One of our favourite EVs, the Jaguar I-Pace stole a march on rivals when it beat them all to the EV punch. Not only was this the first upmarket all-electric SUV, but it was and is also one of the best, particularly from behind the wheel. Despite its high-riding stance, the I-Pace handles with the agility and involvement of something half its size, while its muscular twin-motor set-up channels 395bhp through all four wheels for rapid acceleration, and it can crack 292 miles on a charge. It’s also beautifully finished and spacious inside, with the latest Pivi Pro infotainment keeping you connected on the move. As a company car, it’ll cost higher-rate earners as little as £560 in tax, though we’d suggest spending an additional £28 to step up to SE trim.
Kia EV6 226bhp RWD GT-Line
The EV6’s broad spread of talents and distinctive coupé-SUV design took the ‘Best Electric Car’ title during the 2022 Autocar Awards, and it’s still a strong contender. Based on Hyundai-Kia’s EV-only platform, it offers an engaging drive and there’s a GT version with a whopping 577bhp. However, the 226bhp rear-wheel-drive version in GT-Line trim is our pick of the line-up, providing enough pace to entertain and a range of 328 miles. It’s practical too, with plenty of kit and interior space, ultra-fast charging to 80% in 18 minutes and a towing capacity of up to 1600kg. With an annual BIK bill of £183 for a basic-rate income taxpayer, it’s a bit of a bargain too.
If you’re a thrusting executive looking for business wheels to impress, then a saloon car adorned with the three-pointed star ought to do the trick. The EQE is effectively an electric E-Class, though the two cars are unrelated – the platform is shared with the larger EQS saloon and designed purely for battery power. With a streamlined silhouette, it offers a range of up to 388 miles but with more cabin space than its fuel-burning counterpart and a choice of sporty or luxurious trim levels. If your company car allowance stretches far enough, then the entry-level model would cost a higher-rate taxpayer just £594 per year – that’s 90% less than the cheapest diesel E-Class.
MG 4 Trophy Long Range
You don’t have to spend big to secure a stylish and entertaining company car. Proving to be something of a surprise, the MG 4 takes the value-for-money proposition of the brand’s other cars and weaves in some genuine driver appeal and a dash of company car park cachet. The angular lines attract attention, while the handling strikes a fine balance between agility and everyday comfort. The range-topping Trophy also manages to deliver warm hatch pace courtesy of its rear-mounted 201bhp motor, while claiming an impressive range of 281 miles from its 64kWh battery. Even in this flagship guise, the MG adds just £130 a year to a lower-rate earner’s tax bill.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80
Underpinned by the same EV-only MEB architecture as the Volkswagen ID 4, but with a typically Skoda twist of providing more space for less cash, the Enyaq is one of our favourite electric cars. It isn’t a born entertainer, but it’s easy-going, with excellent refinement, a controlled ride and an interior that surpasses those of its more expensive VW and Audi siblings for upmarket appeal. There’s a choice of 58kWh (badged 60) and 77kWh (80) batteries, with the former being the most cost-effective for business users. Even the pricier 80 will cost a lower-rate taxpayer just £171, yet it will deliver a claimed range of 338 miles.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range
The Model 3’s desirability as a company car has played a big part in its swift rise to the top of the UK sales charts, and a price cut earlier this year has only bolstered that appeal. Taking over where the Model S left off, the less pricey model mixes the same compelling blend of performance and long range with a similarly spacious and tech-laden interior. Yet it also throws in some genuine driver engagement, feeling far more alert and up for a laugh than any of the brand’s other models. The line-up is simple, with the standard RWD model at one end and the 449bhp variant at the other. The four-wheel-drive Long Range provides the sweet spot, being almost as fast yet capable of 374 miles on a charge, and landing higher-rate earners with a BIK bill of just £407.