Error parsing XSLT file: \xslt\FacebookOpenGraph.xslt Business Car Awards 2021
Cookies on Businesscar

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Business Car website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookies at any time

BusinessCar magazine website email Awards mobile

The start point for the best source of fleet information

Business Car Awards 2021

Date: 16 November 2021

The Business Car Awards 2021 were presented at a gala dinner at The Nobu, Portman Square, London. Here we highlight the winners - recognised for excellence in their sectors of the fleet market.

Manufacturer Awards

Best electric car (under £35k): Skoda Enyaq iV


The Enyaq iV is an EV that covers all the bases, impressing our judges with attributes such as a good electric driving range, quick charging capability, strong practicality, and an extensive list of standard equipment.

Highly commended: Peugeot e-2008, Volkswagen ID.3

Best electric car (over £35k): Polestar 2


This stylish model, now available with a range of electric powertrain options, impressed our judges as both an attractive premium option for user-choosers, and a recognisable EV for businesses seeking to go green conspicuously.

Highly commended: Ford Mustang Mach-E

Best hybrid car: Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid


The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid impressed our judges with its high electric driving range, attracting just a 7% BIK company car tax rate and improving battery-only usability, as well as contributing to strong real-world running costs.

Highly commended: Skoda Octavia iV, Mercedes-Benz A250e

Best small car: Toyota Yaris 


The new Yaris will impress fleet managers with its efficient hybrid powertrain and a comprehensive package of safety systems, while drivers will be won over by its stylish design and an enjoyable driving experience.

Highly commended: Renault Clio, Peugeot 208

Best family car: Skoda Octavia


The Octavia remains a firm favourite with our judges in this category, as a highly-practical, well-priced workhorse that also offers strong equipment levels and attractive styling - an ideal package for the company car driver who also needs reliable family transport.

Best upper-medium car: Vauxhall Insignia


Recent improvements, including the addition of an impressively frugal new diesel engine option, have taken the Insignia to the top of the class in the eyes of our judges, building on its existing strengths of comfort, style, practicality, and extensive standard spec.

Highly commended: Skoda Superb

Best value car: MG5 


With fleet electrification progressing faster, a good value offering in this sector has particular significance. The MG5 combines family car practicality with long-range battery capacity at a price that could open up EV motoring to a wider selection of business drivers than before. 

Highly commended: Dacia Sandero

Driver's choice: BMW 128ti


BMW's entry into the front-wheel drive hot hatch market has proved an instant success, offering impressive performance and a superbly entertaining driving experience, while still being civilised and practical enough for drivers' everyday motoring needs.

Best premium car: BMW 3 Series


The 3 Series retains its crown in this category for another year running, with its combination of strong driver appeal with a comprehensive range of engines as well as low total cost of ownership figures continuing to impress the judges.

Best compact SUV: Ford Puma 


Last year's overall New Company Car of the Year has managed to retain honours in a sector which saw a very busy year for new model launches. The Puma is great to drive, comes with frugal mild-hybrid engines, and offers impressive practicality.

Highly commended: Vauxhall Mokka, Peugeot 2008

Best medium SUV: Hyundai Tucson


The new Tucson stands out on the road with its striking design and should also stand out for fleets with its range of electrified powertrains. Drivers should be impressed by its high-quality interior, innovative technical features, and large boot capacity. 

Highly commended: Cupra Formentor, Ford Kuga

Best premium medium SUV: BMW X1 


The X1 impressed our judges again with its all-round performance, including reasonable company car tax rates across the range, strong build quality and impressive refinement, along with plenty of driver appeal.

Highly commended: Range Rover Evoque

Best premium large SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport 


The judges were impressed by the Discovery Sport's combination of kerbside appeal and seven-seater practicality, while also offering strong residual values, a recently improved infotainment system, and electrified powertrains which help to control fuel bills.

Highly commended: BMW X5

Best executive car: BMW 5 Series 


In the words of one of our judges, 'the best just got better'. A recent facelift brought improvements, including new-look styling and an infotainment upgrade, which proved enough for the 5 Series to retain the edge in this always-competitive category.

Highly commended: Mercedes-Benz E-Class

One to watch: Hyundai Ioniq 5 


The first in a new line of electric cars from Hyundai, the Ioniq 5 makes a major statement and is set to put the brand toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names on the marketplace, including already established premium brands.

Green fleet manufacturer: Toyota/Lexus


Our judges felt Toyota/Lexus had the best all-round approach to environmental friendliness of the contenders in this category. They were particularly impressed by the company's green manufacturing initiative, as well as its extensive range of hybrid vehicles.

Most improved manufacturer: Jaguar Land Rover


Jaguar Land Rover has improved its fleet business offering to support its growing range of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including an expanded Fleet & Business Centre network and improved collaboration with RV setters and risk managers. True fleet sales were up almost 30% in the first half of 2021.

Supplier Awards

Leasing company of the year (over 25,000 vehicles): Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions 

5J2A1018 Use

Hitachi stands out as an excellent leasing company to do business with, as its total package of services is designed to help businesses reduce mobility costs and achieve optimal asset utilisation. Contract HireFlex and digital fleet calculator products are among its notable initiatives.

Highly commended: Arval UK

Leasing company of the year (under 25,000 vehicles): Ogilvie Fleet


Ogilvie Fleet boasts a customer retention rate of 99.3%, as well as an increase in the size of its fleet driven mainly by referrals from existing clients. The company also impressed our judges with its useful management tools and by proactively offering Covid-19 payment holidays.

Highly commended: The Grosvenor Group

Green initiative award: Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions


The judges were impressed by Hitachi's Intelligent Fleet Decarbonisation programme, a turnkey offering through which it can manage the entire process of customers' electric transitions, and by its EV Academy, which ensures its staff are fully up-to-date when advising fleets.

Highly commended: Arval UK

Customer service award: The AA Business Services


Customer service is a clear strength of The AA. A 100% retention rate and an impressive roll call of new business wins in the past 12 months is just reward for a successful partnership-based approach, including many pandemic-related initiatives, which attracted strong testimonials from clients.

Highly commended: Ogilvie Fleet

Remarketing award: BCA Remarketing


BCA navigated its Covid-19-related online sales shift with great success, with numerous enhancements to its digital products helping to deliver vital insights and support for vendors and buyers, along with impressive new fleet contract wins.

Highly commended: Aston Barclay

Rental company of the year: Enterprise


Enterprise won praise from the judges for a comprehensive corporate rental offering with a wide range of initiatives, such as car clubs, a Mobility-as-a-Service platform, and a large selection of environmentally friendly fleet options. Its strong customer testimonials also impressed.

Highly commended: Thrifty Car and Van Rental

Risk management award: eDriving


eDriving impressed the judges with its proven track record of reducing fleet risk, cutting collision rates in some fleets by up to 67%, with its Mentor app providing coaching to drivers after every trip based on telematics data from their smartphones, and alerting managers to high-risk employees.

Editor's choice: Octopus Electric Vehicles


Salary sacrifice schemes make choosing an EV as a company car a no brainer. Octopus Electric Vehicles have delivered a scheme that makes it easy for companies to set and run. Plus, they also help employees choose cars, then learn about energy tariffs and smart charging points.

Techie Awards 

Best telematics product: VisionTrack 


The judges were impressed by VisionTrack's platform, which uses AI analysis of telematics data with camera footage to provide fleet managers with information to act on and improve road safety and driver performance. 

Best fleet management software product: Nexus Vehicle Rental


The Nexus IRIS platform provides a full management facility for vehicle rentals, including bookings and billings, which has won favour with many major players in the fleet market. Recent helpful additions include a dedicated EV booking tool.

Best fleet service software product: Engineius


Engineius impressed our judges by offering a one-stop shop for booking, tracking and managing vehicle movements, with easy reporting tools, a reduced admin burden for customers, and a clear focus on appealing to the fleet market.

Highly commended: fod

Innovation award: The AA Business Services


The AA's freewheeling hub is a clever solution to the complex problem of recovering EVs from the roadside. This solution means that EVs can be towed easily behind a van, allowing them to get back on the road faster and sparing fleets a downtime headache.

Safety award: eDriving 


eDriving won praise in this category for the way its Mentor app provides direct safe driving feedback to drivers via their smartphones, while new features include a coaching toolkit for managers and flexible scoring options tailored for different types of staff.

Headline Awards 

Fleet manager of the year: Lorna McAtear, National Grid


Lorna impressed our judges with a proactive approach to running her fleet, including a clear focus on whole-life costs - delivering savings on fuel and National Insurance contributions - and the addition of improved driver risk monitoring to the organisation's expenses claims process.

Highly commended: Shaun Atton, Auto Windscreens

Fleet supplier of the year: FMG


Accident management company FMG offers a comprehensive service to fleets, handling over 160,000 accident claims and over 70,000 repairs per year, and has a successful record reducing downtime, recovering costs from uninsured drivers and limiting third-party claim losses. The judges were also impressed by strong customer testimonials.

Highly commended: The AA Business Services

Green fleet of the year: National Grid


Lorna McAtear, our fleet manager of the year, has rolled out an impressive range of green initiatives with her fleet, including switching perk company cars to an EV-only policy, as part of a commitment to have a net-zero fleet by 2030. 

Fleet manufacturer of the year: BMW


The judges were impressed by how BMW continues to build on its strong fleet market record with a wide range of initiatives, including programmes to support company car drivers with useful information both during the delivery process, and once their car has arrived.

New company car of the year: Skoda Enyaq iV


The first ever EV to win our overall top prize, the Enyaq is a car with the potential to be a real game changer for its maker in the fleet market, as well as being the obvious choice for those seeking a complete electric family car.