000 and go well over six-figures for top end models.
Mr Sunak faced a backlash last week after he borrowed a Kia Rio worth about £12,000 to promote a temporary 5p fuel duty cut in his Spring Statement.
He used £30.01 of his own cash to fill up the car at a Sainsbury’s but later admitted the car belonged to supermarket employee.
During a grilling over his mini-Budget, which has been accused of failing to provide enough support for struggling families, Mr Sunak told MPs he has a pre-2019 VW Golf.
Treasury select committee member Siobhan McDonagh had asked whether his family had a Rio, to which he replied: “We have a Golf”.
The Labour MP then asked if he regularly filled up other people’s cars. “Actually was an employee at Sainsbury’s,” Mr Sunak said.
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“I’m very grateful to Sainsbury’s for passing on the fuel duty cut very quickly because people’s petrol bills are rising.”
But motorists criticised the cut for only saving them a few pounds a month when they face soaring inflation and energy bill rises.
The Treasury is said to be preparing another multi-billion bailout in the autumn, when the cost of living is expected to rise again.
But Mr Sunak refused to commit to more support saying he would “act if necessary” on energy bills this autumn. He blamed “global forces” for the cost of living crisis.
Shadow Treasury Minister James Murray blasted: “He’s got 200,000 Insta followers and four cars but the Chancellor hasn’t got a single clue. He is out of touch and out of ideas, and it’s families that are paying the price.”
Mr Sunak’s spokeswoman declined to comment tonight.