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Top 10 Best Cars To Lease

Should you buy or lease a car? Leasing a car can be the best way to get the vehicle you want at an affordable monthly price.

For less than a monthly car loan repayment (like PCP), you could afford a more expensive car, potentially doubling your budget. This can turn a Vauxhall Corsa into a BMW 2 Series with ease. It’s little wonder that the popularity of leasing is surging.

Leasing works like long term renting, you place a deposit (usually a few months’ worth of payments) up front, then work out a term of either two, three or four years. At the end of that term, you hand the car back. Simple.

Just bear in mind that there are conditions attached to the lease, you’ll only be able to cover a set number of miles per year, go over that and you’re charged an extra fee per mile you drive.

You also have to keep the car in good condition, it needs to be returned with as little damage, or no damage as possible. And remember, you never get to own the vehicle. Leasing definitely has its quirks.

Which, are the best cars to lease? We explore your options…

Leasing is like long-term renting – once your term is finished, you simply hand back the car.

With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the best cars to lease.

Best cars to lease for 2020:

  1. Fiat 500
  2. SEAT Arona
  3. Ford Fiesta
  4. Mazda MX-5
  5. DS 3 Crossback
  6. BMW 4 Series
  7. Jaguar I-Pace
  8. Citroen C3
  9. KIA Sportage
  10. Volvo S90

1. Fiat 500

Starting off small the Fiat 500 is still a top seller; the next generation is just around the corner which means you can get some cracking lease PCP deals.

We’ve seen 500’s for as little as £135 a month with less than an £1,220 deposit. That’s an incredibly cheap way to get yourself into a new small car.

The Fiat 500 is the cheapest new car PCP deal on the market.
Leasing a Fiat 500 could be a very cheap way to secure a new car.

Now that was on a four year/47 month payment scheme with just an 5,000 mile per year allowance. But for commuting or a second car as a town runabout, you can’t beat it.

That equates to a total payment of around £7,000 over the four years. New, a 1.2 Lounge model would set you back nearly £14,000.

You’d be hard-pressed to even borrow £8,000 over four years for less than that monthly payment. Now you can see why many motorists choose to lease their cars.

A 500 bags you a ton of style along with affordability due to their tiny engines, there’s often a new special edition out to turn heads and make your 500 stand out from the crowd. It’s a great car to lease.

Price: Around £135 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • One of the cheapest cars to lease
  • Stylish
  • Affordable to run


  • Probably won’t appeal to male buyers
  • Higher level models are pricey

2. SEAT Arona

Arona is SEAT’s crossover offering, we actually featured it in our Top 11 best small SUVs.

Roughly the size of an Ibiza, it gives you the high up driving position and commanding view just without the gas-guzzling nature of fully blown SUVs.

SEAT Arona is a great car to lease
The SEAT Arona: one of the best cars to lease and one of the best small SUVs.

Numerous deals are floating around for the mid-range ‘Technology Lux’ version of the SEAT Arona.

We’ve found them for as little as £181 a month with just a £1,086 deposit. Again, that’s for a four year/47 month lease, but this time with a more generous 8,000 miles per year.

It makes the Arona a promising option for young families or the style conscious millennial looking to lease.

With a wide range of engines on offer, you can even spec the 1.6 TDI diesel which would be perfect for towing due to its 250 Nm of torque.

The full price for the ‘SE Technology’ Arona would be £19,285 without options. The lease cost comes to just £9,624. There’s also a plethora of customisation options on the Arona, all available at no cost.

Price: Roughly £181 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • New model
  • Great, modern styling


  • Limited rear seat room for adults
  • Few option packs to pick from

3. Ford Fiesta

It seems everyone loves the Ford Fiesta, it’s either that or a Volkswagen Golf. Known as ‘white goods’ cars, they’re the go-to choice when people want to lease four wheels and care little about anything else.

Ford Focus car to lease
The Ford Focus is a reliable set of wheels.

A sporty looking ‘ST-Line’ model with the potent 1.0 litre EcoBoost could be yours for £155 a month following a deposit of around £950.

47 monthly payments follow, and there’s a 5,000 mile a year allowance. Total lease cost is around £9,000, the price new starts at £19,840 before options.

‘ST-Line’ models give you larger alloys, unique sport front and rear bumpers, a honeycomb grille and ‘ST-Line’ wing badging.

There’s a choice of three different power outputs from the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, 98, 123 or 138 BHP.

If you want an auto then the 98 BHP petrol is your only option, a single 1.5 diesel is available which makes 118 BHP and comes with a manual gearbox.

Price: From £155 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Great build quality
  • Superb reliability
  • Powerful little 1.0 litre EcoBoost


  • Bit of a boring, safe choice
  • It’s a common car

4. Mazda MX-5

A Mazda MX-5 can be leased for a smidge under £300 a month? Crazy huh? We’ve seen leases for the 1.5 litre SE-L MX-5 for as little as £280 a month.

OK, so the initial put down is pretty high, circa £1,700, you’ll also be limited to 5,000 miles per year. But with the British weather that’s probably plenty of top down miles for adventures.

It's not too expensive to lease the MX-5
Available for as little as £210 a month, the MX-5 is a fun car to lease.

That’s on a 47-month lease, which equates to around £13,500 in total. An ‘SE-L’ MX-5 costs £23,800 before you option it up.

While that’s still a healthy saving you could also have paid a large chunk off a loan by that time.

The little MX-5 is still seen as the best, and purest drop-top sports car money can buy, while it may only have a 1.5-litre engine, it’s still a hoot and proves you don’t need big BHP to have fun.

There is a higher powered 2.0-litre engine with 182 BHP available, but that’s only on ‘SE-L’ and above.

Price: From £280 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Wind in your hair
  • Great handling


  • Not entirely practical
  • Costs can rocket depending on trim/engine

5. DS 3 Crossback

DS has made a strong comeback in the last few years, bringing that French flair and design Citroen were known for back in their heyday.

The DS 3 Crossback is the latest model in their line up, and it’s the newest car on this list of cars to lease.

The DS3 Crossback may be pricey, but leases are incredibly affordable.
The DS 3 Crossback is one of Citroen’s newest releases, and on our list of the best cars to lease.

Touted as the ‘luxury crossover’ the DS 3 is in the same league as the Arona but it outclasses it tenfold in terms of style and design. However, that does come at a premium.

Around £227 will bag you a Crossback, there is also a £1,364 deposit that needs to be paid first. Again, that’s a 47-month lease, and you get 8,000 miles per year.

Compare that to the outright purchase cost of £23,915 for the same 1.2 litre PureTech in ‘Performance Line’ trim, and you’ll pay roughly £11,000 for the car over those four years.

Inside the Crossback is a gorgeous place to be, the melding together of Alcantara, leather and aluminium would have you thinking you’re in a high-class German machine. The style is second to none both inside and out.

Price: From £227 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Incredible design throughout
  • Brand new, barely on the road


  • Very expensive to lease
  • It’s still only a Citroen at the end of the day

6. BMW 4 Series

Arguably one of the most attractive Coupe’s on the market right now, the BMW 4 Series can be yours for around £300 a month. The initial deposit is naturally more, but still a relatively small £1,949.

You still get 8,000 miles, and it’s over the same 47 month/four year basis as the rest of our lease finds.

BMW 4 Series is a great car to lease
The BMW 4 Series is one of the best cars to lease.

New, an M Sport 420i would set you back £36,000 before you spec it to your tastes, compare that to leasing and you’ll pay roughly half that price over the 4-year term.

Not bad seeing as you don’t have to worry about the depreciation or ongoing MOT and service costs, just hand the keys back and walk away.

As with all BMW’s the M Sport trim blends those go faster looks with healthy kit levels on the inside.

If you need more power you can plump for the 430i with its 252 BHP and 0-62 time of 5.8 seconds. If you need even more the 440i will bump the horses to 326 and drop the 0-62 to 5 seconds flat.

There are also several diesel engines to choose from, the quickest of the whole range is actually the xDrive 435d model which gets to 62 in just 4.7 seconds, that also adds nearly £14k to the price though.

Price: From £324 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Superb build quality
  • Great handling
  • Gorgeous looks


  • Anything above the standard engines becomes pricey to lease
  • Only two trims, Sport & M Sport

7. Jaguar I-Pace

One car that’s currently giving Tesla a run for its money is Jaguar’s first ever fully electric car, the I-Pace. Now when it comes to buying or leasing a Tesla, the prices can become pretty eye-watering, but leasing an I-Pace is quite affordable by comparison.

With a steep deposit of £5,680, you could own a 400 S I-Pace for just £630 a month. That’s over 48 months with just 5,000 miles per year.

The total leasing cost for ownership for those three years comes in at £30,240, which is less than half the £64,500 it would cost you to buy.

Not the cheapest option, but one of the best cars to lease.
Cheaper than a Tesla: The I-Pace is available to lease from £530 a month.

You do get supercar performance though, 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds, 398 BHP and 696 NM of torque. Not bad for a family wagon that can seat five in comfort.

Oh, and it’s all-wheel drive, so there’s no worry of being stuck in the snow come winter time.

Range is around the 200 – 250 mile mark, though that totally depends on how you drive it. You also have to rely on the UK’s charging network which can be hit and miss, unlike Tesla and their supercharges that always seem to work.

Price: From £630 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Instant torque as it’s an EV
  • Comfortable for the whole family
  • Cheap to run and lease


  • Expensive to lease or buy
  • Looks won’t be to everyone’s taste

8. Citroen C3

Now, Citroen’s funky little hatchback has only been around for three years, but it’s quirky, cutesy design can be yours for very little a month.

Placing a deposit of just £860 will bag you a 1.2 litre PureTech ‘Feel’ model for just £142 a month. That’s based on a four year lease with a generous 8,000 miles per year.

Citroen's C3 is incredibly affordable to lease
Cute looks and distinctive French styling make the C3 stand out from the boring hatchback crowd.

In total there are three engines to choose from, a 1.2 litre petrol with 83 BHP, another with a turbo strapped to it that makes 110 horses, and a single diesel with 100 BHP. You can also opt for an automatic, but that’s only available with the more powerful 110 BHP petrol.

You’re best off opting for the 110 petrol, as the non-turbo 1.2 litre is a little sluggish. The diesel is ideal if you plan to cover high miles but comes at a cost.

‘Feel’ trim is the entry level model, but still comes with a 7″ infotainment system which will mirror both Android and Apple devices, you also get front and rear electric windows, climate control, 16″ alloy wheels and a bi-tone roof. Pretty high standard kit compared to the likes of Ford and Renault.

Price: From £142 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Great looks
  • Fairly new on the market


  • Limited engine choice
  • Prices climb steeply for higher end models

9. KIA Sportage

Always featuring heavily in the crossover charts is KIA’s Sportage. Yes, it first came out in it’s current form way back in 2015, so a replacement might be just a year or two away, but that also means there are some incredible leasing deals to be had.

A brand new, middle of the range Sportage ‘2’ can be found online to lease from just £237 a month. Less than £250 for a car of this size and quality is pretty incredible.

You’ll have to find a deposit of £1,426, and that is on a lease term of 48 months with just 5,000 miles per year. Perfect for the school run, but you may want to increase that just a little to make it more practical.

Unlike many crossovers you can spec the Sportage with all-wheel drive, it may not be a full 4×4 but it will give you increased traction come rain or snow. AWD can only be paired with either the 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine, or the 2.0 litre diesel.

KIA Sportage for less than £200 on lease
A great all round SUV, KIA’s Sportage is getting on a bit but still a great lease car option.

A mild hybrid 48v model was introduced last year with the larger 2.0 litre engine, which will save you a few miles per gallon here and there.

There are six different trims to choose from, ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘Platinum Edition’, ‘4’, ‘ GT-Line’ and range topping ‘GT-Line S’.

Aim for at least the 1.6 turbocharged petrol or diesel, this gives the Sportage enough shove without costing a fortune. But if you’re looking to tow then opt for the larger 2.0 litre diesel.

Price: From £237 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • Affordable
  • Great build quality
  • Tons of engine choice and trims


  • Soon to be replaced
  • Not as refined as some of its newer rivals

10. Volvo S90

If you’re after a more traditional family car, or maybe something for business use that can cater for everyone else at weekends, then the Volvo S90 works out to be a great premium lease offering.

Coming in at £316 a month for 10,000 miles a year over 36 months, you’ll need a healthy deposit of £1,900 to get one of these on your drive.

The S90 packs tons of style with an interior worthy of Mercedes or BMW, just without the negative connotations. You’ll also stand out from the crowd, there’s very few S90’s on our roads.

You get the choice of three trim levels, ‘Momentum’, ‘R-Design’ and range topping ‘Inscription’.

Volvo S90 Front On
The Volvo S90 couples space with luxury for less than £260 a month.

Engine choice depends on what model you choose. Entry level ‘Momenetum’ just gives you the choice of just the D4 diesel and T4 petrol. There are however five engine choices to choose from, all are automatic.

An entry level T4 petrol gives you 190 BHP, but there’s a more powerful model which packs 250 BHP below the bonnet. A T8 plug in hybrid combines a petrol engine with electric motors to give 390 BHP – it can also drive on pure electric power alone; perfect for commuting.

Two diesel engines, the D4 and D5 PowerPulse AWD produce 190 BHP or 235 BHP respectively.

As you can see there’s a ton of choice when it comes to trim and engines, just watch out for the more powerful models as you can soon be racking up a price of nearly £50k.

Price: From £316 a month

Note: Last checked August 2020


  • High levels of standard kit
  • Svelte looks inside and out
  • Different


  • Limited engine choice depending on model
  • Options can get pricey as can more power

Don’t want to lease a car?

Leasing isn’t for everyone, while it’s easy to extend your budget you’re tied in for the full term, you can also rack up some severe costs through going over your mileage or paying fines due to damage.

But fear not, we’ve got other car guides for you, exploring budgets and ownership options. Why not check out our guides to: