Top five most popular cars of 2017 so far

2017 has a lot to live up to in the automotive world. Despite a plethora of new car launches lined up throughout the year, it will take a lot for it to match the dizzying numbers of new car registrations and leasing enquiries we saw in 2016.

In fact, 2016 was officially the busiest year on record for new car registrations, with 2.69 million units hitting British roads throughout the period, while the value of the personal leasing sector grew by 41.8%.

We’ve seen some ups and downs in the market already, with many opting to take the new car plunge before VED changes came into force from April. Now we’re well into May, we’ve delved into our own data to see what the most popular models are when it comes to personal leasing…

5. Nissan Qashqai

Facelifted Nissan Qashqai promises a more premium feel

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With a facelifted version (pictured) coming in July, Nissan is aiming to offer drivers a more premium feel with the Qashqai. The truth is that it didn’t really need a refresh though. It’s been king of the crossovers since it created the segment for itself some 10 years ago.

It would appear it’s still able to fend off the competition despite some great new models appearing from the likes of Seat, Suzuki and Peugeot. Practical and economical as well as quiet, classy and efficient, this is a lease choice that has never lost its momentum.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Most Popular Car 2017

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If there’s one crossover that can steal the limelight from Nissan however, it’s the Volkswagen Tiguan. The new one arrived at a time when practicality, performance, comfort and versatility were all high on driver’s needs, and its popularity demonstrates this.

While it’s compact inside, the Tiguan offers more space than a Qashqai as well as better refinement. If you’re looking for thrills and excitement from your motor, you should look elsewhere though – the Tiguan’s aim is to make driving as effortless and easy as possible.

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Most Popular Car 2017

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The A-Class has been around a while now, but its popularity would appear to increases as each year passes. Having undergone a refresh last year, this is a premium hatch that’s in-tune with what lease customers want.

Smart, sporty styling inside and out as well as strong and efficient engines make it one of the most desirable hatches around. What’s more, excellent residual values make it more affordable that you may assume.

2. Volkswagen Golf

Facelifted Golf 2017

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Having recently undergone a refresh, the latest Volkswagen Golf comes with some seriously impressive tech along with an updated range of more efficient engines. A minor restyle on the outside completes the look.

Add to this the classic Golf combination of quality, practicality and good value and it’d be a surprise if it didn’t continue to dominate the leasing market this year. It ended 2016 as the most enquired personal vehicle on, but so far in 2017 it’s narrowly missing out on the top spot to…

1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Most Popular Car 2017

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It’s no surprise to see the C-Class taking the top spot on our list, what with its classy interior, excellent driving dynamics and low running costs. In the first four months it would appear it’s finally taken the place of the ubiquitous Golf as the lessee’s car of choice.

Being a Benz, it comes kitted out with the very latest in tech, with most models benefitting from the likes of dual-zone climate control, auto headlights and wipers, adaptive cruise control and a wonderful infotainment system with a vivid 7in colour display.

When it comes to compact executive saloons, Mercedes-Benz has the leasing market tied up…


In focus: find out more about the UK’s overall new car market in 2017 month-by-month:

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