Best high mileage cars: which one should you lease?

Leasing a car is a great way to take a lot of stress out of driving, especially if you do lots of miles. 

With maintenance packages to cover servicing and MOT costs, road tax included, as well as not having to worry about getting rid of the car at the end of your agreement, you can enjoy more time behind the wheel. 

On top of that, as most lease deals are on brand-new or nearly-new cars, you get to enjoy the vehicle in its best years. 

But which car is best to lease if you do a lot of miles? Well, it partly depends on what you use it for and your budget. 

5 best high mileage cars

The best high mileage cars are usually the ones that hold their value well despite having had plenty of time on the road. 

And the first place to think of when looking for reliability, durability and high residual value is Germany. 

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi or Volkswagen – all four have a great history of producing good cars that stand the test of time. 

best high mileage cars

But there are some, in particular, you should think of if you’re going to be doing a lot of driving. 

  1. Audi A4
  2. BMW 3 Series
  3. BMW 4 Series
  4. VW Golf
  5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

All five of those vehicles are renowned for their reliability, even as the miles get high. 

So, if you’re looking to lease a car and are planning on doing lots of miles, one of those will always be a safe bet. 

6 best cars for a high mileage commute

Although much of the same criteria apply for being a generally good high miler as they do for a high-mileage commuter, there are some things you need to take into consideration. 

best high mileage cars for commuting

One is the spec of the vehicle. Does it have enough gadgets and driver aids to make your ride comfortable? And are the seats supportive enough to avoid giving you a bad back?

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the vehicle, you want something comfortable. And again, Germany sets the bar. 

  1. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  2. BMW 7 Series
  3. Audi A8
  4. BMW 5 Series
  5. Audi Q7
  6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The six cars above take driver comfort as serious as anything else. And if you’re looking for a high mileage commuter, something from Mercedes, BMW, or Audi is undoubtedly what you want. 

4 best high mileage used cars

If you’re looking in the used market for something that’ll last, again, you can’t really go wrong with something German or any of the vehicles already listed above. 

However, there are others cheaper to lease, which will serve you just as well. 

  1. Ford Fiesta
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Skoda Octavia
  4. Toyota Avensis (no longer in production)

Especially on a budget, those listed above are tried and tested. And if you’re looking to keep costs low, there aren’t any others that come close. 

6 best luxury cars for high mileage driving

However, if budget isn’t an issue or you want to cover your miles in style, you have plenty of luxury vehicles to choose from. 

best luxury high mileage cars

Unsurprisingly, we’re back in Germany again, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz the undoubted leaders in this department. 

  1. BMW 5 Series
  2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  3. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  4. Jaguar XF
  5. Volvo S90
  6. Volvo V90

All of the above come with a great pedigree of conquering high miles, and on a lease, they can be surprisingly cheap to both drive and run. 

10 best car brands for high mileage 

As you may have noticed throughout this, three brands dominate almost every category. 

high mileage car brands

They are, of course, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi; however, they’re not the only brands that build cars that are great for those who cover a lot of miles. 

  1. Mercedes-Benz
  2. BMW
  3. Audi
  4. VW
  5. Volvo
  6. Skoda
  7. Ford
  8. Honda
  9. Toyota
  10. Jaguar

Why is it important to consider mileage with a lease?

When you choose to lease a vehicle, you’re only covering the cost of its depreciation. And that’s worked out, in part, by how many miles a year you’ll be driving. 

So, if you drive a lot of miles, you want a car that’s going to both last and suit your circumstances. And using the above as a guide will help. 

If you’d like to know more about the impact mileage has on a lease or the importance of how many miles you drive in a lease car, read our Leasing Mileage Options guide.

Are there any finance agreements where I don’t have to consider mileage?

Yes, there is an agreement called hire purchase (HP), where you can drive as many miles as you want. You pay to ‘hire’ the vehicle over a certain period, and when you’ve made all your payments, you’ve officially ‘purchased’ the vehicle.

Best car lease deals for high mileage?

Here at Zero Deposit Car Leasing, we have a huge range of vehicles, including every model listed above. 

We pride ourselves on offering some of the best car lease deals for high mileage in the UK, and it’s easy to find the right one for you. Just click the button below.