Summer is upon us and many people are considering taking a holiday in the UK rather than venturing abroad. Are you looking for a company car that can transport you and your family (and all of your stuff) a few hundred miles in comfort and maybe in a little bit of style too?
We've picked out our five best summer company car cruisers, and laid out how much each one will cost you in company car tax, how big the boot is, how quick they are and how fuel efficient they are.
1. Peugeot 508 SW
The good-looking 508SW is a strong all-rounder. It's comfortable and stylish, has a lot of load space and a good range of refined engines. The panoramic glass roof is standard on all SW models, making the interior appear much brighter and bigger than in conventional-roofed estate cars.
Our choice: GT 2.2 HDi FAP
0-62mph: 8.4 seconds
Boot: 512 litres
CO2 emissions: 154g/km
Company car tax at 40% pay scale: £238.03/month
Combined MPG: 47.8
2. BMW 5-Series
The 5-Series is a real driver's car. Beautifully weighted steering and excellent handling combine with a refined and comfortable cabin to make it one of the top long-distance cruising cars around. The combination of M Sport trim and the super-efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine means you get excellent running costs and loads of kit too.
Our choice: 520d M Sport
0-62mph: 8.1 seconds
Boot: 520 litres
CO2 emissions: 129g/km
Company car tax at 40% pay scale: £206.93/month
Combined MPG: 57.6
3. Volvo V70
Although one of the cheaper cars in this top five, the V70 represents what Volvo does best. It's a large, practical family estate. When you buy a Volvo you're buying into the firm's excellent safety record, strong reliability and low running costs. In D5 R-Design trim you get a stylish, yet highly efficient and powerful, car and some incredibly comfortable seats too.
Our choice: D5 R-Design Premium
0-62mph: 8.1 seconds
Boot: 575 litres
CO2 emissions: 134g/km
Company car tax at 40% pay scale: £195.50/month
Combined MPG: 55.4
4. Jaguar XF
The XF is one of the best cars in its class. The modern and elegant styling combined with refined engines and a supremely comfortable interior mean this Jag is a perennial long-distance cruiser. A recent addition to the range is the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, which makes the XF significantly more attractive to company car drivers.
Our choice: 2.2 diesel Premium Luxury
0-62mph: 8.5 seconds
Boot: 500 litres
CO2 emissions: 149
Company car tax at 40% pay scale: £289.53
Combined MPG: 52.3
5. Audi A6 Avant
Now lighter, faster and emitting less CO2 than ever, the A6 Avant may not look terribly different from the last model but it has been improved in almost every way. The most recent iteration handles better than any before it, while the German firm is now including its Drive Select system so you can alter the car's driving characteristics while on the move.
Our choice: 3.0 TDI Quattro S Line (204ps)
0-62mph: 7.4 seconds
Boot: 565 litres
CO2 emissions: 136g/km
Company car tax at 40% pay scale: £268.67/month
Combined MPG: 54.3mpg
Parkers Top Tip:
You can work out how much you'll have to pay in company car tax by using our calculator here.