If your budget allows for a commercial vehicle worth over £15,000 then the excellent Dacia Jogger, our supermini of the year – the Renault Clio and the new hybrid Honda Jazz all come into play. All of these cars are also relatively fuel-efficient, which helps keep those BiK tax rates low.
Scroll down to see the best commercial vehicles between £15,000 and £20,000…
Opel Corsa 1.2 100PS Design
- Price: £18,240
- Engine power: 1.2-litre 3cyl/99bhp
- CO2/BiK tire: 117g/km/28%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 9.3 seconds/121 mph
The Opel Corsa finally has what it takes to compete with the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, for both private buyers and users. It has smart styling, punchy and efficient petrol engines and plenty of technology to make long journeys easier.
If you’re allowed to spend a little more, the all-electric Corsa-e will lower your BiK taxes and fuel bills. For those on a tighter budget, the 100 hp (99 hp) petrol is a great option. We chose it over the entry-level 74hp engine as it costs just £4 a month more for a 20 percent taxpayer. It’s equally economical, reaching up to 52.3mpg and is three whole seconds faster from 0 to 100 km/h; although you may not be racing to and from the office, the extra power is very useful on faster roads.
Design spec Corsas feature cruise control, lane departure warning, driver fatigue alarm, air conditioning and smartphone connectivity.
Dacia Jogger TCe 110 Essential
- Price: £16,695
- Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/108bhp
- CO2/BiK tire: 131g/km/31%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 11.2 seconds/114mph
Most really cheap cars are superminis or city cars, but if you really want a car big enough for the family, the seven-seat Dacia Jogger is one of your only choices. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the Jogger offers functionality, comfort and decent trim levels for half the price of more luxurious three-row SUVs. LPG and hybrid models are coming, but the petrol car is efficient enough and fairly cheap for BiK tax, while still offering everything the majority of buyers need.
With the rear seats folded, the Jogger has a huge trunk and a roomy interior made from hard-wearing materials, so it’s a great car for dog owners. But people will love it too – the rear seats are roomy, so it’s a top option for family cars at the lower end of the new car market. It is also well equipped. Even Essential’s basic equipment comes with air conditioning, cruise control, parking sensors and Bluetooth, plus a phone holder. Reach for the mid-range Expression trim for £1,300 more and the kit list is impressive, with keyless entry, front-facing sensors and Apple CarPlay.
Renault Clio TCe 90 Evolution
- Price: £18,795
- Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/89bhp
- CO2/BiK tire: 119g/km/28%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 12.2sec/112mph
Our favorite supermini is a great choice for commercial vehicle buyers when fitted with the 1.0-litre TCe for its low emissions and excellent value – you get a lot of equipment for the money.
Inside, the Clio feels more expensive than its price suggests, with quality materials matched to a smart and modern-looking design. It is also generously equipped; Evolution may be the cheapest, but it doesn’t lack features.
The Clio is comfortable and practical, with plenty of room in the back for kids to settle down, and a decent boot. We love the Clio so much that it followed up on its 2020 Auto Express Supermini of the Year award by taking home the same award in 2021 and 2022.
Citroen C3 PureTech 110 Shine
- Price: £16,995
- Engine power: 1.2-litre 3cyl/108bhp
- CO2/BiK tire: 134g/km/31%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 10.1 seconds/120 mph
One of the best options if you want a small car is the recently refreshed C3. Both private and business buyers will appreciate the low running costs associated with the great 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. It’s snappy from low revs and fun to use, but it’s still economical and keeps costs down. It’s a shame the shifting isn’t particularly pleasant to use, but this is just a minor niggle.
A low list price keeps the bills low for business users the most, and you get a decent amount of kit for the money. Shine trim comes standard with Lane Departure Warning, navigation system, cruise control, parking sensors and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The striking appearance of the C3 may be what will grab the attention of many buyers, but it’s the spacious interior that will hold it in – there’s a large boot and decent space for passengers inside. The interior has a sleek design, while the large glass surface also lets in a lot of light.
Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 PS SE Comfort
- Price: £18,350
- Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/94hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 115g/km/28%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 10.6sec/119mph
Skoda has come a long way in a short time and the latest Fabia is proof of that. It’s not the bargain it once was, but the improvements more than justify the price hike. It’s better to drive than ever thanks to a more responsive chassis and high-quality engineering.
The Fabia is a faithful petrol engine. Although a hybrid model would be advantageous, the petrol engine is economical enough for most drivers. It has just under 100 hp, so the performance is fine when you consider that it will also emit only 115 g/km of CO2.
Even in the entry-level SE Comfort, the Fabia is well equipped. The standard kit includes alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, air conditioning, digital radio, parking sensors, AEB, LED headlights and a touchscreen with Bluetooth.
Honda Jazz 1.5 i-MMT SE
- Price: £19,045
- Engine power: 1.5-litre 4cyl/96bhp plus 106bhp e-motor
- CO2/BiK tire: 102g/km/25%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 9.4 seconds/108 mph
Company car tax rules strongly support hybrid cars and EVs, but if you’re on a tighter budget, there’s not much choice. The hybrid-only Jazz combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a small electric motor to keep the cost of the benefit in kind low.
It’s a great powertrain for relaxed driving, and the interior is as practical as it gets when it comes to superminis. The clever Magic Seats can be folded forwards and backwards making them really versatile, plus the luggage compartment is large and there is plenty of room for passengers.
Sneaking under our £20k budget, the SE version is entry-level, although you’ll have to go up to a higher spec if you want smartphone connectivity.
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