Company car choice

#1
I am a couple of months away from replacing my company car and was curious as to anyone’s suggestions and experiences.

A couple of guidelines which I have to work within. The car needs to be a four door saloon, needs to be a diesel and has to be a booted saloon (no hatch backs or estates). I average about 50,000 miles a year and cover the whole of UK with work. Regular 150-mile plus trips are the norm & the longest drive I have done in any given day was Glasgow to Bristol.

My current car is a Honda Accord iDtec 2200cc turbo diesel. This is a very capable car, top spec with the sat-nav, multi changer and Bluetooth/iphone connectivity (both of which must be in the new car). It’s a hard car to criticise and the local dealer support has been extremely good. I only have two minor grumbles with it. One is the company car tax, where a number of its competition beat it and could therefore save me money. But is that money saving worth the hassle? The second is the tyres, which are 19” low profiles and nearly £300 a corner (which annoys me as they need changing every 20,000 although my local tyre fitter now sends me Christmas cards). The Honda is a 6-sp manual which I like but I wouldn’t rule out an auto.

I’ve got around £26-£30k to play with (although the less I spend, the more that goes back into my annual bonus). Current likely contenders are the Audi A4/5, BMW 325 and potentially an entry-level Merc E class. I haven’t looked at the VW/Skoda or Nissan as I don’t think they could cope with the mileage as well as the Honda (I had a Passat a few years ago and wasn’t especially impressed with build quality. Same with a Nissan).

And don’t even waste your breath suggesting anything French. Much as I love France, they really ought to stick to wine & philosophy and leave car-building to the grown-ups.

So, your thoughts and experience please? Especially any dealing you have had with Audi, BMW & Merc dealers.

Cheers, Taff
 

jarrod248

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#5
I have to say Mercedes, you can fly out and pick it up from the factory, drink German beer and have a pleasant drive back.
Very good engines and auto box, refined, economical and fast.
My boyfriend has a Toyota Avensis which is alright, not caused him no trouble and he drives high miles.



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Joker62

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#6
I have to say Mercedes, you can fly out and pick it up from the factory, drink German beer and have a pleasant drive back.
Very good engines and auto box, refined, economical and fast.
My boyfriend has a Toyota Avensis which is alright, not caused him no trouble and he drives high miles.
You forgot to mention the Satnav that gets you lost ;-)
 
#9
I don't have one, but two of my friends have Skoda Octavias - they rate them highly - plenty left over to go in your bonus too.
 

ugly

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Moderator
#11
Been looking at this recently because somebody is trying to flog us a "Green Car Scheme"

In that price range and in terms of company car taxation, there is one really that stands out: BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics.

BMW 3 Series 320d Efficient Dynamics 4dr Review | What Car?
That's what I have but despite the astonishing economy available, 80 mpg at 80 mph I still get turked for tax. It also will do 140 mph on the way home from an all night shift so not a sensible choice.
 
#12
Does your Honda have run-flats? It's ruined the ride in a mate of mines BMW compared to his old one.
no, got the 19" Pirelli's that are unique to the car apparently, along with a repair/inflator kit in lieu of a spare

I have to say Mercedes, you can fly out and pick it up from the factory, drink German beer and have a pleasant drive back.
Very good engines and auto box, refined, economical and fast.
My boyfriend has a Toyota Avensis which is alright, not caused him no trouble and he drives high miles.



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Much as I would enjoy that, I can't see the boss letting me have that jolly. Though he might fancy it!

The Volvo S60 appears a good motor. A mate at work has the V60 and he loves it.

The SE LUX Diesel is priced around £28 - 303k

All the spec, safe and *cough* reliable

Volvo V60 - Premium 5-door Sportswagon

http://www.volvocars.com/uk/Documents/Volvo-S60V60-pricelist.pdf
Hmmm, hadn't considered the Vulva, wll look at that one, cheers F-C. Do they still come with motorcycle ditectors as standard?:)

That's what I have but despite the astonishing economy available, 80 mpg at 80 mph I still get turked for tax. It also will do 140 mph on the way home from an all night shift so not a sensible choice.
Good point Ugs. I don't pay for the fuel (though personnal mileage is claimed back at source - and I keep this low) so thats not my concern. I am more interested in lower emmisions (and hence lower company car tax) than I am in actual, acheivable mpg
 
#14
Yes, 13% in 2013/14, rising by 1% each year.

If you do not want to pay tax at all then you have got a problem: even Zero emission vehicles now get a 5% tax hit, so what CO2 band are you happy with.

It really limits the choice
 
#16
Skoda SUPERB. Despite it's rather silly name, does come with some glowing endorsements: such as, it's used by taxi drivers.

Consider it.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#17
I wanted a crew cab but the firm were dead against it possibly quite wisely. Sad though as I now have competitions as to what can be fitted on the back seat of a 3 series. I got the auto box as they sacked a director and as a part raspberry I had to have an auto. I will cane it for mileage over the year and although I don't pay for fuel, (I can if I want to) I get ridden hard for the sheckels by HMRC.
 
#19
I have to say Mercedes, you can fly out and pick it up from the factory, drink German beer and have a pleasant drive back.
Very good engines and auto box, refined, economical and fast.
My boyfriend has a Toyota Avensis which is alright, not caused him no trouble and he drives high miles.



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And the same with BMW. And Audi.
 

jarrod248

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#20
Yes, but if you can have a Mercedes-Benz, why would you even entertain the other two (unless you are my eejit Audi-driving wife)? There is a reason German taxis are Mercs and not Beemers. And certainly not Audi/VW/Skoda/Seat.
Indeed.
As for his boss not letting him pick it up, factory collection is an option when ordering, ask to do so. Take some leave and enjoy the break and tour.


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