For some businesses, especially start-ups, having the funds available for the deposit on a car can be scarce. This no longer should be an issue in the way of you getting a car or a fleet of cars for your business. You can now get business leasing without a deposit, making it very easy for you to get some of the best saloons on the market.
There are a variety of brilliant saloons you could choose from for your business. There are affordable saloons, more executive cars and expensive luxury vehicles on offer at Hippo Leasing and you don’t need a deposit for any of them.
The Volkswagen Passat is a 5-seater saloon that is more than affordable for what is on offer. Whilst its main rivals are the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Insignia, the Passat is so good it rivals the more executive BMW 3 Series.
We will cover three of the engine available for the Passat. For start-up businesses, which lack the sufficient funds, there is the cheapest model. For the businesses that are economically-minded there is the most fuel-efficient engine. Finally, there is the fastest model.
The cheapest model is the 1.6 TDI S. It has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, producing 120 bhp. It develops a top speed of 128 mph and makes for a great motorway cruiser with a 0-60 mph in 10.8 seconds. With regards to fuel efficiency this model has a combined fuel economy of 70.6 mpg. For the long-distance motorway driver, it has an extra-urban fuel economy of 79 mpg. For those businesses that only travel around towns, you get an urban fuel economy of 60 mpg.
The greenest model of the Passat is the 1.4 TSI GTE edition. This 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine produces 218 bhp. When it comes to its fuel efficiency, it has a combined fuel economy of 166 mpg, which means it would be very cheap to run, making it an added bonus for businesses. It has a top speed of 140 mph, making it faster than the entry model and is also quicker from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds.
The fastest Passat on offer is the 2.0 BiTDI SCR GT 4MOTION. It comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine developing 240 bhp. It has a top speed of 149 mph and sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, which is excellent for motorway driving. It has a combined fuel economy of 51.4 mpg, which is good for all round running costs. For the long distance, motorway drivers, you have an extra urban fuel economy of 58 mpg. Those of you with business around the city, you have an urban fuel economy of 43 mpg. The fuel economy for the fastest Passat is very respectable, considering you would be sacrificing efficiency for speed.
Inside the Passat
You may expect a Volkswagen’s interior to be good inside. It is better. It is closer to its premium rivals like the BMW M3 and Audi A4. The materials and plastics are good quality and are well put together and solidly built. There is nothing out of place and you do get the chance to have an optional heads-up display and a 12-inch screen that replaces the instrument binnacle.
The passenger space in the Passat is excellent and fits four six foot adults comfortably with plenty of headroom and legroom. It is perfect for long journeys, with you and your passengers not having to worry about being uncomfortable or tight. However, add a fifth adult in and it does become a little tight. With the Passat, you have a boot capacity of 586-litres, which is 100-litres more than the Mazda 6 and is in fact, the biggest boot in its class.
The main things and the best thing about the Passat’s performance is the ride. It is sublime and you cannot feel the imperfections on the road in this car. The cabin refinement is excellent, minimising the road, wind and engine noise. It has plenty of driver aids for help around the city too with Traffic Jam Assist for queues and Park Assist and can self-park if necessary. It handles well in the corners with limited body roll to ensure you are supported and comfortable through the corner.
If you are interested in a Volkswagen Passat for your business, check out our range of models and offers here.
BMW 3 Series
When it comes to compact saloons, you have only one real choice for a business. The BMW 3 Series has long been recognised as the best compact, premium saloon on the market. It does have its own rivals in the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class, but nothing quite comes close to knocking it off its pedestal.
3 Series’ engine
The cheapest 3 Series you can choose from is the 318i SE. It has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, paired with a manual gearbox. It produces 136 bhp and a top speed of 130 mph. For an entry-level car, the 3 Series has an impressive acceleration time of 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. It also has a respectable combined fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. For the town and city drivers amongst you, the 3 Series produces an urban fuel economy of 42 mpg and for more long-distance driving, an extra urban fuel economy of 63 mpg.
Now again, low running costs can be very important to businesses and therefore the greenest 3 Series is worth considering. It is the 330e SE model and it has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid engine with automatic gearbox. It has a top speed of 140 mph, making it faster than the cheapest model and it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, making it quicker as well. However, the important reason for choosing this model is the fuel efficiency. This 3 Series produces a combined fuel economy of 148.7 mpg.
The fastest 3 Series may not be appropriate for business use, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. The 335d xDrive M Sport has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 313 bhp. It has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (it can definitely go faster if allowed) and sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Fuel efficiency may not be high on the list if you do choose the fastest model, however it does produce a respectable combined fuel economy of 51.4 mpg. It also has an urban fuel economy of 44 mpg and extra urban fuel economy of 58 mpg, so the running costs will still be low for what you are driving.
3 Series Interior
The BMW 3 Series’ interior is as you would expect from the German manufacturer. It is well built, functional with the dashboard facing the driver and simply set out. The plastics and materials are high quality and put together seamlessly. The driving position is excellent thanks to it being fully adjustable with both the seat and the steering wheel. The best thing about the 3 Series interior is the iDrive Infotainment system. It has everything you need in an infotainment system, including stereo, sat-nav and a variety of other functions. Whilst many infotainment systems are touchscreen and require you focus on it whilst driving, meaning your eyes aren’t on the road, the iDrive system is controlled through a control knob. This means you can easily flick through the easy to navigate system whilst keeping your eyes on the road the majority of the time.
The BMW 3 Series has plenty of space for passengers. The legroom has been dramatically updated since previous models and now you can easily fit six foot adults in the front and back. Headroom is also very good. You can easily fit four adults in there without a worry, but a fifth passenger would make it a squeeze. Storage space inside the 3 Series is plentiful with large glove box and door bins. In the boot, the 3 Series has a capacity of 480-litres, making it highly practical.
3 Series’ Performance
The best part of any 3 Series is how it handles. It has two modes, Comfort and Sport. In comfort mode you will find a blissful ride. It soaks up the humps, bumps and broken road surfaces with you barely noticing. This makes it excellent for long-distance cruising, which you may end up doing as part of your business. Flick the 3 Series into Sports mode and the car hunkers down, reigning in the body roll and everything is suddenly sharper. You can do anything you want with the 3 Series in Sports mode and it will react that way.
In the 3 Series, you can hit a corner at any legal speed required and come out the other side with ease. Thanks to the minimal amount of body roll, this car feels planted as you head around the corner.
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The Audi A4 is a direct challenge to the BMW 3 Series, offering businesses premium saloons with plenty of space and great engine choices. If you want a great alternative to the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 is one to consider.
The entry-level A4 is the 1.4T FSI SE model. It has a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, developing 150 bhp. It has a top speed of 130 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, making it a worthy challenger for the 3 Series. It has a combined fuel economy of 53.3 mpg, ensuring it has decent low running costs. This includes an extra urban fuel economy of 63 mpg and an urban fuel economy of 42 mpg.
Again, the greenest vehicles might be the more appropriate for business use as it reduces running costs and road tax down dramatically compared with other models. The greenest A4 is the 2.0 TDI Ultra SE. Under the bonnet it has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 150 bhp. It has a top speed of 120 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. So, whilst the engine is bigger, the power and speed output is the same as the entry level model. However, when it comes to fuel economy, this model has a combined fuel economy of 74.3 mpg, an extra urban fuel economy of 83 mpg and an urban fuel economy of 63 mpg.
Let’s talk speed and power. The fastest A4 is the S4 Quattro Top Tronic. It has a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine, delivering 354 bhp. It has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph and sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Fuel efficiency isn’t a priority with this car as it has a combined fuel economy of 38.7 mpg. Break that down and you have an urban fuel economy of 29 mpg and an extra urban fuel economy of 48 mpg.
The Audi A4 has the best interior of its class. The materials are of high quality and the plastics are soft and spongy and all well put together. The dashboard has been tidied up so everything is more simply set out for easy use by the driver and passengers. It also comes with a seven-inch colour display infotainment screen that is super easy to use and surrounded by metal trim. You do have the option of replacing your speedometer and rev counter with a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display that can be transformed into a huge sat-nav screen.
The passenger space in the A4 is comfortable in both the front and the rear. The driver’s position can easily be adjusted thanks to an adjustable seat and steering wheel. In the back there is sufficient headroom and legroom for six-foot adults and the A4 is wide enough to accommodate three adults on the back seats comfortably. The A4 has a boot capacity of 480-litres and if you drop those rear seats, that increases to 965-litres.
Purchasing a A4 means you are buying comfort. The ride is smooth and absorbs the bumps and poor road surfaces without worry or concern. You can slip it into Sports mode and everything tightens up in the same way it does in the BMW 3 Series. This minimises the body roll and gives you a firmer, leaner driving experience.
Most A4 models come with front-wheel drive system, however, the top of the range S4 Quattro model has a four-wheel drive system to deal with the 3.0-litre engine. This ensures the S4 is more planted, ensuring you are in full control the whole time.
If you are interested in getting an Audi A4 for your business, check out what we have on offer here.