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Volvo V40 1.6 D2 ES Nav
The Volvo V40 is a fantastic 5 door family hatchback, but it’s also a fine car for business use, with a desirable image and a comfortable interior.
If you get the D2, it’s also extremely friendly on the business cash flow. The 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine in this car has 113bhp and 199lb /ft of torque, and the engine is smooth and refined at any speed.
It will go from 0 – 62 mph in 11.2 seconds, yet it produces only 88g/km of CO2, which qualifies it for free road tax.
Economy is also excellent, at 83.1 miles per gallon combined according to Volvo.
The trim level I recommend is ES Nav – this is the basic trim level, but it benefits from satellite navigation as standard, as well as some of the usual infotainment gadgetry.
Inside the V40 is of a high quality – it’s close to a Volkswagen Golf, but overall, it’s not quite as good – switchgear and controls have a nice weight to them, though.
Benefit in kind for this car is £2638. This works out at a company car tax bill of £528 for 20% tax payers and for 40% tax payers it’s £1055.
Volvo V60 Estate 1.6 D2 Business Edition S/S
The Volvo V60 is one of the most confusing cars in the world. There are a whopping 37 versions of this car to choose from, and so finding which is best for business use can be difficult. Thankfully, we’re here to steer you in the right direction.
The best Volvo V60 for business use is the Volvo V60 Estate 1.6 D2 Business Edition S/S, available from Vertu Cars Volvo Derby.
This is a decent sized car with a long wheel base which means it has a spacious interior and a big boot – 430-litres to be exact and if you fold the seats down, this makes way for a 1241-litre space.
A 1.6-litre diesel engine in a car of this size might sound like a mismatch but don’t be fooled – the D2 unit is extremely refined and it offers a smooth power delivery.
It’s the exact same unit as in the V40 hatchback, which means it has 113bhp and 199lb /ft of torque. Because of the size difference though the V60 will cost £20 a year in road tax, as it generates 108g /km of CO2.
Benefit in kind for this car is £3590. For 20% tax payers this works out at £718 in company car tax and for 40% tax payers it’s £1436.