Top 18 most popular cars of 2018

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Author: | Updated: 17 Dec 2018 14:18

Nothing happened in 2018. Oh, wait. It’s the opposite. From ongoing continual Brexit uncertainty and diesel demonisation to widespread disruption as a result of the new WLTP testing regime and the reduction of the plug-in car grant, you’d be forgiven for thinking the end times were nigh.

In spite of all this, the new car market is not actually in that bad shape, while leasing continues to grow in popularity and has consistently outperformed hire purchase over the last year, making it the second most popular choice in the consumer new car market.

Delving into the vast enquiry data on, we’ve compiled the 18 most popular cars to lease in 2018. Want to lease one? Click the title for the model you want to see the pricing and info for.

top 18 2018

18. BMW 1 Series

Fine handling, efficient engines, and a respected badge means the 1 Series sneaks into the top 18.

17. Kia Sportage

A fall in grace from the heady heights of number five on the list in 2016. 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 2018.

16. Seat Leon

Having leaped into the top 10 from out of nowhere in 2017 thanks to the sheer amount of amazing deals on site and the quality of car on offer, the Seat Leon drops down the table this year.

15. Mercedes-Benz GLC

Mercedes sporty SUV offers drivers the kind of quality they expect from the brand all in a stylish and zesty package.

14. BMW 2 Series

With its honed, balanced handling, upscale interior as well as strong engine performance and economy, this is probably our favourite small BMW.

13. BMW 4 Series

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

12. Mercedes-Benz GLA

It’s no surprise to see the GLA jump up the list thanks to some amazing lease deals on offer throughout the year, particularly on the Urban Edition. With its upmarket cabin and competent engines, it’s a more than just a jacked up A-Class.

11. Mercedes-Benz CLA

With its solid performance, the Mercedes-Benz CLA has proved itself to be dependable and capable car. No wonder lessees have flocked to it. A new one is on its way next year.


10. Audi A4

While the A4 has traditionally been one of the most popular saloons to lease, it falls five places this year despite offering exceptional refinement and smooth engines as well as a relaxed driving experience.

9. Range Rover Velar

The Range Rover Velar has made a bigger splash than anticipated in the leasing market. Filling the gap between the Evoque and the Range Rover Sport, the Velar offers style and space in spades, all at a price you won't believe. We’ll let you into a secret, most people have been going for the entry-level D180, which is available for under £400 a month.

8. BMW 5 Series

Without doubt, the 5 Series is the best car in its class by a significant margin which is really all you need to know about it. It’s a real tour de force offering unparalleled luxury, tech and driving experience.

7. Nissan Qashqai

The top spot for most popular crossover has always been neck and neck between the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai, but this year the Qashqai blows its closest rival away. Despite that, it doesn’t have the honour of most popular crossover in 2018…

6. Audi A5

Always one of the more elegant cars in the Audi range, the A5 makes 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 so high up this year, with the 1.4 TFSI engine proving the most popular choice.

5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Our 2016 car of the year just edges into a top five finish having failed to make the grade last year. 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.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

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 C-Class

3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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 synthetic leather seats, dual-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers and a 7in colour display. Not too shabby.

2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Overtaking the C-Class for the first time, this premium hatchback has benefited from a game-changing overhaul. With smart styling, strong and efficient engines and some really enticing deals, it’s proved a no-brainer for many. The interior is simply stunning and stuffed with tech. Maybe next year it will take the number one spot from …

1. Volkswagen Golf

1. Volkswagen Golf

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 for a record sixth year.

With a Mk8 model due soon, who wouldn’t bet against a repeat performance in 2019. Or will Brexit throw the cat amongst the pigeons?

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