If you’re using your car predominantly for business, then you’ll have different needs than a motorist who’s mostly running personal errands. You’ll need to be comfortable if you’re in the driver’s seat all day, and you’ll need the interior and exterior to be attractive enough to impress would-be clients. Plus, you’ll need fuel economy, especially if you’re putting serious miles in.
So exactly which vehicles fit the bill? Let’s look at a few of the more popular choices.
While it’s smaller than some of the luxury options on this list, the Renault Zoe is more compact, and perhaps less prestigious, than some of its rivals for executive attention. With that said, it’s hugely efficient, comes with impressive range, and it’s affordable, too. You might find the fast-charging options a little bit disappointing, however, if you’re looking for a replacement for a traditional ICE vehicle – you’re restricted to a mere 50kW. Unless you’re going on long trips, and charging only sparingly, this shouldn’t really be a big problem.
Jaguar’s I-pace has rapidly gotten traction among professionals with an environmental bent. It’s all electric, which means the it benefits from a company car tax exemption, until the rules change in 2021. Performance is impressive, and there’s plenty of range for city commuters. Pick up Jaguar gap insurance and make sure you’re protected from the moment you leave the forecourt.
The Ford Fiesta has been a consistent fixture on British roads for decades. It’s enormously popular because, while balancing a range of other strengths, it’s enormously good fun to drive. There are hybrid options available nowadays, allowing drivers to balance the features they love with cuts in emissions.
BMW 5 Series
The 5 series is a go-to saloon for executives. It’s whisper-quiet inside, even if you’re cruising along the motorway at high speeds. Newer models value comfort over handling, but you can still expect an excellent balance between handling, fuel economy, and ride quality. Put simply, the 5-series is a winning formula – beyond a few tweaks, and the transition to electric, it’s unlikely that it’ll be varied anytime soon.
This plug-in hybrid SUV provides an excellent balance between capacity and features, with assisted lane warnings and braking, and steer assist that monitors your blind spots and helps to ensure your safety, even in busy motorway traffic. It’s tax-efficient, though it lacks the raw driveability of many of its rivals, and infotainment is a bit on the underwhelming side.