# Citroen C4: Company car costs

• Can the Citroen C4 conquer as a company car?
• How much will it cost per month for our model?
• Use our company car tax calculator to work it out

The Citroen C4 slots into one of the most competitive sectors of the UK car market. Rivals include the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra and the Renault Megane. These rivals have already got a foothold in the fleet sector but does the Citroen make sense as a company car?

Important considerations for company car drivers are emissions and P11d value, this will then determine how much they have to pay a month through company car tax.

Working out how much your car will cost you a month is not the easiest of tasks. First you have to take the P11d price of the car, multiply it by the Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax bracket falls in – based on the emissions, then multiply it by however much tax you pay – 20% or 40%, and divide it by 12 to get you monthly costs. Sounds fun right?

Well instead of having to go through what feels like an extended maths equation from school, Parkers has a company car tax calculator which does all the hard work for you.

The basic P11d price for our car is £21,590; this can change depending on the options added. With emissions of 130g/km, this model falls in to the 19% BIK bracket. If you are paying tax at 20% then the monthly costs will be £68. If, however, you are paying the higher 40% rate of tax then this rises to £137.

This sounds reasonable, but how does it fare against the competition? The Ford Focus 2.0-litre TDCi Titanium costs £66 per month on the 20% tax rate. The P11d price of £20,790 and BIK bracket of 19%, because of emissions of 129g/km, means 40% tax payers will be charged £132 per month.

Then there is the fleet big hitter, the Vauxhall Astra. My colleague Gareth Evans recently had the 2.0-litre CDTi SRi ecoFLEX model. The basic P11d price of £22,670 plus 13% BIK band, due to emissions of 119g/km, puts monthly prices at £49 for 20% tax payers while those in the 40% bracket pay £98. However, with the options added to his car the P11d increased to £25,490. This pushed monthly costs to £55 and £110 respectively. The Astra even has slightly more power than my Citroen, producing 158bhp.

While the Vauxhall Astra may be the cheapest option, the Citroen C4 is definitely worth considering for something a little different.

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Average mpg: 44.6