Magazine article Management Today

Britain's Fleet Bestsellers

Magazine article Management Today

Britain's Fleet Bestsellers

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Ford and Vauxhall dominate the top eight most popular company cars, and two crossovers get a look in.

1 FORD FOCUS 55,329*

The Focus's combination of sensible running costs and fine driving dynamics make it popular with fleet managers and users alike. It established its reputation when it was launched in Europe in 1998, a dramatic leap into the future compared to the Escort which it replaced Now a global model under Ford's 'One Ford' strategy, the original version of the Mk3 Focus did not quite have the refinement or chassis poise of previous models. That was fixed by a major under-skin overhaul 18 months ago.

FORD FOCUS 1.5 TDCI ECONETIC 5-DOOR

List price pounds 19,145

Power 105 bhp

CO2 emissions 88g/km

BIK 13%

Fuel consumption 83.1 mpg (combined cycle)

0-62 mph 11.9 seconds

Max speed 116 mph

Engine 1.5 four-cylinder turbo diesel

2 FORD FIESTA 52,601*

Perhaps on the petite side for a modern supermini, the Fiesta is another Ford that has travelled light years from its utilitarian roots. The current model is entering its seventh year but remains the UK's overall bestseller and for good reasons. It's endowed with a mix of sharp-handling and well-judged comfort at which Ford has been long master - an especially clever trick on the UK's poor roads. Modest dimensions mean it works well with Ford's pint-sized three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, too.

FORD FIESTA 1.0 ECOBOOST ZETEC 3-DOOR

List price pounds 14,295

Power 100bhp

CO2 emissions 99g/km

BIK 14%

Fuel consumption 65.7 mpg (combined cycle)

0-62 mph 11.2 seconds

Max speed 112 mph

Engine 1.0 three-cylinder turbo petrol

3 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 49,280*

Despite the impact of 'Dieselgate' in the later months of 2015, the VW Golf grew its UK fleet sales total compared to 2014. The Mk7 Golf remains outstanding in its class for both overall refinement and big-car roominess, especially for front-seat passengers. A ground-up new model - with all-new engines modern enough to not be caught up in the diesel emissions scandal - when it was launched in 2012, the car has hardly dated in that time. It was also Europe's bestselling car in 2015.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.6 TDI 110 MATCH 5-DOOR

List price pounds 22,300

Power 110bhp

CO2 emissions 99g/km

BIK 17%

Fuel consumption

74.3 mpg (combined cycle)

0-62 mph 10.7 seconds

Max speed 119 mph

Engine 1.6 four-cylinder turbo diesel

4 VAUXHALL ASTRA 35,039 (PREVIOUS GENERATION)*

The Astra's UK fleet sales total took a 10% tumble in 2015. This was mainly because this model was on run-out after a six-year production life, as well as Vauxhall being keen to promote the arrival of the all-new model (which has just been made European Car of the Year). This Astra is an unpretentious machine, notably less roomy than the Golf, but a perfectly competent all-round car. A huge network of Vauxhall dealerships and sensible servicing costs cement its appeal to fleet managers.

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6 CDTI 110 ECOFLEX TECH

List price pounds 13,605

Power 108bhp

CO2 emissions 100g/km

BIK 14%

Fuel consumption

67.3 mpg (combined cycle)

0-62 mph 11.6 seconds

Max speed 113 mph

Engine 1.6 four-cylinder turbo diesel

5 NISSAN QASHQAI 33,629*

Arguably the most successful British car of all time. …

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