Is your company on the hunt for a new, cost-effective car to escort you to all your business wheelings and dealings? 

With the end of the tax year just around the corner, there are some radical changes coming into play for the 2020/2021 tax year regarding company car tax rules. 

If you play your cards right and do your research now, you’ll save your company a fortune on Benefit-In-Kind rates. 

With the British government cracking down on high Co2 emitting cars, you’re going to need to be savvy when choosing your company car. 

Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) rates have shot up for petrol and diesel engine cars over recent years, whereas, next year will see an almighty drop in BIK rates for both hybrid and electric cars.

To put things into perspective, vehicles with emission levels between 0-50% have a P11D value of 16% for this current tax year. The upcoming tax year will see vehicles in the 0-50% Co2 emission bracket slashed to 2%. This is an incredibly significant decline that will undoubtedly edge more companies towards hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric company cars.  

The opportunity to reduce Co2 emissions and save money on BIK rates is an absolute win-win for companies. Yes, you might have to spend a fraction more initially, but cheaper tax payments per month ensures you’ll be making a sound investment. 

Our list of best company cars for 2019 have been influenced by next year’s company car tax rules. We’ve chosen a range of 10 cost-effective, high performing and environmentally-friendly company cars that are bound to set you apart from the crowd. 

All the following cars are available on LeaseFetcher if you’re ready to scout out some of the best business lease deals.

If you’re looking to treat yourself to a premium executive saloon, the BMW 3 Series is the best in the business, and has been for a wee while now. 

Sporty, stylish and seductive, the 3 Series comes in an abundance of models, trims and a broad range of petrol, diesel, and hybrid engines.

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid is the pick of the bunch if you’re looking for a company car. It may come in at £39, 275, (models start at around £33,000) but it’ll work out as the cheapest and most efficient model in the range once you take mpg, driving range and CO2 emissions into consideration.

The battery assisted engine has an all-electric driving range of 37 miles when fully charged. This helps the 330e produce a miniscule 37g/km Co2 emissions, which in turn, places the 330e in the lowest BIK bracket and paying a BIK rate of 16%. This is soon to be 2% at the beginning of the new tax year on April 6 2020 so there’s no better opportunity to get your hands on a prestigious BMW company car. 

With 0-60 in 5.9 seconds, there’s no signs of lax in terms of performance. Suspension is first-class, steering is sharp and engine noise is non-existent while running on electric power alone.

The groundbreaking Jaguar I-Pace is the British manufacturer’s first attempt at an all-electric vehicle, and boy has this SUV excelled.

Showered in praise, the I-Pace has all the capabilities and know-how to challenge the impressive Tesla Model 3, and any other Tesla model for that fact. 

Huge boot space, a high-tech infotainment system and a luxurious interior cabin are only a few of the I-Pace’s stunning credentials. 

With two ferocious all-electric motors, the I-pace smashes out 395bhp, helping it achieve a top speed of 124mph and 0-62 in a frightening 4.8 seconds. 

On full-charge, the I-Pace claims an impressive range of 292 miles. Recharging the batteries to 80% from empty via a standard wall box takes around 10 hours, but will only cost you around £10 in electricity! When you break that down, you’ll only be paying £10 for 292 miles worth of driving. Far more cost effective to any petrol or diesel car out there.

On top of this, the I-Pace is a zero emissions vehicle, so as a company car you’ll be paying the lowest BIK rate of 16%. Although if you can hold out until April, this will drop to 2% and the £64,494 starting price tag starts to look very tempting. 

It might not scream glitz and glamour like the previous two cars on the list, but the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is just as effective and considerably cheaper if you’re looking to save on business expenses. 

A great option for company car drivers, the Toyota Corolla has replaced the Toyota Auris and comes with either a 1.8 or 2.0 litre hybrid engine. 

The profound makeover has equipped the Corolla with new and improved steering, suspension and a flashier interior cabin that gives it the ability to challenge the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus

The Toyota Corolla’s ‘self-charging system’ means that you won’t have to mess around with plug-in chargers as the battery pack recharges itself by using recuperated kinetic energy.

Starting at around £24,000, you’ll be getting yourself a real efficient workhorse that returns a healthy 60mpg. Couple that with low C02 emissions of 76g/km and a BIK rating of 19%, and you’ve got a company car with extremely low running costs. 

Although there’s no doubting the quality of driving performance, the Corolla’s infotainment system isn’t up to scratch in comparison to similarly priced alternatives. With laggy response times, poor screen resolution and no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on any specs, it’s clear to see where Toyota have paid less attention. 

Did somebody say affordable Tesla? Sign me up. If you’re looking for a company car with an extra dose of x-factor and cutting-edge technology, there’s isn’t a more appropriate time to grab your seat on the Tesla hype train.  

An all-electric rival to the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar I-PACE, the Tesla Model 3 arguably leads the way in terms of performance and style.

0-60 in 5.3s the Tesla is no slouch. However, if you’re a real speed machine, the Performance trim does the same task in a rapid 3.2s.

The futuristic vibe begins with keyless entry via your ‘hotel-room’ style key or Tesla app on your smartphone. It then transcends into the cabin where you are greeted with a crisp, HD 15-inch infotainment system with Youtube and Netflix capabilities (not for the driver!).  

With a maximum range of 254 miles when fully charged, you also have the added perk of access to Tesla’s Supercharger network where your car’s charge can be boosted to 80% from empty in 30 minutes.

As with all electric cars, the Tesla Model 3 is a zero emissions vehicle, which means when April 2020 rolls around the BIK tax rate will be a mouthwateringly low 2%. Starting at an incredibly affordable £42,000, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more Tesla Model 3 company cars in the next year. Watch this space.

You can’t go wrong with the dependable Volkswagen Golf. Versatile, powerful and comfortable, the Golf ticks all the boxes. Did we mention how reasonably priced it is too?

The Golf is a jack of all trades vehicle that is available in petrol, diesel, hybrid and the brand new all-electric Volkswagen E-Golf.

The Golf’s punchy 1.0L petrol engine emits 106g/km of Co2, which results in the Golf having to pay a BIK rate of 26% in company car tax. This will however, be reduced to 20% come April next year and at a £21,600 starting price, you’ll be getting yourself one of the best all-round performing cars out there.

Not only does it excel in performance, the Golf is surprisingly spacious and has an elegant interior. 

The cabin is kitted out with bags of innovative technology that you’d expect from a Volkswagen including an 8-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features to name a few.

Imagine a car with all these capabilities, with the only difference being a silent engine and zero emissions. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Volkswagen E-Golf. It may start off at a whopping £30,385, but the VW E-Golf costs 10p less per mile than the petrol equivalent.  You’ll also save an absolute fortune on BIK tax which is the golden ticket for any company car. 

The dynamic Volvo XC 60 has all the power and muscle to challenge the likes of the more expensive Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi E-Tron.

Another SUV to feast your eyes on, the Volvo XC 60 is an extremely comfortable and refined drive, thanks to its electrically adjustable seats and commanding driving position.The sleek exterior certainly doesn’t hurt its popularity amongst buyers either.

Our number one pick for company car buyers has to be the T8 Twin Engine R- Design hybrid model. With a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder hybrid engine, this enticing beast goes 385 bhp and 0-62mph in 5.5s, as well as reaching a monstrous top speed of 140mph. 

Thanks to the electrically-assisted engine, the Volvo XC 60 R-Design trim can ramp up 30 miles on electric power alone. In terms of CO2 emissions, the XC 60  produces a modest 46g/km of C02 and a BIK rate of 16%...for now. 

The interior quality of the XC 60 is second to none and the use of wooden trims on the dashboard adds a touch of class to an already spectacularly refined car.

Reliability and safety are the name of the game with the XC 60, as it comfortably achieved a 5* Euro NCAP rating. Priced from £55,000 it’s hard to see the £10,000 price difference between the Volvo XC 60 and the Jaguar I-PACE .   

If you’re on a strict budget, but want a brilliantly valued car, the Skoda Citigo is the cream of the crop.

Depending on the tax bracket you fall under, your monthly BIK outgoings should be between £42 and £83 which is an absolute steal for a car of the Citigo’s quality.

What it lacks in stature, the Citogo certainly makes up for in performance. It’s a given that the 1.0L, 59bhp, three-cylinder engine probably won’t win you the World Rally Championships, but the lightly weighted Skoda handles itself with pride.

The Citigo is in its element running around town, but motorway trips are comfortable and relaxing enough too.

Thanks to its incredibly affordable starting price and budget-friendly P11D value, the Skoda Citigo is a hit with many companies looking for a reliable runner.

With Co2 emissions of 96g/km and a BIK tax band of 23%, you’ll be laughing when it comes to your end of month payment. Alongside its £11,060 starting price, the Skoda Citigo is a diamond in the rough and probably valued at less than its worth!

When the new company car tax rules come into fruition next April, the Audi E-Tron can class itself as one of the most tax-efficient company cars on the market. 

Rivalling an exclusive all-electric club in the shape of the Jaguar I-PACE and the Tesla Model 3, the Audi E-Tron is everything you’d expect from an Audi bar the hefty diesel engine. 

Fitted with air suspension and adaptive dampers, the Audi E-tron has been engineered for precision and comfort. 

With double-fitted electric motors producing 402bhp between them, the Audi E-Tron glides from 0-62mph in a sharp 5.7s with next to no wind or road noise.

Audi haven’t shied away from their reputation of producing high quality interiors in the E-Tron. The 10.1-inch dual-touchscreen infotainment system is dazzling, yet easy to navigate and the soft touch plastics and leather trims in the car are prisitne. 

The 241-mile range falls short to that of the I-Pace, however all models come with automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning system.

The Audi E-Tron is, of course, a zero emissions vehicle, so you would only have to pay a 2% BIK tax rate come April 2020, which definitely makes the £71,000 starting price more appealing.

The ‘Mini’ Countryman slightly contradicts the ethos of the brand by offering something in between the luxury of an SUV and the compact nature of a hatchback.

The Plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) 1.5i S E Classic ALL4 Auto Countryman is taking Mini Cooper to the next level in terms of sustainability. 

With the ability to run on zero emissions for an impressive 28 miles, the Countryman can return up to 156.9mpg.

If you need the help of a petrol engine to go alongside the 86bhp electric motor, the Countryman’s bulky 1.5L engine is the perfect partner. 

The Mini Countryman comes equipped with an infotainment system that provides a 6.5 inch screen and sat-nav which can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch if you’re feeling generous. 

In terms of CO2 emissions, the Mini Countryman Plug-in hybrid registers in the lowest BIK tax bracket by emitting a minor 43g/km. The drop in BIK rates for low emitting cars by the start of next year means the Countryman will start at £74 tax per month instead of the current £85 per month - every penny counts!

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Peugeot have really knocked it out of the park with their snazzy new 3008 SUV model.

In an already incredibly competitive SUV market, the 3008 punches above its weight thanks to outstanding practicality, faultless tech and a classy interior cabin.

With build quality to rival the Volvo XC 60, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Audi E-tron, the Peugeot 3008 is a great alternative for businesses looking for an affordable company car. Starting off at a modest £27,485, the 3008 is an absolute steal compared to its more illustrious rivals.

Opting for the 1.5L diesel engine is the most efficient option despite the fact that you’ll still be burning fossil fuels. Although, the sheer quality of the Peugeot 3008 made it very difficult for us to leave out.

Combining both luxurious comfort and impeccable driving experience, the 3008 doesn’t fail to impress with its sharp steering and precise handling.

Step inside the 3008 and you’ll bare witness to Peugeot’s most stylish interior cabin to date. The dashboard is polished and defined, while the infotainment is extremely crisp and user-friendly.

When specced with the GT Line, the 1.5L 3008 Peugeot can reach up to 55.1 mpg whilst emitting 111g/km of CO2. It may not be the most environmentally-friendly company car about, but its sheer quality and extremely affordable price make the 3008 hard to ignore.

Well, we hope we’ve managed to give you and your business some inspiration to get your company car deal over the line.

With changes to company car tax rules imminent, it’s wise to get ahead of the game and base your decision around these changes.

Our list of best company cars has been influenced by the plummeting Benefit-In-Kind tax rates due to be implemented in April 2020. 

We know that some of the cars may be a tad pricey, but the slashed BIK rates for low emission vehicles make the likes of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, Audi E-tron and Tesla Model 3 genuinely affordable come next year.

If you’re looking at an alternative to buying a company car, you should consider the option of a Business Contract Hire (BCH) agreement on Leasefetcher. We have the best lease deals for all of the cars listed above so please don’t hesitate to get in contact at [email protected] if you’d like to chat all things company cars.