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10 Best Commuter Cars To Lease In 2019

Posted: 12/02/2019

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" We run through our favourite commuter cars that you should lease in 2019"

What makes a great commuter car?

A good commute car is something, that has great fuel consumption, can medium to long range distances but is still great fun to drive and will ensure you're just as comfortable at the end of your journey as you were at the start.

10. Volkswagen Polo

Our 2019 Small Car of the Year is an excellent choice for budget buyers who spend a lot of time behind the wheel. The Polo has strong competition from the Seat Ibiza and the Skoda Fabia, both also built by the VW Group and near identical under the skin. However, the Volkswagen is more refined and comfortable, has a good level of standard equipment and the 1.0-litre TSI 95 SE is ideal for those who need a petrol car.

Volkswagen Polo

9. Mazda CX-5

You won’t be disappointed if you have to clock up some serious commuting miles in the Mazda CX-5, as the interior is one of its strongest suits. It’s extremely well laid out, very smart and there’s plenty of room for front and rear-seat passengers. Either the 2.0-litre petrol or the 2.2-litre diesel engine is a good option depending on your weekly mileage, while equipment such as adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance make it extra safe on the motorway.

Mazda mx5

8. Mercedes A-Class

It’s often said that big, luxury cars are best for serious journeys because their elegant interiors make the miles go quicker. The Mercedes A-Class offers that in a much more compact package; its cabin is incredibly good looking and more along the lines of what you’d find in an executive car. There’s no shortage of standard equipment and the A180 diesel and A200 petrol models are good all-rounders, but the A250 AMG Line is terrific fun if you can stretch to it.

Mercedes A-Class

7. Audi Q5

The Q5 is a fine SUV for anyone with a big commute. Smart, well-built interiors are one of Audi’s calling cards, so it’s certainly not an unpleasant place to spend your time. Although it is among the more expensive large SUVs, the ride is exceptional and, in 40 TDI quattro Sport guise, it’s fast and relatively economical, with 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and an official 39.2mpg, which makes for a superb motorway mile-eater.

6. Skoda Karoq

SUVs may be all the rage but they can sometimes be less refined than smaller cars, due to their height and chunky tyres. That’s not the case with the Karoq, which has a particularly comfortable ride and is one of the best SUVs at its price point. The interior is seriously practical, as you can remove the rear seats to create a huge amount of space, while our favourite is the 1.5 TSI 150 petrol engine in SE L trim.

skoda karoq

5. Audi A4

They’re less popular than they used to be, but executive saloons are still the cars to beat if you want to drive for long periods in comfort and the A4 is among the best. It’s arguably the most refined model in its class, and you’d have to spend a lot more money to find something quieter and more comfortable. Audi’s exceptional build quality can once again be found inside, while the 40 TDI version is fast, smooth and hushed.

4. Volkswagen Golf

It’s difficult to find a better all-rounder than the Golf. Regardless of the length and type of your commute, there will be a model to suit it; motorway drivers have a choice of TDI diesel engines, while lower mileage types can choose from small petrols, such as the excellent 1.0 TSI 115, the all-electric e-Golf or the plug-in hybrid GTE. If your trip to work involves B-road blasts, then the performance GTI and R models are guaranteed to brighten it up.

Volkswagen Golf

3. BMW 5 Series

It was our overall Car of the Year in 2017 and the 5 Series also our 2019 Luxury Car of the Year. Put simply, you’d want for nothing if you drove it to the office every day. It’s exceedingly comfortable and loaded with technology, but everything is sensibly laid out and easy to use; the basic 520d is more than good enough for most but the plug-in hybrid 530e is clean and powerful. If it were cheaper, it would almost certainly top our list.

BMW 5 series

2. Kia e-Niro

You might not expect an electric SUV on a list of best commuter cars, but the Kia e-Niro absolutely deserves a mention, not least because it’s our 2019 Car of the Year. The reason for its success is its sensible price and humongous real range of 253 miles. Even drivers with three-figure daily commutes could realistically use it, while the majority wouldn’t need to charge it each day and could enjoy the environmental and cost savings of an electric car.

Kia e-Niro

1. BMW 3 Series

Our 2019 Executive Car of the Year had a huge amount to live up to when it launched last year, but it absolutely made the grade. It’s comfortable, refined and excellent on the motorway, but the automatic gearbox is one of the best on the market, which makes it incredibly smooth and easy to drive around town. The handling is phenomenal, to the point where it’s more fun to drive than all of its main rivals, while the efficient 320d has extremely low running costs.

BMW 3 Series


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