2017's top 10 fleet car treats
22 December 2016
Next year looks set to be a bumper 12 months for company car operators, with a raft of new models making their way to the UK in 2017. BusinessCar picks out the key vehicles to watch out for.
There are few cars that typify the company car market more than the BMW 5-series, and the launch of this next-generation model is big news.
Longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model with a bigger boot, the new 5-series is also loaded with advanced driver aids and connectivity kit already seen in the luxurious 7-series, including gesture control functionality, remote control parking, and wireless phone charging.
The key model will still be the 520d powered by a four-cylinder 190hp diesel engine, which will now offer CO2 emissions as low as 107g/km, with official fuel economy pegged at 70.6mpg.
On sale: February 2017
The UK's biggest-selling car is moving more upmarket in 2017 and will offer more choice than ever before.
As well as being available in three- and five-door guises, the Fiesta range will be joined by an upmarket Vignale version, a sporty ST-Line model, and a new crossover-inspired Active variant, which adds a further 18mm of ride height, extra body cladding and roof bars over the standard car.
More than 17 million Fiestas have been sold to date. Now in its seventh generation, the new car will come with a range of powertrains including the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, which is expected to offer emissions as low as 97g/km.
On sale: Summer 2017
Unveiled at last month's LA motor show, Mazda's second-generation CX-5 will come with a choice of three engines including a 2.2-litre diesel, which will be key for company car drivers.
Currently the firm's biggest-selling car in Europe, it showcases a new front-end design that puts the SUV more in line with its 3 hatchback and CX-3 siblings. The CX-5 also features the brand's recently launched G-Vectoring Control technology, which aims to enhance the car's handling.
The interior sees a lift in overall quality too, and a host of additional features, including head-up display and a remote-controlled tailgate.
On sale: Summer 2017
Bigger and better equipped then ever before, the new Mini Countryman will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.
Because of its growth spurt, the second-generation Countryman moves into a whole new class and will rival the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q2. It's the biggest car the firm has ever produced and gets an extra 100 litres of boot space as well as increased interior roominess.
Still distinctly Mini in terms of design, the new Countryman will also feature a range of equipment and tech highlights seen elsewhere in the firm's line-up.
On sale: February 2017
It's been a long time in the making but Vauxhall's flagship saloon will finally arrive in 2017. Featuring a more premium look and feel both inside and out, the new insignia sets its sights on premium rivals like the BMW 3-series and Audi A4.
Set to make its official debut at March's Geneva motor show, the new insignia is larger and more practical than before, while also sheds up to 175kg of weight to help boost efficiency.
On sale: June 2017
Land Rover Discovery
Unveiled at this year's Paris motor show, the fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery is longer and taller than the model it replaces, and adopts design cues from its Range Rover and Discovery Sport siblings alongside a new plusher interior.
Available as a seven-seater only, the new SUV is significantly lighter than the outgoing model. For the first time the Discovery will also be available with the firm's four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel, which will offer significantly improved running costs, with 171g/km of CO2 and an official fuel economy of 43.5mpg.
On sale: Spring 2017
Nissan would be the first to admit that the current-generation Micra failed to meet the expectations of many UK buyers and has been significantly overshadowed by rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.
The arrival of this fifth-generation model aims to change all that, though, and takes a huge leap forwards in design, technology and efficiency.
More spacious than before with a bigger boot, the new Micra also brings an uplift in interior refinement and will come with a choice of two engines from launch.
On sale: January 2017
Fresh from launching its first-ever SUV, the Ateca this year, Seat has already put plans in place to launch another at the end of 2017.
Called Arona, an official picture is yet to be released but it'll rival the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur and is based on the Ibiza hatch. The Arona is expected to be styled very similarly to the Ateca and will be offered with a range of economical petrol and diesel engines seen elsewhere in the Seat line-up.
On sale: Late 2017
Now in its 10th generation, the new Honda Civic plans to take the fight back to the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. It's the largest Civic to date and makes significant strides forwards in interior quality and refinement.
Featuring a sharper and more distinctive design, the new Civic debuts Honda's new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines, both of which are available with a reworked six-speed manual or CVT auto. A 119hp 1.6-litre diesel will arrive later in 2017 after the car's launch in March.
On sale: March 2017
We couldn't have a top 10 list without mentioning the Kodiaq. Skoda's all-new SUV was unveiled to the public at this year's Paris motor show and we drove it for the first time last month, awarding it a rare 10/10 rating.
Hugely practical and offering excellent value for money, the Kodiaq looks great too, and showcases an upmarket cabin more akin to Audi and BMW rivals.
Available with a choice of five engines, you'll be able to choose the Kodiaq as a five- or seven-seater.
On sale March 2017