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Most popular company cars 2021

From family hatchbacks to SUVs, there are more choices of company car than ever before. These are the models which company car drivers choose more than any others...


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 The company car market is changing fast. Diesel power no longer rules, and drivers are increasingly turning to electric cars and hybrids instead.

Some company cars naturally sell in bigger numbers than others, and here we're looking at the 10 best-selling company cars in the UK. On our list you'll see a mix of small and family hatchbacks and even SUVs alongside the traditional executive saloons that were once the default among company car drivers.

If you want to keep your benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bill to a minimum, low emissions are essential. So, whichever car in the top 10 catches your eye, it will pay to go for a model with a low CO2 figure. The P11d price (the car's value for tax purposes) is important too, so avoid range-topping models if you want to keep your tax bill affordable.

Next to each car, you'll see links to go and read our full in-depth reviews, and you can see our latest Target Price discounts by clicking through to our free New Car Buying service.

10

Volvo XC40

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£25,855

RRP from £25,855 to £53,300

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Recommended model T4 Recharge R-Design | CO2 48g/km | P11D price £39,095 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1016.47 @40% £2032.94

A former What Car? Car of the Year and our favourite family SUV, it's no surprise to see that the Volvo XC40 is so popular with business drivers. It makes a superb family SUV, combining style, build quality, and practicality in one compelling package. The all-electric Recharge model will be the cheapest to tax, but high contract hire rates put it out of reach of most company car drivers. We'd go for one of the more affordable plug-in hybrids instead.

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Pros

  • Stylish and high-quality interior
  • Comfortable ride on most versions
  • Comprehensive safety kit

Cons

  • Lacks the rear seat flexibility of some rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Road noise on the motorway
9

Vauxhall Grandland X

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£24,173

RRP from £25,165 to £44,370

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Recommended model Hybrid 1.6 Turbo Business Edition Nav | CO2 31g/km | P11D price £32,355 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £840.71 @40% £1682.46

From the driver's seat, the Grandland X doesn't offer an awful lot of excitement, but it makes a lot of sense as a company car. The Vauxhall is keenly priced and well equipped, and the hybrid models offer low emissions and a surprising turn of speed. That's especially true of the more powerful four-wheel-drive version, although it's the two-wheel drive car that offers the lowest BIK bills, so that's the one we would choose.

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Pros

  • Generous standard equipment
  • Regular Hybrid is a cost-effective company car
  • Low CO2 emissions

Cons

  • Noisy engines
  • Sluggish infotainment system
  • Tricky to drive smoothly
8

Volkswagen Tiguan

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£23,719

RRP from £25,305 to £45,975

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Recommended model 1.5 TSI 150 Life | CO2 151g/km | P11D price £27,385 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1862.18 @40% £3724.36

With the Tiguan, Volkswagen has played to its traditional strengths. Its design may be quite conservative, but under the skin the VW does all the important things well. The interior is roomy and cleverly designed, with second-row seats that split, fold, slide and recline to create more space. Then there's the way the Tiguan drives, which is a lot more enjoyable than most of its rivals. Our favourite engine is the 148bhp petrol, which keeps the P11d value low and also keeps emissions sensible.

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Pros

  • Good to drive
  • Great seating flexibility
  • Roomier than many rivals

Cons

  • Higher trims get pricey
  • CO2 emissions could be lower
  • Fiddly air-con controls
7

Ford Fiesta

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£15,620

RRP from £16,645 to £27,080

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Recommended model 1.0 EcoBoost 125 mHEV ST-Line Edition 5dr | CO2 117g/km | P11D price £20,940 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1130.76 @40% £2261.52

Small hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta can make very cost-effective company cars. The combination of a low P11d value and low emissions is a win-win when it comes to BIK tax. The Fiesta's mild-hybrid petrol engines are particularly well suited to business drivers, with a healthy turn of speed and moderate CO2 emissions. Whichever engine you choose, the Fiesta is the best small car to drive.

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Pros

  • Brilliant to drive
  • Punchy Ecoboost engines, especially the Hybrid versions
  • Good fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Cons

  • Some rivals are better value
  • Decent but not class-leading practicality
  • Important safety kit not standard
6

BMW 3 Series

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£30,604

RRP from £32,595 to £50,900

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Recommended model 330e Sport | CO2 31g/km | P11D price £41,375 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £910.25 @40% £1820.50

If you are in any doubt whether a plug-in hybrid makes sense as a company car, consider this: a BMW 330e costs its driver less in tax than a Ford Fiesta. It really is an absolute steal, so long as your employer is prepared to pay the monthly leasing cost. The 3 Series is a brilliant car, with superb handling, rapid performance, and a class-leading infotainment system. In fact, it's our reigning Executive Car of the Year.

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Pros

  • Brilliant fun to drive
  • Class-leading infotainment system
  • Great range of engines

Cons

  • Ride is rather firm – particularly in M Sport versions
  • Not as well finished inside as an Audi A4
  • Adjustable lumbar support costs extra
5

Mercedes A-Class

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£21,503

RRP from £24,100 to £57,235

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Recommended model A250e AMG Line auto | CO2 24g/km | P11D price £32,395| BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £460.95 @40% £921.90

For a private buyer, the A-Class we'd recommend is the cheaper A200, with its conventional petrol engine. For company car drivers, though, the plug-in hybrid A250e is the one to have. Thanks to its excellent range when running on electricity alone, it sits in a lower tax band than most other plug-in hybrids. And like the rest of the A-Class range, it's beautiful inside, comfortable to travel in, and extremely safe.

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Pros

  • Strong safety rating
  • Feature-packed infotainment system
  • Good to drive and very comfortable

Cons

  • Not cheap to buy outright or on finance
  • Restrictive and pricey option packs
  • Poor reliability record
4

Ford Focus

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£20,568

RRP from £22,215 to £34,735

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Recommended model 1.0 EcoBoost 125 mHEV ST-Line Edition | CO2 117g/km | P11D price £24,240 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1308.96 @40% £2617.92

When a petrol-engined model is cheaper and emits less C02 than the diesel equivalent, why would you choose anything else? That's the case with this Ford Focus, which has a lower CO2 figure than a Focus diesel. As with any Focus, this model is great to drive, and our favourite ST-Line Edition specification is very well equipped. It's a shame the boot isn't bigger and the interior better finished, but otherwise the Focus is a great all-rounder.

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Pros

  • Great handling
  • Well equipped
  • Roomy rear seats

Cons

  • Not that cheap to buy
  • Low-rent interior
  • Skoda Octavia has a much bigger boot
3

Nissan Qashqai

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£20,067

RRP from £23,555 to £31,795

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Recommended model 1.3 DiG-T 140 Acenta Premium | CO2 143g/km | P11D price £23,280 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1489.92 @40% £2979.84

Although an all-new model is just around the corner, the current-generation Nissan Qashqai family SUV remains a popular choice with company car drivers. The diesel engines have now been dropped from the range, so it's a straight choice between two different petrols. Both are impressively smooth,  but for a low tax bill the smart money goes with the less powerful of the two. We'd also stick with Acenta Premium trim; it's well equipped and rides better than more expensive trims with larger alloy wheels.

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Pros

  • Big discounts
  • Quiet and smooth 1.3 petrol and 1.5 diesel engines
  • Surefooted handling and easy to drive

Cons

  • Top-end versions are very pricey
  • Ride comfort isn't great on 18in and 19in wheels
  • Reliability is a concern
2

Vauxhall Corsa

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£16,060

RRP from £16,815 to £33,895

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Recommended model 1.2 Turbo 100 SE Premium | CO2 117g/km | P11D price £17,840 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £963.36 @40% £1926.72

You can buy better small cars than the Vauxhall Corsa, but that doesn't seem to put off company car drivers or private buyers. And despite not being towards the top of its class, the Corsa is still a well equipped and spacious choice. The all-electric e-Corsa costs the least in tax, but will be more expensive to lease than one of the petrol models. We think the 99bhp 1.2 Turbo is the pick of the range if you're on a tight contract hire budget.

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Pros

  • Well equipped
  • Decent boot
  • Efficient engines

Cons

  • Laggy and confusing infotainment system
  • Below-par safety rating
  • Poor resale values
1

Volkswagen Golf

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£22,179

RRP from £23,360 to £39,295

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Recommended model 1.5 TSI 130 Life | CO2 123g/km | P11D price £23,725 | BIK tax rate 2021/22 @20% £1328.60 @40% £2657.20

It may no longer lead the family car class, but the latest Volkswagen Golf still does plenty to recommend itself. It offers a comfy ride and tidy handling and is available with a range of strong and peppy engines, of which this 1.5-litre petrol is our favourite. Team this engine with entry-level Life trim, and you'll have a company car with a low P11d value, modest emissions for a petrol car and all of the kit you're likely to need. It will also cost your employer less to lease than one of the pricier hybrid models.

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Pros

  • Exceedingly comfortable ride with adaptive suspension
  • Tidy handling
  • Strong and frugal 1.5 TSI 150 engine

Cons

  • Frustratingly fiddly infotainment system is full of software bugs
  • Interior quality could be better
  • There are more spacious rivals
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