We know that when choosing a car for your fleet there is a lot to consider, notably when your business depends on it. So, we've done the hard work for you and weighed up the most important things required for a reliable fleet car. If you're looking for a car that does the job whilst also looking the part we're confident that these popular picks tick the boxes in more way than one; style, practicality and efficiency.
1. Vauxhall SRi
One of the most popular small cars in the Vauxhall family, the Vauxhall Corsa is the practical and stylish supermini. Sitting higher in the Corsa range, the SRi offers additional styling features to give it a sporty profile whilst being packed with specification. It shows off a dynamic silhouette which is expressed by 16" black alloy wheels, prominent front grille with a sharp nose and front fog lights with chrome-effect surrounds to give it a bold yet smart design. On the inside the performance oriented poise continues in the form of sports style front seats, leather covered steering wheel and alloy pedals, so it looks great from every aspect. Its' built for the everyday, with a deceptively spacious cabin and practical storage compartments, but stays true to its sporty reputation in terms of its delivery of power.
The SRi looks impressive and has a performance to match - it packs a punch with a great level of torque and thanks to superior suspension it delivers a smooth and controlled ride. The SRi also benefits from the Vauxhall ecoFLEX engine technology which features Start/Stop technology which works to lower emissions and improve fuel economy, placing this car in top positon for urban drivers. Engine choices consist of both Petrol and Diesel, both of which offer a power and a energetic drive in addition to excellent fuel consumption figures without the high C02 emissions. It offers as little as 119g/km C02 and is a great choice for the economy conscious since it can claim up to 55.4 mpg.
2. Ford Focus
Now in its third generation, the Ford Focus returns after having undergone a complete redesign giving it a strong road presence and a confident attitude thanks to the latest technology. It shows off a chiselled exterior which is executed by a sleek headlight design, structured body panels and classic front grille. Its impressive looks are complimented by strong equipment and it features smart technology as standard which are oriented towards the business user. Range topping editions add Active Park Assist technology, Cruise Control, Driver Alert Monitoring and Blind Spot Information System to your travels. Whilst Titanium trims and above feature a premium centre console which hosts an 8" colour touchscreen, complete with DAB/CD/radio and FORD SYNC 3 voice control making it easy to stay connected on the go. If travelling in style is a priority, the interior doesn't disappoint and is finished off with partial leather seating, heated front seats, and aluminium scuff pads giving the cabin an upmarket feel. It is a well-rounded car which is well suited to both business users and families, thanks to its well-built interior which considers space as a priority. Offering both a choice of Petrol and Diesel variants, the Focus has made vast improvements in terms of engines and claims to be more efficient than before, which is great news for those who spend a lot of miles. The new addition, 1.5 (182ps) litre EcoBoost engine achieves 62.1 mpg on a combined cycle and delivers low emissions of 127 g/km.
3. Nissan Qashqai
Responsible for sparking the crossover craze, the Nissan Qashqai is the multi-award winning hatchback which blends elegant styling with the versatility and 'do anything' character of a typical SUV. The Qashqai offers the full package making it ideal for those who wish to combine business and pleasure. It has been built with practicality in mind and has a spacious interior which is packed with plenty of storage space and has a generous 430-litres boot capacity. Thankfully, style has not been forgotten in the midst of this and despite its size, it manages to sport a compact and contemporary stance, dropping the bulky look of the previous generation. It has a rugged exterior which has been created by broad sculpted shoulders and strong wheel arches, yet sleek body panelling and a sharped nose gives it a classy finish. Now in its second generation it benefits from even more technology and places the driver in complete control. Enjoy access to entertainment alongisde navigation, traffic information and hands-free calls with the addition of NissanConnect technology in higher trims. The 1.5 dCi engine is our pick of the range, returning decent fuel economy and low emissions, achieving up to 74.3 mph and delivering CO2 emissions of as little as 99 g/km. Not to mention to the Qashqai handles the road with precision, an intuitive Chassis Control System which includes, Active Trace Control, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and ABS works to achieve this.
4. Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat is available in both Saloon and Estate versions both of which are exceptionally versatile and adaptable cars. So depending on your needs and tastes there are eight editions to choose from offering practicality, luxury and even a sporty poise. Not to mention that style has been well executed in spite of its exceptionally practical nature. It has made leaps forward in terms of quality and refinement; 'Hampshire' cloth upholstery, leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel and gear knob, and a chrome finished dash mean that the cabin is luxurious place to be. Which is great news for those who spend a lot of time on the road. In addition, there are plentiful features tailored towards the business user; as standard the Passat includes Post Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Braking System. A Composition Media System features a 6.5 " touch screen with DAB/CD/Bluetooth connectivity, means it ensures assistance as well as enjoyment. Premium models add a Discover Navigation system providing navigation, traffic sign display and Car-Net guide which informs you of traffic information, parking space availability and news feeds. With a pick of five engines, you'll find one to suit your driving style. There are two manual and two automatic diesel options with the option of BlueMotion technology, performing at up to 76.3 mpg. Joining the range is the Passat GTE edition, a plug-in hybrid version which combines a TSI petrol engine and electric motor to deliver the best of both worlds, responsiveness and efficiency.
5. Audi A3
Keen to impress, the Audi A3 has a distinctive profile and is available in four body types from a Saloon to a Cabriolet. All versions in the family have a sophisticated road presence which has been created by expressive styling and a structured build. It has a lean body shape which is complimented by statement features making it unmistakeably Audi, including crisp Xenon headlights with LED daytime-running and angular front grille which is finished with the trademark Audi logo. Thanks to an excellent collection of engines, both petrol and diesel with varying power outputs, the A3 is testament that you can enjoy power and performance without the high running costs. The 1.0 litre TFSI is a frugal choice, producing 62.8 mph and 104 g/km of CO2 emissions so it's efficient and economical. Performance is strong across the range, an improved chassis, stiffened suspension and slick gear changes means that it handles the road better than ever and delivers a quiet, refined ride. As part of the re-design not only does it add greater levels of styling, it also adds enhanced technology and all A3's are fitted with Audi Smartphone Interface System as standard. This extends the capabilities of your phone to your car, meaning that business can carry on regardless of your whereabouts. To complete the package, the A3 is impressively safe and features plentiful systems prioritising safety and driver convenience, including Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Hill Hold Assist with the option to upgrade.
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