Leasing Options, has delved deep into their data to find out which cars are popular choices when it comes to leasing a car, rather than buying it and taking the hit on depreciation. If you do rent a car though, always check you have the correct GAP insurance, as you are liable for that long-term debt if anything derails your life in the next four years.
Top of the shop is the Kia Sportage, which has been the most leased car, not only across the UK overall but in each individual region too. Leasing Options notes that its entry-level spec, 5dr 1.6 GDi ISG 1 represents good value for money. Prices start around £204 per month, so it is affordable for many people.
Next up in second position on the Top Ten is the Seat Leon, which as many people know is basically a VW Golf but significantly cheaper to buy or lease. Prices start at about £162pcm on the Leon range, so it’s the same cost as many city cars, but you get a great deal more interior space and luggage capacity.
After that we have the Mercedes A Class in third place, which shares quite a bit with the old Renault-Nissan alliance platform but still has the prestige badge on the grille to impress the neighbours. In at number 8 on the Lease Top Ten is the Merc GLA Class, which has all the extra roominess that many families want from any SUV. The smaller GLA models do use Renault engines though.
Other popular models include the ever faithful Nissan Qashqai, the Hyundai Tuscon SUV and the Land Rover Evoque, which marries sharp styling, a prestige Range Raover badge, and a punchy diesel engine. Yes, we did say diesel. Although plenty of people won’t buy one now due to fears about city centres and towns banning them, the Evoque 2.0 diesel has various power options that offer quite sporty performance and decent fuel economy. It is, unlike so many SUV cars, a joy to drive too, thanks to responsive handling.
Read more about the survey here if you fancy it.