Best company cars £15,000 to £20,000

Here are the best company cars for between £15,000 to £20,000

If your budget allows for a company car worth over £15,000, then an excellent SUV in the shape of the Dacia Duster, our supermini of the year - the Renault Clio and the new hybridised Honda Jazz all come into play. All these cars are relatively economical too, helping to keep those BiK tax rates low. 

Scroll down to check out the best company cars between £15,000 and £20,000...

Vauxhall Astra 1.2 T 145 Griffin Edition

  • Price: £19,740
  • Engine/power: 1.2-litre 3cyl/143bhp 
  • CO2/BiK band: 119g/km/27%
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 8.8 secs/137mph   

The Vauxhall Astra has long been a staple of company car lists, but the current model is a genuinely excellent machine. While the world has moved on to SUVs, the Astra remains a fantastic choice for those looking for a practical, comfortable, good-to-drive and well equipped company car.

Given that there’s no sporty range-topping model in the Astra range as there is for the rival Ford Focus, keen drivers might overlook it, but the Vauxhall is actually really enjoyable on twisty roads and stays very comfortable as well. This model has a 143bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, so performance is pretty good for a three-cylinder petrol, and the Astra is spacious enough for family life.

Griffin Edition offers plenty for the cash, with 18-inch alloys, a contrast roof, parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and steering wheel and a seven-inch screen with sat-nav and phone connectivity as standard.

Dacia Duster TCe 90 Prestige 4x2

  • Price: £16,295 
  • Engine/power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/89bhp 
  • CO2/BiK band: 141g/km/32% 
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 12.5 secs/104mph

Most truly cheap cars are superminis or city cars, but if you really want an SUV, then the Dacia Duster is one of your only choices. That’s no bad thing, though, because the Duster offers practicality, comfort and even some off-road ability at a very low price. There is a 4x4 model, but the front-wheel-drive car we’ve chosen is a better all-rounder. It’s more efficient, and cheaper for BiK tax while still offering everything the majority of buyers will need.

The Duster has a huge boot and a spacious interior that’s made using hard-wearing materials, so it’s a great car for dog owners. But people will love it too – the rear seats are spacious, so it’s a top family car option at the lower end of the new car market. It’s also well equipped. This higher-spec Prestige model comes with air-con, cruise control, a reversing camera, auto high beam, blind-spot warning, parking sensors, keyless entry, a leather steering wheel and a touchscreen with sat-nav and smartphone connectivity.

Renault Clio TCe 90 Iconic

  • Price: £18,100
  • Engine/power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/89bhp 
  • CO2/BiK band: 118g/km/27% 
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 12.2 secs/112mph 

Our favourite supermini is a great choice for company car buyers when it’s fitted with the 1.0-litre TCe because of its low emissions and great value – you get loads of kit for the money.

Inside the Clio feels more expensive than the price suggests, with high-quality materials matched to a smart and modern-looking design. It’s generously equipped too, especially in Iconic trim.

The Clio is comfortable and practical, with more than enough room in the back for kids to get settled, and a decent boot with 284 litres of space. We like the Clio so much that it followed up its 2020 Auto Express Supermini of the Year award by scooping the same prize in 2021.

Citroen C3 Aircross PureTech 110 Shine 

  • Price: £19,890
  • Engine/power: 1.2-litre 3cyl/108bhp 
  • CO2/BiK band: 134g/km/30%  
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 11.3 secs/115mph 

One of the best options if you want a small SUV is the recently refreshed C3 Aircross. Both private and business buyers will appreciate the low running costs that come with the great 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. It’s punchy from low revs and is fun to use, yet it’s still economical and keeps costs down. It’s a shame the gearchange isn’t particularly pleasant to use, but this is only a minor gripe.

A low list price keeps bills down most for company users, and you get a decent amount of kit for the money. Shine trim comes with lane- departure warning, sat-nav, cruise control, parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

The striking looks of the C3 Aircross are possibly what will catch the attention of many buyers, but it’s the roomy interior that will hold it – there’s a big boot and decent space for passengers inside. The interior is neatly designed, while the large glass area lets in lots of light, too.

Hyundai i20 1.0T 100 MHEV SE Connect 

  • Price: £18,800 
  • Engine/power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/99bhp 
  • CO2/BiK band: 115g/km/27%
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 12.6 secs/117mph

Hyundai has come a long way in a short space of time, and the latest i20 is proof of that. It’s not the bargain it once was, but the improvements more than justify the price hike. It’s better to drive than ever thanks to a more responsive chassis and quality engineering, too – there’s even a hot i20 N version for performance car fans

Proof of that engineering is evident in the addition of a new mild-hybrid petrol engine. It’s got just under 100bhp, so performance is fine considering it’ll also emit only 115g/km of CO2. It’s efficient and fun to use, and while you won’t notice the mild-hybrid tech most of the time, the upshot is that it helps to keep the tax bills low.

Even in entry-level SE Connect trim the i20 is well equipped. Standard kit includes 16-inch alloys, a leather steering wheel, air-con, auto high beam, cruise control, parking sensors, AEB, lane-keep assist and an eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, plus an impressive 10.25-inch digital dial display.

Honda Jazz 1.5 i-MMT SE

  • Price: £19,045
  • Engine/power: 1.5-litre 4cyl/96bhp plus 106bhp e-motor
  • CO2/BiK band: 102g/km/24%  
  • 0-62mph/top speed: 9.4 secs/108mph

Company car tax rules heavily favour hybrid cars and EVs, but if you have a lower budget, there isn’t a great deal of choice. The hybrid-only Jazz combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor to keep those Benefit-in-Kind costs low.

It’s a great powertrain for relaxing driving, and the interior is as practical as it gets when it comes to superminis. The clever Magic Seats fold forwards and back so they’re really versatile, plus the boot is big and there’s plenty of room for passengers.

Sneaking in under our £20k budget is the entry-level SE version, although you’ll have to move to a higher spec if you want smartphone connectivity.

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