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Best SME Compact Company Car: MINI Cooper 1.5 D 5-door
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Best SME Compact Company CarSO, MINI keeps hold of The Best SME Compact Company Car crown for 2017, in Business Car Managers SME Company Car of The Year Awards, with its five-door hatch.

The 1.5 Cooper D’s great fun-to-drive package, combined with five-door practicality and keen fuel economy, keep it at the top of this category.

The MINI continues to cost pennies to run too, with this Cooper D emitting just 95g/km of CO2, plus 78.5mpg fuel figures mean the MINI will cost just £120 in road tax for the first year.

Best Compact Company Car – The Contenders:

  • Infiniti Q30 1.5d Business Executive
  • Vauxhall Astra Hatchback New 1.6 CDTi SRi 110PS S/S ecoFLEX
  • SEAT Ateca 1.6 TDI Ecomotive SE Technology 115PS
  • MINI Cooper Hatch 1.5 D 5-door
  • Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI Sport 150PS S Tronic

Last year’s winner was the MINI 1.5 Cooper D Five-door Hatch.

What our judges thought:

“MINI scores best here against its rivals with the lowest P11D value and BIK, with the best WLC and CH rental too. 78mpg is also impressive, although Astra is a close second.

The key reasons why the MINI won:

The MINI 5-door Hatch has the same distinctive styling and go-kart handling as the 3-door model, but with the practicality of extra doors.

Plus, it has increased legroom and more luggage space, with a generous 278-litre boot. The MINI Hatch range maintains the hallmark engaging drive, along with impressively low CO2 emissions from only 92g/km.

As well as all this extra space, the MINI 5-door Hatch sets itself apart from competitors with the wide range of MINI technologies available.

MINI Cooper 1.5D 5-door 114PS

  • CO2: 95g/km
  • Fuel consumption: 78.5mpg
  • Acceleration: 9.4 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 126mph
  • Insurance group: 15
  • P11D value: £17,945
  • 2017/18 Company car tax band: 21%
  • BIK: £3,768
  • Tax at 20%: £754
  • Tax at 40%: £1507

Keep your eyes on the road with the optional MINI Head-Up Display, a transparent panel that rises up in front of the windscreen, to put driving data right in your field of vision.

Standard specification includes Keyless Go, USB audio interface, Bluetooth and an on-board computer.

All MINI models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

With optional MINI Driving Modes, you can adapt the performance of your MINI to match your mood and the driving conditions.

In the MID and GREEN modes, optional Variable Damper Control adjusts the suspension to keep the drive enjoyably smooth.

  • The Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2017 are supported by Fleet Alliance.

Best SME Compact Company Car
Hollie Crumlish with the award for MINI
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