The 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%.

With the first quarter of the year out of the way, we’ve delved into our own personal leasing enquiry data to see what the five most popular models of 2017 are so far …

5. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai Most Popular Car 2017

With a facelift recently announced at the Geneva Motor Show to offering drivers a more premium feel, the Nissan Qashqai not only kickstarted the craze for crossovers but has dominated the segment ever since despite facing some stiff competition from the likes of Volkswagen, Seat, Suzuki and Peugeot.

All it takes is one look around the roads to see that drivers 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.

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Most Popular Car 2017

The Volkswagen Tiguan arrived at a time when practicality, performance, comfort and versatility were all high on driver’s needs, and it continues to steadily grow in popularity as a result.

While relatively compact inside, the Tiguan offers more space than a Qashqai and better refinement. If you’re looking for thrills and excitement from your motor, you should look elsewhere though – what the Tiguan offers drivers is effortlessness and ease when you’re behind the wheel.

3. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Most Popular Car 2017

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. Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf Most Popular Car 2017

Having been the most popular personal car on our site last year, and with an update due this year which 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.

Combining quality, practicality and a premium feel, along with reliable and efficient engines no matter what fuel you choose, the Volkswagen Golf remains a popular choice on, narrowly missing out on the top spot to…

1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Most Popular Car 2017

Having lost out on the top spot of most enquired personal vehicles in 2016 to the Volkswagen Golf, could 2017 be the year for Mercedes-Benz to dominate? If the first three months of the year are anything to go by it could well be.

The C-Class offers drivers a classy interior, fun driving dynamics and cheap running costs as well as easy to use tech. 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.

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:
January, February, March

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