2014 proved to be a good year for both car sales and car leasing, with sales figures up significantly on previous years. But, we wondered, did the top selling models match the top leased models?
We decided to take a look, comparing the volume of sales of each model in the UK to the top models leased through Blue Chilli Cars throughout 2014. It made for some very interesting reading.
The fifth most popular car to buy in 2014 was the ever popular Vauxhall Astra with 59,689 registrations. The Astra gets a tough time for being boring, the safe choice, lacking in ‘oomph’. That was perhaps true in the past, but today’s Astra is a surprisingly decent car.
No, it won’t win many beauty contests (thought the GTC pictured above isn’t bad), no you won’t impress the neighbours, but what you will do is get a safe, reliable, fairly economical and reasonably priced motor that will last. In addition, Vauxhall now include enough toys, bells and whistles to keep the average man or woman with 2.5 kids happy.
In comparison, the fifth most popular leased car last year was the Volkswagen Golf. To our minds, this is a much better car than the Astra. Looks better, drives better, more reliable and while it may not quite as spacious it’s still big enough for mum, dad and a couple of kids.
It’s certainly a car we get a lot of enquiries about and one of the most popular car leasing deals offer. Plus, it’s a Golf…and that has a good reputation!
If you’re interested in Volkswagen car leasing including the ever-lovable Golf – then please pay us a visit.
In at four on the car buying chart is the aforementioned Golf (73,880 registrations), proving that it’s popular with buyers and leasers alike. The Golf just has that history and reputation.
In car leasing circles though, the number four spot goes to the cute and not at all frumpy Fiat 500. This little Italian machine appeals to women in the main, just because of its looks, but plenty of men drive a 500 too and with good reason.
The Fiat 500 is FUN. Fun to drive, fun to own. Whether you go for the modest Pop or the sporty, sexy Abarth, it makes no difference. It’s a FUN car…and leasers love it because on a personal or business car lease deal it’s CHEAP too!
Just take a look at our Fiat car leasing deals to see what we mean.
Third on the list of bought cars in 2014 is the Vauxhall Corsa. It’s easy to see why. It’s smart, economical, relatively low cost and not a bad drive at all. With 81,783 registrations last year the British public seem to agree.
Our only issue with the Corsa is that it is that common. You see them everywhere. In many ways, it’s surprising that it’s only third on the list. You’re not going to stand out. But you ARE going to have a very, very good car if you opt for it.
Meanwhile in the leasing world, the bronze medal goes to the Mercedes C Class.
Usually, but by no means always, bought on a business contract hire deal, the C Class oozes, well, class. And, of course, you get Merc’s famed reliability, comfort and performance.
Big enough for families, good looking enough for executives and well-performing enough for enthusiasts the C Class is well, well worth a good look.
Browse our Mercedes business car leasing deals.
Second on podium for bought cars is the Ford Focus. It almost suits all type of driver. It’s just about big enough to suit the modern family, it’s certainly powerful enough for the fun-loving driver, it handles well and despite being Ford’s ‘powerhouse’ it’s still economical to run.
It’s no surprise Ford are high up the chart – they have a reputation for building good cars and it’s a reputation we believe is well earned.
However…car leasing opens up a different world to business and personal users alike. The second most popular model leased in 2014 was the Nissan Juke!
The Juke is a fun little thing with unique styling and it attracts a younger audience. In keeping with Nissan’s view that the traditional hatchback or saloon is dead, it likes to create a ‘crossover’. The Juke has hints of SUV, of coupé, of jeep even – but it’s none of the above. It sits alone, somewhere between.
That goes a long way to why we like it and why it’s popular with our car leasing customers. The other reason is that it becomes very accessible thanks to car leasing itself and the fixed cost benefits it brings.
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Finally, the top spot, gold medal, number one position. When it comes to buying a car, the most popular model in 2014 was…
The Ford Fiesta. The ever-popular, cheap to run, ultra reliable, big enough but not too big all-rounder for the single, partnered and familied. 131,254 Fiestas were bought last year. That’s a big thumbs up for Ford’s long running model.
We’re not about to argue. It does everything well (if not everything great).
Now it’s time for the top leased car of 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover. No, we’re not kidding.
This land giant was our most popular model last year. Plenty of reasons for that, including practicality, look, drive, size and reliability. But, we think, the main reason was that while purchasing a car like this would take a sizeable wallet or an extremely good credit rating, leasing it is much easier and affordable.
The majority of leases were via business contract hire but even so a significant minority were taken on a personal lease deal. Plus, Blue Chilli Cars had some great offers on the Evoque last year too!
But everyone who leased one was pleased with it. And that just goes to show what a good car Land Rover came up with here.
When it comes to buying a car it is no surprise to see five of the most affordable cars up there. Most people’s bank balances limit them on what they can buy, so they find their price range and go get the best car in it – and hat, without doubt, is those five cars.
But when you look at the leasing top five, which includes, remember, the Mercedes C Class and the Range Rover Epoque, it just goes to show that people can actually afford to drive their dream car through a business or personal leasing deal.
Car leasing is a viable option for most motorists and one that should be explored before just going out and buying the best car you can afford. Because who knows, you might actually be able to afford something much, much better and more desirable, just through a different way. Car leasing.