As fuel and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) costs grow, company car drivers and fleet managers have a trickier task to find a car that fits… enter low emission SUV crossovers.
The new VED system went live at the start of this month so any cars registered after April 1, 2017 will be impacted. The new system incentivises the take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) as the First-Year Rate (FYR) is less expensive for vehicles in the lowest CO2 bandings.
To help minimise the impact of VED on your fleet, our latest ‘Top 7’ is a good place to start. We have identified 7 low emission SUV crossovers currently on the market that emit less than 115 gCO2/km.
1. Toyota C-HR 1.8 WT-I Icon Hybrid 122hp Auto
Toyota are relative latecomers to the crossover market, but their C-HR certainly attracts attention.
The hybrid has been designed to reflect the agility of a dynamic hatchback, whilst adding the comforts of an SUV. The exterior creates a sporty aesthetic with it’s sharp, bold creases running around the body.
Moving inside the C-HR, you gain a real feel of luxury. The leather seats and steering wheel, distinctive blue inserts, and top quality materials used throughout adds great driving comfort.
In addition, the C-HR has a comprehensive range of safety features, so you can feel at ease on the road. Vehicle Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, and Lane Change Assist are just a few of the features fitted as standard.
As the most efficient on our list, the Hybrid powertrain boasts an average 74.3mpg and 87 gCO2/km.
2. Renault Captur 1.5 dCi Expression + 90
The Captur was an early entrant into the small crossover segment, and is still one of the best offerings.
The design is reflective of the Renault family with its striking new front design and classy subtle external chrome styling.
Similar to the Clio, but with additional SUV features, the Captur is more practical and spacious. With its own unique feel, the Captur has an enhanced upright SUV dash layout, additional storage slots and higher seats. With a vast amount of interior rationalisation options available, you can tailor the design to your preference.
The expression+ is the entry model and comes with a variety of standard features including CD, Bluetooth, AUX and USB. You can also relax knowing you won’t struggle to park in those tight spots with rear parking sensors.
Moreover, the Captur promises excellent efficiency due to fuel economy of 70.5mpg and just 95 gCO2/km. The Captur is a popular compact SUV crossover, and is a safe and reliable option for your fleet.
3. Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Visia 110PS
A popular choice for many; introduced in 2007, the Qashqai is seen by many as the SUV trendsetter.
Released in 2014, the second-generation model holds true to its predecessor, but its appearance is more upmarket. The bold, sculpted lines and distinctive V-motion grille improve the aerodynamics, whilst the striking angular headlamps and twin chrome bars create a strong presence.
The revamped appearance is carried through to the interior. The graphite leather seats and cushioned kneepads offer all passengers great comfort, even on the longest of journeys.
Safety is paramount at Nissan, and the Qashqai has been rewarded the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating. This adds to the already impressive award collection, as it has been named as the ‘Best Buy’ in the £15,000-£25,000 price point and overall winner in the category for three years running in the small SUV category.
Therefore, it’s not hard to see why the Qashqai makes it into our top 7 low emission SUV crossovers. With emissions from just 99 gCO2/km, and a five star NCAP rating, we expect it to continue to lead the way as the model that competitors aspire to recreate.
4. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class GLA 200d SE DCT
Based on the A-Class family hatchback, the GLA rivals the Audi Q2 and BMW X1 in the compact premium crossover class.
The GLA was designed with agility and performance in mind. The new-look front bumper and radiator grill is reminiscent of the A-Class. Although the GLA is over 70mm lower than its closest competition, the boot capacity offers impressive space.
The ARTICO leather upholstery continues its premium image on the inside and the three-spoke nappa leather trimmed steering wheel only adds more luxury to the interior design.
To help make your driving experience as relaxing as possible, the GLA has an array of clever technology. Pre-Safe is standard on all GLA models, allowing you to benefit from Attention Assist, Active Break Assist, and Collision Prevention Assist. As a result of Mercedes’ commitment to safety, the GLA has also been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
The 200d SE DCT is the most efficient GLA model, emitting just 108 gCO2/km, and an average 67mpg, which results in an indicative fuel cost of 8.2p/mile. The strong efficiency and premium image make the GLA a good option as a company car.
5. Audi Q2 1.6 TDI SE 116PS S Tronic
Rivalling the GLA in our top 7 in the compact premium crossover class is the Audi Q2.
The first compact SUV from Audi has been designed with the looks of a coupe, the agility of a hatchback, but the presence of an SUV.
The eye-catching shoulder line, sloping roof and contrasting bumpers give the Q2 a striking appearance on the road. Inside, the Q2 borrows some features from the A3, such as the wraparound dashboard design, and climate control panel, but the expansive cabin and impressive headroom provide extra comfort.
The Q2 comes with a portfolio of safety technology that can help you to feel safe on the road. As standard on the Q2, is the pre-sense safety kit featuring Autonomous Emergency Braking, so not only are you safe on the road, but pedestrians are too.
Finally, the 1.6 TDI has the best fuel efficiency in the Q2 range, emitting just 114 gCO2, and delivering 64.2mpg. Although it emits higher CO2 than its premium GLA rival, the Q2 offers great space, strong performance, and a very comfortable ride.
6. Mazda CX-3 1.5 SE-L Nav 105PS SKYACTIV-D 2Wd
To get on-board with the growing crossover market, Mazda introduced their CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2014.
Unlike many cars you see rolling off the assembly line these days, the CX-3 has opted against bold creases on the body for a more smooth and neat finish.
This neat and classy style is continued in the interior with the use of premium, hand-crafted materials. With comfort in mind, the driver-centric cockpit has been ergonomically designed around the driver.
Moreover, Mazda have developed an excellent reputation for reliability, as they consistently rank above the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the Driver Power satisfaction surveys. The CX-3 certainly reinforces that reputation, with a wide range of safety technology such as Hill Hold Assist, Smart City Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning System.
Awarded the ‘Best Compact SUV’ by Fleet News in the 2016 Fleet News Awards, the CX-3 is a solid all-rounder in the crossover segment. Therefore, with its competitive pricing, and emissions of just 105 gCO2, you can’t ignore the CX-3.
7. Vauxhall Mokka X 1.6 CDTi Design Nav 110PS ecoFLEX FwD Start/Stop
Launched in 2012, the Mokka has consistently been one of the best sellers in its class.
Vauxhall recently gave the Mokka a face-lift, tweaking the front grille and rear, but the biggest change comes in the interior. The new dashboard design has been de-cluttered and replaced with a sleek and stylish central console. Benefit from Apple Car Play and play music straight from your smartphone using the 8.0” touchscreen display.
The Mokka ranks very impressively when it comes to low taxation and fuel savings. The ecoFlex 1.6CDTi emits a small 103 gCO2/km, and has an impressive 72.4mpg average. The Mokka is also very competitive on price. We can see why it has been a best seller since its introduction.
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