Best company cars

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

Craig Hale
Nov 22, 2021

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 eight of the best company cars with a wide range of drivers in mind.

In order to secure the lowest tax rates, company car drivers will want to consider electric or plug-in hybrid models. Mild hybrid models sit in the same brackets as their petrol and diesel counterparts, while non-RDE2-compliant diesel models are subject to a surcharge.

Best company cars

1. Tesla Model 3

Best electric saloon company car

CO2 0g/km Range 360 miles
Our pick Tesla Model 3 Long Range
Used deals from £46,495
Monthly finance from £684*

Company car drivers have long preferred saloon cars for their sleek, stylish designs and spacious boots. While diesel has previously been the fuel of choice, it now commands some of the highest Benefit-in-Kind rates, with non-RDE2-compliant diesels subject to a surcharge.

While the Tesla Model 3 can be more expensive than its rivals, drivers could see a drop in their company car tax, and further savings can be had buying used from BuyaCar. Entry-level models are rear-wheel-drive and can do around 300 miles from a single charge, but four-wheel-drive models (badged ‘Dual Motor’) are the ones to go for if you want added traction and a longer range.

2. Jaguar I-Pace

Best electric SUV company car

CO2 0g/km Range 292 miles
Our pick Jaguar I-Pace EV400
Used deals from £40,000
Monthly finance from £714*

Other drivers may prefer a high-riding car, but these can be more expensive to buy. The Jaguar I-Pace costs from £65,000 new, but there are huge savings to be had on BuyaCar potentially saving you tens of thousands of pounds.

The I-Pace isn’t the most efficient electric car, averaging a claimed 2.8 miles per kWh and likely less in the real world. It can manage 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds, though, which is impressive for such a heavy SUV. Company car drivers will benefit from the 577-litre boot, which is 77 litres larger than that of the Mercedes EQC.

JAGUAR I-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volvo XC60

Best plug-in hybrid SUV company car

CO2 23g/km Range 49 miles Efficiency 283mpg
Our pick Volvo XC60 Recharge T6
Used deals from £43,995
Monthly finance from £0*

Drivers looking for practical SUV styling in a car that can travel hundreds of miles in one go may struggle to fit an electric car into their everyday lives. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) bridge this gap, with the latest PHEVs capable of up to 50 miles off a full charge.

Fail to charge regularly, though, and you’ll be lucky to get 40mpg with the XC60’s 2.0-litre petrol engine having to lug around the extra weight of those batteries. Bear in mind that the XC60 T6 (and the higher-powered T8 PHEV) can only charge at a rate of 3.5kW, meaning a full charge takes around 3-4 hours.

VOLVO XC60 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. BMW 5 Series

Best plug-in hybrid saloon company car

CO2 32g/km Range 37 miles Efficiency 202mpg
Our pick BMW 530e
Used deals from £18,000
Monthly finance from £0*

The 5 Series has long been a favourite of company car drivers with its high level of interior quality and an engaging drive characteristic of its rear-wheel-drive setup. 520d diesel models have been very popular, but with drivers questioning diesel’s eco-credentials, many are opting for petrol or hybrid models.

There are rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the 530e which uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine alongside electrical assistance. There is a more powerful 545e plug-in hybrid that uses a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that’s only available with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive, but most will find the standard 530e powerful enough.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Skoda Superb Estate

Best plug-in hybrid estate company car

CO2 27g/km Range 39 miles Efficiency 235mpg
Our pick Skoda Superb Estate 1.4 TSI iV
Used deals Limited stock

If you find yourself on the road with bags of equipment, an estate car might provide the extra space you need. Some of the best estate cars with the biggest boots are now available as hybrid options, like the Mercedes E-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring.

Part of the Volkswagen Group, Skoda makes use of some of the company’s shared technology including safety systems and the 1.4-litre petrol-hybrid setup found in the Superb iV. The 660-litre boot is one of the best in its class, but the almost 2,000 litres of space with the rear seats folded is way ahead of its rivals.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SKODA SUPERB IV

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mercedes A-Class

Best plug-in hybrid hatchback company car

Mercedes A-Class front three quarters view

CO2 23g/km Range 44 miles Efficiency 283mpg
Our pick Mercedes A250e
Used deals from £29,980
Monthly finance from £444*

Not all drivers need a large car big enough to carry a family and all their gear. Drivers looking for a smaller car might be best suited to a hatchback, and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to hybrid power - the Audi A3 TFSIe, Volkswagen Golf TSI eHybrid and Renault Megane E-Tech are just some of the options.

Mercedes’ A-Class was refreshed in 2018, bringing with it a plug-in hybrid option. It uses the same 1.3-litre petrol engine found in the petrol A180, but can cover most people’s commute on electric power alone. There are '250e' plug-in versions of the CLA and GLA, too.

READ MORE ABOUT THE MERCEDES A250E

MERCEDES A-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Audi A4

Best petrol-powered company car

CO2 139g/km Efficiency 46mpg
Our pick Audi A4 35 TFSI
Used deals from £18,490
Monthly finance from £377*

If you’re looking for a petrol-powered company car, it can be hard to filter through all the new hybrid options, but one such choice is the Audi A4. It’s one of the most efficient petrol saloon cars you can buy, with the 2.0-litre 35 TFSI engine promising 46mpg.

There are two more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engines - the 40 TFSI costs a little more to run and tax, while the 45 TFSI can be even more expensive.

AUDI A4 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Volkswagen Golf

Best diesel-powered company car

CO2 110g/km Efficiency 67mpg
Our pick Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 115
Used deals from £23,490
Monthly finance from £520*

Diesel still has its benefits, and for motorway drivers, it can prove much more efficient than even many hybrid models. The 115hp 2.0-litre diesel engine used in the latest version of the Golf promises well over 60mpg even on the latest, and stricter, WLTP tests.

There is a 150hp version still capable of up to 62mpg, while the punchy 200hp 2.0-litre diesel engine found in the Golf GTD hot hatchback can do 54mpg and 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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