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Company cars have always been a perk, a tasty four-wheeled sweetener for signing up to a new job. Yet in recent years, increasing taxation has meant that many users have been abandoning these machines in favour of cash alternatives. However, with the government keen for us to go green, there are now plenty of incentives to sign up for a set of company wheels if you’re willing to embrace electrification.

So what are the best cars for business users? Here we list our favourites in 10 categories, from superminis to SUVs and everything in between. All of them combine a low benefit-in-kind (BIK) rating (the percentage of the car’s value that you’re taxed on) yet are still great to drive.

Compact crossover 

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic P300e SERange Rover stole a march on rivals when it launched the original version of its eye-catching Evoque, and the latest, second generation continues to keep the competition at arm’s length. Stylish and sophisticated, it’s as good to drive as it is to look at and sit in, distilling the luxury vibe and go-anywhere versatility of its larger siblings into a smaller and more manageable package. Better still, the arrival of the P300e plug-in hybrid has made it much more attractive for company car user-choosers. The incredibly slick 1.5-litre three-pot petrol and electric motor combo promises 34 miles of electric range and 44g/km of CO2 for a 12% BIK rating. Lower-rate earners face a minimum tax bill of £1,134 for the entry-level R-Dynamic S, but we’d consider stretching to £90 more for the lavishly appointed SE. 

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Large electric car

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Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic SportMercedes’ first all-electric car also remains one of its best. Fighting off challenges from SUV rivals from Audi, Jaguar and Tesla, the handsome EQC is a great all-rounder, mixing polished driving dynamics with a handy 255 miles of range. With 402bhp on tap from its twin motors, the Merc delivers a startling turn of speed, while its air suspension melds a plush ride with accurate handling. It’s roomy, too, and the interior is typically tightly finished and packed with high-grade materials and tech. For business users, the entry-level Sport is the model to go for: it’s lavishly equipped, but with its 2% BIK, higher-rate earners will pay just £280 in tax.

Mid-sized executive car

BMW 530e SE: Some things never change, and despite numerous challengers - both saloon and SUV - the 5 Series remains king of the corporate car park. This is especially true of the plug-in hybrid variants, which deliver the BMW’s trademark sharp handling and cosseting long-distance refinement, but throw in a welcome dose of tax relief. The 288bhp 530e is best, its combo of 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor and 127bhp electric motor being beautifully integrated for a pleasing combination of punch and parsimony. It also results in 31g/km CO2 emissions and an 12% BiK rating, which means an annual salary sacrifice of as little as £1196 on SE models.

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Family hatchback

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI eHybrid Style: The evergreen Golf has always been a family hatch hit, but the latest, eighth-generation model puts the versatile VW back at the top of the class. Of course, there’s a Golf for every taste and budget, and for company car drivers, it’s the plug-in 1.4 TSI eHybrid in lavishly equipped Style trim, which, with CO2 emissions of 21g/km, attracts a lowly 8% BIK rate. Yet with 204bhp on tap, it’s no slouch and, like other Golfs, it serves up a perfectly judged balance of ride and handling. The touchscreen infotainment system is fiddly, but in all other respects, this is a car that’ll keep drivers and fleet managers happy.

Compact family saloon

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BMW 330e SE Pro: Such is the brilliance of the BMW 3 Series that you wonder why rivals even bother. A mixture of engaging handling, impressive refinement and a hewn-from-solid quality make it the default choice for those who love driving and are also climbing the corporate ladder. The 318d used to be the default tax-busting choice, but the plug-in 288bhp 330e delivers more performance (its 0-62mph sprint of 5.9sec is nearly 3sec faster) yet, with 30g/km CO2 emissions, it’s rated at 11% BIK so a lower-rate earner will pay £991 in tax compared with £2228 for the cheapest diesel model.

Family SUV

Audi Q5 50 TFSIe Sport: It’s hard to pick fault with the stylish and beautifully finished Q5, which is a consummate all-rounder. Spacious, well equipped and oozing premium appeal, the high-riding Audi is the sort of car that slips seamlessly into your life. It’s not much fun to drive, but it’s poised, planted and benefits from quatrro security, plus it’s comfortable and has impeccable long-haul credentials. The addition of mild-hybrid engines has improved efficiency, but business users are better served by the plug-in hybrids. The 50 TFSIe (the more powerful 362bhp 55TFSIe has been dropped from the range) in Sport trim combines 2.0-litre petrol and electric power for 295bhp and 35g/km emissions, the latter resulting in a 12% BIK rating.

Luxury SUV

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Range Rover Sport P400e PHEV HSE: Before the arrival of a plug-in petrol-electric option, the Range Rover Sport was an expensive business indulgence. However, with both a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, the P400e models can deliver 25 miles in zero-emissions mode and emit as little as 74g/km CO2 in the HSE, which works out at 19% BIK, so you’ll pay nearly half the tax of an equivalent diesel D250. It’s not as refined as a six-cylinder Sport model when worked hard, but in all other respects, you get the same remarkable breadth of talent that allows it to be dynamic on road and unstoppable off it. Its luxurious and spacious interior is also likely to impress those corporate clients.

Small electric car

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Peugeot e-208 Allure Premium: It’s still rare these days that an all-electric version of a car is more desirable than its combustion-engined counterpart, but that’s exactly the case with the e-208. The standard car’s style, refinement and comfort perfectly match the EV’s near-silent 134bhp motor and effortless, linear acceleration. It’s backed by a 225-mile range and a rapid DC 100kWh charging capability, which is rare in this sector. It’s obviously a great company car choice, particularly if your business requires multiple short hops, because all versions are rated at 2% BIK. The entry-level Active Premium will cost just £121 for lower-rate users, but we’d add another fiver to our tax bill for the much better-equipped Allure Premium.

Seven-seater

Volvo XC90 T8 Recharge Plus: It’s getting on a bit now, but the handsome and versatile XC90’s appeal remains undimmed. Key to its success is a third row of seats that is actually suitable for adults, while it’s also good to drive, in a wafty and easy-going sort of way. For business owners, however, it’s the Recharge plug-in models that really catch the eye, especially the recently facelifted versions, which get a larger, 18.8kWh battery that increases the EV range to 42 miles and drops the CO2 emissions to 28g/km. As a result, it falls into the 9% BIK band, so higher-rate earners will pay £1870 in tax - a hefty chunk less than the £9483 they’d be liable for the identically specified 231bhp B5 diesel version.

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Pick-up

Toyota Hilux: For many, this tough Toyota is the definitive pick-up truck, thanks in no small part to heritage that stretches back half a century. This latest version is the best ever, a refresh in 2019 helping to deliver more car-like manners on the road that made it a viable alternative to an SUV. This is particularly good news for business users because, like all pick-ups with a payload of more than a tonne, all Hilux models are flat-rated at a benefit-in-kind figure of £3600 for tax, which means a lower-rate earner will face a modest salary sacrifice of £720. This is the same for all models, so if your company will pay, we’d recommend the Invincible, with its keyless entry, heated seats and infotainment that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring.

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