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Old 13 November 2016, 18:09   #1
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Small SUV tow car company car

So I will be getting a company car soon

Want to keep BIK down so real 4x4 is out, looking at Mazda CX-3, Volvo V40 XC, or similar.... £25k max and under 120g CO2, want something with a bit of go (1.5d in Mazda seems weedy compared to my current 1.9cdti 150bhp Astra) the D3 Volvo would be my choice but pushes my budget.

Mostly it will be me only, weekends me + SWMBO... Sometimes with trailer (600kg unbraked) Occasionally 4 adults and a Labrador....... So needs decent boot and rear seats.

Really want an XC60 or maybe a cx-5 ( cx-5 might be an option) but pushes budget too far and adds a chunk of BIK
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CX3 is small, Volvo V40 dated, XC60 way over budget

Before I even got to the bottom of your post I was thinking a CX5. It meets all your requirements (SE-L Nav - 25k, 119g, 150bhp)

The only other one I'd probably consider as a smaller/cheaper option is a Honda HRV
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I would need some discount on a CX-5 but not silly like xc60

V40 incredible on tax at 99 or 105g D2 smack on budget need to investigate exactly what I'm allowed if it has to be brand new etc if not a few more options

Trying to avoid an A3 sportback (if only I had another £10k budget lol!)

Yeti I know is a good car but I'm not keen
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need to investigate exactly what I'm allowed if it has to be brand new etc if not a few more options
If your focus is on how much you're going to be taxed (apologies if you're already be aware) the calculation is based on list price not purchase price

If you're investigating what the company will allow, have you looked in to the option of an allowance rather than a car? Most companies do this in my experience, and unless you do mega mileage it often works out better
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Re towing I believe that any car 1.6 and above will tow 600 kg with ease. The problem is not with the towing it is with the recovery on a slipway. The trailer set up will be come very important in such suitations.

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What about the Seat Ateca? It seems to be well thought of in car reviews.
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Octavia estate 4x4, get the 2.0D. 150 bhp so not slow and decent on fuel, also no problem on slipways.
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BIK is very low, around £650has to be the hybrid though.
Decent sized car and if you can charge it at home and work and dont do more that 20miles each way for a daily commute you'll get decent economy.
On the motorway you'll get 20 to the gallon if you are lucky.
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Re towing I believe that any car 1.6 and above will tow 600 kg with ease. The problem is not with the towing it is with the recovery on a slipway. The trailer set up will be come very important in such suitations.

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Long rope, one end secured on the towball & the other on the trailer hitch. Keep the car on the level & use the rope to pull the trailer & boat up the slip.
On one slip I use that's the harbourmaster's preferred method - using one of their ropes - as there have been issues with cars attempting recovery being stuck on the slip due to its gradient. Smell of burning clutch isn't pleasant & if it's wet wheelspin is the problem.
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Re towing I believe that any car 1.6 and above will tow 600 kg with ease. The problem is not with the towing it is with the recovery on a slipway. The trailer set up will be come very important in such suitations.

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The cx-3 1.5d will apperently tow 624kg unbraked just enough T cover me current car is 700kg so gives more cover. It's not just the cc.

My fwd Astra copes at current launches generally don't go any deeper than water lapping the rear wheels.....(might explain the corrosion advisory to rear discs....)

I know tax is on list but not sure how flexible employer is (new job) looking at the allowance as I would need to buy probably on finance it will cost me more a month and I have the hassle also allowance is income and may well push me into higher tax bracket where as BIK doesn't on most cars
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Re towing I believe that any car 1.6 and above will tow 600 kg with ease. The problem is not with the towing it is with the recovery on a slipway. The trailer set up will be come very important in such suitations.

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Chrysler C300.....3 litre diesel. Max unbraked trailer weight 500kg.
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What about the Seat Ateca? It seems to be well thought of in car reviews.
Might have to have a look at one of those seems to come top in a lot of reviews not the badge I was hoping for though.
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What's wrong with the Seat badge? Built to the same standards as Audi and VW better than most of the rubbish that's been mentioned on here including Volvo.
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Whilst I don't like my volvo xc90 you are having a laugh if you think seat and volvo are in the same class bracket surely.

For the record I would have a seat, but I understand some want the full fat VW or an audi.
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What's wrong with the Seat badge? Built to the same standards as Audi and VW better than most of the rubbish that's been mentioned on here including Volvo.
Nothing wrong with it, I have spent nigh on 15 years exclusively driving vauxhalls for one reason or another! I wouldn't consider one just because of the badge right now!

I don't want an A3 not because of the car but the badge, even though it makes a lot of sense. Bmw I would rather not have one either and 1 series doesn't appeal at all.

I want something with some poke, I have a heavy foot. The co2 is an issue due to tax mpg if get real world 50+ I'm happy current car is rap world 45 on a run 48 if I go steady 40 or less if hammer it.......

There is a corporate image to uphold which Volvo does nicely not so sure on Mazda but should be ok.
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What's wrong with the Seat badge? Built to the same standards as Audi and VW better than most of the rubbish that's been mentioned on here including Volvo.
I've got a Volvo XC90, same as Xk59D but I love mine.
If it's rubbish you're looking for it has to be Mercedes., got the T shirt, the bills, the heartache, the bus tickets and sight problems from the endless warning lights that only "Mercedes" can put out for you. Volvo....never missed a beat, nothing, absolutely nothing (not even a light bulb) has gone wrong since I got it.
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The Seat Ateca or the new VW Tiguan, both the same car. Can tow 1600 to 2500kg.
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