Leasing is a fantastic way of driving a brand-new car for the lowest monthly price possible, regardless of what sort of vehicle you’re after. Here we’ve picked some of the best cars to lease right now, covering a range of shapes, sizes and budgets – and all offering brilliant value.
Car leasing, sometimes referred to as Personal Contract Hire (PCH), is a great option if you want fixed monthly car costs without the hassle of outright ownership. It removes the risk of car depreciation, and there’s no lump sum ‘balloon payment’ at the end of the contract. You can even include car maintenance with your monthly payment to prevent any unexpected costs for replacement parts. Once your contract is over, you simply hand the car back and choose whether or not you want to upgrade to a new vehicle. Head here to read more on how car leasing works, or you can dive straight into our best cars to lease, below.
The Renault Zoe is an utterly charming small electric car with plenty going for it. Renault has updated it regularly over the last few years, and the latest version here has a techy, high-quality interior as well as, crucially, up to 238 miles of battery range from a single charge. And even though it’s quite little on the outside, which makes it friendly to drive in busier areas, it has a surprising amount of interior space, including a boot big enough for a buggy or a weekly food shop. Cheap to lease and run, the Zoe makes a great zero-emissions commuter car, and would even work well for families with younger kids.
Read our Renault Zoe review for more information.
Vauxhall’s iconic small hatchback is still one of the very best. This latest Corsa – the sixth version since 1982 – is one of the most spacious and comfy little cars on the market. It also has a lovely easy feel about the way it does everything, from the light touch of the steering, pedals and gearshift, to the way it gently bobs over the road. Very cheap to lease and just as cost-effective to run, the Corsa has always been known as a go-to ‘first car’, but actually, these days the Corsa has a real sense of high quality throughout. All versions get lots of equipment, including alloy wheels and a central touchscreen, and there’s even a fully electric version – that’s the best one, in fact, because it’s the quickest, the quietest, and the cheapest to run.
Read our Vauxhall Corsa review for more information.
Citroen C3 Aircross
The Citroen C3 Aircross is not just all about the French firm’s quirky and likeable exterior styling, although in that department it does have plenty of kerb appeal. No, what makes the C3 Aircross such a good car to lease are its comfort levels. Citroen fits really soft and squidgy suspension to the Aircross, and then tops that off with even softer and even squidgier seats. The net result is one of the most comfortable and quiet cars you can travel in at any price, which only makes the C3 Aircross’ superb affordability on our lease deals even more tempting.
Read our Citroen C3 Aircross review for more information.
There’s still nothing to touch the Fiat 500 when it comes to getting maximum style from a minimally sized (and priced) package. Believe it or not, it’s 15 years since this 500 was released, but it still feels as fresh as the day it was born, thanks in part to regular tweaks by Fiat, but mainly to a design that’s genuinely timeless inside and out. It’s probably obvious to point out that interior space isn’t a strong point – the two rear seats are best described as ‘occasional use’ – but it’s fantastic fun to drive and doesn’t use much fuel . Expect 50mpg around the doors from a Fiat 500. Or, for even lower costs, you could lease the brand new electric-only model.
Read our Fiat 500 review for more information.
Tesla Model Y
The Model Y isn’t the cheapest Tesla on sale, but it’s easily the best value because it’s basically a larger and much more practical version of the Model 3, but for only a few quid more per month on a lease deal. The boot is enormous – so big that the Model Y can be optioned with two additional seats (taking it to seven), which fold down into the boot floor – and its tall roof means headroom is generous. The higher driving position means visibility is excellent and yet it takes up the same amount of space on the road as a Model 3 – as in, it doesn’t feel like a huge, lumbering SUV. Of course, like all Teslas, it’s quick too. Very quick. And it has a battery range of up to 331 miles.
Find out how Tesla's most recent car, the Model Y, compares to the Model 3.
Best Cars To Lease FAQs
How do I know if car leasing is right for me?
Leasing is a great way of getting into a brand new car at a price you can afford, and in the simplest way possible. The best way to determine whether leasing is right for you is to look at our leasing guides. They explain everything about leasing and how it works in a simple, clear way. You’re always welcome to get in touch with us if you have any specific questions, too. Anything at all. We’ll be happy to help.
Do you have leasing deals on other cars?
We do indeed. Vanarama is the very best place for leasing, with unbeatable deals on brand new cars of pretty much every make and model, shape and size - and loads of them in stock now and ready to deliver. Have a look at our latest hot offers for the best car leasing deals we have right now, for both personal and business users.
Where can I find out more to help me choose a lease car?
At Vanarama we’re committed to finding you a car that suits your needs perfectly, and for a price you’re comfortable with. We know that it’s not always easy working out what’s right for you, though - there’s so much choice, and so many questions to think about. So we have an extensive section of car reviews, features, and car guides that will cover everything you need to know. They’ll help you choose the perfect car if you didn't find one on our list of the best cars to lease.