Unless you’re one of those lucky people that live on the doorstep of your workplace, you will relate to the necessity of spending an astounding amount of time and money commuting to and from work. When relying on your car to transport you to the place where you make a living, it becomes even more important for it to be:
Suited to both city and motorway driving
Have a strong fuel economy
We delved into some research and picked some of the best-suited commuter cars to help you choose your commuting companion.
Believe it or not, a fun drive and low running costs are not mutually exclusive traits in a car, all thanks to the Ford Fiesta that is. And its goodness doesn’t stop there. The Fiesta has always exceeded rival small cars in terms of handling. There’s an impressive engine range for you to choose from, the most commendable being the 1.0-litre turbo Ecoboost. It’s clear the Fiesta has got a whole lot right and very little wrong. No wonder this hatchback has held the ‘country’s most popular car’ trophy for over a decade.
Insurance band: 3-17
Starting price: From £137.08 per month
Launched in 2011, it is likely the Nissan Leaf will be the first electric car you heard of. Now in its second generation, this compact car is faster, more sophisticated to drive and has a larger cabin. Above all, the newest Leaf has a longer range between charges. At 200 miles, it has one of the highest ranges for an affordable electric vehicle, which could mean several days of commuting between charges for this urban hero. Being a zero-emission electric car, the Leaf is also likely to benefit from free parking at railway station and subsidy in some working environments.
Insurance band: 19-26
Starting price: From £328.34 per month
Driving range: 270.4 - 284.8km (battery-only)
BMW 5 Series
A sleeker, larger and far more attractive body than the BMW 3 Series yet just a tad more expensive makes the BMW 5 Series the best of all worlds. It’s the mid-sized executive saloon that provides excellent looks, comfort, space and efficiency. Few cars have such a broad range of talents as the 5-Series. You’re certainly won’t be short of engine options. Most of you will be most suited to a diesel and the 520d (2.0-litre) is punchy enough for most. If your commute involves a motorway, the 5-Series is a luxury car that will have no problems whisking you up to motorway speeds without fuss and much work being done.
Insurance band: 26-48
Starting price: From £258.96 per month
Fundamentally the same car as the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii but with monthly payments of as low as £100 per month, the Skoda Citigo is the cheapest of the trio. Furthermore, this hatchback offers excellent value for money, making this city car an excellent option for urban commuters. The Citigo is in car insurance group 1, making it the cheapest on this list to insure, again contributing towards low motoring costs.
Insurance band: 1-4
Starting price: From £99.34 per month
Since it first went on sale in 1979, the Vauxhall Astra has sold in big numbers, becoming the UK’s best-selling model year after year. Our recommended diesel Astra is affordable, comfortable and has a strong fuel efficiency. The Vauxhall Astra is a class-leader in the small family hatchback market and successfully competes against the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Ford Focus. The latest Astra blossomed in the UK and it’s clear from the compact car’s performance that it is built for British roads. Space, efficient engines, advanced technology and low costs all add to Astra’s appeal.
Insurance band: 7-26
Starting price: From £128.21 per month
Are you a worker who is looking for a new vehicle to make the daily commute easier and more affordable? Contact Hippo Leasing today at 01254 956666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs in more detail.