Volkswagen Golf GTE

As it homes in on its half century, the evergreen Golf continues to be as relevant as ever. The latest, eighth-generation machine is arguably the best ever, blending quality, space and usability with a driving experience that neatly balances the demands of ride and handling. For company car users, there’s lots to recommend, too, with a range of efficient engines that include a pair of tax-busting plug-in hybrids. Both use the same 1.4-litre petrol and electric combo, but the racy GTE gets a 41bhp power boost over the standard TFSIe, taking the total to 242bhp. Featuring the visual flair of the GTI with just enough of its on-road poise, the GTE will travel 40 miles in EV mode, is rated at just 8% for BIK and costs little more in tax for standard- rate earners.

MG4

There’s a new name at the top of the EV family hatch class, at it comes from a slightly unexpected place. Beating the Volkswagen ID 3 in a straight fight, the new MG4 gives a strong signal of intent of the Chinese brand’s determination to take on the European heavyweights, and win. Like other models in the MG range, the strikingly styled MG4 comfortably undercuts the competition on price, yet this doesn’t feel like a bargain basement offering. In top spec £31,495 Long Range Trophy guise you get a punchy 201bhp motor and a 64kWh battery that claims 281 miles of range on a charge, plus you get a chassis that feels like its been thoroughly developed – it’s keen and agile through a series of corners, and apart from a firm low speed gait it rides bumps with an easy-going aplomb. It’s roomy interior also looks and feels as smart as the exterior, with only a handful of low rent plastics to betray the brand’s budget car roots. The best bit is that with a 2% BIK rating it’ll cost lower rate earners a maximum of just £126 in tax.



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