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2021 CCT100 Winners

CCT00 Awards logo 2021Welcome to the fourth annual Company Car Today CCT100 Awards, the fleet industry awards that, as well as crowning the best company cars in each of 20 categories of the market, also publishes the full rundown of the 100 cars to suit every fleet need. So, even if you don’t agree with our winners, you can check out the best alternatives for your business, whatever kind of car you’re after.

As always, we’ve employed a combination of hard statistical data and Company Car Today’s combined decades of fleet industry experience to shortlist five cars in each category, taking in the biggest fleet seller, the most efficient car and the reigning 2020 CCT100 champion, as well as two wildcard entries across every category of car, from city cars to large SUVs and sports cars. The beauty of modern fleets is their diversity, and that’s perfectly depicted in the CCT100 list.

The shortlisted cars are judged across 13 criteria, with the breadth of the range now taken into account as more and more cars embrace electrification and increase the versatility of their offering. That extra judgement joins the likes of emissions, residual value, cost, insurance group, boot space and performance, plus our judgement on a car’s looks, driving dynamics and overall company car appeal to give us a winner in each category, as well as an overall Company Car Today CCT100 Car of the Year. Enjoy!

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: Citroen C1, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Suzuki Ignis

Winner – Kia Picanto

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER City COTY - Kia Picanto

The Picanto took an impressively comfortable city car victory. It sat in the top two for the majority of the 13 factors that decide our winners and topped six of them, including its pricing, BiK position, residual values and cost per mile, backed up by good emissions and practicality.

The third-generation Picanto was launched in 2017 and was refreshed late last year with a revised front and rear design, extra visual enhancements for the top GT-Line and X-Line models and new pair of 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines of 66hp for the majority of the range and 99hp for the top GT-Line and GT Line S trims.

Kia Picanto - 2021 CCT100 CityCar of The YearThe emissions figures start at 110g/km, and the five-door practicality includes a decent amount of interior space given the compact dimensions, and likewise the boot is an impressive-for-a-supermini 255 litres.

Smartphone connectivity is fitted to higher-spec Picantos.

 

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CCT100 Supermini of the Year

Category Shortlist: Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall Corsa

Winner – Renault Clio

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Supermini of The Year - Renault Clio

Launched weeks too late to be eligible for the 2020 Company Car CCT100 Awards, the new Renault Clio goes straight in at the top of a category that has been passed from winner to winner every year. The Nissan Micra, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo are all former victors in what is always one of the tightest categories of all, showing the depth of quality out there.

This year was no exception, and the Clio’s strengths in terms of its pricing, running costs, residual values and a breadth of range that now includes a low-emission sub-100g/km hybrid model gave it the edge.

2021 CCT100 Supermini of The YearThe new Clio wasn’t a big evolution on the design front, but it was already one of the more stylish superminis. The major step forward came on the inside, where the cabin is now much smarter both in terms of looks and technology, while it’s also got a big boot for the class.

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CCT100 Lower Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Seat Leon, Toyota Corolla, VW Golf

Winner – Toyota Corolla

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Lower Medium Car of The Year - Toyota Corolla

The excellent Corolla is the car to finally dethrone our three-time CCT100 Lower Medium Car of the Year, the Honda Civic.

In a close category that shows the quality currently available in the segment, any of the five shortlisted cars could have taken it, but the Corolla surged to the front thanks primarily to its efficiency stats, residual values and styling.

As has been backed up with the more recent Yaris supermini, Toyota has found its design mojo, so the new Corolla adds good looks to the sensible stuff that the hybrid powertrain does so well.

Toyota Corolla - 2021 CCT100 Lower Medium Car of The Year Available as five-door hatchback, Touring Sports estate or four-door saloon, the Corolla has been updated for 2021, with minor increases to the specification and features.

Last year Toyota also added a neat faux-off-road Trek Touring Sports model, featuring a 20mm increase in ride height and increased specification.

 

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CCT100 Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A3, BMW 1-Series,  Mercedes-Benz A-Class,                Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mini Clubman

Winner – Audi A3

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Lower Premium Medium Car of The Year - Audi A3

The A3 is certainly a successful renewal of Audi’s number two-selling model in the UK, after the A1 supermini. It’s a nameplate that has now comfortably passed five million sales worldwide, 600,000 of which were in the UK, since the first A3 was launched in 1996.

The new model is a much sharper and edgier design than the rounder previous model, an attitude that also makes its way into the cabin, which is more styled and stylish than previous iterations.

The latest A3 was launched in five-door Sportback and four-door saloon form, although there’s no word as yet on a replacement for the previous-generation’s Cabriolet version.

The A3 showed consistency across all 13 judging criteria, scoring inside the top three of the five shortlisted premium-lower-medium models on every factor. The pair of two petrol and two diesel engines offer good performance and efficiency, and more engines will be added through 2021, including mild-hybrid tech.

Audi A3 - 2021 CCT100 Premium Lower Medium Car of The YearThe company car equation for the A3 picked up a few months after launch when the brand added the first of two plug-in hybrid variants. In Sport trim, the PHEV joins the short list of cars that get more than 39 miles of electric-only range. This gives them a distinct advantage in company car Benefit-in-Kind terms because they sit four bands lower than cars that can’t travel so far on EV power.

An entry-level PHEV A3 Sport model costs a 40% taxpayer £66 per month. If the electric range was 39 miles rather than 41 it would be £110 per month. The S Line trim’s bigger wheels tip it into the higher BiK banding, making Sport trim the one of choice for company drivers.

The second plug-in hybrid A3 joins the range in the coming weeks, and offers a combined 245hp from petrol and electric motors, rather than the sister car’s 204hp. But from a company car perspective it’s not quite such a good bet as it’s only available in S Line specification, so is taxed at 10% rather than 6%.

 

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CCT100 Upper Medium Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Mazda 6, Peugeot 508, Toyota Prius, Vauxhall Insignia, VW Passat

Winner – Vauxhall Insignia

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Upper Medium Car of The Year - Vauxhall Insignia

Once again, the Insignia is the Company Car Today Upper Medium Car of the Year, continuing its dominance with a fourth consecutive triumph.

The Insignia scores consistently well across the board, with its keen pricing, good kit levels, decent emissions, good running costs (including SMR and insurance) all helping what is still a stylish design, even as it reaches a mid-life refresh.

And things are about to get even better for the Insignia, with that imminent revision for the model bringing new engines claimed to be 18% more efficient than the outgoing units. Both diesel engines, the 122hp 1.5 and the 174hp 2.0-litre, have the Vauxhall Insignia - 2021 CCT100 Upper Medium Car of The Yearsame impressive official 121g/km emissions figure, while the other engine options in a slimmed-down hatchback-only range, are 200hp or a 230hp petrol alternatives, the latter with four-wheel drive and sold in performance GSi form.

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CCT100 Compact Executive Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S/V60

Winner – BMW 3-Series

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Compact Executive Car of The Year - BMW 3-Series

Our overall CCT100 Car of the Year from last year retains its Compact Executive award with the most dominant display among any of the 20 categories. On only one of the 13 criteria did the 3-Series slip out of the top two from the shortlisted five compact exec models.

Indeed, it topped nine of them including emissions, BiK, performance, driving dynamics and breadth of range, while running costs were another strong suit for a saloon and estate that is the achievable company car goal for many an ambitious junior executive.

The latest 3-Series launched 18 months ago, and BMW has continued to add to its line-up, with the notable 2020 arrivals being of the plug-in variety.

BMW 3-Series - 2021 CCT100 Compact Executive Car of The YearThe 330e is already one of the most popular plug-in hybrids, and is likely to have passed the 320d as the biggest-selling 3-Series model when the brand next talks of such things.

That success will have been helped by the 330e line-up jumping from one vehicle to four in 2020. As well as the saloon that combines petrol engine and electric motor for a combined 292hp, there is now also a Touring PHEV estate for the first time, while both saloon and Touring can be had in either rear-wheel drive or xDrive four-wheel drive across four trim levels.

Obviously, the four-wheel-drive system causes a small efficiency hit, dropping the trim-dependent official range figures from between 35-37 miles for the rear-drive version to 32-35 for the xDrive.

BMW 3-Series - 2021 CCT100 Compact Executive Car of The Year - Image 2But it’s not all about the plug-in models. BMW has added mild hybrid tech to all diesels that have an automatic gearbox (so all bar the entry 318d) to help ease emissions downwards, and the company car staple 320d now emits from 122g/km.

The latest generation of 3-Series has the full package, especially with the ever-improving connectivity that BMW recently upgraded via what is claimed was its biggest ever over-the-air update.

The 3-Series range has an offering suitable for a wide variety of company drivers, from the PHEV to the entry 150hp 318d, all the way to the 374hp M340i, and the business case and running costs are as appealing as the driving experience.

 

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CCT100 Executive Car of the Year:

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

Winner – BMW 5-series

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Executive Car of The Year - BMW 5-Series

The 5-Series is a previous overall CCT100 Car of the Year winner, and even as it reaches mid-life facelift time, it’s still the dominant force in the executive sector, scoring another comprehensive victory in its class.

The 5-Series ticks so many boxes, managing to outpoint its rivals on BiK, P11D pricing and overall cost per mile, as well the driving experience.

The range now has a pair of PHEV models, as well as saloon or Touring plug-ins, and all powertrains outside of the PHEVs and the M550i variant get mild-hybrid tech.

BMW 5-Series - 2021 CCT100 Executive Car of The YearThe mild facelift in autumn 2020 added new technology as well as making small changes to the styling and introducing a larger touchscreen.

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CCT100 Luxury Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A6, BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Panamera

Winner – BMW 7-Series

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Luxury Car of the Year - BMW 7-Series

BMW’s big saloon scored well for its pricing and efficiency, as well as the performance and driving characteristics that the premium German brand is renowned for.

Only residuals and insurance costs were below average.

Still, the sheer breadth of a range that includes petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid, as well as two body lengths, helped the car’s cause, as does the level of tech on offer.

New for 2020 was BMW’s latest 48-volt mild hybrid 3.0-litre diesel engine, which cut emissions to as low as 128g/km in the 730d while also increasing power to 286hp.

BMW 7-series - 2021 CCT100 Luxury Car of The Year The 7-Series beat the Mercedes S-Class to the top spot, and it will be interesting to see what impact the all-new big Benz saloon has on the class when it arrives during 2021.

 

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CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford Puma, Hyundai Kona, Peugeot 2008, Seat Arona

Winner – Ford Puma

CCT Awards logo 2021 WINNER Compact Crossover Car of The Year - Ford Puma

The Puma knocked the three-time CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year Citroen C3 Aircross from the top spot in its class, and did so definitively with top scores in areas including efficiency, an impressive residual-value performance that illustrates the perceived used car demand for the Puma, practicality and the driving experience. CCT’s judging panel also graded it as the most appealing all-rounder. The only blots on the scoreboard were a poor SMR performance, and a range that’s best described as simple, with four trim levels and only 125hp or 155hp petrol engines; the lower-powered motor is also available as an auto but doesn’t get the mild-hybrid tech in this configuration. All the mild-hybrid versions emit less than 130g/km, and all are pretty well kitted, with the range kicking off at the Titanium level that’s normally higher up Ford’s ranges.

Ford Puma - 2021 CCT100 Car of the Year - Image 1Ford has also added the poshest ST Line X Vignale trim, which comes equipped with massaging heated leather front seats, exterior chrome detailing, heated steering wheel and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels, among other premium kit.

There is also a touch of sporting glamour imminently joining the range, with the performance-orientated 200hp ST version crowning the line-up.

Costing less than £30,000 and with emissions of 155g/km, which isn’t bad given the performance, even that model has a degree of sensibility about it. Although not too much.

Ford Puma - 2021 CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year - Image 2Nevertheless, the more common-or-garden Puma is a great all-rounder, and a brilliant addition to the fast-moving compact crossover segment.

The Puma offers everything that the head or the heart would look for in a company car, because it’s efficient, clever, good to drive and has sensible running costs.

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CCT100 Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Kia Sportage, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Karoq, Suzuki S-Cross, Toyota C-HR
Winner – Skoda Karoq

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Crossover of The Year - Skoda Karoq It was a comprehensive victory for the Karoq, which snatches back the CCT100 Crossover of the Year title that it won in 2019 and then relinquished to the Toyota C-HR last year.

The Karoq is good at all the sensible stuff, offering a huge boot and good residuals aided by its performance in SMR cost terms.

A new SE Drive spec was introduced last year, adding options worth £4365 more than the price increase over the entry SE trim, including front and rear parking sensors, an infotainment upgrade and unique interior trim.

Skoda Karoq - 2021 CCT100 Crossover of The YearOptions added to the middle of Skoda’s three-crossover/SUV model line-up last year include tri-zone climate control and Trailer Assist. At the same time, the lower of the two diesel engines was replaced with a new 2.0-litre 116hp unit that is the most efficient in the range with CO2 emissions starting from 126g/km. There are also 150hp diesel, and 110hp and 150hp petrol engines to choose from.

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CCT100 Premium Crossover of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi Q3, BMW X2, Range Rover Evoque, Lexus UX, Volvo XC40

Winner – Volvo XC40

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Premium Crossover of The Year - Volvo XC40

Far and away Volvo’s biggest seller in the UK, the XC40 has retained its CCT100 Premium Crossover of the Year title for the second time.

Its cause has been helped by the fact that 2020 was the first of two big years in terms of electrification for Volvo and the XC40.

Early last year the plug-in hybrid joined the line-up, offering a 28-mile all-electric range and sub-50g/km emissions figures across the 211hp T4 and 262hp T5 models.

Volvo expects phase two to be even bigger news, with the XC40 gaining a pure electric model with a 258-mile range early this year, making it one of the first compact crossovers to offer full electric capability.

Volvo XC40 - 2021 CCT100 Premium Crossover of The YearBut away from the plug-in models, diesels exited the XC40 range last year, leaving a quartet of petrols, the 129hp T2 and T3, and the mild hybrid-equipped 197hp B4 and 250hp B5.

The car scored well across pretty much all our judging criteria, with particular strength in its distinctive looks, the interior and boot space and its running costs.

 

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CCT100 MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen Berlingo, Citroen C4 SpaceTourer, Ford Tourneo Connect, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Peugeot Rifter

Winner – Citroen Berlingo

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER MPV of The Year - Citroen Berlingo

The Berlingo nicked this award from its Peugeot Rifter sister car, the 2020 winner of the CCT100 MPV of the Year title, thanks to its slightly better value and a slightly lower cost-per-mile figure.

It can be picked in a choice of medium or XL lengths and 110hp petrol or 100hp and 130hp diesel engines.

While the shorter model has five seats, the XL has seven, and this third row slides or can be removed completely for maximum load space. Access for people or loads is aided by the big sliding rear doors.

Citroen Berlingo - 2021 CCT100 MPV of The YearThe Berlingo comes in Feel, Flair and Flair XTR trim levels, the last of which gets some more off-roader-style modifications such as scuff plates, as well as various kit upgrades.

It’s not the most exciting of cars, but as a workshorse it’s almost perfect, with compact dimensions, but huge space and practicality, and it’s cost-efficient.

 

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CCT100 Large MPV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Citroen SpaceTourer, Ford Galaxy, Ford S-Max, Ford Tourneo Custom, Mercedes-Benz V-Class
Winner – Ford S-Max

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Large MPV of The Year - Ford S-Max

One of Ford’s pair of large seven-seat people-carriers, the S-Max has again taken the Large MPV category of the CCT100 Awards thanks to its combination of sensibility and style.

While it’s clearly still a large and fairly boxy machine, it is a more sportily styled big people-carrier, and drives like it believes that look.

It isn’t as practical as some of the huge van-derived MPVs, but the S-Max can comfortably take seven people with a little bit of space left over for their belongings as well, and offer a quality, comfortable cabin.

Ford S-MAX - 2021 CCT100 Large MPV of The YearThe diminished range signals that this is not a growing area of the market, with just 150hp and 190hp diesel engines available in two trim levels, plus an AWD alternative. It remains to be seen how Ford goes about replacing its Mondeo, Galaxy and S-Max large car range, but for now the latter’s CCT100 Awards success continues.

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CCT100 SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Mazda CX-5, Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq, Toyota Rav4, VW Tiguan

Winner – Peugeot 5008

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER SUV of The Year - Peugeot 5008

This is a fourth consecutive win for the largest of Peugeot’s SUV and crossover trio, and it’s a car that was revised late last year, getting a new and more striking front-end design, as well as the latest i-Cockpit dashboard and, for the higher spec levels, clever LED lights front and rear.

But what has remained unchanged is that the 5008 is a seven-seater across the range, and that it’s efficient, big on the inside and has a classy design inside and out.

Peugeot 5008 - 2021 CCT100 SUV of The YearThe running costs are helped by excellent SMR and insurance levels, while good emissions aid the company car BiK as well, with CO2 figures starting at 131g/km for the 130hp diesel across all five trim levels. The facelift has made a difference to the front end of what was already a good-looking SUV, and the cabin remains a high-quality place to pass the miles.

 

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CCT100 Premium SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi Q5, DS 7 Crossback, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60

Winner – Volvo XC60

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Premium SUV of The Year - Volvo XC60

The middle of Volvo’s three SUV contenders is a class winner in the premium SUV sector, after showing top form for its emissions, pricing, running costs and looks among other strengths.

Volvo has recently completed its hybridisation of the entire XC60 range, which now comprises two petrol and two diesel models, all with a mild hybrid 48-volt system to increase efficiency.

In addition, there’s also a trio of different plug-in hybrid alternatives.

The engines in the XC60 range are all powerful units as well, with the entry models now being the 197hp B4 diesel or 250hp B5 petrol. Above these two sit a 235hp B5 diesel version and a 300hp B6 petrol.

Volvo XC60 2021 CCT100 Premium SUV of The YearThe entry emissions figure for the diesel is 158g/km, but the CO2 output for the lowest plug-in hybrid, which utilises a 11.6kWh battery to offer an official 32-mile range figure in entry T6 form, is just 55g/km.

The T8 PHEV gets an additional 50hp, taking it to 390hp, and the range-topper and most powerful XC60 is the 405hp Polestar Engineered PHEV.

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CCT100 Large SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sorento, Ssangyong Rexton, Toyota Land Cruiser, VW Touareg

Winner – Kia Sorento

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Large SUV of The Year - Kia Sorento

This new Kia Sorento recorded an emphatic victory in its Large SUV class of the CCT100 Awards just weeks after going on sale.

The new car manages to balance cost-effectiveness, decent emissions, practicality and a reasonable level of interior quality.

It comes with diesel or petrol-electric hybrid power, and the latter makes the greater sense for fleet drivers when you add up price versus efficiency figures to get to a BiK bill. The diesel is actually the cheaper of the two, and has a better MPG figure, but the hybrid has a 7-18g/km emissions advantage, depending on trim level; the 226hp powertrain emits 158g/km in entry-level trim.

Kia Sorento - 2021 Large SUV of The YearHowever, it’s worth noting that the entry Sorento doesn’t get sat-nav among the standard kit list, although it does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Sorento scored very well across the spectrum of costs, while its rugged looks and solid driving experience cemented the victory. 

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CCT100 Premium Large SUV of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW X5, Land Rover Defender, Range Rover Sport, Lexus RX, Volvo XC90

Winner – BMW X5

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Large SUV of The Year - BMW X5 The BMW X5 has transformed into a surprisingly strong company car choice with the introduction of the plug-in hybrid version and its huge EV range of 54 miles, enough to warrant that car’s own shortlisting in our PHEV category.

Indeed, the X5 range as a whole makes a sector-leading case for itself thanks to its good emissions figures, helped by the new mild hybrid diesel that was introduced during 2020. The X5’s case was enhanced by its driving dynamics and its space and flexibility, with a seven-seat option present, too.

BMW X5 - 2021 CCT100 Premium Large SUV of The YearThe Premium Large SUV category was tight, with four competitors within a couple of points of taking the crown, but it was the X5’s lack of weaknesses that earned it the win. It topped only two categories, but was in the top three for 11 of the 13 judging areas.

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CCT100 PHEV of the Year

Category Shortlist: BMW 3-Series, BMW X5e, Hyundai Ioniq, Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Winner – Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 FINAL WINNERS PHEV of The Year - Hyundai Ioniq

This makes it a hat-trick of wins for the plug-in hybrid Hyundai Ioniq.

The understated Ioniq was the first car to be launched with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains in the same bodyshell, and it has found fleet favour in all three forms.

The PHEV combines a 45kW electric motor and 141hp petrol engine to offer an electric-only range of 32 miles, and  660 miles including the petrol motor.

The Ioniq had a facelift in 2020, with infotainment and connectivity tweaks, plus new LED daytime running lights being the major changes, as well as a bigger battery for the pure EV.

Hyundai Ioniq - 2021 CCT100 Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) of the Year Although the plug-in version of the Ioniq loses some boot space to its electric and hybrid siblings because of the positioning of its batteries, it still has a decent 341 litres that matches some regular lower-medium hatches, and the PHEV has the lowest cost-per-mile figure of the three powertrains.

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CCT100 Electric Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Kia e-Niro, Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S

Winner – Peugeot e-208

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Electric Car of The Year - Peugeot e-208

Last year was the one in which electric vehicles really took off, thanks in a large part to the Government’s zero BiK rate for 2020/21, rising to just 1% in 2021/22 and 2% for the following two tax years. But it was also a boom year for EVs thanks to the breadth of new product arriving in the marketplace, and none more so that the Peugeot e-208.

Peugeot is heading down a route of offering electrified powertrains in the same bodyshell as regular petrol or diesel versions, and the e-208 was the first example of that, with the 217-mile range e-208 sitting alongside petrol and diesel 208s in the price list for the brand’s new supermini.

Peugeot e-208 - 2021 CCT100 Electric Car of The YearThe range of more than 200 miles is an important factor in instilling buyer confidence in the car’s ability to meet their everyday needs, and the e-208 backs that up with a practical and stylish cabin, good residual values and a striking exterior look that is a world away from the rounder previous 208.

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CCT100 Sports Car of the Year

Category Shortlist: Audi A5, Audi R8, Mazda MX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Porsche 911

Winner – Mazda MX-5

CCT100 Awards logo 2021 WINNER Sports Car of The Year - Mazda MX5

It’s four wins out of four for the MX-5, a car that offers something that nothing else on the market can.

From £23,530, you can have a light 132hp two-seat convertible that offers a driving experience like no other. More powerful and expensive two-seaters are obviously faster, but for much higher running costs.

Higher-spec MX-5s come with a 184hp engine that gives increased pace if required. If the convertible is a touch too adventurous, Mazda also has a retractable-hard-top version.

Mazda MX-5 - 2021 CCT100 Sports Car of The YearFrom a sensibility point of view, residuals are excellent, although boot space isn’t, and while longer runs are perfectly fine, it’s not a car that should appeal to high-mileage motorway users.

 

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Overall CCT100 Car of the Year 2021

Ford PUMA

CCT100 Awards logo WINNER Overall Car of The Year - Ford Puma

Ford was pretty slow to make a competitive entry to the burgeoning compact crossover sector – the big growth area of the car market in recent years – if you’ll excuse any disrespect to the off-the-pace Ecosport model.

But that all changed in spectacular fashion at the beginning of 2020 when the new Ford Puma arrived on UK roads, a car that reset the dial in terms of where the benchmark was in this rapidly developing segment of the market.

The Puma ticks the box for looks (it seems to be a car that is slightly unflattered by the camera, but is better in the metal). In addition, Ford’s skilled chassis gurus have worked their magic on the handling; the Puma doesn’t feel like it’s any higher than a Fiesta when it comes to cornering proficiency.

It’s also efficient, thanks to it being the first model to be bestowed with Ford’s new mild-hybrid technology.

Ford Puma - 2021 CCT100 Car of the Year - Image 3The Puma’s clever, too, with the Megabox feature being one of those rare moments where you wonder how no-one thought of it years ago. Fundamentally, it’s an 80-litre, plastic-lined box under the boot floor, which doesn’t sound that impressive. But in everyday life it’s incredibly handy for muddy boots, or transporting plants or any number of tall things that need to stand up straight. It will house two bags of golf clubs upright, and even has a drainage plug so can simply be hosed out. Simple, but uniquely clever.

It’s a worthy first Ford winner of our overall Company Car Today CCT100 Car of the Year award, as well as the CCT100 Compact Crossover of the Year.