With such a wide-range of fleet cars out on the market, it can be difficult to decide which brand and model is best for your business. Whether you're looking for something that will make your employees feel pampered, a car packed full of tech, or a vehicle that's simply going to save your business money, then look no further. Here are the top ten best fleet cars to invest in.
The A3 is an understandably popular choice with fleet owners, as it manages to oh so effortlessly combine practicality with style. It's a model that's constantly improving too, and it's now more efficient than ever before, thanks to lightweight engineering and new engines (of which there are seven to choose from). CO2 emissions start from just 99g/km and the Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax starts in the 14 per cent band.
If that's not enough to seal the deal, the SE Technik trim comes with loads of useful extras, including Bluetooth connectivity and a 5.8 inch colour display screen.
With the Auris you get the choice of selecting a pure petrol model or a hybrid. If you're looking to cut costs, hybrid is naturally the way to go, as the CO2 emissions are as low as 82g/km, making it the greenest car on this list. The fuel economy isn't bad either, as the car does 78.5mpg. Those green credentials mean the company car tax is low too, at just 11 per cent. What more could you ask for?
Well, the Auris does come with electric heated door mirrors, Bluetooth technology, rear LED lights and a rear-view parking camera. Not bad.
BMW 320d ED Saloon
When looking for a fleet car, you can't go wrong with a BMW. The manufacturer was, after all, just named 'Fleet manufacturer of the year' by Fleet News. Its 320d ED Saloon is a particularly good choice; the aerodynamic design means it has a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg, and it only produces 109g/km of CO2 emissions.
In fact, this car is all about saving as much energy as possible. When you release the accelerator or apply the brakes, the energy is used to charge the battery, which reduces emissions and saves fuel.
MINI Cooper D
A MINI might not be the most obvious choice for a company car, but it sure is fun, and practical to boot. With a combined fuel economy of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions starting from 95g/km, it's no wonder this car doesn't cost much to run. There's lots of great tech included too, such as an on-board computer, Bluetooth and Keyless Go.
One of the best things about MINIs is that they are fun to drive, and the D is no exception to this rule.
Another great hatchback is the Kia cee'd - in terms of CO2 emissions and miles per gallon, the two vehicles are very similar. The cee'd produces 97g/km emissions and can go 76.3mpg. BiK tax starts at 20 per cent, meaning it's slightly higher than some of the other cars on our list. However, you do get the benefit of Kia's seven year/100,000 miles warranty.
Standard features for the cee'd include a six-speaker audio system, multi-mode trip computer and remote central locking. If you pay a bit more for the 4 Tech grade, employees that struggle to get into small spaces without making a few dents will really benefit from the Parallel Park Assist System.
Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque is a little less environmentally friendly than other fleet vehicles, as it only does 57.6mpg and generates 159g/km of CO2 emissions. For this reason it's probably not the best decision you could make if you're looking to dramatically cut costs, but the luxurious Evoque does come with some useful tech. The Intelligent Park Assist makes it easier to safely park your vehicle, and the Blind Spot Monitoring system alerts you when another car you can't see is getting too close.
Plus, it comes with a whopping 550 litres of luggage space - ideal for employees always on the road.
When it comes to the Passat, we recommend the SE Business model, which has a number of great tech features, including adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth and a 6.5 inch touchscreen. It also boasts a staggering 1,152 litres of luggage capacity, when the rear seats are folded down.
BiK tax is in the 17 per cent bracket, CO2 emissions sit at 106g/km, and the Passat manages 70.6mpg. Fleet managers love this car, and it's not difficult to see why.
The Astra has a dynamic design both externally and internally - it looks good and it works hard. Vauxhall's EcoFLEX models are the ones to go for if you're a fleet owner, as you'll be able to benefit from lower BiK tax, CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. The Astra only produces 97g/km of emissions and does 76.3mpg. It also slots nicely into the 15-19 per cent BiK bracket.
Plus, your employees will get all the tech they need, such as cruise control, Bluetooth and a sat nav system.
Mercedes C-Class Saloon
If you desire a company vehicle that look striking inside and out, the C-Class Saloon is the way to go. It's cost effective too, managing up to 70.6mpg and producing 104g/km in emissions. BiK taxation begins at 16 per cent.
This model has also been awarded five-stars for safety by Euro NCAP, so you can always ensure your employees will be safe when they're on the road. Plus, they'll benefit from the choice of five different driving modes, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and a reversing camera.
Citroën's DS3 is both elegant and fun, as it can be personalised in a number of different ways. The colour of the body and roof can be altered, as well as the trim and wheels. Inside, the comfy, low-down seats hug your body, and the eMyWay navigation system will ensure your employees will never get lost. There's even a built-in air freshener, so the vehicle always smells brand new, even after a lunch at McDonald's.
However, it only does 62.8mpg, which isn't great compared to the other vehicles on this list. CO2 emissions remain low though, at just 94g/km.
Before selecting a fleet vehicle, it's important to know what you want to get out of your fleet vehicle before you make a decision - the most cost-effective model isn't necessarily going to be right for your business, and not all employees will require a car loaded with tech. Hopefully, one of the above models will be just right for you and your business.