Company car - advice please

Will Wilson

Member
Location
Essex
Morning - this is a Q a company agronomist or vet might be able to help with.

Looking at a new car for the business (me as the driver) to replace a Ford Ranger. Dont want/need a new pick up.

Must be -
Good MPG (45 mpg + minimum) diesel
Ready for 40,000 miles a year on mostly motorways
Extremely reliable
Comfortable for my old bones
Able to go down a farm track
As efficient as possible from a BIK point of view
5 door for child seat in back

Would like to be
Pokey
Well kitted out

Budget dependant but value more important than cost.

I am not eve sure what I want exists, i have a short list - any ideas appreciated.
 
Morning - this is a Q a company agronomist or vet might be able to help with.

Looking at a new car for the business (me as the driver) to replace a Ford Ranger. Dont want/need a new pick up.

Must be -
Good MPG (45 mpg + minimum) diesel
Ready for 40,000 miles a year on mostly motorways
Extremely reliable
Comfortable for my old bones
Able to go down a farm track
As efficient as possible from a BIK point of view
5 door for child seat in back

Would like to be
Pokey
Well kitted out

Budget dependant but value more important than cost.

I am not eve sure what I want exists, i have a short list - any ideas appreciated.
I've had 2 Nissan Xtrails now. Can't fault them. Ticks all your list except the "pokey" bit. Depending on how pokey you need it.
 

kiwi pom

Member
Location
canterbury NZ
Mrs Pom is an agronomist and has just been given a Hyundai Santa Fe as a work car (and my weekend car(y))
2.2 diesel I think, goes much better than the older model she got out of, which was very reliable.
Its a seven seater but the back row is almost always folded down so there's loads of space for her work stuff. It spends plenty of time on shingle roads and farm tracks and this one seems to be handling it as well as the old one.
We don't have motorways so cant help there, but its good on the main road.
 

Finn farmer

Member
M-B Glc (pokey diesel with great automatic transmission)

Kia Sportage/Hyundai Equivalent ("budget" solution with good warranty)

Volvo Xc 40/60 (best looking and probably the safest of them)
 

Wombat

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
East yorks
Pretty much any none hybrid SUV will be in the 30%+ emissions tax range, i have been looking at some at the moment and even a Skoda kodiaq is there due to the constant tightening of the bands.

I am going to be changing mine soon and i think it will have to be hybrid just to get the tax down to a sensible level.

I quite like the look of the new Subaru forester
 

Will Wilson

Member
Location
Essex
Thank you for some very interesting replies - I think everyone is having the same challenge!

FYI be careful with hybrids as they need to do over 130 miles on electric alone to qualify for the lowest band from April 2020 onwards which writes off a couple of hybrid options.

Tesla still to expensive and the charging etc.

Rapidly realising that there is no answer - so maybe just go for the least worst option!
 

JP1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Thank you for some very interesting replies - I think everyone is having the same challenge!

FYI be careful with hybrids as they need to do over 130 miles on electric alone to qualify for the lowest band from April 2020 onwards which writes off a couple of hybrid options.

Tesla still to expensive and the charging etc.

Rapidly realising that there is no answer - so maybe just go for the least worst option!
Cheapest motoring would probably be a Fiesta van and have whatever family bus you want at home
 

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