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Fleet cars: Best for a ‘Salesperson’

Your sales team tend to cover more miles than most, so the company car they drive is all-important. Here are three suggestions to get started…

Most sales people need a car that can perform a number of roles: mobile office, long distance mile muncher and flexible family transport are just some of the key ones.

The choice of company car is therefore very important, because it needs do all of those jobs brilliantly, and not leaves sales staff disgruntled and demoralised, constantly reminded whenever they sit in it of how their employer hasn’t thought about their needs. And as everyone knows, sales staff need to feel cherished and motivated to perform at their very best.

On top of that, the car should probably be as low as possible on benefit-in-kind tax, and also be very fuel efficient too, so that neither employee and employer are saddled with high running costs. Fortunately, Jeep, Alfa Romeo and Fiat all offer cars that work for business and sales staff, and each model cleverly provides differing, but complementary, advantages.

Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass

The all-new Jeep Compass is a crossover, equally at home transporting the family around at the weekend or showing up at meetings thanks to distinctive, sleek styling and a cabin that is robust yet sophisticated.

From the iconic seven-slot grille to the moulding that wraps dramatically around the entire length of the vehicle, the Jeep Compass has an upscale, sophisticated profile, but not at the expense of interior practicality. There’s plenty of space front, rear and in the boot, and the latest versions of Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment systems.

Depending on usage profiles of drivers, there are two petrol or four diesel engine and transmission combinations, while the legendary Jeep off-road capability is enriched with a pair of new, advanced, available on request full-time 4×4 systems. This means the Compass will always be heading in the right direction, no matter what the road conditions. Crucially in this sector, for those company car drivers who don’t need the extra capability, there are economical two-wheel drive models as well.

Prices start at £22,995

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

At the heart of almost every fleet is a dependable hatchback that can do high mileage work, offer low CO2 emissions and running costs while crucially giving ambitious young executives the first step on the premium brand ladder: it’s the first car that signals they are on their way up.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta perfectly fits that profile. At the core of the range for corporate users is the 1.6 JTDM-2 diesel engine with CO2 emissions of only 99g/km and combined fuel economy of 74.3mpg. But even though it is extremely efficient, drivers will not feel like they have been given a stripped-back eco model: the Giulietta is dripping with sophisticated Italian styling inside and out, with its iconic front grille, sleek, driver-focused cabin and Alfa D.N.A drive select system which adapts the car’s character to suit road conditions and the drivers’ mood.

Prices start from £19,620

Fiat Tipo

The Tipo is the sort of hatchback that every company car choice list is founded upon, because it ticks every box for a business needing a dependable, cost-effective offering that performs a multitude of roles.

The details back up the Tipo’s rational proposition as a company car: its class leading 440-litre boot capacity and rear leg room, 5-inch touchscreen radio with navigation, Bluetooth and DAB, and three diesel powertrain combinations, all with CO2 starting from less than 100g/km, as well as two petrol powertrains.

The result is a car that is sturdy and functional, but with plenty of engaging features and equipment so drivers will not feel short-changed.

That extends to the costs too: with prices starting from £13,215 OTR, making the Tipo among the cheapest in its class, you will be able to tool up your fleet extremely cost-effectively too.

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