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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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MINI Countryman

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: MINI Countryman 1.5 Cooper
Price: £23,340
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £23,125/26%
Engine/power: 1.5-litre 3cyl/134bhp
CO2/official economy: 126g/km/51.4mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 9.6 secs/126mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £200
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £100

The MINI Countryman is an excellent small premium SUV, and in Cooper form it’s affordable for company car buyers, too, costing higher-rate earners just £200 a month.

Unfortunately for business buyers, most in-car tech is bundled into option packs rather than being part of a trim level, so you’ll miss out on the latest kit if you don’t want to pay the extra tax on those items.

No matter which Countryman you go for, you get a well-judged ride and fun handling, with quick steering and a superb driving position. The six-speed manual box is great and feels perfectly matched with the willing and revvy 1.5-litre petrol engine.

It’s not the most spacious SUV around, but the MINI makes up for that with its trendy styling and excellent driving experience, while opting for the petrol over the slightly more flexible diesel means you lose a little performance, but gain when it comes to company car contributions.

Citroen C4 Picasso

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: Citroen C4 Picasso BlueHDi 120 Feel
Price: £24,270
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £24,095/25%
Engine/power: 1.6-litre 4cyl/118bhp
CO2/official economy: 100g/km/70.6mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 11.7 secs/117mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £201
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £100

MPVs might be feeling the squeeze from family SUVs, but not much compares if you need ultimate practicality. The Citroen C4 Picasso is a leader here, with its versatile seating and spacious interior. An efficient engine line-up means it’s cheap to run, even with the three per cent diesel surcharge company car tax buyers have to pay.

The Feel model has sat-nav, air-con, parking sensors and electric windows. While the 1.6 BlueHDi diesel is small, it packs a 118bhp punch and you’ll be happy to compromise, because the 100g/km CO2 emissions minimise your payments in tax.

Peugeot 3008

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: Peugeot 3008 1.2 PureTech 130 GT Line
Price: £26,470
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £26,250/24%
Engine/power: 1.2-litre 3cyl/129bhp
CO2/official economy: 117g/km/55.4mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 10.8 secs/117mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £210
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £105

The Peugeot 3008 is up there with the best crossovers. This 1.2-litre petrol model delivers low emissions and impressive economy for a family SUV, and performance is surprisingly good thanks to the strong mid-range torque from the turbo unit.

It’s also practical and comfortable, with a well-judged ride that’s firm enough to stop it feeling bouncy, but soft enough to glide over bumps.

The funky interior is packed with kit in affordable GT Line trim. It should definitely be on your company car shortlist, and especially in petrol form as the low CO2 emissions make it cheaper to run than a diesel.

Skoda Karoq

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L
Price: £24,515
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £24,300/26%
Engine/power: 1.5-litre 4cyl/148bhp
CO2/official economy: 125g/km/51.4mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 8.4 seconds/126mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £211
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £105

Skoda had a tough act to follow with the Yeti because buyers loved it, but the new Karoq is a fine choice for anyone after an SUV. What it lacks in character, it makes up for with a breadth of ability that sent it to the top of the crossover class.

A spacious interior and a versatile rear seat arrangement mean the car is a practical choice for families. This model’s 1.5-litre petrol engine offers efficiency and refinement in equal measure. It’s not the sportiest crossover, although the chassis delivers a good mix of engagement and comfort, while with 148bhp there’s plenty of performance.

This doesn’t come at the expense of efficiency, and with Skoda’s trademark value it means lower company car contributions. There’s also loads of standard kit, while the high-quality interior ensures the Karoq is a fine place to spend your time commuting or doing the school run.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 1.6 Turbo D 136 SRi VX-Line Nav
Price: £23,870
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £23,655/27%
Engine/power: 1.6-litre 4cyl/134bhp
CO2/official economy: 114g/km/65.7mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 9.9 seconds/131mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £213
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £106

If you’re looking for a car with loads of space inside, but won’t break the bank with its company car tax bills, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport could be the model for you. It’s one of the best-value vehicles on this list, because despite costing less than most family hatches it’s much bigger than cars in that class.

It’s not just spacious, though; the big Vauxhall is also pretty good to drive, with a comfortable chassis and a punchy 1.6-litre diesel engine. The 490-litre boot opens up to 1,450 litres with the rear seats folded, but in standard configuration there’s enough room for just about anything a family can throw at it.

The Sports Tourer is even more spacious, while the standard hatch is still an excellent buy and is cheaper for company car buyers, with tech such as OnStar and sat-nav in SRi VX-Line Nav trim really helping here.

Hyundai i30 N

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Best company cars £20,000 to £25,000

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Model: Hyundai i30 N
Price: £24,995
P11D price/2018/19 charge: £24,440/32%
Engine/power: 2.0-litre 4cyl/247bhp
CO2/official economy: 159g/km/40.4mpg
0-62mph/top speed: 6.4 seconds/155mph
Monthly BiK Bill high rate: £261
Monthly BiK Bill low rate: £130

Hyundai’s new hot hatch, the i30 N, was one of the biggest surprises of 2017. The firm isn’t known for its sporting models, but the i30 N is brilliant fun to drive and good value as well.

It proved the company has what it takes to mix with the best hot hatchbacks on sale; and it’s affordable for business buyers, too, thanks to an aggressive pricing structure from Hyundai for this lower-powered ‘entry-level’ model we’ve selected. The entertaining engine delivers strong performance, but it’s the i30 N’s chassis that really shines. There’s loads of grip and the configurable driving modes offer a wide range of ability, although the ride does feel firm on torn, bumpy tarmac.

There’s a more powerful Performance pack version available, which will be worth the money for serious driving enthusiasts, but if you want fun for not much cash, the standard model will be best.

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