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It’s been two years since we launched our comparison website to help drivers for the best deal on their new car. To celebrate, we looked at data from the very beginning until now to show you the most popular lease cars with our customers.
Read on to get your fill of great cars and, who knows, perhaps be inspired by our list and tee up your next vehicle!
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1. Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T Acenta Premium 5dr
The Car: there’s a reason the Nissan Qashqai is the UK’s best-selling SUV. It ticks all the boxes far a car in its class – spacious, modern-looking, well-equipped and it’s cheap to run.
The Spec: the Acenta Premium may be the entry-level specification, but its vast equipment list wouldn’t suggest this. As standard the base Qashqai comes with 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, plus a load of safety equipment that includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning. For those that like a bit of in-car tech, you’ll even be able to mirror your smartphone onto the touchscreen.
2. BMW 2 Series 218i  Sport 4dr [Live Cockpit Professional]
The Car: is there a better entry-level premium coupe than the BMW 2 Series? Its sharp, sporty looks are coupled up nicely with the tidy handling and fun engine range to deliver a decent driving experience. Then you’ve got all the standard BMW quality materials and equipment inside that will please the senses.
The Spec: again, this is an entry-level spec, but you still get plenty of kit as standard. For example, you’ll have 17in alloy wheels (we think these ride better than the chunkier alloys), parking sensors, cruise control and loads of driver-assistance systems. The turbocharged 136bhp standard petrol engine is a good all-rounder for performance and efficiency.
3. Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD 4dr Auto & Standard Plus 4dr Auto
The Car: as one of the most popular electric cars on the planet, the Tesla Model 3 is leaps and bounds above the competition as an all-round package. Its range, performance and signature AutoPilot autonomous safety features separate it from rivals.
The Spec: two excellent versions of the Model 3 made it into our top 10 most popular lease cars list – the Long Range AWD and Standard Range Plus specs. The former is more loved by our customers, probably because of its whopping 360-mile official range between charges and increased performance thanks to dual electric motors (0-60mph takes 4.2 seconds versus 5.3 seconds in the Standard Range Range Plus). However, if you go for the lesser-spec Standard Range Plus model, you’ll still get an impressive 278-mile official range between charges.
4. Volvo XC40 1.5 T3  R Design 5dr
The Car: the multi-award-winning Volvo XC40 family car has been a game-changing model for Swedish manufacturer Volvo. It now sells in the bucketloads thanks to its formidable design, premium and snazzy interior, plus the plethora of room inside for passengers and luggage.
The Spec: R Design versions of the Volvo XC40 are the sportiest spec in the range, as well as more swathes of luxury inside. Along with their own 18in alloy wheels, the XC40 R Design features premium part-leather, part-suede seats, mood lighting and smart-looking metal trim inside. It’s our favourite spec as we think it offers the best value for money.
5. Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Turbo SRi Premium 5dr
The Car: still the UK’s most popular car, the Vauxhall Corsa doesn’t go unnoticed by our customers either when it comes to leasing. This sixth-generation Corsa is one of the most mature models since the car was conceived in the early 1980s (we can’t believe it’s that old either!). A more family hatch-style approach has meant that it’s easily suitable for a small family, especially considering how well-equipped the range is.
The Spec: Turbo versions of the Vauxhall Corsa are one of the quickest in the range thanks to having a turbocharger and 100bhp, compared with just 75bhp and no turbocharger on the standard model. Power isn’t all that’s going for this car though, as an SRi Premium trim you’ll get cool features over more basic alternatives, such as sportier styling on the outside (17in diamond-cut gloss black alloy wheels, rear spoiler and aluminium sport pedals, for example).
6. Audi A1 25 TFSI Technik 5dr
The Car: small premium cars are a great option if you don’t carry loads of passengers regularly and want to drive something that feels plush. The Audi A1 is a fine example of this, with a very smooth ride that resembles a much bigger vehicle. Along with a premium interior design, many drivers choose the A1 because it is very efficient and surprisingly spacious inside too.
The Spec: we’d argue that the 30 TFSI is a better engine to choose because on the motorway it feels like it has more gusto than this entry-level 25 TFSI spec. From a specification point of view, however, the Technik is a great option as you’ll get plenty of good kit as standard, including 15in alloy wheels, LED lights on the front and back, plus a smart 8.8inch MMI infotainment system with smartphone mirroring.
7. Range Rover Evoque 2.0 D150 R-Dynamic 5dr 2WD
The Car: there are few SUVs as stylish as the Range Rover Evoque. It’s a game-changer for Land Rover which was usually renowned for its box-shaped designs. However, the Evoque is slick, while retaining the all-important characteristics of any SUV: comfort and space.
The Spec: R-Dynamic versions of the Range Rover Evoque get all the bits and bobs you’d expect from any modern, premium SUV. 17in alloy wheels, perforated leather seats, rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, LED headlights and a 10in touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto phone mirroring are standard. The engine is smooth too, as are all the options in the lineup thanks to Land Rover’s engineering which has designed this car to be brilliant on the road. Even off-road, the Evoque fairs well against most of its rivals too.
8. Mercedes-Benz A-Class A180 SE 5dr
The Car: just like the A1, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a fantastic premium small hatch and has one of the best interiors in this class. There’s just as much nice stuff to look at on the outside too, especially with that massive new three-legged star on the grille staring you in the face. The A-Class is also surprisingly practical, with 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats as standard and a decent amount of passenger space in the front and back so you can even fit six-footers with decent comfort.
The Spec: no A-Class is under-equipped, so even this entry-level SE version gets 16in high gloss alloy wheels, a flamboyant interior design marked by two 7in digital screens, keyless go, part-leather seats and plenty of safety tech that includes active lane keeping assist and attention assist.
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