If you’re looking for something a bit more eco-friendly and more efficient for your next company car, then you will probably want to consider a hybrid.
We understand that electric cars aren’t for everybody, so a hybrid is the next best thing for a car that is good for the environment, and your wallet.
Hybrids are also a popular choice for company cars because their CO2 emissions are pretty low. And pretty low CO2 emissions means pretty low company car tax.
But hybrid cars are becoming an increasingly popular sight on our roads, and with everyone jumping on the hybrid bandwagon, it’s hard to know which cars are the best. This article will focus on hybrid vehicles, and not plug-in hybrids. The main difference between the two is that a hybrid car will only use its electric motor at low speeds. When the vehicle starts travelling faster, the car will shift to fuel power. The main power source for hybrids is still either petrol or diesel. However, it will use less fuel because the electric motor uses regenerative braking. This captures energy and stores it in the on board batteries.
A plug-in hybrid, however, will use electricity until it hits a predetermined state of charge. Only then will it use fuel, while recharging itself. Essentially, it uses fuel to extend its range.
So, we’re going to look at the best hybrids for company car tax.
The Toyota Prius was obviously going to appear on this list. The original hybrid, the Prius has been on the scene for some time now. While it’s reliable and does the job, there are more hybrids on the scene, and some of these are more stylish, more modern and hold a premium badge. However, if you want a hybrid you can trust, and you know is a good car, then you really can’t go wrong with a Prius.
Toyota Auris Hybrid
One of the cars that’s competing with the Prius is the Toyota Auris. In fact, some have even said that the Auris out Prius’ the Prius. If that is even possible. However, it is smaller than the Prius and its efficiency isn’t quite as good as the Prius’. But, if you’re looking for a city car that is as efficient as it is stylish and reliable, then the Auris is a good bet.
See, even the Ford Mondeo comes in hybrid form. There have been some mixed reviews about the Ford Mondeo Hybrid but the general consensus is that it’s a great hybrid and will appeal to many company car buyers who want something slightly larger and more luxurious without the premium badge.
Lexus CT 200h S
Lexus’ are great for those who want a bit of a change from the standard premium brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Just that little bit different, Lexus’ are still as luxurious and as exclusive as the premium German brands and the Lexus CT 200h is no different. The CT comes with ample technology and safety features, as well as looking pretty stylish too.
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
If you want a good hybrid that is also good for company car tax, you have to look at Toyota apparently. Regardless of your thoughts on Toyota, or the Yaris, this hybrid is definitely worth a look, even more so than the others. Why? Because the Toyota Yaris Hybrid is the only non-plug-in hybrid that is classed as an ultra-low emission vehicle. This means that under the new tax changes (coming into effect April 2017, click here to read more) the Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be exempt from the changes to salary sacrifice schemes. Under the changes, salary sacrifice schemes will now be taxed the same as the cash equivalent. This applies to all company cars, unless they are ultra-low emission vehicles. If they are ultra-low emission vehicles, then they will be taxed the same way they are now. This makes the Yaris extremely appealing.
Lexus IS 300h
Another Lexus on the list, but are you surprised when its parent company is doing so well on the hybrid front?
If you’re looking for an executive saloon that is also efficient and will be low in company car tax then the Lexus IS 300h is definitely one you should be looking at. Bigger than the Lexus CT, the IS offers a seamless drive (even more important when you have a hybrid) and isn’t as expensive as you would expect.
Mercedes-Benz C 300h SE
The Mercedes-Benz C 300h SE is the only premium German marque that makes this list and the only diesel hybrid. If you want an executive car that doesn’t come with the extortionate BIK rates then the Mercedes C 300h SE is definitely a car you should be considering.
It also comes with the advantage of a premium badge, which will appeal to many.
Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but these cars do have low CO2 emissions and low P11d values (or less than their rivals) which makes for low company car tax. There will be more and more low emission vehicles on the market, so to get an up-to-date list of low emission vehicles, you can use our search function.