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Top five premium hatchbacks

  • Five stylish hatchbacks that won't break the bank
  • Company car tax is kept below £50 per month*
  • Each car will return fuel economy of over 60mpg

Written by Parkers Published: 14 March 2011 Updated: 1 February 2017

Sometimes company car drivers like a few creature comforts and a bit of style when choosing their cars. A premium hatchback has both of these, yet can still be affordable thanks to new technologies making cars more efficient.

We've picked our top five premium hatchbacks. We've worked out the BIK taxation you'll be eligible for, the approximate cost per month* to you, the fuel economy you can expect and - because we're dealing with hybrids with large battery packs - the size of the boot as well.


Lexus CT200h SE-I 5dr


Price: £23,485
Fuel type: petrol/electric hybrid
MPG: 68.9
CO2 emissions: 94g/km
BIK band: 10%
Cost per month: £39.14/£78.28
Boot size: 345 litres

Why buy?

Toyota's luxury arm has played a company car blinder with the CT200h. Low emissions and a friendly list price mean monthly payments are seriously low, while impressive miles to the gallon mean less trips to the pumps.


Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI S-Line

Price: £22,365
Fuel type: diesel
CO2 Emissions: 99g/km
BIK band: 13%
Cost per month: £48.46/£96.92
Boot size: 350 litres

Why buy?

Audi's A3 is a stylish, well-built hatchback capable of excellent fuel economy thanks to the 1.6-litre diesel engine. In S-Line trim you get loads of equipment including big wheels and an attractive bodykit.

Volvo C30 DRIVe SE lux


Price: £20,365
Fuel type: diesel
MPG: 74.3
Emissions: 99g/km
BIK band: 13%
Cost per month: £44.12/£88.23
Boot size: 251 litres

Why buy?

The distinctive C30 is Volvo's attempt at building a car for younger buyers. Available as a three-door only, it's comfortable on the move and has a high quality cabin. Top spec SE Lux trim means you get buckets of standard kit too. Bootspace is limited though.


Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6 JTDm-2

Price: £20,850
Fuel type: diesel
MPG: 64.2
CO2 Emissions: 114g/km
BIK band: 13%
Cost per month: £45.18/£90.36
Boot size: 350 litres

Why buy?

Italian style at a competitive price for the company car driver, this hatchback is great to drive with an attractive interior and a high level of kit. It's set to be a company car favourite thanks to an all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine.


Nissan LEAF

Price: £28,990/£23,990 with plug-in car grant
Fuel type: plug-in electric
MPG: 100 mile range, approx £2 to fill up
CO2 emissions: n/a
BIK band: 0%
Cost per month: £0
Boot size: 330 litres

Why buy?

If you can live with the 100-mile range the LEAF is a brilliant proposition as a company car. Crucially, it emits no CO2 gases from the exhaust and that means no company car tax to pay.


*Cost per month is an approximation worked out against the list price of the car, displayed in both 20% and 40% pay scales. It does not take into account any optional extras.