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Top five large hatchbacks

  • Find out which cars we rate as the best large hatchbacks
  • Combining the size of a saloon and the practicality of a hatchback
  • We choose our favourite trim and engine choice for each

Picking your next company car is never an easy task. A lot can happen in three or four years and the car you choose needs to be able to cope with whatever your life throws at it. 

A common conundrum for many company car drivers is choosing whether to opt for the seemingly more practical saloon over the sportier hatchback model.

However there are many larger hatchback models which manage to do the job of both. We take a look at our top five favourites to help you on your quest for picking the right company car.

Skoda Octavia

Why buy?

The Octavia is the mainstay of the Skoda range and benefits from a range of engines and gearboxes shared with other brands in the Volkswagen-Audi Group of companies. It’s incredibly practical and features clever touches which aim to make life a lot easier such as flexible storage options in the boot and even an ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler cap.

Here we've picked the new SE Business trim which includes some must-have kit for company car drivers including touchscreen sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, dual zone air-con and cruise control all as standard.

Figures at a glance

Trim choice: 1.6 TDI SE Business

P11D price: £19,505

CO2 emissions: 99g/km

Fuel economy: 74.3mpg

BIK tax band: 15 percent

Monthly tax costs*: £48.76

Boot space: 590 litres

Power: 105bhp

Vauxhall Insignia

Why buy?

The first thing to say about the Insignia is that it’s massive, both in terms of cabin space and luggage room. It’s extremely comfortable on the move as well, and the firm’s diesel engines coupled with ecoFLEX fuel-saving technology mean it doesn’t cost the earth to run. The recent facelift has really sharpened up the Insignia’s dash, feeling far more premium than ever before.

A few years back Vauxhall introduced the TechLine trim, which was aimed directly at company car drivers. It includes plenty of must-have kit like Bluetooth, sat-nav, cruise control, rain sensor wipers, automatic lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, DAB radio, USB connection and seven speakers.

Figures at a glance

Trim choice: 2.0CDTi ecoFLEX TechLine

P11D price: £21,594

CO2 emissions: 98g/km

Fuel economy: 76.3mpg

BIK tax band: 15 percent

Monthly tax costs*: £53.99

Boot space: 520 litres

Power: 138bhp

BMW 3 Series GT

Why buy?

While it may not be quite as sleek as its 3 Series Saloon relative, the 3GT makes up for it with a hatchback boot opening which makes it a very practical proposition. We’re big fans of the 3 Series platform because it drives incredibly well and is also capable of impressive fuel economy and low tax bills thanks to a range of efficient engines using the company’s EfficientDynamics technology.

We've chosen the SE trim which offers a range of equipment options as standard including rear spoiler, two-zone air conditioning, automatic tailgate, DAB Radio, Bluetooth, USB port, 18-inch alloy wheels and parking sensors as standard.

Figures at a glance

Trim choice: 318d SE Gran Turismo

P11D price: £30,520

CO2 emissions: 119g/km

Fuel economy: 62.8mpg

BIK tax band: 19 percent

Monthly tax costs*: £96.65

Boot space: 520 litres

Power: 140bhp

Audi A5 Sportback

Why buy?

Probably the most attractive car in this list, the A5 Sportback really does turn heads. It’s also a very nice place to find yourself; Audi is brilliant at stylish, high quality interiors and this car is no exception. While you’ll have to pay extra in tax for the firm’s Quattro four-wheel drive system (it’s very good, but less efficient than front-wheel drive cars), it’s nice to have the option. We’d also suggest test-driving one of the brilliant S Tronic automatic gearboxes.

Even in Standard trim the A5 Sportback comes very well equipped with DAB Radio, eight speakers, cruise control, automatic tailgate, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and light and rain sensors among the highlights on the standard equipment list.

Figures at a glance

Trim choice: Standard 2.0TDI

P11D price: £29,910

CO2 emissions: 117g/km

Fuel economy: 64.2mpg

BIK tax band:  19 percent

Monthly tax costs*: £94.72

Boot space: 480 litres

Power: 134bhp

Ford Mondeo

Why buy?

It’s been around since 2007 now, but the Mondeo still makes sense as a company car today. Its range of engines and gearboxes have been kept up-to-date so it’s really quite efficient still, even if the design is knocking on a bit. It’s a great car to travel long distances in because its ride and seats are very comfortable, and should the worst happen you’ll be relieved to find that there are loads of safety systems on board too.

In Zetec Business Edition trim the Mondeo comes very well equipped with and is designed especially for business users. Standard equipment includes touchscreen navigation, parking sensors, LED Daytime running lights, USB port and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Figures at a glance

Trim choice: 1.6 TDCi Eco Zetec Business Edition 

P11D price: £21,440

CO2 emissions: 109g/km

Fuel economy: 67mpg

BIK tax band: 17 percent

Monthly tax costs*: £60.75

Boot space: 528 litres

Power: 113bhp

 

*Monthly tax costs are worked out on the 20 percent pay scale for the 2014/15 tax year assuming no optional extras.