A very apt choice of vehicles on this frosty morning in Manchester – say hello to the 4WD Volvo V90. In times of cold-weather, our car rental partners Enterprise (at Leigh nr Manchester) do enjoy a considerable increase in demand, as those customers who do not have appropriate vehicles for poor weather do need short-term solutions.
Daily rental, while an expensive solution long-term, does offer a flexible options to personal and business users.
For individuals, this can offer an interim solution where a vehicle is required for a specific period of time (i.e. poor weather) or in cases of where they are awaiting a vehicle to be delivered to them which is on factory order. Notwithstanding the fact that daily rental can include the cost of all insurance and maintenance, as a long term car procurement method it isn’t cost-effective. However, operating a 4WD drive vehicle can be expensive (CO2/fuel) and therefore you might not want a vehicle like this all year-round. In which case, a car rental situation may benefit you.
For businesses, a car rental arrangement is good for employees who are on a 3/6 month probationary period and the business does not want to commit to a long-term solution until they have completed the necessary probationary period. Additionally, if a business is fulfilling a certain project for a time period, they may want to arrange a car rental arrangement for this.
Choosing the right car for a 2/3/4 year contract hire arrangement can be somewhat difficult. In particular, operating a 4WD vehicle can be very practical during winter when it is snowy and icy. However, during spring and summer, much of those practical facets become questionable. Many 4WD offer far less fuel efficiency and, for company car drivers, present an issue for their company car tax.
The level of tax you pay for operating a company car is dependent upon the vehicle’s P11d (recommended retail price plus delivery) and the CO2 per km. For many 4WD vehicles, the level of CO2 which they emit is somewhat higher than a 2WD equivalent.
In-keeping with our European targets, the UK government has targeted the less-efficient vehicles; the bigger SUV with 4WD functionality is no longer a cheap option. Added to that is the increasing cost of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is also targeting more inefficient vehicles. From April 2018, a further increase in VED will occur. To put succinctly, if you are running an inefficient vehicle, this may cost you quite significantly!
In terms of the car shown here, the Volvo V90 DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 D5 PowerPulse R DESIGN 5dr AWD Geartronic, this is based on the following configuration:
· Solid – Passion red
· Contour sports leather/nubuck – Charcoal
· 18” 5 spoke diamond cut matt black alloy wheels
In terms of the standard specification on this Volvo, this includes rear park assist, climate control, 18” alloys, navigation, hill start assist, floor mats, Bluetooth, stability and traction control, voice control system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, lane keep assist, lane mitigation, road edge detection, 12.3” screen, touch screen display, electric and adjustable door mirrors (heated), dual exhaust pipes, illuminated side steps, adaptive brake lights, LED headlights, LED fog lights, leather steering wheel, sports pedals, ambient lighting, keyless start, tempa spare wheel, anti-theft alarm (plus sensor), warning triangle and first aid kit, heated front seats and road sign information display. In terms of additional factory options, consider – dark tinted rear windows, front park assist and the keyless entry with hand free boot opening.
On the technical-side, company car and business users can note the P11d at £44,950.00 and CO2 at 129g/km. The 1969CC 8 speed auto engine delivers 235ps, combined MPG of 57.6 and 0-62 times of 7.2 seconds. Service intervals are set at every 12 months on the Volvo V90.
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