5 Best Cars for Small Businesses
Buying a car for any reason is a big financial commitment, but buying for business means there are more boxes that need to be ticked to ensure it’s reliable, professional and fit for the job and its needs at hand.
Most corporate car shoppers are after a vehicle that’s reasonably priced, suits the business requirements and has a good safety record. Whether you are looking at one car or a fleet, we have put together our top five best business car models to always consider:
1. Toyota HiAce
Despite boasting a healthy 300cc (0.3-litre) advantage over its next nearest rival, the 2.5-litre Hyundai iLoad, the Toyota HiAce's engine delivers only a whisker more power and torque than the iLoad, likely suggesting it's a fairly unstressed unit in this application.
That's certainly how it feels out on the road where it goes about its business with an easy efficiency, whether laden or unladen. The engine is mated to a nicely responsive six-speed automatic that shifts smoothly up or down the ratios and generally gets its job done without fuss or fanfare.
A glance at the scales reveals a clue to Toyota's powertrain choice, as the Japanese van tips the scales at a sumo-like 2288kg, some 479kg heavier than the svelte Renault Trafic, and 246kg heavier than the next most portly, the Hyundai iLoad.
That said, the Toyota doesn't feel overburdened and the engine and gearbox do a solid job of masking its extra kilos. On the road the HiAce feels to have plenty of power in reserve and hauled itself up through the steeper parts of our short hill climb without raising a sweat.
Current prices range from $38,640 to $70,140 for the HiAce LWB and HiAce COMMUTER GL (12 SEATS), respectively.
2. Mitsubishi Mirage
With a price that kicks off at $12,250, the Mirage is Australia's cheapest new car that offers convenience for entrepreneurs who are just starting on their business and while in need of a car, don't want to spend too much money on the new ride.
The Mirage is an honest-to-goodness small hatch that goes where it's told and will keep you safe on the freeway, no worries. It is surprisingly spacious thanks to its upright body and gets the full five star safety rating from ANCAP. A facelift last year brought freshened grilles and interiors across the range. The 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine makes 57kW of power and 100Nm of torque, which can be paired to a 5-speed manual, or CVT auto for $1240 extra. With just 890kg to carry around, you really don't need that much power or fuel. If the 235L boot isn't big enough you can fold the rear seats down.
Fuel economy of just 4.8L/100km means your dollar will go much further when it comes to fuel. Couple that to an impressive 5 year/100,000km warranty and free roadside assistance and you'll find a lot of wholesomeness in Australia's cheapest new car.
3. Ford Ranger
For corporate buyers that crave space, comfort and functionality, the Ford Ranger is a remarkable purchase – particularly if you require 4WD capabilities. It was crowned Australia’s best-selling 4×4 in 2017, offering a smarter and tougher ute for industries that need something reliable and capable of anything. The ranger has been engineered for all environments and each make is consistently brilliant.
Highlighting a sizable tray, XLT trim, radar cruise control, first-in-class driver safety aids and more, it’s packed with an extensive list of standard features to offer the best value in its segment. To drive, the Ranger remains stable and secure at all speeds and bumps, even with significant weight loaded into the cargo area.
4. Kia Carnival
The South Korean brand continues to be the first-choice minivan, with a mid-life update that brings refreshed styling, added interior features, revised dynamics, lower fuel consumption and improved safety standards.
Available in four model grades – S, Si, SLi and Platinum – with a choice of either a petrol-powered V6 or a turbo diesel four-cylinder, the upgraded Carnival has arrived in Australian showrooms with marginal price increases over its predecessor despite the extra gear.
Costing from $42,490 (plus on-roads) for the entry-level V6-powered S, and rising to $62,790 (plus on-roads) for the range-topping Platinum diesel, key among the changes are the adoption of an eight-speed automatic transmission and a comprehensive suite of driver aids, including automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and radar cruise control, on all variants.
5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi has announced an update for their 2020 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV), which includes a new driveline, and updated specifications and pricing. It's a simple range, starting at $50,990 drive-away for the Outlander ES.
Recognised as one of the best low emission green cars, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sets the standard for SUV efficiency. If your business involves making short journeys, this car is perfect as it’s cheap to run, easy to drive and rated as a best-selling electric hybrid (if you opt for the hybrid model over the standard Outlander PHEV).
Mitsubishi has always been a reliable brand for good cars, but this ride has been the best-selling one of its type throughout Europe and the UK. It boasts ground-breaking technology, superior environmental performance and green credentials, EV versatility and easy driving. If you’ve driven a conventional model of the Outlander you’ll know it performs well on the road. The PHEV model performs even better, with smoother operation, higher efficiency and better safety and comfort, making it Australia’s most affordable plug-in hybrid SUV.
Choosing the ultimate car for your business doesn’t have to be a challenge. By weighing up your budget and needs, you’re in a better position to make a strategic purchase aligned with your business needs.
There are several business car leasing options, which are a great way to get your business the vehicles required, without the added hassle and costs of purchasing them.
For more information about how Positive Lending Solutions can assist with your fleet of business vehicles, speak to one of our experts today at 1300 722 210.