Best hybrid company cars
Hybrid cars are designed to produce less CO2 than their pure petrol and diesel equivalents, making them cleaner and more economical to run.
This makes them excellent company cars, as lower emissions attract lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rates.
So by opting for a hybrid or plug-in hybrid company car, you should be able to pay less tax while also enjoying the reduced running costs that come with filling up at the forecourt less frequently.
Like the sound of that? Then keeping reading for our best hybrid company cars countdown…
5. Lexus IS 300h
The Lexus IS 300h is an excellent compact executive saloon that’s powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, combining to produce 220bhp. A 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds can make the IS feel sluggish, but it does at least have very good comfort and refinement in its favour. It'll attract BiK rates of 20%, 23% and 23% again over the next three years, so higher-rate (40%) taxpayers will pay £7,904.16 over that period for the IS in SE trim. For 20% taxpayers, the three-year total is half that amount.
4. Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Toyota Prius Plug-In is one of the cleanest cars you can buy today: it’ll return 28g/km CO2 emissions (securing a BiK rate of 13% for 2018/19), while fuel economy is officially listed as 235mpg. In reality, you should expect something much lower than this, but 100mpg is a realistic target if you keep the 8.8kWh battery topped up regularly. Over three years, 40% taxpayers will pay £6,091.20 for the Prius Plug-In; 20% taxpayers will pay £3,045.60 over the same period.
3. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In has the same BiK rate as its Prius Plug-In rival, registering 13% for 2018/19 and 16% for the following two years. And while the two cars are closely matched, the Ioniq gains the advantage on this list thanks to its slightly lower P11D value: this translates into a total company-car tax cost of just £5,435 for higher-rate taxpayers over three years, which averages out at just over £150 a month. It’s not quite as economical as the Prius, but keep the battery topped up and the difference will be small.
2. BMW 530e iPerformance
As far as company-car tax goes, the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid is at the pricier end of the hybrid scale, with a total BiK cost of £8,235.90 over 36 months for 40% taxpayers. There’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a lot pricier than the Prius and Ioniq, but you’re getting a very capable executive car for your money: 0-62mph takes just 6.2 seconds, and you’ll benefit from the limo-like luxury typically offered by the 5 Series. A 29-mile electric range ensures that short journeys will be cheap and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will keep you entertained on longer, more exuberant drives.
1. MINI Countryman S E All4 Hybrid
The MINI Countryman S E All4 is one of the most fun plug-in hybrids to drive right now, and with a total BiK cost of £6,874.20 for 40% taxpayers (20% taxpayers will pay £3,437.10) over three years, it represents a great compromise between cost and performance. A full charge can deliver around 25 miles of electric driving, and it’s a practical car for families, too, with decent room in the back and a 405-litre boot. Just don’t overdo it with the options: pushing the list price over £40,000 will see you paying more Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).