Twenty five cars, representing the latest, best and most relevant vehicles for corporate and fleet buyers were put through their paces on a busy day of test-driving at The Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield on Tuesday, 12 February.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Fleet Car Awards, the twenty five contenders – distributed among five categories – were measured against a selection of criteria by the experienced panel of judges to identify and assess their suitability for demanding company car drivers.
Comprising fleet buyers and assessors, safety and technology experts and motoring journalists, the judging panel awarded points on aspects such as styling, driving dynamics, refinement, ergonomics, practicality, equipment levels and safety features, while considerations such as fuel efficiency, range capabilities (for electric cars) and total cost of ownership are also factored into the final analysis.
As well as assessing the latest contenders in what can be considered the traditional fleet sectors of C-Segment, D-Segment and Premium / Executive, the 2019 Fleet Car Awards offer separate accolades for both hybrid and electric cars. These are becoming increasingly relevant and important to the corporate sector, particularly with many electric cars now eligible for zero percent Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax. Indeed judges were highly impressed with the shortlisted contenders in these categories, noting that many can now be considered fit for purpose for fleet customers.
Awards will be presented in five categories, with the winners to be announced next month. The shortlisted contenders in each category are (in alphabetical order) :-
Fleet Car Awards 2019
|C-Segment||D-Segment||Premium / Executive||Green Fleet – Hybrid||Green Fleet – Electric|
|Ford Focus||Mazda6||Audi A6||BMW 5 Series iPerformance||BMW i3|
|Honda Civic||Mercedes-Benz C-Class||KIA Stinger||Ford Mondeo HEV||Hyundai Kona Electric|
|KIA Ceed||Peugeot 3008||Mercedes-Benz CLS||Honda CR-V Hybrid||Jaguar I-Pace|
|Škoda Karoq||Peugeot 508||Mercedes-Benz E-Class||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||Nissan Leaf|
|Volkswagen T-Roc||Volvo XC40||Volkswagen Touareg||Toyota RAV4 Hybrid||Volkswagen e-Golf|