Choosing a car for a company fleet
When choosing a car for a company fleet, what factors do you take into account? A round-up of reviews for the Skoda Superb seems to indicate that this is a car that will tick most boxes for Fleet Managers looking to add a car to their company car approved list.
Economy for fleet users
Addition of a sixth gear to the Greenline model makes for more relaxed M-way cruising and contributes to a combined mpg figure of 67.3
CO2 falls to 109g, so the company car tax rate is 16 percent and you’ll pay £20 a year in VED – the first year is free
Additional equipment worth £1150 is now added to S spec at no extra cost. It includes cruise, Bluetooth, and a four spoke, multi-function steering wheel
Car comparisons for fleet users
However, given that Skoda believes fleet buyers will account for 60% of all sales, the Superb’s combination of big space and low running costs isn’t so convincing.
For example, although the Superb Greenline III S now emits just 109g/km, it costs just £70 less than the smoother Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI SE. That car also gets more kit, more power, similar luggage space and it sits in the same 16% company tax bracket.
Ford’s newly trimmed Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Graphite comes with less kit and emits slightly more CO2 – putting in the 18% company car tax bracket – but still offers lots of space, more power, better handling and costs nearly £1900 less.
Company car specifications
Auto Express awarded the Superb four stars, saying that company users will welcome the improved economy and emissions
At launch there will be six engines to choose from, ranging from an efficient new GreenLine III 1.6 TDI, with CO2 emissions of only 109g/km (down from 119g/km), to the potent 3.6-litre V6 petrol with four-wheel drive and a 155mph top speed.
We got behind the wheel of the mid-range 2.0 TDI 4×4, which delivers 138bhp and 320Nm of torque, but now comes with stop-start and energy recovering brakes as standard. Economy now matches or betters rivals such as the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo.
Skoda Superb for Fleet Managers
Have you taken the Skoda Superb for a test drive, or evaluated it for your fleet drivers? What do you think?