There are many things to consider when it comes to choosing a company car for your business and employees. With the global economy as it is, keeping the cost down or getting the best vehicle for your needs is probably right at the top of that list.
For many years BMW has been one of the top choices for leasing and its 3 Series is a standout vehicle, which serves almost any purpose.
Here are the top reasons why a BMW 3 Series lease really makes sense.
For what you’re buying into when you get any vehicle with the famous Munich manufacturer’s badge, the cost of the BMW 3 Series is very reasonable. The Efficient Dynamics model is ideal for leasing use as it has a BIK Band of 16 per cent. This is the percentage band used to calculate company car tax, and is based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.
In this case, most of the Efficient Dynamics cars emit 109g/km of CO2, helping to keep costs down for the organisation.
At Listers quotes are based on how many miles you will drive per year, so you can ensure that you are not overpaying if employees are based at home or in the office more often than not.
Everyone wants to be driving a car which is powerful – particularly in the business environment – this notion of power can breed confidence and project a certain image or mirror the style of your company.
3 Series performance is variable as there are seven engines available to choose from, with some of these having six-speed manual gearboxes and others eight-speed automatic gearboxes with paddle shifters. At the entry level, the 184bhp 320i can achieve 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, while the 245bhp 328i shaves 1.4 seconds off this.
Any of the models in between will ensure that you can overtake slow-moving traffic with ease, while the classic BMW handling is also guaranteed with this range.
Safety is another important consideration as like any good company, you will want to provide your employees with the right tools for the job. Six airbags are fitted as standard, including twin front and side airbags, while there are also full-length head airbags in the front pillar.
Dynamic Stability Control, including traction control, is fitted as standard and ensures that handling in greasy conditions is spot on. Euro NCAP gave the 3 Series a five-star rating, and scored adult protection at 95 per cent, child at 84 per cent, pedestrian at 78 per cent and safety assist at 86 per cent.
All of this should provide both business and employee with the peace of mind that they are in one of the safest cars on the road.
Most modern cars now come equipped with a whole host of clever gadgets and interesting toys to make your journey as comfortable and safe as possible. The 3 Series is no different and taking the Efficient Dynamics models as an example again, you will get alloy wheels, cloth seat trim, cruise control, electric mirrors, electric windows, front fog lights, parking sensors and remote locking, while satellite navigation and DVD player are optional extras.