Top 16 most popular cars of 2016

2016 has been a bumper year for car manufacturers in the UK, with the new car market not only weathering the storm of Brexit but defying predictions and growing month in, month out.

On top of this, leasing continues to explode in popularity as more and more consumers realise that PCH is the car finance option of the future.

Delving into the vast enquiry data on the three million or more deals on ContractHireAndLeasing.com, we’ve compiled the 16 most popular cars to lease in 2016.

CHAL top 16

Audi A5

2.0 TFSI SE 2dr

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£226.55

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Initial Payment: £2,038.95

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16. BMW 3 Series

Fine handling, efficient engines, and a respected badge means the BMW 3 Series sneaks into the top 16.

15. Mercedes-Benz CLA Class

Stylish looks, an engaging drive, and a decent boot makes the CLA Class a go-to Merc for a few of our leasers.

14. Audi A6

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

13. Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

Chunky styling and low running costs, the GLA Class Mercedes is a high-riding crossover-esque lease.

12. Ford Fiesta

Fun to drive and cheap to run, the Ford Fiesta is the biggest selling car in the UK but unfortunately doesn’t replicate that success when it comes to leasing.

11. Nissan Juke

Unique styling, fast driving and low monthly prices have enticed leasers, but the Nissan Juke just misses out on the top 10.

10. Nissan Qashqai

All it takes is one look around the roads to see that leasers continue to opt for the Nissan Qashqai. Practical and economical as well as quiet, classy and efficient, it’s a lease choice that has never lost its momentum.

9. 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.

8. Volkswagen Tiguan

The VW Tiguan offers drivers practicality, ease and comfort – all things that leasers 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 10 in terms of enquiries.

7. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 'E' in E-Class could stand for elegant but it could also stand for effortless. At any speed and on any route you will be treated to possibly the most relaxing, calm and serene drive you will ever experience. No wonder it has proved so popular among leasers.

6. Audi A4

Audi’s A range has certainly dominated this list but at number six the Audi A4 is as high as the manufacturer gets. This saloon offers exceptional refinement and smooth engines as well as a relaxed driving experience. When it comes to an executive car, you’ll struggle to do better.

Top five cars to lease 2016

5. Range Rover Evoque

A status symbol that also offers something for everyone, this mid-sized SUV has sharp looks, premium quality interior, efficient engines and Land Rover’s legendary off-road prowess. Hugely desirable and with a distinctive look, the Range Rover Evoque continues to be one of the most sought after leases available and it’s no secret why.

4. Kia Sportage

The top spot for most popular crossover-SUV has always been neck and neck between the Kia Sportage and the Nissan Qashqai, and this year the bragging rights belong to the Sportage. It’s eye-catching, spacious, sophisticated and agile, and thanks to some of the most enticing deals on our website the Sportage’s popularity shows no signs of slowing.

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class has been around a while now, but its popularity increases as each year passes. Having undergone a refresh last year, this premium hatchback remains a go-to choice for a majority of our leasers. 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 great choice.

2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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

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 ContractHireAndLeasing.com.

With an update due next year that will introduce a new engine, a host of interior tech and give the exterior a minor restyle, we’d be surprised if the Golf didn’t continue to dominate the leasing market in 2017.

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