A new year often brings about a desire to make changes. And there’s a good chance that a new car is on your list of resolutions to make the new year different. If so, we have a great selection of the best cars to lease in 2022.
No matter whether you’re looking for a personal lease or a business model – with great benefit-in-kind tax advantages offered by electric vehicles – we offer a wide selection of cars that really should be considered; just take a look below.
Let’s kick off with electric cars. Low running costs, good range, zero tailpipe emissions and often high performance are convincing many to switch to electric – how about you?
The Volkswagen ID.4 combines all the versatility of the ID.3 hatchback, but in a more practical and popular SUV body. A variety of driving ranges are on offer, from 211 miles to 323 miles, which will cover most bases for customers, and the Volkswagen ID.4 can add around 200 miles of range in less than 30 minutes when plugged into high-power charge points. A choice of three power options includes a GTX model, which launches Volkswagen’s electric GTI range. Find a VW ID.4 lease to suit you here.
Stylish, fun-to-drive, and compact, the Fiat 500 is everything you would expect from one of the most famous and most-successful badges on the road – except it’s now only available as an electric model. The best bit? Going electric suits the 500 perfectly, adding to the car’s nippy nature, particularly around town. Still available in a choice of hatchback or convertible styles, Fiat also offers two battery sizes – a smaller pack for those only completing shorter trips, and a larger battery with a range of around 200 miles. Pick the model that suits you along with the right Fiat 500 lease deal.
It’s not often a model gets launched that looks like a concept car that’s driven straight off the show stand. Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 is one of those that made it. The eye-catching design uses some tricks to hide the car’s size since the Ioniq 5 is actually larger than class rivals such as Ford Focus or VW Golf. Instead, because it is built on an EV-specific platform, the Hyundai has huge amounts of occupant space inside, as well as a choice of ranges between 240 miles and 300 miles depending on battery/motor. Discover our Hyundai Ioniq 5 lease offers here.
The fifth-generation Sportage has been seriously upgraded with better drive dynamics and a stunning new look. The range now offers new full-Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid engine options in a class where rivals typically only provide either one or the other. The cabin is also a huge improvement, feeling more premium than before. Kia has really pulled off something special with the new Sportage. Find out just how special with our range of Kia Sportage lease deals.
Volvo’s compact SUV is proving a popular model for the Swedish firm – no surprises there considering it’s such a handsome car. Available with a wide choice of engines, the Volvo XC40 can be driven by petrol, mild hybrid petrol, plug-in hybrid, and even electric power. Throw in a good dose of practicality, high levels of equipment, a premium cabin, and some great XC40 lease deals, and it’s clear why Volvo is winning over customers.
The model that kicked off an obsession with crossovers, Nissan’s Qashqai is now in its third generation. Despite a huge number of rivals, this latest version more than holds its own in the market it essentially created, with crisp styling, a high-quality feel throughout, and a decent range of engines. It’s a great pick for those wanting the practicality of a full SUV without the running costs. Take a look at how little a Nissan Qashqai leasing deal will cost here.
It’s tricky reinventing a legendary model, but the new Defender Land Rover has done a great job. Deep, deep ‘Defender’ DNA in its appearance, the rugged SUV offers customers a choice between three- and five-door shapes, and a versatile line-up of engines. The familiar petrol and diesel options are available, as well as a plug-in hybrid version for greener motoring. More than 70 years on from the launch of the original Land Rover, the new Defender keeps its spirit alive and brought right up to date. Find Land Rover Defender lease deals here.
The popular Tesla Model 3 is now Britain’s best-selling electric car and got to that position within only a few years. How did that happen? Well, the fact that it’s a great proposition for business drivers helped significantly. Since any version – Standard Range Plus, Long Range, or Performance – is electric-only, the Model 3 has the lowest BIK levels around. Just 1% for financial year 2021/22 and rising to 2% in April 2022, Tesla’s compact executive saloon offers the potential for huge savings in running costs, but with no compromise in driving range. The Long Range version for example provides drivers with more than 350 miles on a charge. Plus there’s oodles of great tech. Check out our Tesla Model 3 business lease rates.
For a couple of years, the Tesla Model 3 had no real rivals – but that’s certainly no longer the case with the arrival of the Polestar 2. Produced by Volvo’s electrified performance brand, the 2 is an electric-only saloon, with a choice of two batteries and two power ratings. Beautifully styled and with discreet design touches throughout, the Polestar is also the first model to run an Android-based infotainment system for easy integration and connected services. Find Polestar 2 lease offers here.
Because of the low running costs and BIK savings offered by electric cars, it’s easy to see why all three picks are electric-only models – including the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Promising exciting performance and a wide range of battery/motor options, the Mustang Mach-E earns its inclusion here thanks to a mammoth driving range – as good as 379 miles on a charge. Like the Polestar and Tesla, it can charge quickly, adding more than 70 miles of range in 10 minutes, effectively countering arguments against EVs as company cars because they take too long to charge. Take a look at our Ford Mustang Mach-E business lease deals.
Ford has won over press and public alike in gaining accolades for its Puma compact SUV. With the footprint of a Fiesta but added practicality, the Ford Puma drives beautifully and looks good. A huge amount of boot space has somehow been engineered into the Puma, thanks largely to the ‘Megabox’ under-floor storage well. All told, a Ford Puma lease manages that tricky task of combining a practical yet fun car. Thanks to its mild-hybrid powertrain, the Puma emits as little as 122g/km, which with its advantageous pricing, offers company car drivers the chance to drive this brilliant hatch from just over £112 a month in BIK during 2022/23.
Skoda’s Octavia has long been the ‘sensible’ choice, and the latest generation continues in the same vein. Now with added style, equipment, and practicality, the Skoda Octavia remains a great value pick for customers wanting a premium product at a non-premium price. Available as a saloon-style hatchback or spacious estate, the Octavia also comes in petrol, diesel, mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid forms (for best value on company car tax), as well as the performance-focused vRS line. Find Skoda Octavia lease deals here.
One of several electric cars that are available for under £275 per month, the MINI Electric is also one of the most fun cars on the road. The addition of electric power suits the MINI’s famed handling abilities perfectly, and the car offers no compromise over petrol-powered models. A driving range of almost 150 miles will comfortably cover most daily distances for customers, all with the cost benefits running electric cars can bring business users. Discover MINI Electric business lease offers.
One of the best driver’s cars on the market, the BMW 4 Series combines the dynamic capabilities of its 3 Series saloon with a sleeker exterior for added appeal. Available in both three-door coupe and five-door Gran Coupe styles, our BMW 4 Series leasing offers range from entry-level petrol and diesel models through to high-performance M4 specifications.
For most, coupes are predominantly about style or road presence, and the Lexus LC offers both. In spades. The Japanese grand tourer can be picked in convertible configuration for those wanting wind-in-the-hair motoring, but the coupe is arguably the more stylish model; either will have passers-by turning around to look at the Lexus. Available with either a V8 petrol or hybrid engine, the LC can be tailored to customers prioritising power or efficiency – though neither lack for performance. Find Lexus LC lease deals here.
Practical and reliable, the Honda Civic is a sensible choice of a sensible car, but there’s a wilder option available – the Type R. One of the best handling cars on the road, the Honda Civic Type R may look riotous and untamed, but in fact, it’s a joy to drive. A free-revving engine and quick-shift manual gearbox combine with well-tuned suspension to offer a true hot hatch driving experience. It’s quick both in a straight line and around corners, plus has a huge boot and seats four adults comfortably. Fancy some of that? Check out our Honda Civic Type R leasing offers.
If the Honda Civic Type R is a little too in your face when it comes to design, a Ford Focus ST lease could be more appealing. There are a few subtle details to differentiate the performance ST model from the rest of the range, but it’s very much a performance car that comes in under the radar. Don’t let that fool you into thinking this isn’t a proper hot hatch – far from it. There are few cars that can compete with the agility of the Honda, but the Focus ST is one of them, and it is easier to use day-to-day. Comfortable on the motorway or commute, it comes alive on a twisty B-road, making the Ford Focus a great hot hatch option.
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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