Top 17 most popular cars of 2017

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Author: | Updated: 06 Mar 2017 14:19

2017 has seen its fair share of car launches, with the supermini attempting to challenge the crossover’s continued dominance of the new-car market.

In spite of challenges the industry has faced in the form of changes to Vehicle Excise Duty, widespread diesel demonisation and post-Brexit fallout, leasing continues to grow in popularity and has consistently outperformed hire purchase over the last six months, making personal leasing the second most popular choice in the consumer new car market.

Delving into the vast enquiry data on, we’ve compiled the 17 most popular cars to lease in 2017. Want to lease one? Click the title for the model you want to see the pricing and info for.

Top 17 most popular cars of 2017

17. Audi A6

Fast and frugal, the Audi A6 is a great all-rounder that ticks a lot of boxers for lessees making it a sensible choice.

16. BMW 3 Series

Fine handling, efficient engines, and a respected badge means the BMW 3 Series sneaks into the top 17.

15. Volvo XC60

Having only been in production since March, the all-new Volvo XC60 not only puts Volvo firmly back in the luxury-crossover game, but straight back into contention for class leader too. It’s no surprise to see it jump straight into our top enquiries list.

14. BMW 4 Series

A sporty coupe with four doors, the BMW 4 Series offers something for everyone. A sporty performer built to impress, the 4 Series has presence and handling making it uncompromising and ready for action.

13. Kia Sportage

A fall in grace from the heady heights of number five on the list last year. Despite being eye-catching, spacious, sophisticated and agile, some of the most enticing deals on our website weren’t enough to keep the Sportage’s popularity going in 2017.

12. Audi A3

A range of engine options, practical and sporty, and a classy interior have all ensured this hot hatch remains a popular leasing option for a large percentage of our readers.

11. Range Rover Evoque

A status symbol that also offers something for everyone, this mid-sized SUV has fallen from the top five last year despite its desirability, sharp looks, premium quality interior and Land Rover’s legendary off-road prowess.

Most popular cars of 2017 (10-6)

10. Nissan Juke

Unique styling, fast driving, and low monthly prices have all enticed lessees and with that in mind the Nissan Juke sneaks into the top 10.

9. Audi A5

Always one of the more elegant cars in the Audi range, the A5 combines to make a very compelling choice for those who pound the motorways relentlessly but want to do so in style. For everyday use, the new A5 is unbeatable which is why it’s no surprise to see it in the top 10.

8. Seat Leon

Jumping into the top 10 from out of nowhere thanks to the sheer amount of amazing deals on site and the quality of car on offer, the Seat Leon is powerful enough to offer a lot of thrills for a lot of drivers. With average lease prices currently at £224 p/m and some as low as £124 p/m, you get a lot of car for your money.

7. Nissan Qashqai

The top spot for most popular crossover-SUV has always been neck and neck between the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai, and on its 10 year anniversary the bragging rights belong to the progenitor of the crossover segment.

6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Our 2016 car of the year just misses out on a top five finish. Elegant and effortless at any speed and on any route, the E-Class continues to offer an unparalleled level of executive luxury giving drivers possibly the most relaxing, calm and serene drive you will ever experience.

5. Audi A4

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Audi’s A range has certainly dominated this list, but fifth position is as high as the manufacturer gets. This saloon offers exceptional refinement and smooth engines as well as a relaxed driving experience, while the A4 Avant estate is pretty much all you need in a family car.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

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The VW Tiguan offers drivers practicality, ease and comfort – all things that lessees gravitate towards. Add in the fact that it handles like a conventional hatchback and you begin to see why it has leaped into the top five enquiries for the first time ever.

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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The A-Class has been around for a while now, but its popularity increases as each year passes. With a new edition due in 2018, this premium hatchback remains a go-to choice for a majority of our lessees. With smart styling inside and out as well as strong and efficient engines and some really enticing deals thanks to its impressive residuals, it’s a solid choice.

2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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When it comes to executive cars, Mercedes-Benz has the leasing market tied up. The C-Class offers drivers a classy interior and cheap running costs as well as easy to use tech. Even better, the standard spec comes kitted out with things you’d struggle to find on some top spec cars such as synthetic leather seats, dual-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control and a 7in colour display.

1. Volkswagen Golf

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What can we say about the VW Golf that hasn’t been said a million times before? It’s number one here for a reason. Combining quality, practicality and a premium feel, along with reliable and efficient engines no matter what fuel you choose, the Volkswagen Golf remains the most enquired car on ContractHireAndLeasing.

Thanks to this year’s update, which introduced a new engine, a host of interior tech and a minor exterior restyle, it’s no surprise the Golf continues to dominate the personal leasing market in 2017.

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