2019 CCT100 Winners

2019 CCT100 AwardsWelcome to the second annual Company Car Today CCT100 Awards, where we run down the 100 cars that can serve any fleet requirement, as well as picking out the class best in the 20 main car categories, and anointing our 2019 Car of the Year.

We have trawled the UK car market, assessing the merits of every car on sale to draw up shortlists of the top five cars in every segment. We list our 2018 champion alongside the fleet best-seller in each sector, according to the SMMT fleet sales classification, and the conventionally-powered car with the lowest emissions in each segment. Then we’ve added two picks of our own, voted by Company Car Today’s expert bank of contributors, taking into account everything that makes for an appealing company car.

With those five-car shortlists created, we’ve then taken an in-depth look at the 12 separate qualities we believe make for a good company car – everything from running costs using industry expert Kee Resources’ whole life cost data, to price, emissions, BIK payments and residual value, along with insurance cost, boot space, performance and three categories based on our own experience of how the cars look, drive and perform as an overall company car proposition.

With each car given a score, that is then transformed into the chart that unfolds over the next 26 pages of the top 100 cars to cover every fleet purpose, keeping drivers, fleet managers and accountants happy. Feel free to let us know what you think of our choices…

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.

 

 

CCT100 City Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Seat Mii, Toyota Aygo, VW Up

Winner – Volkswagen Up

CCT Awards logo 2019 City Car of the Year - VW UP

Retaining our City Car of the Year crown is the Volkswagen Up, a model that proves small cars can manage grown-up tasks, and one that also shows that the slightly more prestigious brands can compete on cost alone with volume offerings.

The Up scored a comfortable triumph in this category thanks to its very competitive P11D offering, combined with good emissions figures that lead to low tax payments for company car drivers opting for the baby VW. On top of that, it offers low running costs for businesses.

The Up also topped the list for insurance and SMR costs, and offers impressive levels of passenger space and boot volume.

Volkswagen Up - Image for 2019 CCT100 AwardsThe car comes with 60hp, 75hp and 90hp 1.0-litre engine options, as well as the new budget hot hatch Up GTI that comes with a 115hp version of the same engine and offers hefty levels of smile-inducing fun for well under £15,000. Volkswagen also sells the e-Up electric model, which has a range of 83 miles on a full charge, although costs more than £22,000 even after the Government plug-in car grant is factored in.

But the main range starts from just over £9500, with the five-door costing £400 more than the three-door, and the Up is a car supremely comfortable in the city, but more than capable of a wider brief than might be expected of such a small car.

 

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CCT100 Supermini of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford Fiesta, Nissan Micra, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall Corsa, VW Polo

Winner – Volkswagen Polo

CCT Awards logo 2019 Supermini of the Year - VW polo

For the second year in a row, the supermini segment was right up there with the most hotly contested categories, but this year it’s Volkswagen’s Polo that prevailed, doubling up on the success of its Up smaller sibling in the city car class.

The Polo has always been the premium choice in the volume sector with VW’s brand cachet counting for a lot, and the latest Polo, launched just over a year ago, continues that understated quality. Only now it’s priced more competitively rather than carrying a premium over its very competent major rivals.

Volkswagen Polo - 2019 CCT100 Awards Supermini of the YearThis means it’s also a running costs champion, rather than being a car you have to justify paying slightly more to run. Only insurance cost, which was joint third of the five cars we shortlisted in the supermini segment, wasn’t up with the class best. Special credit goes to the SMR cost as well as the predictable residual value advantage.

Another area in which the Polo scores well against competitors is boot space, and it can pretty much hold its own against the likes of Ford’s Fiesta in terms of driver enjoyment. On top of that it’s also a car that’s as at home on longer higher-speed runs as it is around town.

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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

CCT Awards logo 2019 Premium Supermini of the Year - Mini Hatch

The Mini’s unbeatable combination of character, fun and on-paper excellence has seen it retain its title as our premium supermini of the year.

The three- and five-door hatch received a mid-life revision last summer, most obviously at the rear where the Union Jack tail lights give it away. It also gets full-circle LED running lights at the front, and a seven-speed auto gearbox.

Mini revised its trim levels during 2018 amid concerns that they weren’t the most straightforward to understand, with the line-up now running as Classic, Sport and Exclusive.

Mini Hatch - 2019 CCT100 Awards Premium Supermini of the YearWhat haven’t changed are the core Mini strengths. The engines are strong and it’s a superb-handling little car, although ride quality is compromised to achieve that handling prowess.

It makes great sense on paper with sensible pricing and decent emissions figures making for good running costs, especially when the great residual values and surprisingly low SMR costs are also factored in.

The Mini has again proven itself to be strong for the driver and for the fleet manager, and is again a very worthy Premium Supermini of the Year.

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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

CCT Awards logo 2019 Lower Medium Car of the Year - Honda Civic

The excellent Civic continues to impress, and added a diesel engine in early 2018 and a saloon version at the very end of the year.

They joined a launch line-up dominated by the excellent 129hp petrol engine that offers emissions of just 110g/km, while the new 120hp diesel gets down to 93g/km.

The Civic impresses for its range of talents. As well as very decent emissions, it’s a big car that’s second only to Skoda’s vast Octavia for both boot and rear passenger space, and the hatchback’s 478 litres is plenty. And that’s then beaten by the new saloon’s 519 litres, although the slightly cheaper and much better-looking hatchback is still the preferable choice.

Honda Civic - 2019 CCT100 Awards Lower Medium Car of the YearThe Honda also handles nicely, up with the best in class, but is also refined and settled enough to plough miles up and down motorways all day. The interior and infotainment are a little fussy and take some getting used to, but material quality is good across the cabin compared with some rival products, and a competitive P11D price makes for reasonable BIK payments for drivers.

It’s a great all-rounder in the most core fleet of segments, and that’s why despite some renewed strong competition this year, it’s again a clear winner.

 

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CCT100 Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, Lexus CT200h, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Volvo V40

Winner – Mercedes-Benz A-Class

CCT Awards logo 2019 Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The excellent A-Class arrived last summer and caught the attention thanks to its sharper styling both outside and in.

But the biggest story, at least from a company car perspective, didn’t come until nearly six months after the A-Class’s arrival, when Mercedes-Benz shocked the fleet marketplace by announcing that it will have the UK’s first RDE2-compliant cars on sale from March.

What that means is the A-Class will be the first car to bust through the Government’s punitive four-band company car benefit-in-kind tax penalty, bringing BIK on diesel models back in line with their petrol counterparts for the first time in years.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Premium Lower Medium Car of the YearMercedes claims that, when compared with the old model, the saving on a 40% taxpayer’s BiK payments equates to more than £460 on an A-Class A220d AMG Line over three years. In addition to the company car tax savings, RDE2-qualifying cars also move down one band in the VED table, cutting road tax costs for fleets.

Inside, the improvements are stunning, and include the option of huge side-by-side 10.3-inch screens to run the dashboard and infotainment functions.

Aside from the efficient new engines, the A-Class range has many other strengths, including sharper styling, high-quality and nicely laid-out interior, and excellent running costs, thanks in particular to class-leading residual values and low insurance costs. Boot space is also good, and comfort matches that of the premium competition.

The fact that it’s also an attractive, nice-driving, higher-quality and cost-efficient package earns it the titles as our Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year.

 

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CCT100 Upper Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Peugeot 508, Skoda Superb, Toyota Prius, Vauxhall Insignia, VW Passat

Winner – Vauxhall Insignia

CCT Awards logo 2019 Upper Medium Car of the Year - Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is again our favourite upper-medium option, and it continues to offer a well-priced route into a comfortable and well-equipped hatchback or estate.

The latest Insignia arrived less than two years ago, taking a big step on from the car it replaced across the board, but particularly in introducing more elegant styling than the rounded model that went before. It’s also roomier, particularly in Sport Tourer estate form, where the load area was engineered to fit larger and boxier equipment than the previous car could manage.

As well as being well-priced, the Insignia is kitted with company car drivers in mind; equipment includes lane-keep assist and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto standard across the range, which is something some premium brands could learn from.

Vauxhall Insignia - 2019 CCT100 Awards Upper Medium Car of the YearThe fleet-focused Tech Line trim adds front and rear parking sensors, larger alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and lumbar adjustment, and options have been kept reasonable, with head-up display, for example, less than £300.

The engine range was expanded late last year to now include four diesel engines of 110hp, 136hp, 170hp and 210hp as well as three turbocharged petrols of 140hp, 165hp and 200hp.

But it’s the car’s sheer cost-effectiveness, space, style and equipment that speak loudest in the upper-medium sector, and that’s what make the Insignia a two-time CCT100 Upper Medium Car of the Year.

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CCT100 Compact Executive Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Kia Stinger, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo V60

Winner – Audi A4

CCT Awards logo 2019 Compact executive Car of the Year - Audi A4

Audi’s A4 has grabbed the top prize in what is the most aspirational of sectors in the company car arena; these are the cars that will signify that ambitious young executives are climbing the career ladder.

The A4, available in saloon or Avant estate form, has for years gone head-to-head with the BMW 3-Series in particular, as well as the Mercedes C-Class. Other younger challengers such as the Volvo V60 and, from well into left-field, the Kia Stinger, have also shown themselves to be worthy of shortlisting in this compact executive car category.

Following the changes to the emissions testing regime, Audi has dropped the A4’s engine range to just four engines – 150hp and 190hp 2.0-litre options for both petrol and diesel fans. The 150hp SE diesel offers the best emissions figure at 114g/km.

Audi A4 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Compact Executive Car of the YearApart from the entry petrol, which is also available as a six-speed manual, all models are seven-speed S Tronic automatics, and the 190hp diesel can be specified with quattro four-wheel drive.

The range runs from SE to Sport, S Line and the Black Edition, with a wide range of optional extras available across all models.

Audi’s victory was sealed with a strong performance for company car BIK tax, as well as cost per mile, driven by low list price and an excellent insurance grouping.

The car also offers a much better driving experience than previous A4s. While it can’t quite match the rear-wheel drive 3-Series on that score, the gap is a lot closer than it has previously been.

Predictably, the A4 has an excellent cabin, with quality of materials and layout both top-drawer, as is a long-held Audi strength. The MMI infotainment system is also sensible to use and offers good functionality. Boot space is also decent, with the saloon offering 480 litres, and the Avant increasing that to a squarer and more usable 505.

It was a close-run thing between the A4 and its BMW arch-rival, and it will be interesting to see what the all-new 3-Series can bring to the table this March, and how the A4 will fare in retaining its crown. But for 2019, the Audi is top of the pile, and our pick for the best compact executive company car.

 

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CCT100 Executive Car of the Year:

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

Winner – BMW 5-series

CCT Awards logo 2019 Executive Car of the Year - BMW 5-series

Our overall 2018 CCT100 Car of the Year has remained strong in the face of increased competition over the past 12 months, and comfortably retained the title of Executive Car of the Year.

Despite the new Audi A6 having arrived on the scene, the overall prowess of the BMW 5-Series means it continues to reign, while showing little sign of weakness in its armoury.

The 5-Series has always been the choice for those seeking a keen-handling car, but the latest generation, launched in 2017, added impressive levels of cutting-edge connectivity as well as increased interior quality to what was already a very compelling package.

BMW 5-Series - 2019 CCT100 Awards Executive Car of the YearThe BMW Connected app is, among other features, able to learn most frequently travelled routes as “learned destinations” for future suggestions, update colleagues or family on estimated time of arrival and pick up calendar appointments to send notifications to Apple or Android phones, or Apple or Samsung smartwatches, alerting the driver of the traffic-adjusted time they need to leave. Amazon Echo users can also check the car’s status and even lock it using voice commands.

The thing that sealed a second consecutive CCT100 Executive Car of the Year award was the absence of any weaknesses across the 12 qualities we use to judge a great company car. Within the five shortlisted vehicles, the BMW was never worse than third place, illustrating its appeal on paper as much as from behind the wheel, somewhere it has always excelled. Emissions and company car BIK payment levels were especially strong, but it was an impressive all-round display.

The 5-Series comes with a choice of three petrol engines – the 184hp 520i, 252hp 530i and the high-powered 340hp 540i, although the volume in this sector is still with the diesel engines that, in the case of both the 150hp 518d and the 190hp 520d, get below the 120g/km mark for CO2 emissions. There’s also a 265hp 530d model at the top of the diesel offering.

Growing quickly is the plug-in hybrid 530e (a car that sits separately a little further down the CCT100 on its own merits), which gets below 50g/km for CO2 emissions by combining an 184hp petrol engine with a battery capable of running the car with zero tailpipe emissions for just under 30 miles. At present, only Volvo’s S90 and V90 T8 can offer something to rival that car.

The majority of the 5-Series range is rear-wheel drive, although the 540i model comes with the xDrive 4×4 system as standard; this is also available with the 520d and 530d models, adding £2000 to the cost and 7g/km and 8g/km respectively to the emissions figures.

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CCT100 Luxury Car of the Year

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

Winner – Audi A8

CCT Awards logo 2019 Luxury Car of the Year - AUDI A8

Coming straight in at the top of the luxury saloon category is Audi’s new A8, which arrived at the beginning of 2018. It is a good all-rounder, finishing at or near the head of the field on every category we use to judge company car suitability.

The new car is packed with the latest technology, including future-proofing for whenever new levels of autonomy become legal. It also introduced Audi’s new twin-screen control system, and was the first Audi to be equipped with mild hybrid technology.

The range currently consists of 286hp diesel and 340hp petrol engines and just the one trim level, with regular or long-wheelbase alternatives depending on whether the Audi A8 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Luxury Car of the Yearowner will be spending more time in the front or the back seat.

 

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CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Niro, Kia Stonic, Seat Arona, Vauxhall Mokka X

Winner – Citroen C3 Aircross

CCT Awards logo 2019 Compact Crossover of the Year - Citroen C3 Aircross

Our 2018 champion retains the Compact Crossover of the Year title despite facing new and improved challengers this year, in particular the Seat Arona.

The C3 Aircross’s biggest strengths are its list price, and its great emissions figures, while drivers will enjoy the excellent space, as well as the low company car BIK payments.

The engine line-up has a pair of diesels and three petrol engines, all manual apart from the 110hp petrol, which has the option of the six-speed automatic gearbox.

Citroen C3 Aircross - 2019 CCT100 Awards Compact Crossover of the YearLast summer the C3 Aircross passed 100,000 sales after just 10 months on sale.

 

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CCT100 Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Toyota C-HR
Winner -Skoda Karoq

CCT Awards logo 2019 Crossover of the Year - Skoda Karoq

When the Karoq launched in the UK early last year, it proved a hit.

The crossover scores well across the board, with refinement and comfort being the overriding characteristics from behind the wheel, while the interior takes the usual route of liberating some nice bits and pieces from the Volkswagen Group parts bin, including the clear and easy-to-use touchscreen. Practicality is also strong, especially a boot offering more than 500 litres of capacity.

The Karoq is very well-priced, and beats the residual values of rivals, which gives it a top cost-per-mile figure. That P11D price combines with emissions figures to keep down tax costs.

Skoda Karoq - 2019 CCT100 Awards Crossover of the YearAs near as the Kodiaq gets to criticism is the subjective view that the styling is a bit too much of a shrunken version of the Kodiaq and lacking individuality.

 

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CCT100 Premium Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW X1, BMW X2, DS 7 Crossback, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40

Winner – Volvo XC40

CCT Awards logo 2019 Premium Crossover of the Year - Volvo XC40

Volvo’s new crossover arrived in the UK last spring, and instantly jumped to the head of the sector in a series of ways. The most obvious one is the styling, which bucked an industry trend by certainly not just being a mini-me of large SUV models, as various rival products could stand accused of being.

It also has impressive passenger space, and features Volvo’s classy interior styling, complete with large vertical touchscreen.

As is the case with many Volvo models in its modern line-up, the XC40 beats its German rivals for residual value, and is also in the right area for insurance and SMR cost, although emissions and P11D price could both be a touch more competitive to drive down company car tax costs.

Volvo XC40 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Premium Crossover of the YearThe XC40 comes with a vast range of combinations across front- or all-wheel drive, 150hp and 190hp diesel and 156hp and 247hp petrol engines and three trim levels, each with a ‘Pro’ enhancement package. There will also be a plug-in hybrid addition this year, and the car will also become the first Volvo to get a full electric model when the EV version follows in 2020.

 

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CCT100 MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen Berlingo, Citroen C4 Spacetourer, Peugeot Rifter, Toyota Prius+, VW Touran

Winner – Peugeot Rifter

CCT Awards logo 2019 MPV of the Year - Peugeot Rifter

The Rifter launched last year as a replacement for the Partner Tepee, is a step up in pretty much every area.

Closely related to the Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo Life, the Rifter comes in a choice of two body lengths – standard and long – and with either five or seven seats.

Compared with the Partner Tepee’s, the Rifter’s styling has more character, helped by the short nose, while the practicality is clear from the sliding rear doors and huge boot space of up to 775 litres under the rear shelf. However, fold down the three individual rear seats and that goes up to 4000 litres. The rear window also opens for boot access.

Peugeot Rifter - 2019 CCT100 Awards MPV of the YearThe driving experience isn’t the Rifter’s most sparkling characteristic, although the high driving position and tight turning circle make it an easy vehicle to pilot.

Running costs are kept low by the efficient engines, low list price, excellent residual values and low insurance, making for a great cost-per-mile figure.

 

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CCT100 Large MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen Spacetourer, Ford S-Max, Ford Galaxy, Ford Tourneo Custom, Seat Alhambra
Winner – Ford S-Max

CCT Awards logo 2019 Large MPV of the Year - Ford S-Max

Retaining its Large MPV of the Year title is the car that proved seven-seat people-carriers can be dynamic.

The S-Max received new Ecoblue diesel engines last year, in 120hp, 150hp, 190hp and Bi-Turbo 240hp outputs, as well as a new eight-speed auto gearbox that allowed for the introduction of a stop-and-go function for the adaptive cruise control.

Its stylish exterior houses good space for five plus luggage, or two more small people in the third row.

The S-Max also retains an impressive amount of its value, although SMR and insurance costs are high compared to those of other big seven-seaters.

Ford S-Max - 2019 CCT100 Awards Large MPV of the YearBut overall, there’s still nothing to touch the S-Max as an overall proposition for those needing large people-carriers, and there’s still a decent area of the market that appreciates what these cars can offer.

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CCT100 SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq, Suzuki Vitara, VW Tiguan

Winner – Peugeot 5008

CCT Awards logo 2019 SUV of the Year - Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 faced tough competition but managed to retain its SUV of the Year award.

It’s a seven-seater, with seven independent seats that, in the case of the rear five, fold flat to unleash a huge load area of almost 2000 litres. Indeed, there are still 780 litres with the middle-row seats raised.

However, the car’s strengths are across the board, with the sharp styling following through to the cabin, which combines form and function nicely.

Emissions are another key strength, with the 5008 getting down as low as 107g/km, even under the new WLTP testing regime, which is excellent.

Peugeot 5008 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Large SUV of the YearThe 5008 comes with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, all front-wheel drive, and the car handles as well as the purposeful looks would have you believe.

Also in keeping with the newer Peugeot models, the French brand has tried to move itself a little upmarket, which means the 5008 isn’t the cheapest car in its class, but the low emissions figures mean BIK tax is still kept under control, while SMR cost is also better than the competitions’.

 

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CCT100 Premium SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60

Winner – Audi Q5

CCT Awards logo 2019 Premium SUV of the Year - AUDI Q5

Audi’s Q5 has claimed the top spot in what is a diverse sector, partly by grabbing the middle ground between great-driving SUVs such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and penny-pinching rivals such as the Lexus NX.

The classy, understated Q5 has Audi’s quattro four-wheel drive system and S-tronic automatic gearbox, with the engine choice made up of simply 190hp diesel or 245hp petrol models.

The Q5 is priced comparatively highly, which doesn’t get it off to the best of starts, but good emissions figures, residual values and insurance group give it a competitive whole-life cost figure. Then you factor in the high-class interior, as is the case with all Audi Q5 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Premium SUV of the YearAudi models, good boot space and a driving experience that balances nicely between sporty and comfortable, and it’s clear to see why the Q5 is so popular.

 

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CCT100 Large SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Lexus RX, Range Rover Sport, Volvo XC90

Winner – BMW X5

CCT Awards logo 2019 Large SUV of the Year - BMW X5

The new X5 arrived just in time for consideration in our 2019 CCT100, and lucky that it did because the new version of BMW’s big SUV jumped straight in at the top of the pile.

The new car appears to be more of an  evolution than a reinvention. Which means the same class-leading on-road handling qualities rather than too much focus on mud-plugging, although the four-wheel-drive system is certainly capable of allowing the car to negotiate filthy fields.

The new X5 is a five-seater, although a pair of third-row seats suitable for smaller occupants is available as an option, while the car also gets BMW’s latest iDrive7 infotainment system.

BMW X5 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Large SUV of the YearThe range is only available in top-end XLine and M-Sport trim levels (there’s no entry SE this time around), and the engine line-up is simply 30d, 30i and M40d engines. However, others, including a plug-in hybrid, will join the range later this year.

As much as that will appeal from a company car tax point of view, the X5 manages to get below 160g/km for the entry 265hp 3.0-litre diesel, which beats its main prestige rivals. On top of that, its residual values are predictably strong, and the boot space is impressive.

 

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CCT100 PHEV of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW 530e, Hyundai Ioniq PHEV, Mini Countryman PHEV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Toyota Prius Plug-in

Winner – Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

CCT Awards logo 2019 PHEV of the Year - Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

The WLTP-related demise of the BMW 330e left a gap to be filled in terms of our most highly-rated plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the Hyundai Ioniq thrust itself forward in impressive fashion.

It scored highly for P11D price, efficiency, company car benefit-in-kind payment and insurance cost, as well as overall cost per mile, while credit was also banked for the impressive 38.8% residual value and the very reasonable SMR cost.

The Hyundai Ioniq combines 1.6-litre petrol engine and 44.5kW electric motor for a maximum of 141hp that, while not sparkling compared with other more performance-orientated PHEVs, is enough for a car putting efficiency nearer the core of its priorities.

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV - 2019 CCT100 Awards PHEV of the YearThe Hyundai Ioniq PHEV, which has regular hybrid and full electric siblings in a trio of low-emissions models, is capable of 39 miles on pure electric power, and 660 miles when adding a full tank of petrol.

The battery can be fully charged in around two-and-a-quarter hours using a domestic charge point, or six hours using a three-pin plug.

The Hyundai Ioniq PHEV comes in Premium and Premium SE trims, with the £1800 difference between the two paying for a memory electrically adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated leather seats, automatic wipers, front parking sensors and the blind spot and rear cross traffic alert safety systems.

 

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CCT100 Electric Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar i-Pace, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S

Winner – Nissan Leaf

CCT Awards logo 2019 Electric Car of the Year - Nissan Leaf

Nissan has led the electric vehicle sales chart since the first Leaf was launched in 2010, but it has made a big step with this new model, which arrived last year.

The Leaf has a range of 168 miles, according to the new WLTP test cycle. That has since been bettered by other EVs, but it’s still the kind of range that opens up electric vehicles to a new pool of potential customers that previously ruled out EVs on the grounds of their battery capability. There is also a new version with a larger battery coming this year, giving the Leaf a 229-mile range.

Nissan Leaf - 2019 CCT100 Awards Electric Car of the YearRV improvements have also lifted the Leaf’s appeal, to the extent that it now matches fossil-fuelled rivals as EV technology becomes more widely accepted in the second-hand market. The new Leaf is also styled in a more attractive and mainstream way than its rounder predecessor, and boot space is at a level where there’s no compromise to be made in adopting cleaner tech. There have been some bumps in terms of the app technology, but the overall proposition, including the clever e-Pedal application that increases brake energy regeneration to bring the car to a complete stop, is a great step forward for electric cars and one certain to increase their adoption by more businesses and drivers.

 

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CCT100 Sports Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Alpine A110, Audi A5, Audi TT, BMW 4-Series, Mazda MX-5

Winner – Mazda MX-5

CCT Awards logo 2019 Sports Car of the Year - Mazda MX-5

Updated last year, the Mazda MX-5 maintains its position as the most recommendable of perk fleet cars. Practicality is obviously not the key strength of the two-seat convertible and hard-top RF models, but driving enjoyment certainly is, and that enjoyment is pretty much unmatched in terms of amusement per pound.

Enhancements last year brought improvements to cabin refinement and safety equipment, as well as a new, more powerful 2.0-litre engine; power output went up from 160hp to 184hp at the same time as emissions going down, thanks to the introduction of stop-start and a couple of other emissions-related technologies. The 1.5-litre version also received a trifling 1hp power upgrade to 132hp.

Mazda MX-5 - 2019 CCT100 Awards Sports Car of the YearOther changes on the MX-5 include the welcome introduction of reach-adjustable steering wheel and improved seat sliding operation to help find the perfect driving position in the cosy cabin, while a good selection of safety tech, including autonomous emergency braking, is now fitted to Sport Nav+ trim upwards.

The MX-5 offers perk car privileges without prestige level running costs, and is sensible enough to run every day but still be smile-inducing. Which is why it has retained its CCT100 Sports Car of the Year title.

 

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CCT100 Car of the Year 2018:

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

CCT Awards logo 2019 CCT100 Car of the Year - Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Also winning the CCT100 Premium Lower Medium category, our overall winner arrived last summer and caught the attention thanks to its sharper styling both outside and in.

But the biggest story, at least from a company car perspective, didn’t come until nearly six months after the A-Class’s arrival, when Mercedes-Benz shocked the fleet marketplace by announcing that it will have the UK’s first RDE2-compliant cars on sale from March.

What that means is the A-Class will be the first car to bust through the Government’s punitive four-band company car benefit-in-kind tax penalty, bringing BIK on dieselMercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 6models back in line with their petrol counterparts for the first time in years.

The compliant 2.0-litre engine will be available with two power outputs in the form of the new A200d and A220d models.

The A200d is offered in Sport and AMG Line trims, and is a 150hp diesel with an official 67.3mpg figure on the new WLTP combined cycle measurement, as well as emissions of just 110g/km, yet it will still cover the 0-62mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 137mph.

The A220d is a 190hp unit with official figures of 65.7mpg and 114g/km, and takes 1.1 seconds off the 0-62mph time of the A200d, covering the acceleration dash in exactly Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 2seven seconds. Both new engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

The A200d starts at a P11D price of £28,605 for the Sport trim, and an additional £1200 for the AMG Line. The A220d, which is only available with the AMG Line trim, costs £1500 more than the A200d version.

In real terms, Mercedes claims that, when compared with the old model, the saving on a 40% taxpayer’s BiK payments equates to more than £460 on an A-Class A220d AMG Line over three years. In addition to the company car tax savings, RDE2-qualifying cars also move down one band in the VED table, cutting road tax costs for fleets.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 5Inside, the improvements are stunning, and include the option of huge side-by-side 10.3-inch screens to run the dashboard and infotainment functions.

Standard equipment on the Sport trim level includes the excellent MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation and seven-inch cockpit and touchscreen media displays (both of which can be upgraded to huge 10.3-inch displays as options). There are also 17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav, two-zone climate control, LED headlamps and tail lights and dark carbon fibre trim, as well as cutting-edge safety systems such as Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assistant.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 4AMG Line adds 18-inch alloys, a diamond radiator grille, a three-spoke sports steering wheel and AMG body styling.

Aside from the efficient new engines, the A-Class range has many other strengths, including sharper styling, high-quality and nicely laid-out interior, and excellent running costs, thanks in particular to class-leading residual values and low insurance costs. Boot space is also good, and comfort matches that of the premium competition.

Mercedes has moved away from individual options, instead rolling extras into packages. From £1395, the Executive pack adds the 10.3-inch media display screen, Active Parking Assist, heated front seats and electric folding door mirrors.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 3The Premium package costs £2395 and, on top of the Executive extras, adds a 10.3-inch instrument cluster that stretches the displays across more than half of the cabin, plus keyless entry, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, rear armrest and audio upgrade.

At the top of the pile is the Premium Plus, which for £3595 adds electric memory front seats, multi-beam LED lights with Adaptive High Beam Assist Plus and a panoramic roof.

For fleets focused on their duty of care obligations, the £1695 Driving Assistance bundle can be added to any of the packages, bringing Blind Spot Assist, Braking Assist with cross-traffic function, Distance Assist, Emergency Stop Assist, Lane-change Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Steering Assist and Evasive Steering Assist safety systems.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class - 2019 CCT100 Awards Car of the Year - image 7Also filed under ‘incredibly clever’ is the augmented-reality navigation system. As part of the £495 Advanced Navigation package, it uses the forward camera system to overlay directions on to real-life images of what the driver is seeing.

So the A-Class is the first RDE2-compliant car to hit the UK market, offering company car drivers a route to avoid higher BIK tax. The fact that it’s also an attractive, nice-driving, higher-quality and cost-efficient package earns it the titles as our Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year, and our overall 2019 CCT100 Car of the Year.