When looking for a bad-ass business car, you want super fuel efficiency for those commutes, contemporary design, superior comfort but above all, an enjoyable driving experience. Gone are the days when business cars meant boredom and stuffy-suit functionality. There’s a plethora of new models out on the market for 2015 which Vertu Lease Cars has compiled for us, combining the best balance of horsepower and fuel economy in the reasonable price range of between £20,400 to £46,000 new, or £150-300 leased.
Choosing the Best Car
Firstly, it’s important to know that there is no best car overall. According to Tyre Shopper, what is best depends on your personal circumstances. For example, there’s no reason to have a super fuel efficient vehicle which is significantly more expensive than similar models if your daily commute is only 10 minutes. The opposite is true too, you might save more money over the life of the car if it’s fuel efficient compared to shaving off a few hundred pounds for a cheaper, but less economical, model.
So, below, we’ve put together a quick list of the types of commute that you could associate yourself with. These are Short, Long, Winter and Summer and you might be surprised as to what type of vehicle will be the best fit for your driving circumstances.
This is typically less than 10 minutes, in an urban setting. Naturally, for these types of commutes a small car will be sufficient and actually be an advantage, especially if there’s traffic or tight parking. Fuel efficiency won’t be the most important factor, however as you would choose a smaller car, this isn’t always an issue.
Probably the worst kind of commute, long drives to work mean that you need fuel efficiency, comfort and reliability. Throw in business calls along the way and you’re looking at getting a model with the latest in communications technology – think hands-free, Bluetooth, sat nav etc. Here, the smallest cars won’t be suited to longer commutes, especially if you’re hitting the motorways.
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, you’ll know that when it snows, everything on the roads descents into chaos. Driving in the winter requires specific technical demands on your car, so choosing one that is suited, or at least adaptable, is essential. AWD or 4WD is the key here, with great exhaust parts and enough ground clearance to get around snow banks or under the car if you get trapped. This doesn’t mean that you need a 4×4 though, or big SUV, many saloon cars come with these as standard, so, unless you plan on ploughing the roads yourself instead of taking a public road, you’ll be more than ready for winter.
In the summertime, commuting can be fun. What could be better than top-down driving to lift your spirits on the drive home? Consider a convertible or a small, efficient sports car, and you’ll gain more than fuel efficiency for your drive.
The Volvo S60 showcases a sleek blend of Swedish styling and the latest in safety technology. Fully kitted out with a 40-hp turbo four with front-wheel drive, an all-wheel drive version is also available with a 250-hp turbo five-cylinder or 325-hp turbo inline-six. For a long wheelbase and extra legroom, check out the Inscription model.
Jaguar brings beautifully designed curves to the table with its new XF model. Confidence inspiring with great handling and fuel efficiency means that the XF means serious business. Fitted with the latest in in safety and multimedia technology, the Jaguar XF is possibly the cream of the crop for business cars this year.
The Ford Mondeo is a stable business commute car, with a comfortable drive, executive look and 150 diesel engine means that it is a sure-fire contender. Both agile and responsive, with great steering, the Mondeo is consistent in its response and reassuringly weighted.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a wildcard on our list and certainly ranks as the most fun to drive. A perfectly balanced chassis means that, combined with a powerful engine and slick transmission, the Miata is an old favourite for commutes and for weekend pleasure drives. Why not keep the fun going, and drive the two-seater to the office?
The Volkswagen e-Golf is one of the newest in the range, converted into electric with an incredible 105 highway, MPGe to boot. This version has kept everything but the power source as Golf-like as possible e.g. heated seats, ultra-precise drivetrain. Great for both city commutes and long haul drives due to efficiency, it’s not the first choice for the business traveller, but it certainly stands out.
The Hyundai i40 is definitely the new kid on the block. Released in 2014, no other company was able to eclipse the innovation, magnificence, and sheer technological arrogance of the Tesla and it’s still going strong. The Model S is a technological tour de force, a high-performance electric vehicle with usable real-world range, wrapped in a luxury package with an incredible 84 MPGe.
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