Top five cars for under £200 per month

Our price-busting articles on the five cars you can lease for around £100 a month and the best five EVs and hybrids you can lease for less than £250 a month remain some of the most popular on ContractHireAndLeasing.

With this in mind, we thought we’d move the goalposts a bit and up the budget to £200 per month* – this offers a much larger variety of makes and models and opens up the search to some very enticing deals. Needless to say, you’ll be surprised at what you could lease for less than £200 a month.

See all new cars for under £200 per month

To keep things very clear, there will always also be an initial upfront payment, and the offers are based on a mileage limit, but if you want to drive a new car – whether that’s a sporty hatchback, an executive saloon or a rugged SUV – while not breaking the bank here are five cars that caught our eye and made us think “Wow, I didn’t think that would be so cheap…”

Mazda MX-5

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It’s a small sports car that needs very little introduction, and it’s no coincidence that now the sun is blazing (and will be for the foreseeable) that deals on the Mazda MX-5 are at their lowest for quite some time.

No, it’s not a hairdresser’s car. It’s a fun drive that looks good and, best of all, is affordable too. And right now, you can get a Mazda MX-5 for under £200 a month. Yep, you heard that right… keep your hair on, you’ll need it to blow in the wind when you’re cruising around with the top down.

Volkswagen Golf

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See all Volkswagen Golf deals for under £200

Reliability, comfort and performance are the things that Volkswagen has always been famous for. This is perhaps why the Volkswagen Golf remains not only the most searched for car on our website but also the most enquired about too.

If you want a hatchback that is a pleasure to drive and can fit a small family in, look no further than the Volkswagen Golf. It’s got a reputation for ticking all the boxes – reliability, running cost and practicality – meaning it should be a potential choice for almost every lessee.

Seat Ateca

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See all Seat Ateca deals for under £200

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the Seat Ateca launched, but it continues to go from strength-to-strength in the leasing charts.

With more space and better performance than the majority of its competitors, it’s also probably closer to a traditional car than any SUV has managed before. Having won our Best Small SUV award, if it’s your first foray into this burgeoning segment it’s a safe and wise choice.

Honda Civic

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See all Honda Civic deals for under £200

The Honda Civic is one of the most radical-looking hatchbacks ever made and, while the styling won’t be to everyone’s taste, there’s no doubting its practicality – its 478-litre boot is over 100 litres larger than the Vauxhall Astra’s and more than 150 litres more than the Ford Focus offers.

Although £200 per month won’t stretch to the awesome Type R, the basic 1.0-litre petrol unit also makes use of the hot hatch's VTEC Turbo tech – in this case it prioritises economy over performance however, which means a seriously impressive combined consumption figure of 58.9mpg.

Skoda Karoq

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See all Skoda Karoq deals for under £200

Skoda already aced it with the Kodiaq, so all eyes were on the Czech brand to see if they could replicate its success with the smaller Yeti-replacing Karoq.

Quiet and punchy around town, it also offers nippy acceleration on country roads while also cruising along multi-lane routes in hushed tones. Factor in the Karoq’s superb comfort and refinement and it simply has to be one of the cars you consider for under £200.

*All figures correct as of 18/04/18. Images shown are for illustration purposes only.

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