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The best SUV company cars in 2021

SUVs are the most desirable and fastest-expanding car class, but which are best for company car drivers? We count down our top 10...

A good company car needs to be fuel efficient and affordable in terms of benefit in kind tax.

Best SUV company cars

But there’s more to them than that; when you arrive at a business meeting you want to make a good impression, and there's little doubt that the latest models have this in their favour. SUVs are also more practical than executive saloons – the traditional company car class. So if you have a family or often need to carry bulky items, an SUV will be a more practical choice. 

But with so many different makes and models on offer, choosing the best company car SUV can be difficult. So here we’ve rounded up our favourite SUVs for company car drivers.  

For each model we’ve included its P11D price and how much it will cost you a year in benefit in kind (BIK) tax. And don't forget, you can read more about each car in our dedicated reviews, and if you're   shopping as a private buyer, why not see how much you can save through our free New Car Buying service?

10. Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga front cornering - 69 plate

Model 2.5 PHEV Vignale | C02 32g/km | P11D price £38,900 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £778, @40% £1556

The Kuga is a decent large SUV in any guise, but the plug-in hybrid version really stands out by being cheaper than rivals such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge. Its official range of 35 miles gives it a lower BIK tax rate, too. Charging its batteries takes around 3.5 hours using a 7kW home wall-box, and if you keep them topped up and only make shorter journeys your travelling costs will be minimal. If you go further afield and use the 2.5-litre petrol engine, it should average around 50mpg. 

Ford Kuga (cont.)

LARGE SUV: Ford Kuga PHEV 2.5 PHEV Titanium dashboard

Pros
Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has a long electric-only range
Competitively priced against rivals
PHEV offers low company car tax

Cons
Interior quality doesn't impress
Relatively small boot
Infotainment system isn't the slickest

9. Skoda Kamiq

Skoda Kamiq front cornering - red 69-plate car

Model 1.0 TSI 95 SE | C02 128g/km | P11D price £19,615 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £1098.44, @40% £2196.88

The Kamiq may be classed as a small SUV, but it’s bigger and classier than the Seat Arona or Volkswagen T-Cross, both of which share the same underpinnings. In fact, it’s a bit of a Tardis; able to fit in a full complement of four passengers or some sizeable furniture with the rear seats folded. It’s good value too, and should achieve around 50mpg. 

Skoda Kamiq (cont.)

Skoda Kamiq interior

Pros
Remarkably roomy seats and boot
Better-finished interior than many of its rivals
Comfortable ride

Cons
No sliding or reclining rear seats
Not especially well equipped
Other small SUVs have a higher driving position

8. Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008 2021 front

Model 130 Puretech Allure | C02 145g/km | P11D price £31,165 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £1994.56, @40% £3989.12

There are plenty of desirable seven-seat SUVs on sale, but the 5008 proves you don’t have to have deep pockets to get one. The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine should pack enough punch for most people’s performance needs, while achieving an average of 36mpg in our True MPG test. Pick Allure trim and you’ll get a well-kitted out car with a better infotainment system and more active safety features than the cheaper Active Premium level. 

Peugeot 5008 (cont.)

Peugeot 5008 2020 Dashboard

Pros
Loads of interior space for the money
Stylish and plush-feeling interior
Competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Cons
Poor rear head room with the optional sunroof fitted
Not as well equipped as some rivals
Slow-witted infotainment system

7. Skoda Karoq

Skoda Karoq driving

Model 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology | C02 141g/km | P11D price £24,345 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £1059.39, @40% £3018.78

The Karoq may sit on the same platform as the Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan, but it’s more comfortable and practical than its siblings. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is our pick of the range because it’s gutsy enough to haul the Karoq around pretty swiftly, even when it’s fully loaded, yet it managed 44mpg in our True MPG test. SE Technology trim has been tailored to suit company car drivers; it adds adaptive cruise control and a built-in sat nav to the already lengthy kit list of the SE. 

Skoda Karoq (cont.)

Skoda Karoq interior

Pros
Good to drive
Excellent space and seating flexibility
Smart-looking and sturdy-feeling interior

Cons
A Seat Ateca is more fun to drive
Avoid big wheels for the best ride comfort
Top models are rather expensive

6. Kia Sorento

Large SUV of the Year 2021 - Kia Sorento

Model 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 2 | C02 158g/km | P11D price £38,260 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £2601.68, @40% £5203.36

The Hybrid is the cheapest version of the Sorento. It uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a small motor to drive down emissions and push fuel economy up. While its CO2 figures may look fairly high in this company, they're low for a four-wheel drive large SUV with enough seating capacity for seven adults. It’s easy to live with because it doesn’t need charging up, yet it still provides low running costs. 

Kia Sorento (cont.)

2021 Kia Sorento dashboard

Pros
Seven seats fit for adults
A massive boot
Well equipped

Cons
Mainstream rivals are cheaper to buy
Hybrid engine isn't as fuel efficient as a Honda CR-V's
No lumbar adjustment in 2 trim

5. Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro 2020 RHD front right cornering

Model 150kW 3 64kWh | C02 0g/km | P11D price £37,045 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £0, @40% £0

The e-Niro isn’t just a great pure electric car, it’s also one with an impressively long range of 250 miles between charges. It offers decent practicality, excellent performance, a comfortable ride, tidy handling and plenty of equipment. 

On top of all that, those who can charge it up cheaply will be paying far less per mile than they would for a petrol or diesel rival, and it’ll cost hardly anything in BIK tax for the next couple of years. 

Kia e-Niro (cont.)

Kia e-Niro 2020 RHD dashboard

Pros
64kWh model’s 250-mile-plus range in real-world driving
Quick acceleration in 64kWh
Well equipped

Cons
A fair bit pricier than an MG ZS EV
Doesn't charge as quickly as a Tesla Model 3
No Euro NCAP safety rating

4. Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 2021 COTY image

Model T3 R-Design auto | C02 159g/km | P11D price £31,420 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £2136.56, @40% £4273.12

The XC40 is a former What Car? Car of the Year winner and our reigning Family SUV of the Year because it blends generous passenger space and a practical boot with a quality interior and top-notch safety. Cars with the 1.5-litre T3 petrol engine are better to drive than the plug-in hybrid Recharge models, yet the petrol unit is also reasonably fuel efficient. Whichever version go for, you’re not only buying a hugely desirable product, but one backed up with real substance. 

Volvo XC40 (cont.)

Volvo XC40 2020 RHD dashboard

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

3. BMW iX3

BMW iX3 2021 front

Model Premier Edition | C02 0g/km | P11D price £61,845 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £0, @40% £0

The iX3 is our favourite pure electric SUV for some compelling reasons. It’s practical, good to drive and its official range of 285 miles is longer than those of its closest rivals, the Audi E-tron and Mercedes EQC. It also has a slick infotainment system and a smart interior, so it’s a fine buy if you’re looking for a big SUV that runs solely on electricity. The icing on the cake for company car buyers is virtually no BIK costs over the next few years. 

BMW iX3 (cont.)

BMW iX3 2020 Dashboard

Pros
Longer range than most direct rivals
Great infotainment system
Comparatively well priced

Cons
Not as fast as rivals
E-tron is quieter
Tesla Model 3 has a longer range and faster charging

2. Ford Puma

Ford Puma 2021 COTY

Model 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 155 Titanium | C02 127g/km | P11D price £22,560 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £1263.36, @40% £2526.72

The 2020 What Car? Car of the Year still leads the way in the small SUV class because its nippy acceleration and agile handling will put a bigger smile on your face than any rival. But it’s a car you can buy with your head as well as your heart because the mild hybrid technology that’s under its bonnet gives it low CO2 emissions and excellent real-world fuel economy.

Ford Puma (cont.)

Ford Puma 2021 dashboard

Pros
Great fun to drive
Remarkable blend of performance and fuel economy
Big and cleverly designed boot

Cons
Rear space is adequate rather than outstanding
Visibility could be better
Volkswagen T-Roc is more comfortable and quieter
 

1. BMW X5

BMW X5 2021 COTY

Model xDrive45e M Sport | C02 29g/km | P11D price £69,860 | BIK tax rate 2020/21 @20% £838,32, @40% £1676.64

The xDrive45e is the plug-in hybrid version of the X5. Its combination of very low CO2 emissions and a pure electric range of 54 miles make it an impressively affordable company car. It's not only more affordable than the other X5s, which are all in the top BIK bracket, but also around half the cost per month of many of its plug-in hybrid rivals. On top of that, like other X5 models, the xDrive45e is great to drive and has a classy, well-designed interior. 

BMW X5 (cont.)

LUXURY SUV: BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport dashboard

Pros
Fantastic plug-in hybrid version
Great to drive
Classy, well-designed interior

Cons
Potential for road noise at speed
Third row of seats costs extra
There are more spacious and practical rivals

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