If your new year resolution was to brighten up your life by leasing a new car, then welcome – we have a great selection of the best cars to lease in 2021.
Whether you want to try a personal lease for the first time, or are tempted by the benefit-in-kind value offered by an electric car on a business car lease, then we have a range of cars that should be on your consideration list. So here goes:
We’ll start with the newest technology first – electric cars. Are you ready to plug in to electric car leasing?
Let’s start with the Tesla Model 3. As we mentioned in previous posts, we’re big fans of this car – see our running report of the car we lease: Living with a Tesla Model 3 – without a home charger. Whether you want to lease this car personally or for business, you’ll enjoy a brilliant technical tour de force, from the acceleration (0-60 in 3.1 seconds), the range (over 300 miles) to the surprise and delight items such as the ‘sentry system’ which protects the car from potential theft with its surround car video system. And all with zero emissions. Start your new year Tesla Model 3 lease.
The Nissan Leaf has been the flag-beare in the field of electric cars. The latest hatchback is the second generation model, and at the back end of 2019 was given a price reduction to make its lease rentals really competitive in the market. So what you now get is a practical hatchback that can do over 230 miles on a charge, costs peanuts to run on electricity and now has excellent value rentals, too. View our latest leaf deals.
The ID.3 is the all-new fully electric hatchback from Volkswagen. It’s already proving popular, going straight into number 4 in the SMMT’s December 2020 registration figures – two places below its more conventional Golf cousin. There’s the choice of two battery packs (58kWh or 77kWh), offering ranges of 262 miles or 336 miles. Along with some great ID.3 lease deals – and don’t forget, you’ll only be ‘filling up’ with cheap electricity not expensive petrol or diesel!
The Kia Sportage in its Mk3 form was one of the key cars to really catch the public’s imagination: they could drive a sharply styled SUV without paying Range Rover monthly lease rentals. Now in its Mk4 guise the Kia Sportage continues to be a brilliant choice for those who want the practicality of an SUV, along with the relaxation that comes with that high driving position. And with lease rentals from £230 per month, the Sportage will continue to be a popular SUV leasing choice that’s also relaxing on the financials.
New onto the market is the latest from Ford – the Puma. It’s a compact crossover that’s proving highly popular. The original Ford Puma was a coupe, but this time around it’s arrived as a five door crossover model, but like the original it’s based on the Fiesta. Which also means it’s extremely good to drive. But being an SUV there’s also plenty of room in the boot (including the Megabox hidden storage well which can be used for muddy boots and so on), so it’s practical as well as fun. Sounds like your sort of drive? Then see which Puma you would like to lease go here.
At the more premium end of the scale, and if you don’t want a Sportage, then the smart Range Rover Evoque – the ‘baby’ of the Range Rover range – continues to attract huge interest from customers. And you can see why. Now in its second generation guise it continues the Evoque look but with a dash of design from its bigger Velar brother. Which is no bad thing either. But above all it’s a Range Rover – which means you’re driving real class. Head here to raise your position in driving society.
We know this is the second time we’ve picked out the Tesla Model 3, but for business users there is a taxation attraction that goes beyond the car’s multi-talented facets we’ve highlighted already. During the 2020/21 tax year, the Tesla Model 3 attracted 0% benefit-in-kind taxation. For the 2021/22 tax year it rises slightly…to just 1% and to 2% the year after. It makes the already attractive Tesla Model 3 a real magnet for company car drivers. We’ve chosen the Long Range option as the place to start, simply because it has a 352 mile range. But other versions may be more suitable. Check out our Tesla Model 3 business leases.
If you want a hatchback alternative, then the Peugeot e-208 is a brilliant choice. The electric version takes its place in the rest of the 208 range, but just swaps combustion for electrification. Range is 217 miles, but the big benefit of the e-208 is that it can accept ultra-rapid charging, so can be topped up to 80% within half an hour. Like the Tesla, it has the same electric benefit-in-kind percentage advantages. Our best e-208 lease deals are here.
If you don’t fancy electric, then the diesel Citroen C5 Aircross is a popular choice. It’s an SUV with either manual or auto gearboxes (we’d suggest the auto) and a highly agreeable ride that will allow you to travel miles and miles in comfort. Company car tax in 2021/22 starts from under £135 a month for the diesel, £140 for the petrol, or if you opt for the plug-in hybrid version, then company car tax starts at a lowly £63. C5 Aircross business leases start from under £200+VAT per month, too. Put together and that’s a whole bundle of business value.
If you’re looking for value from a pay monthly car deal, then we have that covered in 2021. We’ve got some great lease deals starting below £200 and here we’ve chosen our top three.
If you want a great drive without raiding your piggy bank unduly, then start here: the well-presented Corsa not only starts below £200 to lease, some of the models we have on offer just creep over £100 mark! There’s a range of economical engine choices, it’s easy to drive, and a doddle to park. Job done!
Citroen might disagree with that verdict of course. With its cool, chunky looks, the C3 always catches attention, and with this current version turns into a real supermini competitor for your sub-£200 lease. In fact, you’ll be delighted at the amount of change you’ll have each month from a C3 lease. As you will with the great way the C3 wafts along and generally makes for a truly agreeable driving companion.
Here’s a way you can not only save money on your lease costs, but save money on your running costs, too. Go electric. Go electric with a Renault Zoe. This brilliant little supermini whisks you around town, silently getting on with its business, leaving you to wonder at the quietness of its drive, and how relaxing it is at the wheel. And all for under £200 a month – what great value!
In the coupe section we could have run with any of the Merc Coupes – all are really popular. But we thought we’d home in on the elegant Mercedes E-Class Coupe that combines handsome visual appeal with luxurious interior appointments. All come in well equipped AMG Line spec with a variety of model upgrades if you want even more spec and all feature Merc’s fluid nine-speed auto transmission. Find your perfect E-Class Coupe lease here: use the drop down body style to select the Coupe.
If the E-Class Coupe is too large for you, then BMW has the answer in its 4 Series Coupe. The 4 Series is basically the 3 Series saloon but with fewer doors, its own model designation and a lower ride height. Just in case you were wondering. Recently updated with a dramatic looking new grille, there’s a choice of four-cylinder engines (both petrol and diesel) and, if you like your performance, a super straight six petrol. Eight speed autos are standard. More model variants are due to be introduced during 2021. If you fancy one, go to our BMW 4 Series leases and choose Coupe from the drop down menu.
More Mercedes, this time the A-Class. In addition to sitting top of our Intelligent Car Leasing Enquiry Charts in 2020, this is a car that has really matured over each version, and the latest fourth generation is massively desirable, especially when you go for the AMG Line designation. You get all of the sports looks without the high price. And extremely good value lease rates. There’s also a mass of technical equipment, including the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) touchscreen infotainment screen. And it’s all polished off with a dose of Merc luxury in the interior. If you want the ultimate in A-Class hot hatches, though, head for the 421hp AMG A-Class which can scorch to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Phew!
Step away from the premium models, and the Ford Focus continues to do a fabulous job. It’s just so brilliant to drive, whether you like to explore the handling benefits of your car or just prefer relaxing down the motorway to your destination. Whichever is your choice, the Focus has it covered, from the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with its absolute gem of an engine to the performance focused ST model. What’s more, Focus leases begin at £200. That’s a lot of excellent engineering for not much money.
If you are still not sure about your next choice of car, then we can help. There are plenty of articles to assist you – including our lease comparison tool – and our Car Leasing Guides if you are new to leasing. Alternatively, chat to us live on Messenger or pick up the phone – our leasing specialists will be happy to assist you on 0344 387 2727.
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