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Best Company Cars

By raccars Published

Company cars are a very useful perk that can come with penalising taxation, if you don't choose your model with care. Each car is given a P11D value, which determines the level of tax paid upon it, calculated according to its purchase price and emissions figures, among other considerations. The following models make the most sense for most company car drivers.

Starting small, the Skoda Citigo is super economical and, thanks to VW engineering and technology, beautifully sophisticated. It's essentially a VW Up in a Skoda dress and the 1.0 litre 60 Greentech SE five door version is the most practical model for tax purposes, thanks to awesome fuel efficiency and low leasing costs.

If you need something larger, the always excellent Ford Fiesta is another winner in the efficiency and leasing cost stakes, in addition to ticking the performance, handling and comfort boxes. The 1.6 litre TDCi 95 Zetec Econetic three door version provides a nice balance of equipment versus affordability and a lively but economical engine at 75mpg and 87g/km in CO2 emissions.

Korean budget manufacturer Kia is winning fans in the company car market for its Cee'd hatchback. It's roomy, frugal and well-built, with smart handling and a refined drive. Even the entry-level 1.6 litre CRDi 128 1 variant is generously equipped, while the diesel engine is economical to a fault.

Like the Fiesta, Ford's Mondeo is simply a great all-rounder. All of the company's huge experience is evident in its superior ride, handling and comfort. The 1.6 litre TDCi 115 Eco Zetec's rewarding performance belies its miserly fuel consumption and emissions.

Many company car users might consider BMW out of their range, but due to massive investment in the areas of efficiency and clean motoring, three of its models make very practical company car options. The 1 Series is as efficient and cheap to run as a number of more proletariat options. Company car users should make a beeline for the 116d Efficient Dynamics five door version, with emissions of 99g/km but every bit a BMW, with that smooth, luxurious feel to it.

The BMW 3 Series is almost as obvious a choice as the Mondeo, with class leading efficiency statistics. Pick of the bunch is the 320d Efficient Dynamics.

The 5 Series is an interesting and viable option in the large executive class. The 520d Efficient Dynamics makes the most sense as a company car, with efficiency figures to rival a supermini.

For something other than the usual suspects, don't overlook the Nissan Qashqai or Mazda MX-5, while for seven-seaters, the Toyota Prius+ people carrier fits the bill.

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