Moneyshake’s 6 Hot Lease Deals Rated

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1. Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid mHEV 155 ST-Line X Edition 5dr – 5/5 stars (lease deals from £162pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Fiesta hot lease deals

About the spec

The Ford Fiesta has always been a firm favourite for many UK drivers, with fun-to-drive dynamics, a sensible size that’s practical (without being too big) and brilliant standard equipment.

ST-Line X specifications of the Ford Fiesta are jam-packed with more cool options on top of the standard ST-Line version, which is one of the most popular guises.

For starters, it has the same aggressive bodykit, metal pedal trims, tinted windows and lowered sports suspension as the normal ST-Line. However, you’ll get larger 18″ wheels that make it stand out more and a premium B&O stereo system with 360-degree sound. So, if you want a bassier sound while playing your favourite tunes on the move and a more prominent design, the ST-Line X is a cracking choice.

About the engine

Ford‘s 1.0-litre mild-hybrid engine sits under the hood of this Fiesta ST-Line X. Two power outputs are available for this unit – a 125bhp and a punchier 155bhp one. Luckily, it’s the latter (badged ‘1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid MHEV 155’) that’s on display here.

On paper it’s quicker and nearly as savvy on fuel as the lesser-powered 125 version of the engine. Acceleration from 0-60mph is accomplished in a swift 8.9 seconds, while returning a frugal 53mpg.

Want to jump behind the wheel of this great car? Get Fiesta hot deals

2. Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 110 SEL 5dr DSG – 4/5 stars (lease deals from £206pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Hot lease deals T-Cross

About the spec

All Volkswagen T-Cross specifications live up to the brand’s reputation of being well-built, reliable and featuring the latest innovative tech onboard. Nevertheless, SEL versions in particular are just one level below the range-topping, sporty R-Line trim.

For this reason, they’re our pick of range and have standard equipment that, considering this monthly price, will have you raising your eyebrows.

Here’s what’s included with the SEL:

  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • 8″ touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility
  • Built-in sat nav
  • Dual-zone air conditioning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

About the engine

Just as you’d expect from any ultra-modern Volkswagen car, the engine is smooth, efficient and powerful.

It’s a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 150bhp that’s paired up with an automatic gearbox. Rather surprisingly, the auto box is good at getting this big car off the mark, sending it to 60mph from standstill in a nippy 8.5 seconds. Once you get up to motorway speeds it has enough flexibility to still provide a bit of oomph in the mid-rev range to allow you to overtake other vehicles.

Despite being an SUV, the T-Cross isn’t a thirsty car by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, you’ll get a considerable 43mpg out of it.

Fancy a bargain on this VW family car? Get T-Cross hot deals

3. Citroen C3 1.2 PureTech Flair Plus 5dr – 4/5 stars (lease deals from £137pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Hot lease deals C3

About the spec

Range-topping Flair Plus specifications of the Citroen C3 have everything you could possible want from a true all-rounder family car.

Beyond its funky (and rather divisive styling) Flair Plus models come with plusher two-tone paint, tinted rear windows and shock-absorbing plastic door protector panels on the side that give it plenty of pizzazz. Throw in some attractive 16″ alloy wheels and you’ve got yourself a trend-setting supermini.

Inside the C3 Flair Plus equipment is just as impressive, with a reversing camera, cruise control, lane-departure warning and a smart 7″ touchscreen infotainment system dominating the dash.

About the engine

If you’re expecting a powerhouse for a drivetrain in this car, you best look elsewhere. The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine has 83bhp and generally feels a bit underpowered. 0-60 takes a laborious 13.3 seconds, so we recommend going for the next level up 110bhp unit. Not only does it shave 2.8 seconds off the sprint time above, but it’s a lot smoother at motorway speeds too.

Rather confusingly, the more powerful engine has better fuel economy, with 50mpg compared to the lesser-powered unit’s 46mpg.

Despite our gripes with the base engine, you’ll find it more than adequate enough if you don’t do long motorway journeys often.

Like the sound of this award-winning Citroen? Get C3 hot deals

4. Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Turbo Elite Nav Premium 5dr – 4/5 stars (lease deals from £136pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Hot lease deals Corsa

About the spec

Another one of our top-of-the-range hot lease deals.

The Vauxhall Corsa is the people’s champion of the hatchback world, with a bit of something for everyone. It didn’t used to be like that though, with Corsa B, C and D often being associated with boy racers and first-time drivers looking for a cheap runaround. Either way, the negative stereotypes came flooding in the minute you saw one!

It’s a completely different story now, with Vauxhall being inspired by one of PSA’s ironed-out, mature platforms. The result? A car that’s appealing to most demographics that want something considerably high-spec but without having to pay over the odds for a German or French competitor.

That’s enough of us rambling about this car’s background – what about this particular trim level? Well, Elite Premium Nav specs are the best of the bunch, with the largest 10″ touchscreen and big, sporty 17″ alloy wheels. There’s even luxury touches like electronic climate control and heated front seats and steering wheel.

About the engine

A peppy, turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine comes as standard in this Corsa, coupling nicely with the car’s low centre of gravity and lightweight design. 0-60 takes 9.3 seconds and the turbocharger makes this feel a lot quicker, while giving you an extra shove on the motorway to keep at high speeds rather easily.

The Corsa’s official combined economy is 50mpg, so you’re guaranteed to make some savings at the pumps too.

Want to get your hands on this bargain, high-spec hatch? Get Corsa hot deals

5. Nissan Juke 1.0 DiG-T Acenta 5dr DCT – 4/5 stars (lease deals from £186pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Hot lease deals Juke

About the spec

Acenta grade versions of the Juke might only be one step up from the entry-level Visia spec, but for us its the ideal entry point if you want a trendy and spacious family SUV.

Versus the standard model, the Juke Acenta replaces 16″ steel wheels with 17″ alloys and increasing the standard 4.2″ infotainment touchscreen display with a larger 8″ that’s easier on the eye. It’s bigger size makes it much easier to use too, but more so does the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring features (these aren’t included with the Visia spec).

Parking the Juke is a more simple task too thanks to a reversing camera being thrown in for Acenta models as standard.

About the engine

All Nissan Jukes get the same 114bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine with front-wheel drive that won’t set any records anytime soon, yet it’s poky enough to not feel underpowered in most driving situations. That’s because it’s got a turbocharger that delivers a nice bit of shove when you put your foot down.

The best part about the Juke’s engine is how quiet and efficient it is. Yes, if you floor it you get the odd hiss from the turbocharger, but day-to-day its notably calm in the cabin.

It should be noted that manual versions of the Juke accelerate quicker (0-60 in 10.7 seconds, compared to 12.1 seconds for the auto) and are slightly cheaper to fuel (46mpg versus 45mpg). You’re bound to notice the difference in time it takes to reach 60mph from standstill more than the fuel economy though, with the latter being more or less the same.

In the market for a snazzy-looking, cheap-to-run and practical family SUV? Get Juke hot deals

6. Ford Kuga 1.5 EcoBlue ST-Line X Edition 5dr – 4/5 stars (lease deals from £227pcm*)

*Prices accurate at the time of writing

Hot lease deals Kuga

About the spec

Just like our Fiesta from earlier, this Ford Kuga comes in the ‘second-best’ ST-Line X Edition spec – one down from the lavish Vignale model.

In all honesty, it’s a big jump in price to the range-topping Vignale trim; which gets lots of luxuries, but we don’t think are really necessary. Besides, you can lease more premium rivals such as the BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan for much less, albeit the entry- to mid-spec trims.

Less about rivals and more about the Kuga itself. What’s it got going for it? Well, plenty when you consider its healthy list of standard features, which include:

  • 19″ alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 10-way adjustable drivers seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Sporty ST-Line bodykit

Not bad, eh?

About the engine

‘EcoBoost’ is the term given to Ford’s turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engines. They’re designed to deliver more torque and horsepower, while at the same time offering better fuel economy too.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? The good news is that it doesn’t disappoint when applied to a beefy SUV like this Kuga.

The 1.5-litre 150bhp petrol unit is made for town driving but can do a good turn on the motorway. An official 0-60 time of 9.7 seconds is decent when you consider the Kuga weighs more than 1.5 tonnes, while the clever Ford engine tech means that it’s salvaged from any criticisms of being a thirsty motor. In fact, the 43mpg combined fuel economy isn’t bad at all.

Need a large family car with bucketloads of room and a touch of class? Get Kuga hot deals

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