The top company cars for 2012 have been named in the second, annual Best Business Car Awards from Business Car Manager, the online motoring magazine.
Chosen by an editorial panel headed by editor Ralph Morton and road test editor Sam Hardy, the Awards identify the winners in 9 different categories ranging from the environmentally and financially responsible – Best Sub-100g/km Business Car – to the more frivolous – It’s My Business and I’ll Buy What I Want To.
Editor Ralph Morton said: “The last 12 months may have been up and down in the world of business but car makers haven’t been holding back. They’ve launched a wide range of models from economical but great driving superminis to head-turning SUVs and economical hybrid vehicles.
“We’ve brought together the very best and while they straddle a mix of classes and sectors, they’re united by one attribute – they’re all great additions to your business.”
The overall winner, claiming the coveted prize of Business Car of the Year 2012, is the new BMW 3 Series in 320d form, offering an unbeatable combination of competitive running costs, strong performance, low driver taxation, impressive environmental credentials – and good, old fashioned driving fun.
Ralph said: “In an age where business car drivers are being tempted on all sides by crossovers and SUVs, BMW has proved that there is still a place for the traditional saloon. While we reckon you’ll be completely satisfied no matter which model you go for, it’s the 320d that makes the complete case. It drives better than most hot hatches, transports four adults in comfort, does 63mpg, 119g/km of CO2 – equivalent to a 15% company car tax rating in 2012/13 – and around 800 miles on a tank of diesel thanks to modes such as ECO PRO and enhanced EfficientDynamics.
“It’s a truly superb business machine that scores top marks in every single category. And we’d be very happy indeed to have one outside our house – or business.”
Business Car Manager – at businesscarmanager.co.uk – was launched in 2006 and aims to help small businesses and SME firms to run their cars efficiently and cost- effectively. The site receives 1.2 million page impressions and 360,000 unique visitors a year.
The winners in the Best Business Car Awards 2012 are:
Best Sub-100g/km Business Car Winner: Kia Rio 1.1 EcoDynamics Commended: MINI One D Commended: Audi A1 1.6 TDI Commended: VW Golf Bluemotion
Best Business Car for First Year Allowances (sub 110g/km) Winner: BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Commended: Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCI Commended: Citroen DS3 1.6 HDI Commended: Fiat 500 Multijet
Best Company Car Winner Ford Focus 1.0T EcoBoost 125PS Commended: VW Golf Bluemotion Commended: Toyota Auris Hybrid Commended: Skoda Octavia Greenline
Best Estate Car Winner: Hyundai i40 Estate Commended: Ford Mondeo Estate Commended: Volvo V50 DRIVe Commended: Skoda Octavia Estate
Best Executive Winner: New BMW 3 Series Commended: Audi A4 TDIe Commended: VW Passat Bluemotion Commended: Merc C-Class
Best Executive Estate Winner: Audi A6 Avant Commended: BMW 5 Series Touring Commended: Mercedes E-Class Estate Commended: Volvo V60
Best Micro Business Owner’s Car Winner: MINI Countryman Cooper D Commended: VW Golf GTD Commended: Audi Q3 Commended: Vauxhall Astra GTC
Best SME Director’s Car Winner: BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Commended: Jaguar XF 2.2D Commended: Audi A7 Commended: Mercedes CLS
It’s My Business and I’ll Buy What I Want To Winner: Range Rover Evoque SD4 Commended: Audi Q5 3.0TDI Commended: BMW 640d Commended: Porsche Panamera Diesel
Best Business Car of the Year 2012 Winner: New BMW 3 Series