These spicy small cars mix thrills with practicality - and are available to lease at bargain prices
25 March 2020

Leasing can be an affordable, practical route into having your own private car, but it's not always easy to tell the good deals from the duds. 

The experts at our sister magazine What Car? work hard to find you the best pay-monthly schemes, taking into account mileage allowance, montly outlay, contract length and initial deposit. We'll be bringing you the best deals they find from a different segment each week.

This week, it's hot hatches: 

1. Honda Civic Type R

£3340 deposit, £557 per month, 36 months, 10,000 miles per year​

The most expensive car to lease on this list but also the best for sheer ability. Grip, handling adjustability, feedback, spectacular performance and practicality: they’re all here. We’ll forgive its angry looks, because it’s the most exciting hot hatch around.

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2. Ford Focus 2.3 EcoBoost ST

£2669 deposit, £445 per month, 36 months, 10,000 miles per year​

Not as extreme as some but all the better for it. The Focus ST is your everyday performance car with agile handling aided by a trick front differential, firm body control made compliant by adaptive dampers and an engine that’s wonderfully vocal.

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3. BMW M135i xDrive

£2283 deposit, £381 per month, 36 months, 10,000 miles per year

Being four-wheel drive, this is the most secure hot hatch of them all. What it lacks in outright excitement compared with some of its rear-wheel-drive predecessors it makes up for with greater composure in all conditions, providing more fun more of the time.

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4. Renault Megane RS 1.8 280

£2002 deposit, £334 per month, 36 months, 10,000 miles per year

Super-incisive handling aided by four-wheel steering is the Mégane’s calling card, and there are hydraulic bump stops to ease any discomfort when you’re seriously pressing on (on a track, ideally). Sport spec makes the better everyday driver.

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13 March 2019

It's all very good promoting WhatCar leasing but buyer beware especially on cheap cars.

When you hand it back expect an end of lease bill, you'll be charged for a professional clean, paintwork marks, wheel scuffs and just about anything the company think (all at dealer rates) they can get away with.

13 March 2019

We leased a Polo GTI that was returned to the lease company last year. The guy who collected it spent ages checking over it only to turn round and say it was the cleanest 2 year old car he’d ever seen.

Given that a car is probably the most valuable thing you’re likely to sink your money into, after a house, why wouldn’t you look after it?

Once the Polo went back we had to look for a second hand car. Any damage I found on a second hand car would mean I’d consider it to be worth less than a prestine one and I’d expect the asking price to be reduced to reflect this (or be repaired by the seller).

Surely if you return a scruffy lease car, you should make up the shortfall in the cars value.

 

xxxx wrote:

It's all very good promoting WhatCar leasing but buyer beware especially on cheap cars.

When you hand it back expect an end of lease bill, you'll be charged for a professional clean, paintwork marks, wheel scuffs and just about anything the company think (all at dealer rates) they can get away with.

13 March 2019

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

It's not just how many marks they'll find it's the fact you'll be charged top dollar, and, in the case of £150 a month leases it'll be disproportionate. Bear in mind with a private sale the buyer will be more forgiving than a dealer who can make a few more bucks. 

This needed pointing out, which is why I did it. 

15 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

Not sure which dealers you are talking about but you're right, you can hand it back without going to the expense of repairing any damage however the dealer will have knocked down the trade-in price to compensate.

Go try selling to webuyanycar.com or similar sites and they'll knock money off for every scratch.

As for Valeting the car - not sure what state you return your cars in but 5mins with a hoover will save you that £200. To be honest the interiors of my cars are handed back in the same condition as the car I'm about to buy. 

 

15 May 2019
scotty5 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

Not sure which dealers you are talking about but you're right, you can hand it back without going to the expense of repairing any damage however the dealer will have knocked down the trade-in price to compensate.

Go try selling to webuyanycar.com or similar sites and they'll knock money off for every scratch.

As for Valeting the car - not sure what state you return your cars in but 5mins with a hoover will save you that £200. To be honest the interiors of my cars are handed back in the same condition as the car I'm about to buy. 

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

Either way Goverment Finacial Ombusmans deals with car lease complaints these days, they have far more experience, gained from disputes, than you or I.

29 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

It's simply not true. If you describe the car accurately then how can they reduce the price that's guaranteed for 7 days?  I've sold cars to them and others, never once had an issue. Any problems usually caused by owners not describing their cars accurately.

As for my 5mins claim...   yes indeed, 5 mins with a hoover - if it takes any more than that then you haven't been taking care of the car and deserve to be penalised.

29 May 2019
scotty5 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

It's simply not true. If you describe the car accurately then how can they reduce the price that's guaranteed for 7 days?  I've sold cars to them and others, never once had an issue. Any problems usually caused by owners not describing their cars accurately.

As for my 5mins claim...   yes indeed, 5 mins with a hoover - if it takes any more than that then you haven't been taking care of the car and deserve to be penalised.

My knowledge has been gained from personnal and other people experiences, please be careful when you accuse people of lying.  You must be one of the few to defend WeBuyAnyCar, not sure why you'd go back to them again and again,  you'd always get alot more privately.

Best you look at the Indeed employee review website and you'll soon learn what sort of company they are.

11 December 2019
Beastie_Boy wrote:

Given that a car is probably the most valuable thing you’re likely to sink your money into, after a house, why wouldn’t you look after it?

True, but you don't typically move your house about (those living in campers / touring caravans excluded) at speed on the roads, or parked up where sports utility houses can park tight beside them and ding their front door into your brickwork.

And even at that, it's the same as a Landlord keeping the deposit wanting the carpets shampooed and the gutter timbers repainted.

27 March 2019

@xxxx I have leased 7 cars over the last 15 years and have never been charged for anything other than excess mileage on one vehicle.

17 April 2019

you've been lucky to not even be charged a valet. There's specialist lease return companies for a reason, articles on MoneySavingsexpect etc will also help out on the pit falls of returning a car.

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