Best company cars

They're economical, comfortable, and good on a commute - these are the best company cars for sale

Nov 28, 2018

A company car is an excellent perk, but choosing the right one is no easy task – especially when you have to consider Benefit-in-Kind implications, as well as the usual car metrics such as boot space and economy.

To help you pick the perfect company car, we’ve named 10 of the best company cars with a wide range of drivers in mind. With each of the company cars listed below, we have also included representative values for the amount of tax you will have to pay dependant on the income tax bracket you are in.

If, like many motorists, you are struggling to decide on whether or not you should be buying a diesel or petrol click here.

Likewise, if you are a little confused by all the company car tax bands and jargon, click here.

Otherwise, read on to discover the best company cars on sale in the UK.

Best company cars

    

Best company cars

1. Audi Q7 e-tron

Model

Q7 3.0 TDI e-tron

Price new

From £65,750

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£2,236

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£4,471

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£5,030

Economy/electric range (claimed)

156.9mpg/34 miles

The Q7 e-tron was designed to be a flagship for Audi’s hybrid technology, and a flagship it is. It has one of the best interiors in the sector, an incredibly relaxing drive and performance that will trump fun-focused hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Audi claims that drivers will get an all-electric range of 34 miles, which should be enough for most commutes, especially if you can plug it in once you get to work. Audi also claims an economy figure of 156.9mpg, but in reality, don’t expect anywhere near that unless you plug it in religiously to stave off using the engine.

Two things worth noting: the Q7 e-tron is a five-seater only (other Q7s have seven seats) and thanks to the extra space taken up by the electronics, boot space is reduced by 120 litres to 650 litres.
Audi Q7 buying guide

2. Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

Model

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

Price new

From £81,141

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£2,597

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£5,193

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£5,842

Economy/electric range (claimed)

113mpg/30 miles

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has a lot going for it: greenish credentials, polished driving experience, desirable brand, and blistering performance. While not particularly cheap (prices new start just north of £81,000 and Benefit-in-Kind rates are high too), the hybrid Panamera does offer you 30 miles of pure electric range, so fuel savings can be made.

Being a Porsche you get great handling and a top-notch interior – case in point being the 12.3-inch touchscreen entertainment system.

3. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

Model

Ioniq PHEV Premium

Price new

From £28,395

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£737

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£1,474

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£1,658

Economy/electric range (claimed)

257mpg/39 miles

Latest Hyundai Ioniq deals from £14,979
Finance from £187 per month
The Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is a great all-rounder, and thanks to CO2 emissions of just 26g/km, it qualifies for the lowest company car tax band – being a hybrid its economy is great too.

The model range is small, but all come well equipped with modern features such as Apple CarPlay for easy control of phone apps through the car's touchscreen, and adaptive cruise control which controls the car's speed to maintain a set distance between the vehicle in front.
Hyundai Ioniq buying guide

4. Nissan Leaf

Model

Leaf Acenta

Price new

From £26,190

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£681

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£1,362

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£1,532

Range (claimed)

168 miles

Latest Nissan Leaf deals from £24,380
Finance from £388 per month

The Nissan Leaf is fully electric so produces 0g/km of CO2 and like the Hyundai above, sits in the lowest company car tax band. With a claimed range of 168-miles, most of the UK's commuter population should have enough battery power to complete their journey to work stress-free.

The Leaf also comes packed with tech such as Nissan’s e-Pedal (a system which removes the need to use a brake pedal), Apple CarPlay and cruise control.
Nissan Leaf buying guide

5. Hyundai Kona

Model

Kona Electric SE

Price new

From £30,750 (less £3,500 with government grant)

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£800

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£1,599

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£1,799

Range (claimed)

300 miles

While Tesla, Jaguar and Audi are leading the way with premium electric cars, Hyundai has the one of the only affordable electric cars that you could use every day thanks to its range of 300 miles on a single charge.

Combine cheap electric motoring, zero CO2 emissions and a great starting price, and the Kona electric makes for an incredible company car. Even entry-level models come with automatic lights, adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors, so your financial and environmental savings don’t cost you your comfort.
Hyundai Kona Electric buying guide

6. Mini Countryman

Model

Countryman Cooper

Price new

From £23,385

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£1,263

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£2,526

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£2,841

Economy (claimed)

47.9mpg

Latest Mini Countryman deals from £8,745
Finance from £150 per month

A taller, larger and wider version of the standard Mini Hatchback, this Mini Countryman is a designer alternative to cars like the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.

Not only is the ride good, but should you find yourself on a twisty stretch of tarmac, it's relatively good fun to drive, too. The 1.5-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox pair nicely with Mini’s image of fun motoring.
Mini Countryman buying guide

7. Vauxhall Astra

Model

Astra 1.6CDTi (109bhp) start/stop ecoTEC BlueInjection

Price new

From £20,155

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£1,048

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£2,096

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£2,358

Economy (claimed)

67.3mpg

Latest Vauxhall Astra deals from £7,995
Finance from £127 per month
 

Despite diesel company cars facing higher taxation, and diesel car sales slowing in general, the 1.6CDTi Vauxhall Astra still makes for an excellent company car – especially if you are a high mileage driver.

The 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel is claimed to return nearly 70mpg, which will help stave off trips to the pumps. Prices for the Astra are much lower than some of the cars on this list, so its P11D value will be low too, although it does suffer from additional penalties because it's a diesel.

8. Volvo XC40 

Model

XC40 D3 Momentum

Price new

From £29,910

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£2,213

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£4,427

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£4,980

Economy (claimed)

58.9 miles

Latest Volvo XC40 deals from £25,995
Finance from £348 per month

Volvo’s Swedish approach to motoring has taken the car world by storm as of late. Not only do its cars look great, but they are safe, comfortable and incredibly practical.

This is all true of the smallest SUV Volvo makes, the XC40. A hybrid model is expected, but for now you are limited to either a diesel or petrol. A D3 spec diesel with an automatic gearbox is the sweetest spots for company car drivers.
Volvo XC40 buying guide 

9. Kia Stinger 

Model

Stinger GT-Line 2.0T GDi

Price new

From £32,435

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£2,400

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£4,800

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£5,400

Economy (claimed)

35.8mpg

Latest Kia Stinger deals from £27,969
Finance from £414 per month

Kia offers a 7-year 100,000-mile warranty across all of its range, which no other manufacturer can match. This includes the relatively new Stinger, which is billed as a sporty rear-wheel-drive executive to rival established alternatives from those such as BMW and Mercedes.

The good news is that on top of the great warranty, the Stinger represents great value for money (meaning a lower P11D value). Top of the line models have a 3.3-litre V6, while more economical diesels are available too. A downside is across the Stinger’s range, its engines rate poorly for emissions, so counteract the lower P11D values.
Kia Stinger buying guide

10. Hyundai i10

Model

i10 S 1.0 MPi (66bhp)

Price new

From £9,895

Benefit-in-Kind (20 per cent income tax)

£464

Benefit-in-Kind (40 per cent income tax)

£929

Benefit-in-Kind (45 per cent income tax)

£1,045

Economy (claimed)

60.1mpg

Latest Hyundai i10 deals from £4,729
Finance from £81 per month

While it's not the most obvious answer, there are plenty of company car users who don't need a big car. The Hyundai i10 will save you tax, fuel bills and space on your driveway. Entry-level S models are among the best for company car drivers, thanks to CO2 emissions of 117g/km and a list price of under £10,000.

A downside to S models is a lack of standard equipment, but for another £2,000 you can get an i10 premium, which brings equipment like climate control, fog lights and cruise control, while not affecting CO2 emissions.
Hyundai i10 buying guide

 
       

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