Our top 10 company cars to lease in 2020
You may have seen the recent Top Gear episode where Paddy, Chris and Freddie spend 24 hrs in and around Bolton with three company cars.
Now my accent isn't as broad as Paddy’s. I'm a little bit taller than Chris and, whilst my handsome good looks fall a little short compared to Freddie’s, I can pick out ten left field company cars.
Picking a new car these days is a minefield; with the different body styles, sizes and now fuel types it can be all a bit overwhelming, so I've picked three from each segment and something a little special.
We've put together a guide on Business Car Leasing which explains the tax and duties on company cars, and how to calculate the costs.
Electric cars use a combination of an electric battery pack and an electric motor to allow them to move, with zero tailpipe-emissions. For more on the science behind electric cars, our guide explains it all.
With a sleek body-style, the Ionqi has the practicality of a hatchback, and the aerodynamic profile of a saloon. Giving a range up to 193 miles, remote access via the blueLink mobile app allows heating and charging to be commenced or stopped, great for those early morning starts.
The new kid on the electric avenue, and VW's answer to its Golf with an impressive range of up to 340 miles and fast charging available. The ID.3 is the start of a new era for VW; with a new design language and move to greener vehicles, it's an exciting time.
Part of Volvo sustainability plan, the electrified XC40 offers 408bhp and this mid-sized SUV will get to 62mph in 4.9 seconds, whilst returning a range of 208 miles, plus it allows you to charge to 80% in 40 minutes. The impressive boot space is expanded, with a trunk able to hold a decent-sized gym or overnight bag.
Hybrid cars combine electric power with a combustion engine, to give you the most efficient drive. For more on Hybrids, check out our guide.
Making a return to showroom floors after a short hiatus as the Auris, the Corolla Sports Touring combines hybrid power and a smooth CVT gearbox. The Sports Touring has ample boot space, including hands-free tailgate opening. With a choice of 1.8 or 2.0 petrol engines and less than 125/gkm for both engines, averaging an MPG of 56mpg its economical choice; however, it can be sporty when needed.
Another model which recently saw a refresh, the 3rd generation Kuga is based on the current model Focus' platform giving a more car-like feel to the drive and less utilitarian than previous models, allow the driver to feel refreshed after a long journey. The PHEV version combines a 2.5 petrol engine with a 14.4kWh battery allowing 35 miles of electric-only driving, and a combined WLTP mpg of 201.8 and only 32g/km of CO2.
Built on the previous success and knowledge of the C Class, this mid-sized executive saloon is great for long-distance travel and munching the miles, a refined manner. The C300de combines a 2.0 diesel engine and 13.5kWh battery pack with an electric motor allowing 32mile range of electric-only driving. By combining the electric motor and diesel engine it gives 305bhp and 700nm of torque and CO2 emissions of 32g/km helping those BIK figures.
Petrol / Diesel Engined
Conventional car layout, an internal combustion engine and a fuel tank, the benefits of long-distance travel between fill-ups, but on the flipside tailpipe emissions, and some cities have green zones now limiting access to greenest of vehicles.
Seats answer to the Golf, the A3 and the BMW 1 Series. It shares a lot with the other VW Group cars via its platform-sharing philosophy. The Leon benefits from economical engine choices and technology seen on more luxurious models in the group's arsenal. Recently refreshed, the Leon is ready to wow on the road and in the office car-park.
Powerful engines combined with a luxurious interior, both the petrol and diesel versions offer great MPG, with low /gKm figures. The A4 is a direct competitor for the 3 Series tested on Top Gear against the C Class in our Hybrids section.
A well equipped and desirable SUV, with the choice of FWD or AWD mated to economical but powerfully petrol and diesel engines. Interior standard equipment includes Andriod Auto & Apple CarPlay. Exterior features LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels as standard.
That Special Something
Four doors, four seats, an Italian designed and manufactured RWD grand touring saloon, powered by an Italian V6 producing 350 bhp and 0-62 time of 5.5secs. It doesn't get more special than this! The interior is a design masterpiece, including a 10.1" HD screen with Apple CarPlay. Luggage capacity is 530 litres with the rear seats folding 60:40 it's starting to sound more and more practical.