JAGUAR fans will be pleased to hear that the iconic British car manufacturer has held on to the coveted Business Car Manager Best SME Director’s Company Car Award, although it’s the game-changing Jaguar F-Pace SUV in 2.0d R-Sport that takes over from last year’s XF in 2.0d R-Sport trim.
Although Jaguar might have no SUV history before the F-Pace, you would never know as this car not only looks great, but is involving to drive.
The F-Pace is also impressively practical, with plenty of rear legroom and bootspace.
On top of the more capable underpinnings, the F-Pace is now available with different versions of Jaguar Land Rover’s excellent ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines.
Best Director’s Company Car – The Contenders:
- Jaguar XF 2.0d R-Sport 180PS AWD Auto
- Jaguar F-Pace 2.0 R-Sport 180PS AWD Auto
- Audi Q7 3.0 TDI quattro S Line 218PS Tiptronic
- BMW 7 Series 730d Auto
Last year’s winner was the Jaguar XF 2.0d R-Sport 180PS Auto.
Our judges chose this 2.0-litre R-Sport 180PS Auto version, because despite the SUV stance, the F-Pace has impressive fuel efficiency (54.3mpg) with134g/km CO2 emissions.
Being the Sport trim, SME directors won’t go without kit-wise either, as this F-Pace includes a unique front air-dam, body colour trim, sports seats and interior R-Sport trim features.
As well as the impressive CO2 and fuel consumption figures, this F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport auto has all the performance you’d expect of a Jaguar.
Acceleration from 0-62mph takes just 8.2 seconds and the top speed is 129mph.
What our judges thought:
“The F-Pace represents a qualitative, desirable, stylish and versatile option in this category with relatively low BIK and whole life costs (WLC).
Jaguar F-Pace 2.0D R-Sport 180PS AWD Auto
- CO2: 134g/km
- Fuel consumption: 54.3mpg
- Acceleration: 8.2 seconds
- Maximum speed: 129mph
- Insurance group: 29
- P11D value: £39,395
- 2017/18 Company car tax band: 28%
- BIK: £11,031
- Tax at 20%: £2206
- Tax at 40%: £4412
The BMW 730’s suprisingly reasonable BIK given the P11D Value is impressive, but its overall cost pushes it behind the Q7, which is also a multipurpose vehicle.”
Key reasons why the F-Pace won
The new Jaguar F-Pace gives the SME Director presence without being ostentatious, plus the practicality and assurance of being able to drive in all conditions.
The first Jaguar SUV has a stance on the road conveying movement, style and an awareness of trends.
The space afforded by the SUV design accommodates all the family, yet is still a business car that you can use for clients.
The addition of Jaguar’s AWD system provides assurance whilst driving in all weathers and on a variety of surfaces.
- The Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2017 are supported by Fleet Alliance.
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