Five-star BMW grabs top spot at the Company Car Today CCT100 Awards
BMW Mini were without doubt the big winners at the inaugural Company Car Today CCT100 Awards, bagging five categories including the BMW 5-Series being named our overall 2018 CCT100 Car of the Year.
Held at the glamorous Café de Paris in London last month, the CCT100 Awards, sponsored by dash cam giant Nextbase, rewarded the best company cars in the business across 20 categories.
The CCT100 Awards are decided from a shortlist of five cars in each sector, with the winner displaying the best combination of pricing, emissions, running costs, practicality, residual values, driving appeal, looks and overall company car desirability.
WHAT THEY WON5-Series – Car of the Year and Executive Car of the Year
Our judges said: “The executive segment is among the most hotly contested, and requires cars to be exceptional and truly cutting-edge. The BMW 5-Series is precisely that.”
330E – PHEV of the Year 2018
Our judges said: “The 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 highly appealing for increasing numbers of company car drivers.”
X1 – Premium crossover
Our judges said: “The X1 sets a high standard in terms of how it stacks up against key rivals. Low emissions and competitive pricing mean a comparatively small company car BiK bill and good whole-life costs.”
Mini – Premium Supermini
Our judges said: “It proves that style and badge appeal still count. Minis have long been renowned for residual values, while the current model also has excellent SR costs.”
The 5-Series also collected the Executive Car of the Year award, while the 330e was chosen as Plug-in Hybrid Car of the Year. The BMW X1 won the Premium Crossover of the Year trophy and the Mini hatch was awarded Premium Supermini of the Year, meaning the BMW Group carried home more trophies than any other manufacturer.
On top of that, a further seven BMW or Mini models were shortlisted in their categories, with the BMW 1-Series, 3-Series, 4-Series, 7-Series and i3, plus the Mini Countryman and Countryman PHEV all commended.
The new 5-Series has been on sale for under a year, but has taken the executive saloon and estate sector to new heights.
“Everything from connectivity and technology to running costs and driver experience is excellent, and makes the 5-Series the most rewarding of company cars for both the driver and the business operator. That’s why it’s both our CCT100 Car of the Year and our Executive Car of the Year,” said Company Car Today Editor Paul Barker.
Meanwhile, the 330e was lauded by Company Car Today for “playing a big part in establishing plug-in hybrids as a logical part of company car operations,” according to Barker. The tax advantages of a premium saloon offering from just 44g/km are obvious, but when it looks, performs and drives like a BMW 3-Series, including 0-62mph acceleration in just 6.1 seconds, then there’s plenty for company car drivers and operators to like on every level, as long as journey patterns reflect the 25 or so miles that the car can run on the battery, before needing to deploy the petrol engine.
The X1’s Premium Crossover of the Year title was secured thanks to its low emissions, competitive pricing, decent boot space and pleasing driving dynamics.
The Mini hatch, which comes in three- or five-door forms, still enjoys excellent residuals, good emissions and the kind of desirability that has led to the car’s huge success over the past 17 years since BMW revived the iconic brand.
BMW’s wide-reaching appeal for company car drivers is clear from this huge awards haul, and the brand rightly continues to enjoy massive popularity among the business sector.