The winners from this year’s Great British Fleet Awards have been announced, with a large number of prizes given out for everything from innovators in cost reduction, to the manufacturer with the greatest fleet impact.
Run by the magazine Fleet World, the awards celebrate the best cars and companies in the fleet sector, and more than 20 models took home prizes. We highlight the key gongs awarded at the Great British Fleet Awards 2023.
Best EV city car: Fiat 500e
Electric cars don’t have to be all about range, a point well proven by the Fiat 500e. It’s a tiny car, ideally suited for urban driving, and offering a lot of fun at the same time. The stylish city car can even get close to 200 miles on a charge with the larger battery, but those just sticking to shorter runs will be fine with the smaller battery model, which still achieves around 120 miles on a charge.
Best Fleet Supermini: Vauxhall Corsa
At a time when manufacturers are trying to phase out small cars, Vauxhall is profiting with its Corsa supermini. Regularly a best-seller in the monthly sales stats, Vauxhall offers the Corsa with petrol and diesel models which have low running costs for fleet operators. But it’s the all-electric Corsa-e that really appeals to fleet users, with even lower costs and appealing driver benefit in kind rates, sitting alongside the standard Corsa in the line-up.
Best compact EV: MG4
MG has matured in a very short space of time, from rather dull but cheap models, to stylish and desirable cars in their own right, that just happen to offer excellent value for money. The MG4 is the latest EV from MG, and it’s going to appeal to both fleet operators with its low price and running costs, and drivers with its style, practicality, impressive driving range and low company car tax.
Best fleet medium SUV: Kia Sportage
Kia had an awards event to be proud of: the Niro was awarded Best Fleet Small SUV, and the Niro EV took the Best EV Small EV prize, to complement the Sportage’s trophy. In a congested and highly-competitive sector, for Kia to take the family-sized SUV prize is testament to the Sportage’s all-round abilities. Offered with petrol, diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrains, the Kia Sportage has an option for just about anyone.
Best compact executive EV: Hyundai IONIQ 6
A newcomer for this year is Hyundai’s striking Ioniq 6 “streamliner” executive saloon. Pitched against the likes of the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3, Hyundai’s bold approach to design sees the Ioniq 6 follow in the footsteps - but look very different - to the Ioniq 5, both of which followed the concept cars closely to production. A range of more than 300 miles on a charge and capable of being topped-up in less than 20 minutes, the Ioniq 6 takes the award at its first attempt.
Best fleet large SUV: Mazda CX-60
Proving that “right-sizing” works, Mazda has taken the large SUV prize with its CX-60. Powered by a choice of petrol, diesel, or plug-in hybrid options, Mazda has made sure that each has enough power to deal with pulling a large SUV around easily, achieving close to its quoted fuel economy scores - where many rivals fall down. Mazda’s famed driving dynamics are still found even in the large CX-60 SUV, and the interior is somewhere drivers will happily sit for hours on end.
Best luxury car: Range Rover
The luxury SUV before such a class really existed, Land Rover has consistently moved the game on with each new iteration, and the latest Range Rover continues that trend. As comfortable being parked outside Buckingham Palace as it is in the middle of a muddy field, the Range Rover is a true “go-anywhere” car, with a cabin that is much closer to a Bentley than an agricultural off-roader.
Best EV van: VW ID. Buzz Cargo
Nobody truly expected the success of the ID. Buzz range - both MPV and the Cargo van - not even Volkswagen. Which says a lot about how well it’s done, since many drivers have been waiting for the ID. Buzz for years. Influenced by the original Samba Bus of the 1940s, but with thoroughly modern and electric foundations, the ID. Buzz Cargo offers a large load space and considerable payload, proving it’s more than just a style icon.
One to watch: BYD atto 3
Although currently a relatively unknown name in the UK, that’s unlikely to be the case in 12 months’ time, as BYD comes to the market with a wealth of EV expertise from China. The brand is launching with the atto 3, a compact family electric SUV, kicking things off in a challenging market. With plenty of choice for drivers, BYD has focused on value for money, a long driving range, and high-tech interior which will definitely appeal to fleets.
Fleet manufacturer of the year: Vauxhall
Not only did Vauxhall take the Supermini award with its Corsa, it also won the Best lower medium fleet car award with the Astra - two key sectors with the British brand cleaning up. Considering its new product over the last couple of years under Stellantis ownership, and a move to plug-in hybrid and electric models as it phases out petrol and diesel options, it should not be surprising that Vauxhall takes the manufacturer crown.
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