- Five very different cars with festive credentials
- Plenty of space for passengers and presents
- All achieve less than 120g/km of CO2 emissions
With the season of goodwill upon us, some company cars are better suited than others to the rigours of the Christmas period.
We’ve picked a combination of cars with plenty of space to carry Christmas shopping, decent range to ferry family members long distances for visits and folding seats to take the Christmas tree away when it’s all over.
Here are our top five company cars to drive home for Christmas.
No longer a choice only for committed bargain-seekers, Hyundai’s i30 is now a competitive choice in its own right. The Tourer estate version has a huge boot and the best overall load space in its class, making it ideal for ferrying presents and party-goers about. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is available in two power outputs, the lower of which has BIK-friendly sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.
Luggage capacity: 528 litres
Fuel economy: 67mpg
Range: 804 miles
CO2 emissions: 110g/km
BIK band: 16%
Cost per month in company car tax*: £108
Skoda’s small 4x4 has a suitably wintry name and is roomy, comfortable and plenty capable when winter weather turns the roads nasty. Its tough interior will stand up to muddy boots from winter walks, or snowy sledges if we have a white Christmas. Go for the Greenline II version for lower emissions, and the Elegance trim if you want toys like heated leather seats for Christmas.
Luggage capacity: 416 litres
Fuel economy: 61mpg
Range: 793 miles
CO2 emissions: 119g/km
BIK band: 17%
Cost per month in company car tax*: £130
The rugged little Panda 4x4 might not be the most refined car on the list, but it has plenty of character. An automotive little donkey, it’s well-equipped to deal with snowy conditions thanks to its stability control system and electronic locking differential. There are two engines available: pick the 1.3-litre diesel if you’re travelling far this Christmas, or the 0.9-litre petrol TwinAir for a cheaper tax band and more driving fun.
Luggage capacity: 260 litres
Fuel economy: 60.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 114g/km
BIK band: 13%
Christmas is a time for family, and you’ll have no problem fitting your nearest and dearest into Ford’s Fiesta-based small people carrier. Sliding doors and no B-pillar mean the B-MAX is the most accessible car in its class. Go for the 1.5 TDCi Zetec to combine 68mpg with a middleweight P11D value, or opt for the 1.6 TDCi in Titanium trim level if you want all the trimmings.
Luggage capacity: 318 litres
Fuel economy: 68mpg
Range: 680 miles
CO2 emissions: 109g/km
BIK band: 15%
Cost per month in company car tax*: £96
It’s a little pricey perhaps, but Audi’s estate version of the A4 is a cosseting and well-appointed place to brave the holiday traffic. The boot’s loading area is large and you can specify optional storage pack straps to help keep Christmas shopping secure, or a wipe-clean loading mat for muddy winter boots. The basic standard trim 2.0-litre TDIe with Start/Stop combines an 18% BIK rating with one of the lower P11D values in the range.
Luggage capacity: 490 litres
Fuel economy: 61mpg
Range: 854 miles
CO2 emissions: 120g/km
BIK band: 18%
Cost per month in company car tax*: £166
*Company car tax is worked out on the 40% pay scale with no optional extras