Best Mercedes models for company car drivers 2021
Looking to replace your company car and got your heart set on a Mercedes? Well, these are the five best options...
Mercedes has most bases covered if you’re a company car driver. Its range comprises everything from efficient and comfortable small hatchbacks to large executive saloons and estates, and even covers the electric vehicle (EV) angle.
Thanks to being zero-rated on CO2 emissions, the full-on EV models have huge advantages in benefit-in-kind tax costs, but if an electric car doesn’t suit your business or personal lifestyle, Mercedes has some efficient petrol and diesel models, some of which are backed up by tax-friendly plug-in hybrid technology. There really is something for everyone.
We’ve chosen our five preferred Mercedes cars for company car drivers, and have highlighted our favourite model from each range. We’ve also calculated the monthly tax bill for 40% taxpayers; if you’re a 20% payer just cut our calculations in half.
And if you’re interested in one of our choices, simply click on the link to read the full review.
5. Mercedes E-Class
Best model E300de AMG Line Edition | What Car? rating 4/5 | CO2 emissions 33-277g/km | P11D price £47,425 | Monthly BIK tax rate 2020/21 @40% £173.91
This Mercedes E-Class is a tremendous on-paper option as a company car. With a plug-in hybrid system that shares effort between a diesel engine and an electric motor to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, it sits in the 11% benefit-in-kind band. That means it brings vastly lower monthly tax bills than you’d receive for an equivalent purely diesel model.
Not only that, it’s a good car to live with on a day-to-day basis, with comfortable long-distance manners and an interior that feels nicely put together. There’s a vast amount of standard equipment, too, including electrically adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, a digital driver’s display and parking sensors at both ends.
4. Mercedes A-Class
Best model A250e AMG Line Edition | What Car? rating 4/5 | CO2 emissions 23-206g/km | P11D price £33,925 | Monthly BIK tax rate 2020/21 @40% £79.17
The Mercedes A-Class is hugely popular with private buyers and company car drivers alike and for good reason. This plug-in hybrid version makes sense because it’ll incur a benefit-in-kind charge of just 7%, which means monthly tax bills of less than £80. Plus road tax is free, and its combination of petrol and electric power makes it hot-hatch brisk (0-62mph takes just 6.6 seconds).
It will manage around 40 miles of serene motoring on electric power alone, making it perfect for city-bound daily commutes. Add in an interior that is unmatched for style, and which contains a vast amount of standard kit, including sat-nav and DAB radio, and you have a true company car winner.
3. Mercedes B-Class
Best model B250e AMG Line Executive Edition | What Car? rating 4/5 | CO2 emissions 25-141g/km | P11D price £35,915 | Monthly BIK tax rate 2020/21 @40% £83.83
If you think a Mercedes B-Class is just an inflated A-Class well… you’d be right. But that is A Very Good Thing, because the A-Class makes a great company car, and the B-Class simply builds on its virtues, adding more space and practicality.
There’s good space for five adults, and the rear seats recline for extra comfort. The boot can take all of their stuff, too, although the plug-in hybrid model forgoes the extra storage space beneath the adjustable boot floor – that’s where its battery goes.
The B-Class PHEV performs rapidly, and can glide around using electric power for around 40 miles. If you can charge it up overnight or during the day so you can use the EV systems to their maximum, you’ll be quids in.
2. Mercedes EQA
Best model EQA 250 140kW Sport 66.5kWh Auto | What Car? rating 3/5 | CO2 emissions 0g/km | P11D price £44,440 | Monthly BIK tax rate 2020/21 @40% £14.83
Being an electric car, the Mercedes EQA makes a great company car; your monthly benefit-in-kind tax bill will be less than £15. It’s also an SUV, so offers all the traditional benefits of high-up driving position, ease of access to the interior, and the ability to carry five adults in decent comfort.
The EQA also has a stunning interior that will make all of your passengers gasp. The turbine-style air vents look cool, the infotainment set-up is attractive and one of the very best to use, and there’s loads of standard equipment, including climate control, heated front seats and blind spot monitoring.
Electric power means the EQA is reasonably lively off the mark, and its official WLTP range of 263 miles means it’ll cover most everyday journeys.
1. Mercedes C-Class
Best model C300e Sport Edition | What Car? rating 4/5 | CO2 emissions 34-225g/km | P11D price £40,814 | Monthly BIK tax rate 2020/21 @40% £149.67
Who wouldn’t want a company car that looks like a mini-S-Class? This C-Class does just that, plus its plug-in hybrid engine offers an official average economy figure of 188.3mpg, with low CO2 emissions to match.
As a result its benefit-in-kind band is a low 11%, bringing monthly tax bills of less than £150. That’s a win-win for company car drivers, who also get to enjoy its 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds – quick enough to worry many a sports car driver.
The C-Class is a great car to do long journeys in, too. Its interior is beautiful to behold, with a huge central touchscreen and digital driver’s display, and a minimal number of buttons.
There’s space for five adults to travel in comfort, and you can fold down the rear seats when you need to carry longer loads. Ideal.
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