Company Car Today’s inaugural CCT100 Awards, sponsored by dash cam giant Nextbase, reveals the century of models to serve any car fleet requirement

Company Car Today has, through exhaustive testing, research, data mining and industry experience, brought together a list of the top 100 company cars. Covering everything from supermini to sports, electric to executive, the CCT100 is every fleet operator’s guide to the best models in each segment, taking into account all the things that matter to companies running vehicles, and what their employees expect and require from their company cars. 

We’ve shortlisted the best five cars in each of the 20 categories that make up the UK marketplace to come up with our definitive list. That shortlist comprises the best seller, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturer’s fleet registration data, as well as the car in each class that offers the lowest emissions for optimum efficiency, the one that industry running costs expert Kee Resources deems to have the best residual value at three years and 60,000 miles, and two of our editorial team’s own picks, taking into account their experience of what is important to the company car operator and driver.

We’ve then taken all 100 and conducted a deep dive into their strengths and weaknesses across areas including pricing, efficiency, residual value, servicing and insurance, practicality and our subjective opinions on each model’s looks, driving experience and all-round appeal to pick out and recommend the most impressive models serving both the needs of the company and also appealing to the hard-to-please drivers.

It is subjective, backed up by hard numbers, and we make no apology for it not being something that every reader will agree with. But what’s life without a little healthy debate?

Before you scroll down and take a look at the CCT100 winners, why not take a look at our Awards highlights video:

We’ve set-out below the category winners and shortlisted vehicles.  For the full run-down on each of the 100 vehicles take a look at the winners issue of Company Car Today – you can see the digital version here from the 24th January 2018: www.companycartoday.co.uk/magazine

 

 

CCT100 City Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Suzuki Celerio and the VW Up

Winner – Volkswagen Up

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - City Car of the YearThe VW Up is the classy city car of choice, offering well-priced badge appeal and a sophistication that could be expected of larger cars. 

The Up, launched in 2011 alongside its Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo siblings, received a mid-life update last year, with revisions including a new bumper, new LED running lights and a new steering wheel. Extra standard equipment was added to the trim levels that run from Take Up to Move Up and High Up, along with a new Up Beats range-topper.

CCT100 City Car of the Year 2018 - Volkswagen UpThe 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine comes in 60hp, 75hp and 90hp forms, with emissions ranging from 96g/km to 101g/km. There is also the e-Up electric model. This has a range of 93 miles, but costs more than £25,000 before the Government grant.

The Up is definitely a good all-rounder, able to more than hold its own on the motorway and carrying four adults, while also proving characterful and fun to drive.

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CCT100 Supermini of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra, Seat Ibiza, Toyota Yaris, VW Pol

Winner – Nissan Micra

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Supermini of the Year - Nissan MicraThis was the closest category of all, with more than one countback being required to split four new and high-quality models that all launched inside the last 12 months.

The offering in this small hatchback sector is of a higher quality than ever before, and the new Micra just shaded it over the Ibiza, Fiesta and Polo – all of which are very good cars – thanks to its characterful styling, competitive pricing, low running costs and good efficiency.

The Micra is a significant reinvention for Nissan, with the previous car having lost its way, which brings its own challenges in communicating that the Japanese brand is back to form with its latest supermini offering.

CCT100 2018 Supermini of the Year - Nissan MicraBut back it certainly is. The car is comfortable and refined, and is better-behaved on longer trips than something of this size is expected to be, and should the unpleasant happen, levels of safety kit impress as much as the styling and possibility for personalisation. That last point is reflected in an entirely serious comment from a neighbour, remarking that the car was “too cool to be a Micra”.  The new car is five-door only and comes with 71hp or 90hp petrol powertrains.

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CCT100 Premium Supermini of the Year

Category Shortlist: Alfa Romeo Mito, Audi A1, DS 3, Mini Hatch, Smart ForFour

Winner – Mini Hatch

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Premium Supermini of the Year - Mini HatchThe Mini proves that style and badge appeal still count for a great deal in world where fleets watch every penny.

It’s testament to BMW that, 17 years after it revived the name, the Mini hatchback is now a firm fixture in the top-selling models in the UK, and the brand is as desirable as ever.

As appealing as it is, a car has to have more than swish styling if it’s 
to crack the value-driven supermini class. P11Ds may be higher than those of your average Fiesta, but that’s down to the premium badge, and Mini hatchbacks have long been renowned for cast-iron residual values, while the current model also has excellent SMR costs.

CCT100 2018 Premium Supermini of the Year - Mini HatchThe five-door body style also has 
a 278-litre boot, which is impressive for the class and dispels the old argument that the car is too small 
to be properly practical.

One D variants get as low 96g/km of CO2 and, as with the original Mini, the driving experience remains among the modern car’s highlights – even the basic hatch is a hoot.

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CCT100 Lower Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Ioniq, Skoda Octavia, VW Golf

Winner – Honda Civic

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Lower Medium Car of the Year - Honda CivicIntroducing a new model to the lower medium segment with an initial absence of a diesel engine was a bold move for Honda, but it’s paid off.

Despite encroaching competition from the 
swell of crossovers and SUVs, this class remains a huge opportunity for sales, 
and the Civic nameplate remains synonymous with reliability after 10 generations, added to which the latest version has more flair than its forebears.

The petrol engines are extremely accomplished – and they’ve come at the right time, given the recent shift away from diesel in the sales charts. Even with the rise of low-CCT100 2018 Lower Medium of the Year - Honda Civic - Front Image.jpgcapacity units, a 129hp 1.0-litre still sounds measly (a larger 182hp 1.5-litre engine is also available, though is less likely to appear on fleet choice lists). However, the little three-cylinder is anything but measly from behind the wheel; it’s full of character and far more willing than the nominal size would suggest. We also recorded good real-world mpg during our Big Test, which is both commendable and rare 
for a low-capacity petrol engine.

The colourful driving experience isn’t limited to the engine either, as the Civic’s chassis, steering and ride quality are all up with the best of the class.

CCT100 2018 Lower Medium of the Year - Honda Civic - Interior Image.jpgGo for the entry-level SE model with smaller wheels and you’re looking at a starting CO2 of 110g/km and a palatable 21% current benefit-in-kind band.

It’s in these and similar figures that the Civic really makes its case for fleets and company car drivers. A P11D kicking off at less than £19,000 is good value, and when you factor in the aforementioned BIK and CO2, along with highly competitive service, maintenance and repair costs, you end up with equally strong cost-per-mile figures.

As much sense as it makes to the shrewd fleet manager, the Honda’s jagged, out-there styling is a visual treat in a sea of blander rivals. It also has the practicality element CCT100 2018 Lower Medium of the Year - Honda Civic - Rear Image.jpgwell and truly licked; there’s heaps of space for rear passengers and, as with the previous Civic, the boot is among the biggest in the class, now at a huge 478 litres.

Honda is imminently adding a diesel engine, which will cater to higher mileage drivers. We’ll test it next month, but the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine has proved its worth in Hondas past, and it should complete what is a sterling package.

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CCT100 Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A3, BMW 3-Series, Lexus CT200h, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Volvo V40

Winner – Volvo V40

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year - Volvo V40While some sectors, such as the supermini class, are awash with new entrants, the choice lists for premium lower medium hatchbacks is a lot more established.

None of the big brands have significantly revised their offerings, which makes life easier for company car choosers. And as prestige brands have moved down into the domain of volume sellers, so employees have more opportunity to obtain a set of keys to a premium marque. 

CCT100 2018 Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year - Volvo V40And the best of those is Volvo’s V40, seeing off competition from the top German brands courtesy of stylish looks, competitive pricing and low emissions, all of which has efficiency and running costs benefits for both driver and company. 

It also has an attractive interior that matches the quality and style of the exterior, while service, maintenance and repair costs are kept well under control. The D2, D3 and D4 diesels see emissions drop to as low as 94g/km, and there is also a choice of T2, T3 and T5 petrol engines, which means power ranges from 120hp to 254hp. 

Volvo’s company car appeal is growing with each new product, but one of its longer-established ones is still brimming with appeal.

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CCT100 Upper Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Mazda 6, Skoda Superb, Toyota Prius, Vauxhall Insignia, WV Passat

Winner – Vauxhall Insignia

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Upper Medium Car of the Year - Vauxhall InsigniaThe Vauxhall Insignia has been part of the fleet furniture for 10 years. It has always been a good upper-medium car capable of carrying company car drivers over vast distances without a second thought. 

However, the new Insignia, which was launched last year in hatchback, estate and Country Tourer forms, is now a great car because it does so much more than simply offer a ‘white goods’ approach to high-mileage motoring. Vauxhall has clearly realised that the Insignia sits in one of the toughest market sectors and responded appropriately.

CCT100 2018 Upper Medium Car of the Year - Vauxhall InsigniaIt’s a sector from which the premium brands and new crossover models have both robbed sales, while rivals offer exceptionally strong contenders. The result is an Insignia 
that has come out fighting thanks to stylish design, generous equipment levels, a stunningly good list price which is coupled to low insurance and SMR costs to provide fleets with a winning whole-life cost.

The perfect illustration of this is the fleet-orientated Tech Line Nav trim level, which despite being near the top of the range (only Elite Nav is higher) still has the amazingly small starting price of under £22,000 and the starting price for the whole range is an almost unbelievable £17,635. While businesses are more interested in whole-life costs and lease rates, these list price figures still give a very good guide to the Insignia’s value proposition. What’s more at this level in the range, the Insignia is positively brimming with standard equipment.

CCT100 2018 Upper Medium Car of the Year - Vauxhall Insignia - Interior ImageIndeed one of the new Insignia’s biggest selling points is the technology that’s available. As a good example of this, the Tech Line Nav version’s standard equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, an eight-inch colour screen including satnav, Apple Carplay, digital radio, Bluetooth, 
traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance, and keyless entry. Capping all this off is Vauxhall’s pioneering OnStar connected car system that 
not only provides in-car wifi, but also allows the driver to monitor the car remotely and send satnav destinations to the car from the OnStar app.

Powering the Insignia is a range of engines from the 1.5-litre 165hp petrol unit that’s capable of 47.1mpg and has a CO2 figure of 136g/km through to the diesels which CCT100 2018 Upper Medium Car of the Year - Vauxhall Insignia - Insignia GSiinclude a 1.6 in either 110hp or 136hp outputs or a 2.0-litre diesel producing 170hp. The 136hp best-seller has an official fuel figure of 65.7mpg and a CO2 output of 114g/km in the Grand Sport hatchback bodystyle.

All this and the Vauxhall Insignia is still one of the most comfortable cars in its class, and boasts sleek and stylish good looks. This latest version has certainly been a successful reinvention.

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CCT100 Compact Executive Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Winner – Audi A4

CCT Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Compact Executive Car of the Year - Audi A4The upper-medium segment is core fleet territory, which means a car has to be tailored to the needs of company car drivers if it’s to succeed.

Audi’s A4 has always been 
the sensible choice in this class – and the current model personifies that. 
You simply cannot argue with its on-paper performance.

CO2 starts from 99g/km with the 2.0-litre 150hp TDI Ultra model – itself aimed at cost-conscious businesses – which leaves drivers with a 21% benefit-in-kind band in the current tax year. Solid residual values, low insurance costs and official fuel economy as high as 74.3mpg make the numbers stack up.

CCT100 2018 Compact Executive Car of the Year - Audi A4As sensible as the A4 is, it still has the appeal of the Audi badge and, while understated, the exterior is smart and businesslike. It’s perfectly complimented by the usual kind of plush and well-built interior that you’d expect from the brand. It’s also arguably the most refined of any car in the class.

There’s no shortage of space and the saloon’s 480-litre boot (505 litres in the Avant estate) means it does practicality well, too. A vast range of engines – including great petrol TFSI units – and quattro four-wheel variants make it as flexible as it is logical.

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CCT100 Executive Car of the Year:

Category Shortlist: Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Volvo V90/S90

Winner – BMW 5-series

CCT100 Award Winners Logo 2018 - Executive Car of the Year - BMW 5-Series

The executive saloon segment is among the most hotly contested of all, and requires cars to be exceptional and truly cutting-edge. BMW’s 5-Series is just that. 

It was launched as a saloon in early 
2017 and followed by the Touring estate in the summer. It left rivals trailing in its wake – chiefly because there is almost nothing it doesn’t do well – and it has set the standard for cars in this class for the foreseeable future.

The previous 5-Series was beginning to feel a little old, but it’s going to be a long time before the seventh-generation model receives the same accusation, because it’s absolutely loaded with tech.

BMW 5-Series side on - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 Winner

Entry-level SE models include fleet-friendly features such as front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, a DAB radio and BMW’s Professional Navigation system. The Connected Drive infotainment system 
has been developed to the point where 
it’s now very easy to use and a large, 10.2-inch screen is standard across the range. One of the system’s tricks is its ability to sync with a Microsoft calendar, which means appointments can be downloaded straight to the navigation system, and drivers using the Connected app will even be alerted if they need to leave earlier due to traffic problems.

Options include a remote parking system – which means the driver can manoeuvre the car into a space without actually sitting inside it – and a key that shows information such as 
the fuel level and whether or not the 
doors and boot are open.

BMW 5-Series Interior - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 Winner

Party tricks aside, the 5-Series has plenty going for it in the areas that really matter, such as cost. P11D figures can be 
a touch higher than those of equivalent rivals, however the strength of the residual values is such that the car’s overall whole-life cost and cost per mile figures are extremely competitive. 
The cachet of the brand remains a big 
draw for company car drivers, too.

No former 5-Series has ever been accused of having mediocre handling and, frankly, the same can be said of the current version. It’s more polished than its predecessor and as crisp a drive as you’ll find in the executive class, but it manages to deliver simultaneously excellent levels of refinement. There’s very little road, wind and engine noise regardless of whether you’re on the motorway or indulging on an empty bit of B-road.

As you’d expect from BMW, there’s a broad spread of engines and drivetrains. Diesels kick off with the proven 2.0-litre 190hp 520d, and then the 525d with 231hp followed by the 530d, which ups the ante with a 265hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit. Petrols, which err mainly on the side of performance, comprise the entry 184hp 520i, the 530i – a 3.0-litre 252hp six-cylinder – and a 3.0-litre 340hp 540i.

BMW 5-Series rear image - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 Winner

Given its focus on the fleet market, the manufacturer has also produced a pair 
of derivatives aimed squarely at the company car arena. The familiar Efficient Dynamics moniker returned, this time offering the same 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine from the standard 520d, but with 102g/km of CO2 and an official 72.4mpg, leaving it in the 22% benefit-in-kind band for the current tax year and at the forefront of conventionally powered executive saloons.

If ultra-low emissions are important, then the firm has that base covered, too. The 530e iPerformance is kitted out with a 184hp petrol engine and a 95hp electric motor, the result being 46g/km of CO2, official fuel economy of 141.2mpg and 
a 9% benefit-in-kind band.

It’s to the 5-Series’ credit that competitors such as the Audi A6, Jaguar 
XF, Mercedes E-Class and Volvo S90/V90 are all excellent cars, but the reality is that BMW’s latest executive car has put it firmly in pole position.

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CCT100 Luxury Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Porsche Panamera

Winner – Mercedes-Benz S-Class

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Luxury Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz S-ClassA masterpiece in almost every way, the Mercedes S-Class combines supreme comfort, a high-quality interior and the latest technology, as well as residual values and emissions that trump virtually all rivals’.

The diesel gets down to 141g/km, but then there is also a diesel hybrid at 120g/km and a 65g/km plug-in petrol hybrid, capable of 18 miles between charges.                                   A revision CCT100 2018 Luxury Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz S-Classlast year added impressive technology to a car that was already far from lacking in this department. This has been the one to beat in this sector for years, and despite the growing quality of rivals, it still is.

 

 

 

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CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Niro, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur

Winner – Citroen C3 Aircross

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Compact Crossover of the Year - Citroen C3 AircrossThe compact crossover market pioneered by the Nissan Juke exploded into life last year, with half a dozen new entrants looking to take advantage of the industry’s big area of growth.

That increase comes at the expense of small people-carriers and hatchbacks, with Citroen providing the perfect example of such a shift in attitude, because the C3 Aircross replaces the C3 Picasso, and is also expected to steal some sales from the C3 and C4 hatchbacks.

CCT100 2018 Compact Crossover of the Year - Citroen C3 AircrossExtrovert styling and good emissions figures are the first positives, but it’s a P11D price that undercuts rivals that gives the C3 Aircross an almost insurmountable lead. And that’s before you even look at the big boot space, low insurance group and reasonable residual value.

Three petrol and two diesel engines make up the engine options, with the middle petrol, the 110hp 1.2, available with an automatic gearbox as well as the manual.

Company car taxation and whole-life costs are low, and back up the styling and practicality to create a winning package.

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CCT100 Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar, Seat Ateca, Suzuki Vitara, Toyota C-HR

Winner -Seat Ateca

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Crossover of the Year - Seat AtecaLess than two years after entering a new sector and expanding the Seat range with a third core model line alongside the Ibiza and Leon, Seat has topped the CCT100 crossover category with the Ateca. 

It’s a stylish car that manages to look good without employing any divisive design characteristics, but that is backed up on paper by good results across the board. It’s got a hefty boot compared with rivals, so the practicality box is ticked, and the low list price, low insurance group and very good residual value all have a positive impact upon running costs. 

CCT100 2018 Crossover of the Year - Seat AtecaSeat also benefits from being part of the VW Group in terms of interior quality and infotainment, as well as the engine range, of which the petrol models are the gems of the range. The options are 1.0 115hp and 150hp 1.4 petrol, the latter being the one of choice, as well as 115hp 1.6 and 150hp 2.0 diesels. Emissions figures on the diesels can’t match t

Winner – he class best, but that’s the biggest downside of a car that’s otherwise an excellent all-rounder and deserved winner of the CCT100 Crossover of the Year title. 

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CCT100 Premium Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi Q2, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mini Countryman, Range Rover Evoque

Winner – BMW X1

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Premium Crossover of the Year - BMW X1The smallest of BMW’s ever-expanding ‘X’ range, the X1 will have numeric siblings filling the spots all the way up to the new X7 by the end of this year. Still, the X1 sets a high standard in terms of how it stacks up against key rivals. 

Low emissions and competitive pricing means a comparatively small company car BIK bill and low whole-life costs. The X1 is also good in term of interior space and has a large boot compared with rivals’. It drives as a BMW would be expected to, offering secure and sporty handling while having a quality of ride that isn’t too harsh. 

CCT100 2018 Premium Crossover of the Year - Winner - BMW X1This generation of X1 is getting on for three years old now, with the second bash at the small crossover being a significant improvement on the more awkward styling and slightly compromised interior and driving experience of the first car. 

Three diesel and two petrol engines cover bases from 140hp to 231hp, with the entry petrol and diesel available in front-wheel drive form as well as the four-wheel drive offered across all versions.

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CCT100 MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford C-Max, Kia Carens, Renault Scenic, VW Touran

Winner – Citroen C4 Picasso

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - MPV of the Year - Citroen C4 PicassoCitroen’s C4 Picasso isn’t the newest kid on the block, having been launched in 2013, but the looks are standing the test of time.

It was revised in 2016, bringing a couple of new engine options, neat 3D-effect rear lights, updates to the infotainment system and introducing safety tech. 

The engine range gets down to 100g/km from the 100hp 1.6 diesel, while a 120hp 1.6 and a 150hp 2.0 diesel are available along with 130hp and 165hp petrols. 

CCT100 2018 MPV of the Year - Citroen C4 Picasso

The C4 Picasso and seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso benefit from Citroen’s keen pricing, which combines with the low emissions figure to provide a company car benefit-in-kind result that rivals can’t match. 

Its interior is also versatile and family friendly, with the Grand C4 Picasso offering more space than most seven-seat rivals. 

The Citroen stands out for looks, purchase price, interior practicality and efficiency, making it a worthy winner of its class. 

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CCT100 Large MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford S-Max, Ford Galaxy, Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Seat Alhambra, VW Sharan

Winner – Ford S-Max

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Large MPV of the Year - Ford S-MaxThe S-Max is the full-size seven-seat MPV for people who don’t want to look like they’re driving an MPV.

Sporty design gives the S-Max a unique position, and that’s backed up by it being the best-driving car in its class. 

Interior functionality is far from forgotten, too, with five individual rear seats that can all be folded separately from a button in the boot.

CCT100 2018 Large MPV of the Year - Ford S-MaxThe current model’s range includes 160hp and 240hp petrol engines, or 150hp, 180hp and 210hp diesels, as well as an all-wheel-drive option on the 150hp and 180p diesels. 

The S-Max deservedly leads its segment for sales, as well as for cost per mile, and has a great residual value and sub-130g/km emissions. Combine that with non-MPV looks and a driving experience that is almost unbecoming of a family vehicle, and it’s a clear winner. 

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CCT100 SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan

Winner – Peugeot 5008

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - SUV of the Year - Peugeot 5008Over the past few years Peugeot has really got into its stride with the design, quality and styling of its products. The 5008 exemplifies these points. 

The SUV sector is brimming with excellent vehicles, but Peugeot has cracked the secret to real desirability among company car drivers. While the previous 5008 was practical and good value, it didn’t shine in the user-chooser’s eyes. Following hot on the heels of the new 3008, which made fleets and drivers sit up and take note early last year, the 5008 is still a practical car with styling that not only looks contemporary and appealing, but is CCT100 2018 SUV of the Year - Peugeot 5008also different from that of rival SUVs. This applies to both the exterior and 
the high-tech dashboard.

All versions have seven seats which are easy to slide and fold. In a five-seat set-up the boot is massive; at 952 litres its eclipses even large estate cars, let alone direct rivals.

Power comes from a choice of modern and efficient engines. The most frugal of which – the 99hp 1.6-litre diesel – is capable of an impressive 68.9mpg and has a CO2 figure of just 106g/km.

All this is wrapped up in a high-value, low-cost price that results in good 
whole-life costs.

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CCT100 Premium SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, Volvo XC60

Winner – Alfa Romeo Stelvio

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Premium SUV of the Year - Alfa Romeo StelvioThe Stelvio is the second half of a two-pronged attack that proves a resurgent Alfa Romeo is on the right track for company car operators and drivers.

It arrived late last year as a follow-up to 
the Giulia saloon that came in the first 
half of 2017 to critical acclaim.

This new SUV achieves its goals in a very similar way, combining classic Italian styling with low emissions, a great driving experience and good safety equipment.

CCT100 2018 Premium SUV of the Year - Alfa Romeo StelvioCompany car drivers will, even in the current climate, gravitate towards the 180hp and 210hp 2.2-litre diesel engine options, while there are also 200hp and 280hp petrols. A high-performance Quadrifoglio version appear this year.

All cars are eight-speed automatics as standard, with the higher specs getting all-wheel drive, and the lower trims a more efficient rear-wheel-drive powertrain. 
The lowest CO2 figure on offer is 124g/km, with all the diesels offering an advantage over most competition.

CCT100 2018 Premium SUV of the Year - Alfa Romeo Stelvio - Rear ImageIn a close battle with one other rival in particular, the Stelvio’s competitive P11D price, performance, emissions and good looks all helped swing the award in its favour, giving Alfa Romeo a victory in this hard-fought category.

 

 

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CCT100 Large SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Kia Sorento, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX, Range Rover, Volvo XC90

Winner – Volvo XC90

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Large SUV of the Year - Volvo XC90The XC90 has been Volvo’s flagship car since the first-generation SUV was launched in 2002, and it took the company a dozen years to replace it. But when the new version finally arrived, it was worth the wait and propelled Volvo back to the top of the SUV table. 

The XC90 set the agenda for the complete revamp of Volvo’s model range, defining a classy design template that the XC60 and S90/V90 have since followed inside and out. 

The cabin is dominated by a large vertically mounted touchscreen, while Volvo has continued its fine tradition in comfortable seating. 

CCT100 2018 Large SUV of the Year - Volvo XC90 To drive, it’s soft and comfy rather than sporty, and all cars come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto gearbox

The new XC90 is certainly not cheap, with the entry model coming in just £95 under £50,000, but it still significantly undercuts its biggest rival in seven-seat family SUV terms – Land Rover’s Discovery. 

Volvo also has a plug-in hybrid version, the T8, that’s taking more than 20% of sales, but the 163g/km, 235hp D5 diesel is the dominant player. 

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CCT100 PHEV of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW 330e, Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander, VW Passat GTE, Volvo XC90 T8

Winner – BMW 330e

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - PHEV of the Year - BMW 330eThe 330e is proving to be a big hit for BMW, combining the brand’s legendary driving dynamics with a tax-efficient powertrain that is proving to be appealing for increasing numbers of company car drivers. 

The 330e has a 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, combined with a 7.7kWh battery providing the electric motor with a further 88hp, and can run in pure electric, hybrid or a battery-save mode. When running together, they offer a potent 252hp, which means a car that accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds can still offer an emissions figure that starts at just 44g/km. Even the M-Sport model on bigger wheels gets under the 50g/km point.

CCT100 2018 PHEV of the Year - BMW 330eLike all plug-in hybrids, the key thing is usage patterns, because the most efficient miles in a 330e are the first 25 or so, before the battery drains and the petrol engine starts to power the car. Over longer distances, a 320d would be more efficient, something BMW is at pains to point out to ensure that drivers are taking cars to suit their needs, rather than choosing the 330e simply for the lower BIK tax figure.

CCT100 2018 PHEV of the Year - BMW 330e Image 2But in the right conditions, the 330e is a fine example of how plug-in technology can be deployed by company car drivers with minimal behavioural change and, in the right situation, major cost benefit for both the driver and the company.

 

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CCT100 Full Electric Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S, WV e-Golf

Winner – Renault Zoe

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Electric Car of the Year - Renault ZoeWith an official range figure of 250 miles, the Renault Zoe is at the forefront of fleets’ moves to adopt electric vehicles. The new Zoe Z.E.40 model was added to the range last year, joining the 22kW version that comes with an official range of 149 miles.

The lower-powered model is still offered, although only with the Expression trim level that is the entry of three on offer.

CCT100 2018 Electric Car of the Year - Renault ZoeThe Zoe offers good looks that aren’t divisive or too stand-out, as is the case with some other plug-in models, and the compact dimensions dovetail well with a car that isn’t likely to spend too much of its time travelling inter-city.

For the Z.E.40, Renault quotes real-world estimates of 186 miles in summer and 124 in winter, obviously affected by a whole range of factors including temperature, driving style and speed and use of kit such as climate control and lights.

CCT100 2018 Electric Car of the Year - Renault Zoe - Rear ImageThe Zoe is also the cheapest way into a modern mainstream electric car, with the smaller-battery model costing less than £20,000 once the Government’s £4,500 plug-in car grant is factored in, if you buy the battery outright. Lease it for £49-£99 per month depending on mileage, and the up-front cost drops to just over £14,000, with even the most expensive Zoe then costing only a touch over £21,000.

The Zoe is a great example of how electric cars can fit into business mobility, especially with the higher range figures that put it second only to Tesla’s models.

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CCT100 Sports Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A5, Audi TT, BMW 4-Series, Mazda MX-5, Porsche 718

Winner – Mazda MX-5

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Sports Car of the Year - Mazda MX-5Small, modestly powered and pretty, the MX-5 proves that cars don’t have to be powerful to be fun, coming in 131hp 1.5 or 160hp 2.0 forms.

The engaging steering, sweet gearshift and nimble chassis make for a very rewarding car. Emissions aren’t great at

142g/km or 161g/km respectively, but this isn’t a car for those doing significant mileage anyway.

Mazda enhanced the latest MX-5’s line-up last year with the hard-top RF model. It’s CCT100 2018 Sports Car of the Year - Mazda MX-5pricier than the regular version, but features a retractable metal roof that improves sound insulation, making for a more relaxed longer distance cruiser.

 

There’s nothing else quite like the MX-5, certainly not with the car’s price tag and running costs, which is why it’s our recommendation.

 

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Reader-Voted Award:

CCT100 Most Exciting New Car of 2018

Category Shortlist: BMW X2, Citroen C5 Aircross, Ford Focus, Tesla Model 3, Volvo XC40

Winner – Citroen C5 Aircross

CCT100 Awards Winners Logo 2018 - Most Exciting New Car of 2018 - Citroen C5 AircrossIt’s a good year for Citroen. Company Car Today selected the new C3 Aircross as its Small Crossover of the Year, and its forthcoming big brother was voted Most Exciting New Car of 2018 by our readers. 

The C5 Aircross is already on sale in China thanks to the huge demand there for crossovers, and this rival to the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca will launch in the UK at the end of 2018; the priority in Europe is the smaller sector that the C3 Aircross occupies.

CCT100 Most Exciting New Car of 2018 Citroen C5 Aircross - Image 2Citroen has revived its famous hydraulic suspension for the C5 Aircross and in China it is powered by 165hp and 200hp petrol engines. In Europe it’s safe to assume diesels will also be available, while it will also be the manufacturer’s first car to feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which will produce 300bhp, rendering it Citroen’s most powerful production car to date.

CCT100 Most Exciting New Car of 2018 - Citroen C5 AircrossThe firm’s EAT6 automatic gearbox will be available with the new car, along with a series of advanced driving aids.

Underneath, the C5 Aircross will be very closely related to the Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall Grandland X.

 

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CCT100 Car of the Year 2018:

BMW 5-series

CCT100 Awards Winner Logo 2018 - CCT100 Car of the Year - BMW 5-SeriesAlso the winner of the Executive Car of the Year category,  the BMW 5-Series goes head to head with the very best cars available to fleets and company car drivers alike, and it’s BMW exceptional all-round package and truly cutting-edge technology which makes the BMW 5-Seires our CC100 Car of the Year 2018. 

It was launched as a saloon in early 
2017 and followed by the Touring estate in the summer. It left rivals trailing in its wake – chiefly because there is almost nothing it doesn’t do well – and it has set the standard for cars in this class for the foreseeable future.

The previous 5-Series was beginning to feel a little old, but it’s going to be a long time before the seventh-generation model receives the same accusation, because it’s absolutely loaded with tech.

BMW 5-Series side on - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 Winner

Entry-level SE models include fleet-friendly features such as front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, a DAB radio and BMW’s Professional Navigation system. The Connected Drive infotainment system 
has been developed to the point where 
it’s now very easy to use and a large, 10.2-inch screen is standard across the range. One of the system’s tricks is its ability to sync with a Microsoft calendar, which means appointments can be downloaded straight to the navigation system, and drivers using the Connected app will even be alerted if they need to leave earlier due to traffic problems.

Options include a remote parking system – which means the driver can manoeuvre the car into a space without actually sitting inside it – and a key that shows information such as 
the fuel level and whether or not the 
doors and boot are open.

BMW 5-Series Interior - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 WinnerParty tricks aside, the 5-Series has plenty going for it in the areas that really matter, such as cost. P11D figures can be 
a touch higher than those of equivalent rivals, however the strength of the residual values is such that the car’s overall whole-life cost and cost per mile figures are extremely competitive. 
The cachet of the brand remains a big 
draw for company car drivers, too.

No former 5-Series has ever been accused of having mediocre handling and, frankly, the same can be said of the current version. It’s more polished than its predecessor and as crisp a drive as you’ll find in the executive class, but it manages to deliver simultaneously excellent levels of refinement. There’s very little road, wind and engine noise regardless of whether you’re on the motorway or indulging on an empty bit of B-road.

As you’d expect from BMW, there’s a broad spread of engines and drivetrains. Diesels kick off with the proven 2.0-litre 190hp 520d, and then the 525d with 231hp followed by the 530d, which ups the ante with a 265hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit. Petrols, which err mainly on the side of performance, comprise the entry 184hp 520i, the 530i – a 3.0-litre 252hp six-cylinder – and a 3.0-litre 340hp 540i.

BMW 5-Series rear image - CCT100 Car of the Year 2018 Winner

Given its focus on the fleet market, the manufacturer has also produced a pair 
of derivatives aimed squarely at the company car arena. The familiar Efficient Dynamics moniker returned, this time offering the same 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine from the standard 520d, but with 102g/km of CO2 and an official 72.4mpg, leaving it in the 22% benefit-in-kind band for the current tax year and at the forefront of conventionally powered executive saloons.

If ultra-low emissions are important, then the firm has that base covered, too. The 530e iPerformance is kitted out with a 184hp petrol engine and a 95hp electric motor, the result being 46g/km of CO2, official fuel economy of 141.2mpg and 
a 9% benefit-in-kind band.

It’s to the 5-Series’ credit that competitors such as the Audi A6, Jaguar 
XF, Mercedes E-Class and Volvo S90/V90 are all excellent cars, but the reality is that BMW’s latest executive car has put it firmly in pole position.