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1. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has lots going for it; it’s wonderful to drive, it has a range of economical engines, and it has a fantastic reliability record. It is by far and away the most well-rounded hatchback you can lease or in fact buy. We recommend leasing a Ford Fiesta with a good trim level; the 1.25 Style cars are okay, but the Zetec trim includes tastier alloy wheels and a few extra creature comforts. If you’re leasing for business, it is also important to look the part for important meetings and the Fiesta achieves this well, although our second choice below is arguably more desirable.
The 1.25 Ford Fiesta Zetec returns a combined economy of 54.4 mpg, has a slick 5-speed manual gearbox, and is available for around £129.70 per month+ VAT through used car leasing from Lease Cars.
2. Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo is a great hatchback that looks the part with rock solid build quality. It costs more to lease on average than a Ford Fiesta, but it’s a more desirable car, with arguably sharper styling. We recommend avoiding the noisy 1.2-litre 3-cyclinder petrol engines as these are underpowered. Good engines include the VERY economical 1.2 TDI and the punchy, energetic 1.2 TSI.
The 1.2 TDI returns a combined fuel economy of 72.4 mpg whilst the 1.2 TSI returns a combined fuel economy of 53.3 mpg. The 1.2 TSI engine is available in either SEL trim or R Line trim. Both are desirable, and both will have other motorists looking on in envy. Standard kit includes heated mirrors, air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a unique body kit on the SEL and R Line 1.2 TSI models. The 1.2 TDI is available as a BlueMotion.
3. Renault Clio
The all new Renault Clio is gorgeous, marking a big change from its predecessor. Gone are the hum-drum looks and in their place is a car that just screams elegance. The new Clio features Renault’s latest design language and this is the car the new Megane will be based on. There are a few very good engines to choose from, including the nippy and well-rounded 1.2 16V and our personal favourite the 1.5 dCi 90. Expression+ trim offers the best amount of equipment for the money, although Dynamique MediaNav is the best for those who love their gadgets.
The 1.5 dCi engine will return a combined fuel economy of 62.8 mpg. It’s perkier than the 1.2 TDI engine as featured in the VW Polo, and because it doesn’t have to be driven as hard to make progress, real-world economy is just as good. We recommend the Clio as the ideal lease car for younger drivers.