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Top five Geneva stars

  • Five of our favourite company cars from Geneva
  • Many are new versions of popular current models
  • All-new Volvo and hot eco version of the VW Polo

The Geneva Motor Show saw the unveiling of some extremely important cars for the company car driver.

We've chosen our favourite five for you and explain why you need to know about them.

Audi A3

Why is it important?

The current A3 is a very desirable company car, so it’s good news that the firm doesn’t seem to have changed too much with the new model.

Vital statistics:

There’s three reworked engines to choose from, including a 121bhp producing 1.4-litre TFSI, 1.8-litre TFSI making 178bhp and a 2.0-litre TDI with a power output of 141bhp.

Price and release date:

Prices start at £19,000 with orders being taken in the spring. First deliveries begin in September.

Volvo V40

Why is it important?

It’s an all-new five-door hatchback from Volvo. This means it’ll be comfortable and remarkably efficient, and as such will make an excellent choice as a company car.

Vital statistics:

There will be a low-tax diesel option emitting 94g/km of CO2 and claimed fuel economy of 78.8mpg. At the other end of the scale a T5 petrol engine will boast 254bhp, meaning a sprint to 62mph in 6.7 seconds.

Price and release date:

The production line fires up in May, with a list price expected to be around £19,000.

Seat Toledo

Why is it important?

SEAT’s new Toledo is set to slot into the Spanish firm’s range priced between the Ibiza and the Leon. It’s a value proposition which promises lots of equipment for low list prices.

Vital statistics: A range of highly efficient engines from the VAG group are expected, including the super-frugal 1.6-litre diesel.

Price and release date:

Priced between Ibiza (starting at £11,635) and Leon (starting at £14,885). Expected to appear in showrooms sometime towards the end of 2012.

Kia cee'd

Why is it important?

It’s Korean firm Kia’s rival to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Kia products have really come on leaps and bounds in recent years so this model is likely to be a very strong competitor.

Vital statistics:

Longer, wider and lower than the previous cee’d, there will be 1.4 and 1-6-litre petrol engines and 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesel engines offering power outputs from 89bhp to 133bhp. Pick of the bunch is a 127bhp diesel which emits 97g/km of CO2 and hits a claimed 76mpg.

Price and release date:

Deliveries should begin in June, with prices a tiny bit higher than the current model, which starts at £13,495.

Volkswagen Polo BlueGT

 

Why is it important?

It’s the sort of car many drivers want: a sporty-looking car that’s also incredibly cheap to run thanks to BlueMotion technology.

Vital statistics:

An average of 62.8mpg is possible according to VW, with CO2 emissions of 105g/km. 0-62mph will take 7.9 seconds while top speed is 130mph.

Price and release date:

It’ll go on sale in Europe in July, but it’s not confirmed as coming to the UK yet.