Company cars are quite the perk and if you choose your model wisely, the taxman won’t hit you too hard either.
There are a number of factors to take into consideration before deciding what model to go for. Firstly, what type of power do you want – petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fully electrified – the choice is vast these days.
But the emissions output will have an effect on how much tax is taken from your salary. The lower the emissions, the lower the payment. This is known as Benefit In Kind and it doesn’t take too much working out that electric vehicles are rewarded most handsomely.
However, an EV may not be suitable for everyone and they do still tend to be more expensive than traditionally-powered cars. It’s worth looking at what the day-to-day requirements of the vehicle will be. For example, will it be covering thousands of motorways miles? Will it be needed to transport bulky loads? Will it double as a family car at the weekends?
All these factors, and plenty more, need to be given careful consideration, but hopefully we can offer a few suggestions along the way with our guide to some of the best company cars costing less than £30k
Ford Kuga (£28,755)
The Ford Kuga is available as a Plug-in Hybrid, Full Hybrid or powered by a punchy EcoBoost petrol engine and customers can also choose from trim levels called Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line or Vignale.
Our budget would just miss out on the Titanium model, but the entry-level Kuga Zetec is packed with kit and very practical. It’s a five-seater with a load space of 1,530 litres and a towing limit of 2.1 tonnes.
We would be limited to the 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 150PS with a six-speed manual gearbox and front wheel drive.
The interior is modern in its layout with all the creature comforts we demand these days and the elevated driving position results in great all-round visibility.
The Kuga Zetec can deliver up to 42.8mpg but on the downside, the CO2 figure of 151g/km will lead to quite a large chunk being taken from your salary each month.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (£29,870)
The Toyota Corolla is the world’s best-selling car to date and, although it was temporarily replaced by the Auris, it made a spectacular comeback in the UK in 2019.
There are body styles to choose from, but we have selected the Touring Sports estate style for its superb practicality.
We could choose between the Icon Tech or Design models as they fall within our budget. But we went for the slightly lower-specification Icon Tech in order to get a more powerful engine.
The 2.0-litre Petrol Hybrid combination offers 184hp and features an automatic transmission and front wheel drive. Fuel economy is excellent at a combined 52.3-56.4mpg and carbon emissions are 112-123g/km.
On-board tech is good with a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, voice recognition and a DAB radio. There are heated seats for extra comfort and the car is packed with safety features too.
Intelligent adaptive cruise control will make longer motorway journeys more enjoyable, especially with so many stretches of average speed limit zones these days.
Skoda Superb Hatch SE (£29,855)
Give a car a name like ‘Superb’ and it has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, this Skoda does just that. It boasts dynamic styling with handling to match, is exceptionally comfortable and offers impressive day-to-day running costs too.
The interior is upmarket and generously equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DAB radio, wireless smartlink Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus lots more besides.
Our chosen model features a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with 150PS of power, 250Nm of torque and a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It can complete the 0-62mph dash in 9.1 seconds, tops out at 137mph and can achieve a combined 42.8 to 45.6mpg. Carbon emissions are between 125 and 156g/km.
The boot can accommodate 625 litres of kit and this limit increases to 1,760 litres with the rear seats dropped flat. If you need more space, then the Superb Estate offers between 660 and 1,950 litres. But this model is pricier than the hatchback.
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Citroen C5 Aircross (£29,765)
With its eye-catching design cues and feature-rich interior, the C5 Aircross has most certainly earned its place on the list.
Customers can choose from trim levels called Sense Plus, Shine and C-Series Edition and they can be specified with petrol, diesel or hybrid powertrains.
Our £30k budget means we can explore the range-topping C-Series Edition, although we would be limited to just one engine option – the PureTech petrol unit delivering 130PS and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Official WLTP tested figures show the C5 Aircross can deliver a combined 45.56mpg with carbon emissions of 142g/km. If we considered opting for a lower trim level we could get access to diesel engines, but our limited budget means the hybrid models are just out of reach.
Comfort levels are sublime so this model would be ideal for long days behind the wheel and the boot can swallow 720 litres of luggage, increasing to 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Hyundai Kona Electric (£28,950)
Electrified models bring lots of financial benefits to the table with their zero carbon emissions resulting in exceptionally low Benefit In Kind rates of just two per cent.
The Kona Electric has a driving range of up to 300 miles between charges, so there will never be any range anxiety fears for its owners and the car is packed to bursting with high-end technology.
It can power from 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds, tops out at 104mph and can be charged from a 7.2kW home wallbox in just over nine hours. This will be ideal for overnight charging when some tariffs are cheaper. If a quick charge is needed then it can be achieved in 47 minutes.
The Kona Electric is available in trim levels called SE Connect, Premium or Ultimate. With our budget of £30k we would have to opt for entry-level SE Connect but that is very well equipped. Expect to see features such as Bluelink Connected Car Services that allows you to control many of the car’s functions from a smartphone or with your voice.
If you are still a little sceptical about driving an EV, this could be the car that changes your opinion.
Vauxhall Grandland (£28,980)
The all-new Vauxhall Grandland is a great-looking family SUV that is big on style and performance. Although it is available in petrol, diesel or hybrid guise, we didn’t have sufficient funds to choose anything but petrol. But we could afford two out of the three trims called Design and GS Line – Ultimate grade was a little over budget sadly.
The GS Line model we would opt for features a 1.2-litre 130PS turbo engine with six-speed manual gearbox. The. Grandland looks the business these days too with gloss black roof rails, dark tinted rear windows, and snazzy 18-inch alloys. The interior is clutter-free and clearly shows influence from sister brands Citroen and Peugeot, and that’s most welcome.
The new Grandland can deliver a combined 45.6mpg with carbon emissions of 140g/km.
SEAT Ateca (£29,495)
If you want your company car to stand out from your colleagues in the car park, then the SEAT Ateca certainly looks the part with its dynamic styling.
Our budget allows us to choose the SE Technology model which is one above entry-level and features chrome roof rails and window trims, black wheel arch surrounds, a hidden exhaust pipe, daytime running lights and 18-inch Performance alloy wheels
We could opt for either the 1.5-litre TSI 150PS petrol model at £28,825 that delivers 43.0mpg with carbon emissions of 149g/km or the 2.0-litre TDI 115PS diesel version at £29,495 with 54.9mpg and CO2 of 135g/km – both cars have six-speed manual gearboxes.
Whichever model you go for is well equipped with the likes of wireless full smartphone integration, an eight speaker sound system, voice control, a DAB radio, full navigation plus a smart 9.2-inch colour touchscreen with proximity sensor.
These are just a few of the many cars that would be available to anyone with a budget extending to £30k. They come in all shapes and sizes but it is worth considering just how essential your optional extras are because they tend to bump the price up quite rapidly.