Top five cars for less than £300 per month
We’ve already checked out what cars are available if you’ve got a budget of £200 per month, but what if you can stretch to £300?
Monthly payments on lease cars are largely based on how much the vehicle’s value will fall over the period of the contract. That’s why premium brands that hold their value well are surprisingly affordable to lease.
To keep things very clear, there will always also be an initial upfront payment, and the offers are based on a mileage limit.
To help you out, we’ve also picked out five cars you can currently lease for under £300 per month*. So, what exactly could you get?…
Range Rover Evoque
If you can’t quite justify the price tag that comes with driving a full-size Range Rover, you might want to consider the brand’s smallest model – the Evoque. It’s been around a few years now, but it remains just as desirable as ever thanks to its great looks, acres of interior space and the cache that comes with the badge.
For less than £300 per month, a two-wheel drive model could be on your drive and, while it won’t have quite the same mud-plugging capabilities of its larger sibling, the level of quality and available kit will be identical.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
It’s not as large as some offerings here, but if hot hatches are your thing than you can bag yourself the definitive model – a Volkswagen Golf GTI. Ok, it’s never going to be as roomy as a crossover, if you prefer a B-road blast to load lugging, it’s the ideal companion.
That said, it’s still rather practical, especially if you opt for the five-door model. Thanks to that 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, you’ll get from zero to 62mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds should the feeling take you. You really can’t go much faster for less…
As fun as the GTI is, a monthly budget of £300 will also see you in something a little more elegant. Take the Jaguar XE, for example. It’s the brand’s baby model, so it does sit somewhat in the shadow of the XF and XJ, but it’s that compact size and range of frugal, efficient diesels make it the better choice in many ways.
As you’d expect to see from something bearing the Jaguar emblem, inside you’ll find dashings of leather, high-quality plastics and the very latest infotainment tech. If you aren’t taken by the German exec saloons, you could do a lot worse than the XE.
Speaking of German marques, how about Audi’s award-winning TT coupe? It’s been around for over 15 years now, and the latest version is the best one yet. From most angles, it mimics the styling cues of the R8 supercar, and it really stands out in a car park full of hatches and crossovers.
If you’re considering a car like this, it’s questionable whether you’ll care about mpg, but all the same, a plethora of efficient petrol and diesel turbocharged engines lie under the sleek bonnet, so fear not. Spend a little more and you can have Audi’s famed Quattro 4WD system, too.
It seems we can’t do a listicle without mentioning this car, but it’s the Mercedes-Benz C-Class that’d be our firm favourite on a £300/month budget, and lots of you agree; it’s been one of the most popular cars to lease for years.
It tops this list in particular, because it’s hard to think of more car you can get for your money. It’s got the desirable badge, fantastic handling, and a classy, premium interior. The only thing we think may be able to outshine it is the similarly styled E-Class which, at the moment, can also be had for less than £300 per month too, if you opt for the E220d SE.
*All figures correct as of 07/08/17. Images shown are for illustration purposes.