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26 September 2011 fleetnews.co.uk/SMEWe focus on the vehicles with the lowest running costs in their sector10of the bestCity carThe Pixo is one of the least expensive five-door cars on sale and that also holds true for pence per mile running costs. Although it is almost identical to the Suzuki Alto, a combination of a lower P11D value than the Alto with similar running costs gives the Pixo the edge when it comes to low-cost transport.Small carNissan has just launched the DiG-S engine in the Micra range. It is based on the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine, but here it is supercharged resulting in both higher power and lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It helps illustrate that diesel isn't always cheapest when it comes to small cars.Lower-medium carKia has made a significant shift into offering running costs competitive with other mainstream models. Part of the success is down to its cars being more sought after by used car buyers, helping shore up resale values. When comparing five-door lower-medium hatchbacks, the 80bhp diesel Ceed works out cheapest. Nissan Pixo 1.0 VisiaEmployee costsP11D value £6,940CO2 (g/km) 103BIK % 10Taxable value £694Tax (20%) £139Tax (40%) £278Skoda Superb 1.6 TDI S Greenline IIEmployee costsP11D value £18,850CO2 (g/km) 114BIK % 13Taxable value £2,450Tax (20%) £490Tax (40%) £980Volkswagen Touran S 1.6 TDI Bluemotion TechEmployee costsP11D value £19,945CO2 (g/km) 121BIK % 18Taxable value £3,590Tax (20%) £718Tax (40%) £1,436Nissan Micra 1.2 DiG-S VisiaEmployee costsP11D value £10,945CO2 (g/km) 95BIK % 10Taxable value £1,094Tax (20%) £219Tax (40%) £438Kia Ceed 1 1.6 CRDi Employee costsP11D value £14,640CO2 (g/km) 113BIK % 13Taxable value £1,903Tax (20%) £381Tax (40%) £761Employer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £0Class 1A NIC £96Running cost 19l.57ppmResidual value £2,100Lowest lease rate £168 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £30Class 1A NIC £338Running cost 32.26ppmResidual value £6,925Lowest lease rate £335 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £95Class 1A NIC £495Running cost 34.24ppmResidual value £7,275Lowest lease rate £318 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £0Class 1A NIC £151Running cost 23.56ppmResidual value £3,350Lowest lease rate £190 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £0Class 1A NIC £263Running cost 30.14ppmResidual value £3,825Lowest lease rate £261 per monthUpper-medium car Skoda is gaining a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality cars that are inexpensive to run. The Superb is one of the largest cars in its class, with unrivalled interior space, but in Greenline guise it is also the cheapest to run of all new upper-medium saloons and hatchbacks.Seven-seat people carrierRecent changes to the Touran range, including adding fuel-saving Bluemotion Technology variants, has helped it beome the cheapest seven-seat people carrier to run. It already scored well for low depreciation, but now it is also among the most efficient to run in its class.

fleetnews.co.uk/SME September 2011 27Running costs Star performersn this edition's 10 of the best feature, we look at the best performers for running costs in some of the more traditional sectors available to company car drivers.We single out the derivatives that are the best performers in their respective classes for overall costs including P11D values, benefit-in-kind tax and vehicle excise duty while sometimes taking into account other costs where relevant. We have chosen an operating cycle of three years/60,000 miles for all cars, with running cost data provided by vehicle cost analysis provider KeeResources, with values taken in August 2011.We have selected the lowest lease rates available on these vehicles from comparecontracthire.comn For more information on running costs or to compare more models, go to www.fleetnews.co.uk/costs/car-running-costs/ or www.fleetnews.co.uk/costs/van-running-costs/Skoda Yeti S 1.6 TDI Greenline IIEmployee costsP11D value £16,990CO2 (g/km) 119BIK % 13Taxable value £2,208Tax (20%) £442Tax (40%) £883Volvo S80 1.6 DrivE ESEmployee costsP11D value £25,190CO2 (g/km) 119BIK % 13Taxable value £3,274Tax (20%) £655Tax (40%) £1,310Jaguar XJ 3.0d V6 LuxuryEmployee costsP11D value £55,156CO2 (g/km) 184BIK % 29Taxable value £15,995Tax (20%) £3,199Tax (40%) £6,398Range Rover Evoque 2.2TD4Employee costsP11D value £28,442CO2 (g/km) 149BIK % 22Taxable value £6,257Tax (20%) £1,251Tax (40%) £2,503BMW 316d ESEmployee costsP11D value £24,531CO2 (g/km) 118BIK % 13Taxable value £3,189Tax (20%) £638Tax (40%) £1,276Employer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £30Class 1A NIC £305Running cost 31.48ppmResidual value £6,400Lowest lease rate £315 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £30Class 1A NIC £452Running cost 44.21ppmResidual value £7,400Lowest lease rate £404 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £315Subsequent VED £210Class 1A NIC £2,207Running cost 82.81ppmResidual value £16,275Lowest lease rate £964 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £130Subsequent VED £130Class 1A NIC £863Running cost 39.19ppmResidual value £16,275Lowest lease rate £510 per monthEmployer costsFirst year VED £0Subsequent VED £30Class 1A NIC £440Running cost 40.16ppmResidual value £8,200Lowest lease rate £396 per monthMedium crossoverSkoda's fuel-saving Greenline technology helps its Yeti become a surprisingly cheap car to run, in spite of its stout dimensions, rugged looks and practical interior. The figures here give it a clear advantage over rivals like the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai IX35 and Kia Sportage.Executive saloonPerhaps an off-the-wall choice compared with typical preferences for executive saloons, but the combination of a frugal 112bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine with a list price much lower than rivals with larger engines gives the Volvo S80 a crucial costs advantage.Luxury saloonThe XJ's bold styling stands out in a sector filled with smart yet sober four-door models, while its lightweight aluminium construction (similar to the Audi A8) enables it to remain competitive when it comes to fuel consumption, although this sector is perhaps less sensitive to costs than others.Compact premium SUV (4WD)The market for small premium SUVs is beginning to grow, with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 joined by the new Range Rover Evoque. It might not be able to match its rival for fuel costs, but a stronger residual value helps offset it and make the Evoque the cheapest car of its type to run.Premium upper-medium saloonEven if you broaden the usually narrow definition of 'premium' to include Swedish and Japanese brands with the usual German choices, the BMW 316d ES scores a victory by the narrowest of margins (just beating the Volvo S60 DrivE) in pence per mile costs, but still manages to retain driver appeal.I