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* What Car? recommends * Divided by lease costs * From 182 to 1571 a month...

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Andy Pringle
4 Aug 2009 14:50 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

350 to 399

1) Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi T3 Hybrid CVT Auto 5dr
List price/Monthly lease: 18,370/360
CO2 (g/km)/tax rating: 89/6%
Monthly tax bill (20/40%): 18/36
Going green has never been easier, and the Prius is one of the reasons why. It gives you the high economy and low emissions that lead to low running costs, but without any compromises: it's spacious, practical and easy to drive.

2) Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr
List price/Monthly lease: 16,520/376
CO2 (g/km)/tax rating: 144/16%
Monthly tax bill (20/40%): 43/87
Whatever you want from a small family hatch, the Golf does it very well. It's the best all-rounder in the class, with a wonderful blend of a supple ride and agile handling, and loads of space. It's not the cheapest, but it's worth every penny.

3) Mazda 6 1.8 S 5dr
List price/Monthly lease: 15,685/381
CO2 (g/km)/tax rating: 162/20%
Monthly tax bill (20/40%): 51/103
Roomy, great to drive and packed with kit, the sharply styled Mazda 6 is a fine choice for company car drivers. Leasing rates are attractive, while the low CO2 emissions make for low tax bills, too.

4) Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI
List price/Monthly lease: 19,110/383
CO2 (g/km)/tax rating: 154/18%
Monthly tax bill (20/40%): 56/113
Don't be misled by the small engine this version of the Scirocco is plenty quick enough. Although this is the cheapest version of the car, it looks as good and drives as well as its more expensive siblings.

5) Honda CR-V 2.2 I-CTDi SE+ 5dr
List price/Monthly lease: 20,485/385
CO2 (g/km)/tax rating: 173/25%
Monthly tax bill (20/40%): 84/168
There are plenty of these so-called 'soft-roaders' to choose from, but the CR-V is one of the best of its breed. It's spacious, practical and well equipped, with neat handling and a comfortable ride.

Also consider: BMW 1 Series, Skoda Superb, Toyota Avensis