September 2, 2021
We know that finding the right car can be a challenge, especially when you are limited by things like the right Benefit in Kind (BIK) rate, work requirements, fuel consumption and all the other concerns that come when choosing a company vehicle. This is why we’ve put together this helpful article with our top 10 picks of what we think are the best company cars on the road.
One thing to bear in mind when looking at any vehicle for your next company car is its emissions and how they play into the BIK calculations, as company car tax is in part based on the CO2 levels of the car.
For a more detailed breakdown of BIK and how you can calculate this for the current tax year take a look at this article.
EV Company Cars
Many companies are pushing their drivers towards making the switch to an electric vehicle as there are a number of benefits for the business and individual drivers. These include lower BIK rates because EVs and even hybrids emit less CO2, reduce fuel bills, minimise carbon footprints and much more.
If you’re not sure whether electric is the right choice for you then we recommend reading this piece which is designed to help you make a decision.
Wessex Fleet’s Top 5 Company Cars
1. Tesla Model 3
In the top spot we’ve gone for the fully electric Tesla Model 3.
This EV is in the traditional saloon body, which we know is a favourite of corporate drivers. There’s plenty of space for rear passengers when you have a car full of colleges while maintaining a fairly compact exterior.
As it’s fully electric it also benefits from the lowest BIK rate on the market at just 1% for the 2021/ 2022 tax year. There’s also the long-range version which offers a range of up to 360 miles between charges, which is more than enough mileage for nearly every driver’s daily needs. Being a Tesla, the Model 3 also benefits from access to their high speed supercharging networks.
This model rivals the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 which are two of the favoured executive cars, but with the added benefits that come with an EV and the modern luxury touch Tesla is known for.
2. Kia e-Niro
The second pick for our top 10 is the crossover SUV, Kia e-Niro. A model which we’re seeing becoming increasingly popular with company car drivers as it’s got the high driving position and space of an SUV, high spec interior and being electric low monthly costs.
This is another fully electric model so will come with a BIK rate of just 1% for the current tax year.
With the larger battery option you can get an impressive range of up to 282 miles between charges, which is more than enough for most driver’s daily needs.
If you like the look of the Kia e-Niro but aren’t ready to commit to a pure EV then there is also a hybrid version of the Kia Niro that you might want to check out. Though you should keep in mind jumping from an EV to a hybrid will affect the company car tax you pay.
The BMW 3 Series has been a favourite of company drivers since it first hit UK roads. It’s an executive saloon that comes with the powerful driving experience you expect from a BMW, a high-quality, high-tech finish and comfortable drive for the driver and passengers alike.
It comes with rear-wheel drive as standard or the option of BMW’s four-wheel-drive xDrive system, which is more responsive, better balanced and fun to drive.
There’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) option in the 330e, which offers you a lower BIK rate, fewer CO2 emissions and is a great option for drivers not ready to make the jump to an EV yet but are looking to choose a more environmentally friendly option. One thing to be aware of with the PHEV version though is that the boot space is smaller because the battery for the electric motor is beneath the boot floor.
4. Volkswagen ID.3
Volkswagen is a brand known for their reliable and well-made vehicles so it’s no wonder one has made it onto our top ten company cars.
The ID.3 is an electric hatchback that has a compact exterior which is ideal for tight parking spaces and narrow roads making it the perfect choice for city and country drivers alike. And despite its small size has a large range of between 205 and 263 miles depending on the battery option you choose.
The ID.3 was originally introduced to replace the e-Golf but it is actually a little roomier on the inside being 13 cm longer at the wheelbase which gives more legroom for front and rear passengers.
It also offers drivers a comfortable interior with touch-sensitive buttons for the infotainment centre and vehicle controls on the centre console.
5. Skoda Superb
The Skoda Superb is a great choice if your company car needs to double as the family run around at the weekend, as it’s got a roomy cabin space and one of the largest boot capacities on the market for a vehicle of its size.
Drivers love the comfy ride, easy to use controls, and variety of engine options including hybrid versions.
6. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The XC40 is a stylish SUV that’s perfect for drivers looking for a company car that offers a higher driver position, a comfortable interior for long drives and in the Recharge models all the benefits of a PHEV.
Unlike some PHEVs, like the 3 series mentioned above, the XC40 Recharge has not lost boot space to the hybrid components and still offers drivers a great space for cargo.
There are two versions currently available: the T4 and T5.
7. Mercedes A250 e
The Mercedes A250 e is a PHEV version of the A Class and offers drivers a premium hatchback with cutting edge hybrid technology.
It’s available in top of the range AMG Line trims so comes with high tech and premium comfort options like ambient lighting, traffic signal assist systems that detects speed limit signs and much more.
As it is a hybrid the A250 e has a much lower BIK rate than other A Class options by over 20% at a rate of just 7% for the current tax year. It has a purely electric range of 44 miles and is charged in as little as 2-3 hours.
8. Renault Zoe
The Renault Zoe is a full EV that offers you up to 254 miles range depending on what battery option you choose, which will be fully charged overnight with a 7kW wall box.
It’s a compact hatchback that comes with an Eco-meter, to show whether you are consuming or recovering energy so you can manage your usage in real-time, as well as the ECO mode that allows you to optimise energy consumption through ancillary systems like air conditioning to maximise your range.
Other high-tech options on the Zoe include Renault’s active emergency braking system, auto-dimming rearview mirror and smartphone integration.
9. Dacia Sandero
The Dacia Sandero has recently been redesigned to give it a stylish new look on the inside and out. There’s new LED Y shaped headlights and rear lights, fully integrated wheel arches, and redesigned mirrors, door handles and rear bumper for a sleeker exterior.
On the interior, you have plenty of room with restyled front seats, more shoulder and knee space for rear passengers and a roomy boot.
There are plenty of features that now come as standard, like hill start assist and emergency brake assist and you’ll also have even more high-tech options on higher spec levels.
10. Audi A3
The Audi A3 Sportback is a compact and sporty saloon that offers drivers a unique driving experience with their driver orientated interior and driver assistance technology.
The A3 Sportback comes with progressive steering and their drive select system as standard so you can handle any journey with a smooth, comfortable ride for you and any passengers.
A word of warning, this is only available as a petrol or diesel engine so will have one of the highest BIK rates in our top 10.
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