Priced from £25,000 to £35,000, you’ll get behind the wheel of a seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq SUV, a funky-looking Hyundai Tucson or the ridiculously cheap Renault Zoe. There are plenty of family cars available at this price point, but we’ve found a wide selection of cars that drive well, look good and are economical to drive.
Scroll down for our best commercial vehicles between £25,000 and £35,000…
Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 TSI 150 SE Drive 7pcs
- Price: £34,165
- Engine power: 1.5-litre 4cyl/148hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 160g/km/36%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 9.8sec/126mph
If you need a large family car with seven seats, the Kodiaq is one of the best mid-budget options. It’s not the most spacious seven-seater out there – MPVs and van-based passenger carriers carry passengers much more comfortably – but most buyers prefer the style that SUVs offer. And as an SUV, the Kodiaq comes into its own. It’s comfortable for all passengers – as long as you accept that the sixth and seventh seats are best for kids – while there’s plenty of storage, the boot is large with the rear seats folded down and well equipped.
The punchy 1.5-litre petrol engine is inexpensive to run, quiet and smooth, while the Kodiaq is actually quite fun to drive. The Skoda is primarily geared towards refinement, while it comes with a long kit list that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, navigation, a rear-view camera and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
MG ZS EV 51kWh SE
- Price: £29,495
- Engine power: E-motor/174hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 0g/km/2%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 8.2 seconds/108 mph
The MG ZS EV is the brand’s most compelling model yet, thanks to an outstanding powertrain that transforms the ZS from also being one of the leaders in its class. It’s a fantastic option for a company car thanks to its ultra-low tax bills, but it’s great for many other reasons too.
For starters, it is comfortable and easy to drive. The all-electric setup offers plenty of power at low speeds, as well as near-silent operation and ultra-low cost. It’s relaxing but delivers lively performance, and there’s a decent amount of space inside. The 470-litre boot is very generous, especially considering the ZS EV’s fairly compact footprint.
Two versions are available, SE and Trophy. Unless you really need the heated leatherette seats and wireless charging of the latter, SE should provide all the kit you’re looking for. You get LED lights, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, phone connectivity and a 360-degree parking camera.
Renault Zoe R135 100kW Rapid Charge GT Line+
- Price: £31,995
- Engine power: E-motor/133 hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 0g/km/2%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 9.5sec/87mph
There are plenty of electric cars to choose from at this price point, and we think they are the best commercial vehicles right now. Favorable tax rates make them so cheap to run it seems like a mistake – only £6 a month? Can that be real?
Look beyond running costs and the Zoe is a great car. It drives pleasantly, has a pleasant interior and is well equipped: every trim has climate control, keyless entry, parking sensors, cruise control, AEB and automatic lighting and windscreen wipers.
The Zoe is best in R135 Rapid Charge form. This version has a range of 245 miles, which is enough for a small electric car, plus 50 kW of fast charging technology, which results in a 0-80 percent battery charge in about an hour. That translates to a range of about 190 miles, so long trips aren’t as out of reach as they seem. Charging at home takes about nine and a half hours – fine if left overnight.
Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDi 230PS Hybrid SE Connect
- Price: £33,370
- Engine power: 1.6-litre 4cyl & e-motor/227hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 141g/km/32%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 8.4 seconds/127 mph
As with most Hyundais, the Tucson is a practical and stylish choice. It’s a mid-sized SUV aimed at families, and it’s well-suited for that task thanks to its efficient and punchy engines, spacious interior and comfortable ride.
The hybrid petrol engine offers efficiency and refinement. With up to 227 hp it delivers strong performance but is still very efficient and very quiet, especially on the highway. There’s plenty of room in the Tucson, with more trunk space than many rivals (and estate cars) with 616 liters. Getting in and out is also easy. SE Connect trim brings 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise, dual-zone climate control, AEB, keyless start and a 10.25-inch touchscreen with web connectivity.
The Tucson is also good to drive – the controls are light, but still satisfying and the driving position is comfortable. The suspension hides bumps in the road well, while remaining composed through turns.
Fiat 500 electric icon
- Price: £29,435
- Engine power: E-motor/116 hp
- CO2/BiK tire: 0g/km/2%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 9.0 sec/93 mph
If you had your eye on a Fiat 500 as a commercial vehicle, you could also consider the newer all-electric model. Because it’s an EV, it’s dirt cheap for company car users, and so are operating costs. It also offers great value for money compared to its closest rivals.
The Icon model comes with 16-inch alloys and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, but it’s the 299-mile range and 85 kW charging capacity that stand out here. It takes about 35 minutes for an 80 percent charge at a public charging station.
The 500 isn’t as roomy inside as a Renault Zoe, and the three-door bodywork means it’s not as practical, but it’s much more stylish and has all the equipment you need. It’s more fun to drive than the 500 petrol, as the powerful electric motor makes it really snappy at low speeds. Like all electric vehicles, the 500 is quiet and relaxing at low speeds – perfect for city driving.
Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid Design
- Price: £29,385
- Engine power: 1.8-litre 4cyl & e-motor/120bhp
- CO2/BiK tire: 110g/km/27%
- 0-62 mph/top speed: 10.9sec/112mph
The Corolla makes a lot of sense as a company car: it’s spacious and practical for the family, efficient enough to keep tax bills low and fun to drive.
The hybrid powertrain means low CO2 emissions and impressive fuel economy – over 60mpg should be possible on a regular basis. It’s easy to drive and quiet in the city, but it’s captivating for avid motorists. There’s a decent amount of boot space – or you can choose the Touring Sports estate – and plenty of leg and headroom in the rear.
Design specs come with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto-dimming and folding mirrors, satellite navigation, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two-zone climate control and active lumbar support.
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