Contenders for Fleet Car Awards 2019 Assessed

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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.

Executive / Premium contenders at the Fleet Car Awards Appraisal Day at The Johnstown Estate, Enfield, County Meath

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.

Contenders lined up at the Fleet Car Awards 2019 Appraisal Day at The Johnstown Estate, Enfield

 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.

Contenders in the Green Fleet – Electric category at the Fleet Car Awards 2019 Appraisal Day

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