Cars have come a long way in the past decade.

In 2008, the idea of a self-driving car was the stuff of science fiction. Today, they’re on the verge of being fully unleashed on to public roads.

Ten years ago, SUVs were reserved for those living in the rural countryside. Today, they’re the weapon of choice for any top-flight footballer.

Yep, we’ve sure seen a lot of change over the past decade and as The Fuel Card People has just passed its tenth birthday, we’re looking back at ten of the best models for company car drivers from our first full decade in business.

Nissan Qashqai

This mid-sized SUV surprised even the most optimistic Nissan execs when it first launched, exceeding sales estimates four times over.

It may have taken people a while to figure how to properly pronounce the name (it’s ‘cash kye – like ‘sky’ but with a ‘k’), but the model has become firmly ingrained in the public consciousness, such is its ubiquitous nature.

Volvo XC90

One key concern for fleet managers is safety and Volvo has always focused on pushing the limits of how safe a car can be. So it makes sense that no-one has ever lost their life inside of an XC90.

Safety group Thatcham double-checked and over the 14 years that the SUV has been on sale, there have been no recorded fatalities; remarkable considering how well it has sold.

Citroen C1

Easily the dinkiest model on this list is the C1, which emerged as a three-way collaboration with Toyota (Aygo) and Peugeot (107/108). However, we’ve picked Citroen’s city car because it has always been the most no-nonsense and affordable (albeit marginally). It’s the ideal car for quickly getting from A to B.

Volkswagen Golf

There are some cars that simply have to be included in this list and this is the first. The Golf has been around longer than most models on sale today and the fact it continues to sell so well confirms its brilliance.

It was a top-five bestseller in 2008 and that remains the case in 2018.

Ford Fiesta

The fact that the Fiesta has been Britain’s top-selling car every year since 2009 explains precisely why it is in this list. Well-rounded and versatile, the Fiesta is like the annoying kid in your school that was simply great at everything.

It’s the perfect size and shape to do virtually anything, from the school run to country-length road trips to shifting garden waste to the tip; it ticks all the boxes.

Ford Focus

Before the Fiesta, the Focus was Britain’s number one car and in a nutshell, think of it as an upsized Fiesta. Comfort is improved, there’s more interior space and the styling is very similar too.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Given the choice, most company car drivers will be drawn towards the three premium German brands: BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The majority will be more than happy with a C-Class but like with the Fiesta and Focus, the E-Class takes what the C-Class does and just reprises it on a larger scale.

BMW 3 Series

Any business driver clocking up five-figure mileages every year can’t go wrong with the 3 Series. And the same can be said for the…

Audi A4

Again, it’s a superb car to travel the length and breadth of the country and its almost-buttonless Virtual Cockpit is one of the most brilliant and intuitive systems out there.

 

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