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For a car of this size to win this category is quite an achievement
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Vauxhall_Insignia
For a car of this size to win this category is quite an achievement

SME_Company_Car_of_the_Year_AwardsOUR Best SME Company Car for Tax 2014 in the SME Company Car of the Year Awards is the Vauxhall Insignia.

This was one of the most diverse categories in this year’s awards, with entries ranging from the A1 Sportback to the Honda CR-V, but the Insignia came out on top for us because there’s really nothing else this size that is this low on company car tax.

The particular model in question is the Vauxhall Insignia hatchback 2.0 CDTi Design 120PS ecoFLEX Start/Stop, and it boasts CO2 emissions of just 98g/km where many cars in this class struggle to get below 110g/km.

Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi Design ecoFLEX

  • CO2: 98g/km
  • Fuel consumption: 76.2mpg
  • Acceleration: 11.9 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 121mph
  • Insurance group: 15
  • P11D value: £18,749
  • Company car tax band: 15%
  • BIK: £2,804
  • Tax at 20%: £561
  • Tax at 40%: £1149

That translates to excellent fuel economy as well, with the combined figure hitting an impressive 76.2mpg.

If you’re expecting performance to suffer then you’ll be surprised by the Insignia’s turn of pace – 0-62mph takes 11.9 seconds but the in-gear torque makes it feel far quicker.

And, while it hits all of our requirements for low company car tax exposure and reduced fuel expenditure, the Insignia has plenty more going for it.

The recently facelifted model is fantastic to look at, boasts plenty of impressive technology in the cabin and feels more luxurious than ever from behind the wheel.

“The Insignia seems like a clear winner here. The newly facelifted model looks great, feels seriously spacious, is unbelievably economical and barely costs anything in tax,” concluded Luke Madden, road test editor at Business Car Manager and deputy news editor at Auto Express.

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