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How to pick a lease car

Choosing the right lease car is extremely important as you will typically have that car for 2-4 years. There are many factors that need to be considered when thinking about leasing a car. From boot size to fuel type, checking the car is perfect for you is essential.

Fuel is a major point to decide on when ordering a lease vehicle. If you do a lot of driving around town, mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric models could be an excellent choice in order to save on money and emissions.

If you cover over 12,000 miles per year, a diesel will be your best option for fuel efficiency. A large number of PHEV models can be driven on electric power for around 30 miles, which should be more than sufficient enough to cover shorter commutes.

Electric cars offer the lowest running costs (there’s no tax to pay and charging at home costs only a few pounds) so you can offset the higher purchase price of an EV with much cheaper running costs than you’re probably used to.

A car’s dimensions are a very important factor when picking your perfect motor. Cars are measured by their exterior dimensions, using the length, width and height to help you figure out whether the car is right for you.

Whether you need a small city car for convenient on street parking or a larger SUV for passengers needing lots of leg room, we can help you pick the perfect car for you!

If you’ve got a rough idea of the size and shape of car that you’re after, think carefully about what you use it for.

City Cars

City Cars

A small, conventional car, perfect for city cruising and with plenty of benefits as well! City cars such as the Volkswagen UP!Toyota Aygo X and Fiat 500 are all great for hopping about in, thanks to their compact size. Great fuel economy, low road tax and low insurance makes them perfect for those with low yearly mileage or those who have just passed their test.

Audi A3


Superminis are small cars that are larger than a city car but smaller than a hatchback. A supermini is a relatively small, cheap and economical car. Larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback. There’s a supermini to suit everyone, there’s now even a wide range of electric superminis on the market, including the new MINI Electric.



The hatchback remains one of the most popular cars on the market with the top four best-selling cars of 2021 all being hatchbacks. A Hatchback gives you the nimbleness you need for negotiating busy traffic, they’re easy to park, and yet there’s still room for the whole family! Current hatchbacks on the market include the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Hyundai i20 and the Vauxhall Corsa.

BMW 5-Series Touring

Saloons and Estate cars

Saloons and Estate cars, are extremely popular with bigger families and business professionals. Estates like the Skoda OctaviaMercedes E-Class Estate and the BMW 3 Series Touring give you all the practicality, space, and low running costs you’d ever need. With plenty of sleek estates and saloons available, there is bound to be a large car to suit your needs and budget.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer


MPV stands for Multi-Purpose Vehicle but are commonly called 'people carriers', too, which is perhaps a more accurate name. There are some great MPVs on the market, including the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Volkswagen Touran. Typically, they contain seven-seats, which work well for larger families.

Optional Extras

If you need your car to have certain features, such as sat-nav, parking sensors or leather seats, try to go for a trim level that includes them all together, as this is usually better value than adding items individually as options.