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Best commercial vehicles under £15,000

Best commercial vehicles under £15,000

Commercial vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from city cars to large SUVs, there is more choice than ever. There is also the possibility of getting an electric car, as the government is pushing for electric vehicles for company car schemes, this could be your best chance for zero-emission driving. You’ll even find some electrification in the under £15,000 price range with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid Swift. Volkswagen is up! is one of our favorite city cars and together with the spacious and sturdy Dacia Sandero Stepway supermini can make a great company car.

Scroll down to see the best commercial vehicles to choose from for under £15,000…

Fiat 500 1.0 MHEV Pop

  • Price: £14,675
  • Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/69hp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 105g/km/26%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 13.8sec/104mph

The Fiat 500 is popular for its retro-yet-modern look and affordable price. It’s not the most practical choice – the rear seats are rather cramped and the luggage space is small – but the style of the 500 adds a sense of fun.

Best of all, the 500 comes with endless customization options, so there’s sure to be a model for everyone. The 1.0-litre 500 uses a three-cylinder engine with mild hybrid technology. This means that there is a small electric motor that harvests energy when decelerating and uses it to increase the efficiency of the motor. It is unnoticeable during normal driving, but helps to keep CO2 emissions – and therefore tax bills – low. The engine itself is efficient and fun to use, and it stays quiet on the highway, and its low power means it’s cheap to insure.

Kia Picanto 1.0 DPI 66 hp ‘1’

  • Price: £12,250
  • Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/66hp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 110g/km/27%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 14.1 seconds/100mph

If you need a really practical little car but want to keep tax bills low, the Kia Picanto is a great option. It is one of the most spacious city cars you can buy; the hatchback has a boot capacity of 255 litres, which is almost as much as some cars in the above class, while the rear seats are spacious enough for adults.

The Picanto is easy to drive, with a comfortable ride and satisfying controls, including a slick manual shifter. The 1.0-litre non-turbocharged petrol engine is very efficient, but requires a different driving style as it’s a little underpowered – a 0-100km/h time of 14.1 seconds could come from a commercial vehicle spec sheet from the 1970s, rather than from 2022.

Life isn’t all about speed though, as the Picanto is strong in other important areas. There’s plenty of head and legroom inside for a small car, and even the entry-level ‘1’ comes with Bluetooth and hill-hold assist. If you can convince your company to spend around £1,500 more, the ‘2’ will get an autonomous emergency braking system, air conditioning and smart alloy wheels.

Suzuki Swift 1.2MHEV SZ-L

  • Price: £15,499
  • Engine power: 1.2 liter 4cyl/82hp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 106g/km/26%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 13.1 seconds/112mph

It’s a left-wing choice, but not because the Swift is missing – it’s efficient, fun to drive, practical and reliable, and an excellent little car. With mild-hybrid technology, it drives like any other petrol car, but emits just 106 g/km of CO2. This means it is cheap to load, but the motor is efficient and fun to use.

The low-spec SZ-L model is fairly well equipped despite its low price, with LED headlights, 16-inch alloys, AEB and smartphone connectivity including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Hyundai i10 1.2 SE Connect

  • Price: £14,985
  • Engine power: 1.2 liter 4cyl/83hp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 124g/km/29%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 12.6 sec/106 mph

The low list price of the i10 results in cheaper tax bills for commercial vehicle drivers, but we love it for many other reasons. Here we have chosen the 1.2-litre model, which is smoother than the 1.0-litre three-cylinder but still emits just 124 g/km of CO2.

Powerful enough to keep up with city traffic, the i10 is great to drive: it’s light and agile, but it’s also comfortable even on bumpy city streets. SE Connect trim comes with the crucial extra equipment that buyers of modern cars need. There’s an 8-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity and plenty of safety kit too.

Dacia Sandero TCe 90 Expression

  • Price: £13,595
  • Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/89bhp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 120g/km/29%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 11.7 seconds/104 mph

The latest Sandero range is so cheap that it can even rival some electrified cars for affordable company car tax bills. Fuel economy is reasonable and performance is reasonable; considering the bargain list price, it’s really hard to fault.

Still, the Sandero doesn’t feel like a cheap car. It uses technology from the new Renault Clio and drives the same way, despite costing much less. It is comfortable, relatively quiet and composed, plus a pleasant interior.

It’s a big step up from the previous version, but you’ll probably still want to stick with the higher-end model lines to get all the modern kits you want. Expression trim includes an 8-inch satellite navigation screen with smartphone connectivity, plus cruise control, automatic lighting, climate control, a rear-view camera, AEB and LED lighting.

Volkswagen up! 1.0 65PS 5dr

  • Price: £14,350
  • Engine power: 1.0-litre 3cyl/64hp
  • CO2/BiK tire: 118g/km/27%
  • 0-62 mph/top speed: 14.9 seconds/100mph

Whether you buy privately or are looking for a company car, the up! is an economical option. A low list price and efficient 1.0-litre engine make it affordable and inexpensive to run.

It is also remarkably quiet on the highway for a city car. Yes, overtakings need to be planned well in advance, but if you can live with that, the comfort and sophistication of the up! impressive on long journeys. It’s also fun to drive, thanks to its low weight and willing engine. Even the cheapest version comes with alloy wheels, Bluetooth and DAB radio, while you can take advantage of VW’s apps and the car’s smartphone holder if you have a compatible device.

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