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The Top 10 Most Stylish Affordable Cars

We all know that if we want something stylish, we normally have to pay over the odds for it, right? But that’s not the case with this top-10 list of motors. Here, we find you the most stylish cars to lease, all in an affordable price bracket of between £150 and £250 per calendar month. And we’ve got a spread of city cars, superminis, family hatchbacks, crossovers and even electric vehicles for you to choose from, as well – so there should be a vehicle here that suits your particular aesthetic needs.

1. Kia Picanto

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£153pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: No Class and body type: A-segment, city car hatchback Three key rivals: Hyundai i10, Volkswagen Up, Honda E

City cars with internal-combustion engines are becoming increasingly rare, but the sharp-suited Picanto is among the best of the remainder. It looks great on the outside and drives really sweetly, and while £153pcm will see you in a base-spec 1.0-litre ‘2’ model, we’d advocate inflating your budget a touch for the tasty GT-Line with the 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged engine instead, for a mere £170pcm. That means you get the best possible exterior style on this compact, charming runaround.

2. Suzuki Ignis

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£176pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: No Class and body type: A-segment, 4x4/micro-SUV Three key rivals: Dacia Duster, Toyota Yaris Cross, Ford EcoSport

If you want a 4x4 for next to nothing, your best option is the world’s only ‘micro-SUV’ (Suzuki’s words, not ours). The tiny Ignis is available with AllGrip 4-wheel drive for £204pcm as an SZ5, but you can get in a similarly high-spec SZ5 model with just front-wheel drive for £195pcm. Switch for an SZ3 spec and the price drops to our best of just £176pcm. But should you lease any model of Ignis? Well, yes. Because look at it. Few cars in any class look as appealing as the Ignis on the outside, with its distinctive front-end styling, retro design nods to classic Suzuki models and overall diminutive shape. It’s a brilliant little thing.

3. Hyundai i20

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£201pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: No Class and body type: B-segment, supermini hatchback Three key rivals: Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza, Vauxhall Corsa

Hyundai has always managed to offer terrific value-for-money in this segment with its supermini models that have gone before, including 2 prior versions of the i20 sold from 2008 until 2020. But they were a bit dull and worthy to look at. However, this Mk3 is a refreshing and attractive step-change in approach from the Korean company. Even in regular format, the i20 is eye-catching and crisp in the exterior design department, but there’s a racy high-performance version called the i20 N if you fancy it. Nevertheless, £201pcm gets you in a 100hp 1.0 T-GDI Element, but just £228pcm will upgrade that to a smashing 48-volt mild-hybrid Premium-spec car. And few superminis will look better than this on the outside.

4. Volkswagen T-Cross

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£206pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: B-segment, crossover-SUV Three key rivals: Ford Puma, Honda HR-V, Skoda Kamiq

Excluding the Suzuki Ignis, which is in a subcompact class of its own, these smaller crossovers tend to have funky styling and 2-tone paintwork options because they are designed to appeal to a more youthful, style-conscious buying demographic than larger family crossover-SUVs instead. And now even formerly staid companies like Volkswagen, not known for its visual flamboyance in the past, are getting in on the act. The T-Cross is its smallest crossover but it’s packed with fashionable touches, like orange paintwork, even orange alloy wheels and, if you fancy it and you REALLY like the colour in question, an orange dash pad to liven up the cabin. Despite all this, you can spec the T-Cross in any colour and it will look pretty damned good in a wide variety of scenarios, so it’s one of the most stylish small crossovers available on the market.

5. Smart Fortwo EQ

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£226pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: A-segment, city car electric Three key rivals: Honda E, Fiat 500 Electric, MINI Electric

If you find some of the Smart’s smaller alternatives we list above a bit too big – yep, a Fiat 500, a ‘bit too big’ – then the Fortwo EQ is definitely for you. It looks like nothing else on the marketplace, as it’s a super-small, 2-seat machine designed expressly for the purpose of whizzing about cities and parking in cramped spaces which other cars can only dream of doing. The Fortwo only has a 17.6kWh battery pack, which means it can cover up to a modest 80 miles on a single charge, and the maximum power is 82hp, but few things will look more stand-out or cute than a Smart Fortwo nipping effortlessly through the urban landscape. As a bonus, lease a Fortwo EQ through Vanarama and (at the time of writing) we’ll install a free home wallbox charger as part of the deal. 

6. Audi A1

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£230pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: B-segment, premium supermini hatchback Three key rivals: Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta Vignale, BMW i3

What could be more stylish than a small, compact supermini with a truly prestige badge on its conk? And the best news is that the svelte Audi A1 Sportback is by no means the most expensive car we’ve got on our list for you. Furthermore, where Audi has beaten its 2 traditional rivals, namely BMW and Mercedes, is that it has this car in its line-up beneath the larger A3 hatchback – whereas BMW’s range starts off with the 1 Series and Mercedes with the A-Class, both of which are as large (and expensive) as an A3. That leaves the Audi as the only upmarket B-segment supermini you can lease from the premium mob, unless you fancy an all-electric and ageing BMW i3, and so the A1 wipes the floor with its more mainstream rivals when it comes to posing power. For £230pcm, you get the 25 TFSI but we’d advocate splashing out a bit more for the more powerful 30 TFSI model in Technik trim (£245pcm) for the best possible affordable A1 experience.

7. Nissan Qashqai

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£238pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: C-segment, crossover-SUV Three key rivals: Kia Sportage, Peugeot 3008, Skoda Karoq

The previous 2 generations of the Nissan Qashqai could be argued to be game-changing, certainly in the case of the Mk1 original, and they both certainly sold in vast, vast numbers, but neither of them was truly desirable nor overtly stylish. The current Mk3, though, has much sharper bodywork and a hugely improved cabin, which makes it feel like a far more prestigious machine through and through. For £238pcm, you get the perfectly fine 1.3 DIG-T Acenta Premium model, but if you fancy the more potent 158hp version in the same spec but with an XTronic automatix gearbox, your monthlies will only increase by £3 to £241pcm. A bargain for such classy design.

8. Ford Puma

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£239pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: B-segment, crossover-SUV Three key rivals: SEAT Arona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Vauxhall Mokka

This is basically a jacked-up Fiesta, which means it has stolen some sales from its long-serving stablemate, but it has done this with good reason. The Ford Puma crossover looks fantastic on the outside, while the interior is one of the best in this class – and it even has the super-cool MegaBox in the boot, a rubberised underfloor cubby hole complete with a drainage plug, allowing people to store modish things in there (like damp wetsuits and muddy hiking boots) without ruining the car’s carpet. Sealing the deal here is that the Puma is absolutely cracking to drive, while your very reasonable £239pcm allows you to lease a 1.0-litre mild-hybrid model in upmarket ST-Line X trim. This not only looks good but comes with loads of kit, too.

9. Fiat 500 Electric

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£241pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: A-segment, city car electric Three key rivals: MINI Electric, Renault Zoe, Mazda MX-30

Nothing is more chic in the city than a Fiat 500 and the fact that the all-new model is electric-only adds to its undoubted star appeal. Slightly larger in all directions than the now-christened-‘Classic’ 500 it replaces, the interior on the new car is way more plush and even funkier than it was before, while the exterior styling is smoothed-off and immensely appealing. There are 2 battery packs (24- and 42kWh) and 2 power outputs (95- and 118hp) to go at, with our £241pcm putting you in the better combination – the bigger battery, for a 199-mile range, and the more powerful 87kW electric motor. Thus equipped, the 500 Electric is a city car par excellence, and with our current leasing deal you also get 1 year’s free insurance and a free home wallbox charging unit installed too.,,

10. Citroen C4

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Vanarama leasing rates from: c.£246pcm 1 year’s free insurance currently included?: Yes Class and body type: C-segment, family hatchback (electric option) Three key rivals: Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, Toyota Corolla

Few hatchbacks in the Volkswagen Golf’s segment are particularly daring in the design stakes, but Citroen – ever different and ever quirky – has come up with this cracking effort for the latest C4 hatch. It has got a swooping, coupe-like roofline that segues into rear-end detailing which is way more distinctive than anything else in this class. It also looks great up front, too, with its dramatic light clusters and chunky off-road-inspired appearance. A really great-spec model, the 130hp PureTech petrol with the 8-speed EAT8 automatic transmission and in high-ranking Shine Plus trim, can be yours for less than £250pcm with Vanarama, which is an incredible amount of style for an incredibly low amount of money every month. And if you don’t like the petrol or diesel engine options for the stylish C4, then you can have a zero-emissions electric version called the e-C4 if you prefer.

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