Top five most popular cars of 2017 so far

2017 has a lot to live up to in the automotive world. 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 already seen the new car market cool somewhat, with many opting to take the new car plunge before VED changes came into force from April, Brexit uncertainty delaying decisions and diesel becoming a dirty word. But in the world of car finance, it seems that very little can stop the march of leasing.

We’ve delved into our own data to see what the most popular models are when it comes to personal leasing…

5. Audi A4

Audi A4 most popular car 2017

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The Audi A4 is without doubt one of the most desirable compact saloons on sale, and as such it’s no surprise to see that it has made its way onto this list. Audi is renowned for its quality interiors and excellent driving dynamics, both of which are just some of the A4’s attributes.

In the fun stakes, it might fall just short of the 3 Series, but the A4’s handling is sharp, while it’s nigh-on impossible to plump for a bad engine. Whether you’re after a frugal yet refined diesel, or perhaps a more potent petrol, all offer excellent efficiency and economy.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Most Popular Car 2017

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If there’s one SUV that can steal the limelight from Nissan Qashqai, 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 than you may assume.

2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Most Popular Car 2017

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With its opulent interior, excellent driving dynamics and low running costs, it’s no surprise the C-Class is at the top end of our list, although it has been knocked off the number one spot that it took at the beginning of the year.

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…

1. Volkswagen Golf

Facelifted Golf 2017

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After a leave of absence, the mighty Volkswagen Golf is back in the number one spot and, if the SMMT stats are anything to go by, it’s not just a trend limited to the leasing industry – it took the coveted most popular car prize from the long-reigning Ford Fiesta during June and August.

Having recently undergone a refresh, the latest Volkswagen Golf comes with some seriously impressive tech along with an updated range of more efficient engines, and a minor tweak to 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 isn’t in the top position. If this trend continues, it’ll retain its accolade of most enquired vehicle on ContractHireAndLeasing for another year…

The top ten most popular personal lease cars – in full

  1. Volkswagen Golf
  2. Mercedes C-Class
  3. Mercedes A-Class
  4. Volkswagen Tiguan
  5. Audi A4
  6. Mercedes E-Class
  7. Nissan Qashqai
  8. Seat Leon
  9. Nissan Juke
  10. Audi A5

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