For ages, businesses have sought to place their best foot forward in many areas of their operations, including their preferred means of transportation.
That is more so in the service industry, where perceptions matter.
Having the right car for your business can positively impact how your target market perceives you.
Consequently, enterprises targeting the high-end clientele will always gravitate towards posh vehicles to appeal to their clients.
Aside from that, luxury cars for hire or sale from reputable automotive brands carry the inherent promise of decent resale value once you decide to retire the car.
Also, while highly-priced, deluxe vehicles have decidedly undisputed high performance. The good news is that you can reap the benefits without necessarily having to purchase these high-end cars.
By renting a Lamborghini, for example, you can use it to do business at a fraction of the costs associated with owning or maintaining the car. But which are the best luxury and mid-budget cars to rent for business purposes?
1. SUBARU FORESTER
The Subaru Forester is a five-seater SUV offered in a variety of trims. These include Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring. The car is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerhouse with 182 horsepower.
Figure 1Subaru Forester
Its adaptive LED headlights are convenient during night drives as they swivel according to the turning of the steering wheel. That allows for better illumination as you go around bends.
The Subaru Forester also has good fuel economy with an average consumption of 8.5L/ 100Km.
The vehicle comes equipped with Subaru's Starlink app suite on the infotainment front, which is Apple CarPlay enabled with Android Auto integration. It is a serious, stylish corporate car with a lot to offer in terms of comfort.
Its base model comes with automatic climate control for a comfy ride.
In a world where machines are being designed to be smarter and safety conscious, the Forester comes packed with a host of safety mechanisms.
These include forward-collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, and lane centering assist system.
These are designed to ensure that the car keeps a safe distance and position on the road.
2. BMW 5 SERIES
One of the popular mid-budget luxury car models is the BMW 5 series.
One of the attributes that make this mid-size executive saloon car immensely popular is the high-quality craftsmanship for which BMW is known.
BMW 5 SERIES
The BMW 5 series has a noticeably face-lifted interior and excellent cabin, making for a very comfortable long-distance touring wagon.
It is a perfect rental for business executives traveling vast distances and comes with equally attractive trim specifications.
The 540i version comes with a lot of efficiency and power for its size, thanks to a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
Under the Assistant Plus Package, you get to enjoy an array of driver-assist mechanisms, such as adaptive cruise control.
Other options include the Parking Assistance Package, which avails you of a surround camera system and parking sensors.
Drivers with an enormous appetite for adventure may opt for the M Sport Package, which features a shorter suspension, enhanced road grip, and a sporty exterior.
3. AUDI A6
The sleek, clean lines of an Audi A6 have a severe corporate air about them.
The vehicle comes in a range of engines, starting with the 2.0 and 3.0 Liter TDI diesel engines, together with three TFSI petrol versions.
Whichever engine you choose, the car delivers an agile and swift driving experience.
For the tech-savvy and environmentally conscious, the Audi A6 lineup also includes a futuristic petrol-electric hybrid.
The Audi A6's futuristic outlook does not stop with the engines. It extends to the exterior styling.
The vehicles also have a state-of-the-art infotainment system, which has been upgraded to allow for Android connectivity.
The tech-forward production also comprises several driver-assist mechanisms, such as five radar sensors, a laser scanner, and twelve ultrasonic sensors.
These enable the car to monitor its proximity to other vehicles on the road, and where necessary, it issues lane departure warnings to the driver.
4. TOYOTA RAV 4
As a business car, the Toyota RAV4 can cover the distance at a fraction of the cost demanded by other autos in its class. For this season, it has slowly dominated the market by becoming one of the most sought-after SUVs today.
Figure 2Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid
Proof of this partly lies in the fact that the car boasts a low fuel consumption, averaging an impressive 6L/100Km.
As far as trim options go, the vehicle comes in six trim levels; LE, XLE, and XLE Premium. Others include Adventure, TRD Off-Road, and Limited editions.
As far as specifications are concerned, the Toyota RAV4 carries a four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The drivetrain depends on the model and trims you go for. Toyota has developed RAV4s in both All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
The Toyota RAV4 offers tons of cargo space and a spacious interior to accommodate everything comfortably as a business car. Tall travelers are therefore set to enjoy the ride, even on long trips.
Safety-wise, all the trims in the newer models are equipped with adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and an automatic braking system.
5. VOLVO S90
The Volvo S90 is a mid-size sedan with a minimalistic design, highly dependable safety features, and a comfortable cabin.
Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available in turbocharged and supercharged setups.
The midsize sedan's engine, however, packs an impressive 316 horsepower.
Unlike the other vehicles on our list, the Volvo S90 production line also presents you with a plug-in electric hybrid with electric motors.
The Hybrid version is similarly available in supercharged and turbocharged versions. It is capable of covering up to 21 miles on pure electric power.