What Car? leasing deals of the week

If you like to change your car every few years, leasing can be the cheapest option, whether you're after a practical hatchback, a stylish SUV or even a sports car. Here are the most tempting deal...

What Car? leasing deals of the week

Leasing deals

Most people buy their cars on finance these days, but if you like to have something new every few years, it can actually be cheaper to take out a personal contract hire agreement.

Essentially a fancy term for leasing, these deals remove much of the hassle that comes with car ownership – although, unlike personal contract purchase deals, they don't give you the option to buy the car outright at the end of the term.

Click through this slideshow to see the most tempting lease deals we've found this week.

Abarth 595

Abarth 595

Model: Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet 145 Lease price per month: £197 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, nine months' deposit, three-year term

This Abarth hot hatch is certainly quick, and it feels especially nimble on twisting country roads, but some rivals are both cheaper and better to drive.

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Audi A1

Audi A1

Model: Audi A1 1.6 TDI S Line 3dr S tronic Lease price per month: £295.10 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

The A1 is a premium small car with a premium price tag to match, but it remains a good all-rounder, with a refined range of petrol engines and superb interior quality.

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BMW X3

BMW X3

Model: BMW X3 xDrive20d SE Step Auto Lease price per month: £477.31 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

The latest X3 offers great handling and a strong range of engines, even if it's more expensive to buy on a PCP finance deal than most of its rivals. As a bonus, inside you get BMW's class-leading iDrive infotainment and navigation system as standard.

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Citroën C4 Picasso

Citroën C4 Picasso

Model: Citroen C4 Picasso 1.2 PureTech Feel Lease price per month: £252.56 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, nine months' deposit, three-year term

If you're looking for an MPV with space for five people and all their luggage, then the C4 Picasso should be on your shortlist. It offers a practical interior, good visibility and most versions come with plenty of equipment.

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DS 4

DS 4

Model: DS 4 1.6 BlueHDi Elegance Lease price per month: £250.80 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

This family hatchback from DS is well equipped and has an economical range of engines, but it lacks the quality feel of its rivals inside.

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Fiat Tipo

Fiat Tipo

Model: Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy Plus Lease price per month: £205.18 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

The Tipo has a low purchase price and a spacious interior, but it's disappointing to drive and feels cheap inside. At least you get plenty of kit as standard, including air conditioning, a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30

Model: Hyundai i30 1.4T GDI Premium SE Lease price per month: £293.54 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, four-year term

Hyundai's gamble in making its i30 hatchback more upmarket has paid off, and it's now a worthy challenger to the likes of the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. We like its generous boot and comfortable ride, although it's still only mediocre to drive.

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Kia Optima

Kia Optima

Model: Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi ISG 2 Lease price per month: £181.21 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

Kia's executive cruiser has sharp looks and each version comes with lots of kit housed in a smart interior. Its driving dynamics and the CO2 emissions of its diesel engines are well below the class best, though.

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Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover Discovery

Model: Land Rover Discovery 2.0 SD4 S auto Lease price per month: £517.97 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

The Discovery has been around for a long time now, but in its latest form is fully deserving of the title of 'luxury SUV'. It's sumptuous inside, offering the kind of comfort you'd usually expect to find in the larger Range Rover. Add in its continent-crossing ability (on and off-road) and the fact that it will hold onto its value better than many other cars in this class and it's easy to see why so many people buy the Discovery.

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Mini hatchback

Mini hatchback

Model: Mini 1.2 One 5dr auto [Pepper/Media Pack XL] Lease price per month: £322.99 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

Mini's small hatchback is certainly stylish and has a plush interior, we just which it was more fun to drive. Rivals are considerably more practical, too.

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Seat Leon

Seat Leon

Model: Seat Leon 1.4 TSI 125 FR Technology Lease price per month: £264.99 Deal terms: 10,000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

The Leon is a great all rounder: it's stylish to look at, well equipped inside and is cheap to buy and run. Only an unsettled ride and substantial wind and road noise blot the experience.

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Skoda Citigo

Skoda Citigo

Model: Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI S Lease price per month: £155.40 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

While the Citigo may be based on the same underpinnings as both the Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up, it is cheaper than either of those cars to buy. Add in its relatively roomy interior and its great driving style, and this is a very nearly sorted city car which truly deserves a place on any shortlist.

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Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

Model: Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI CR SE Technology Lease price per month: £189.60 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, two-year term

The Superb is one of the best executive cars around. It's got a classy interior, a strong range of engines and a simply gargantuan amount of space inside. Its low purchase price only sweetens the deal.

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Smart ForFour

Smart ForFour

Model: Smart Forfour 0.9 Turbo 109 BRABUS Premium auto Lease price per month: £225.25 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, four-year term

This souped-up version of the ForFour city car gets a turbocharged 0.9-litre petrol engine producing 107bhp. It can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 10.5 seconds, and comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard, which we've found to be clunky in stop-start traffic.

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Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

Model: Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI GT Lease price per month: £183.60 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, nine months' deposit, three-year term

Ask ten people to name a family car and chances are most of them will mention the Volkswagen Golf. It's consistently among the most popular new cars sold in the UK, and with good reason: with such a wide range of engines and versions on offer – from frugal petrols through to diesels and even electric versions – there's a model to suit everyone. It's also brilliant to drive and competitively priced.

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Volkswagen Passat Estate

Volkswagen Passat Estate

Model: Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI GT DSG [Panoramic Roof] Lease price per month: £268.56 Deal terms: 8000-mile per year limit, six months' deposit, three-year term

This version of the Passat is huge inside, meaning you'll be able to take all of your family's luggage with you without any trouble. It's also good to drive, and has a classy interior. It's best to avoid the most basic S models, though, as they're a bit spartan on equipment.

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