If you’re lucky enough to be given a company car as part of your job, it’s vital you do plenty of research and choose wisely. The right motor won’t break the bank but will still make you feel like the high-flying executive you always knew you had in you.
Here’s our guide to ten of the best company cars you can buy. Remember, UK company buyers pay different levels of company car tax depending on their wage so we’ve listed the two main rates. We’ve also split them into five price bands to help you decide which you should try to justify to your boss.
The Nissan Note may not excel in any particular area but, if you are looking for a car in this price band that pretty much ticks all the boxes, this is it. It isn’t jaw-dropping to look at, but it certainly isn’t a unattractive car and its efficiency and practicality make it a great choice.
Company car tax on the 1.2-litre DiG-S Acenta will cost you either £29 or £58 per month depending on your income tax band, but you’ll get fuel economy of up to 65.7mpg to soften the blow.
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Citroen C4 Cactus
If you fancy something a little different, take a look at the Citroen C4 Cactus. The 1.2-litre PureTech 82 Feel version’s P11d value is just under the £15,000 mark – costing you either £34 or £68 per month in company car tax.
The Cactus delivers crossover levels of practicality, all wrapped-up in a funky package. It can be a bit of a shock to the system when you first see one, especially in some of its more extrovert colours such as bright yellow or turquoise. For those who want to make a statement, there are few cars at this price that can compete.
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£15,000 to £20,000
BMW 1 Series
The £15,000 to £20,000 price band brings more tempting models into play, and a BMW 1 Series is likely to be the first choice of many company car buyers in this price bracket.
Although you’re looking at the lower end of the 1 Series range, the 114d SE three-door is still a great choice. Company car tax will be either £56 or £113 which, although more than those in the sub-£15,000 bracket, is still a lot cheaper than buying one yourself. Another reason to choose the 114d SE is its average economy of up to 68.9mpg.
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The Vauxhall Insignia follows in the tyre tracks of the Cavalier and the Vectra before it as a stalwart in the company car market. It may not be as desirable as a Ford Mondeo, but the 2.0-litre CDTI 140 Design is a lot of car for either £48 or £96 per month.
The Insignia is significantly improved over its predecessors, with a quality cabin and a driving feel that wouldn’t be out of place in some notably more prestigious makes. Economy is as good as rivals, too, with the four-cylinder diesel returning up to 76.3mpg.
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£20,000 to £25,000
If practicality isn’t necessarily your primary concern, the Volkswagen Scirocco 2.0 TDI 150 should be high on your list. The company car tax is almost as attractive as the car itself at either £66 or £133 per month, and this particular Scirocco will return an impressive 67.3mpg.
When you consider it’s superb looks, high-quality interior, and performance that gets you from 0 to 60mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 134mph, the VW Scirocco is a real contender in this band.
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Nissan’s Qashqai gives that much sought-after SUV styling and practicality at an excellent price-point. Its road car underpinnings also mean, despite its size, it’s able to traverse tight city streets without problems.
The 1.5 dCi Acenta comes well inside the £25,000 limit so you could go for a higher spec if you don’t mind paying the extra tax. For this particular model, the taxman will demand either £54 or £108 per month for a car that gets up to 74.3mpg.
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£25,000 to £35,000
Range Rover Evoque
There are few cars in any price band more desirable than the Range Rover Evoque. If you can swallow the idea of a front-wheel drive Land Rover, the efficient 2.2 eD4 Pure Tech is a company car that will look fantastic on any driveway.
It’ll set you back £228 per month in company car tax for those in the 40% band, but it’ll give you a real slice of SUV luxury for a very reasonable outlay.
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BMW 3 Series
There are a number of BMW 3 Series you can go for in this bracket, but the 320d ED Business Touring offers a superb blend of agile rear-wheel drive handling, a desirable image, family friendly practicality and low running costs. It sits in the middle of this P11d price bracket, and will cost you either £94 or £189 per month in company car tax.
Just like any 3 Series, it’s really fun to drive and is as refined and comfortable as you would want. Another major benefit of the Touring model is its cavernous 495 litres of boot space, while Business editions also have plenty of upscale features such as sat-nav, leather and a DAB radio.
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Few company car drivers will be able to convince their fleet manager to part with over £100,000 for their car. If you could however, you’d be staggered at how affordable the BMW i8 could be as a company car. Even in the 40 per cent percent bracket, the i8 will only cost you a miserly £169 per month in company car tax!
That’s because the i8 is a plug-in hybrid that combines a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol with an electric motor to emit out just 49g/km of CO2. In return, the i8 gets you from 0 to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 155mph. It’s claimed economy is 113mpg – but we bet you won’t be able to stop yourself flooring it!
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Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is a long way from being as cheap to run as the BMW i8 but, if you want a car that can do just about everything, this is it. The 3.0-litre diesel, seven-seat HSE offers opulent levels of luxury and technology, in return for company car tax of either £344 or £687 per month.
Although it may look and feel like a limo, there’s no compromising here with some silly two-wheel drive system designed to keep the emissions and economy down. The Range Rover Sport will go anywhere and do anything, and has to be one of the greatest company cars you could wish for.
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