Four Best Small SUVs To Lease
SUV stands for ‘sports utility vehicle’, but don’t be fooled. Not all SUVs have to be big, bulky, scary-looking vehicles.
For those of you who like the chunky looks of an SUV without the traditional gargantuan size, there are a whole host of small SUVs out there on the market for you to choose from.
And to help you in your search, we’ve listed four of the best SUVs to lease right now.
The Suzuki Ignis has come a long way from its big and clunky roots. The most recent incarnation is actually quite small; just 3.7m long and 1.7m wide. But that doesn’t mean it’s no longer capable.
There’s traction-enhancing four-wheel drive as an option if you want to take it off-road, and mid-range spec levels and above give you sliding seats to prioritise boot or rear leg space.
It’s a relatively nifty SUV off the mark, but don’t be expecting supersonic speeds. It’s still an SUV.
It performs well off-road, in part due to its hill-descent control, which isn’t something you usually find in vehicles this small. And for the most part, it’s a very comfortable ride.
When you reach higher speeds cabin noise becomes more noticeable, but that’s not uncommon in cars of this class.
Also inside, there’s a good vantage point for the driver with enough customisability in the seat to suit almost everyone. And although the Ignis’ interior isn’t all that eye-catching, it does what it needs to.
We’d say this is a great car for those who want a small SUV for city driving, perhaps some light off-roading. Anything else, and you might find it becomes a touch tiresome.
However, considering you can lease the Suzuki Ignis for just £222 a month with £0 deposit, it’s a very cost-effective way to get into the SUV world.
The original Nissan Juke paved the way for the small SUV market. When it was initially released in 2010, it was the first time people could get all the advantages of driving an SUV without having to pay through the nose for it.
Admittedly, its styling is somewhat divisive, but it’s certainly recognisable. And in the new-shape Juke, Nissan has done a great job of bringing its styling up to date with aggressive headlights and a sleeker overall shape.
To drive, the Juke is as pinpoint as you’d expect. The ride is comfortable and precise, and there’s very little road noise that sneaks into the cabin.
The suspension handles even Britain’s roughest roads well, so for taking it around town or blasting up and down the motorway, the Nissan SUV will have no problem impressing.
One thing that may frustrate you a touch is the Juke’s visibility; which out the front is fine, but from the rear isn’t all that great. However, all models feature rear parking sensors as standard, so at least Nissan has addressed the situation.
Inside, as you’d probably expect, there’s tech galore. Even the entry-level models receive an eight-inch touchscreen display housing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As well, there’s also a load of driver aids, such as lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and sat-nav.
For a small SUV, there’s also a decent amount of space and storage, with a good-sized boot and plenty of cubby holes dotted throughout.
Overall, then, the Nissan Juke once again provides exceptional value for money. And if you’re on board with the styling, it’s undoubtedly one to consider – especially at just £209 a month with no deposit.
The Audi Q2 is Audi’s baby SUV. Following the roaring success of the Q3, Q5 and Q7, the German company decided it was time to make their brand even more accessible.
As you’d expect, everything on and in the Q2 comes with exceptional build quality. And, as is becoming the norm nowadays with Audi, there’s some great standard tech on offer, too.
Alongside Audi’s brilliant MMI infotainment system, there’s smartphone interfacing, cruise control, two SD card readers and a powered tailgate – which is a really nice touch for a car of this size.
There are also LED lights as standard, which really add to the Q2’s sleek styling, and the ride is as good as anything else in its class thanks to Audi’s progressive steering.
Of course, you can choose to upgrade your Audi if you’re willing to spend a little more cash, which will give you better styling and more equipment.
But for the entry-level, with a price of just £273 with £0 deposit, it’s hard to argue that you’ll find better value for money across the Audi range.
The Ford Puma is top of the smallest SUV on this list. But it’s also one of the best.
The Ford Puma used to be a small coupe, and although it received rave reviews, it didn’t sell well.
But after several years off the market, it’s back as a small SUV. And it’s better than ever.
Complete with a hybrid engine in most models, the Ford Puma offers a good balance of power and fuel efficiency. It’s comfortable, too, and can handle stop-start city driving and long motorway stretches with ease.
Seating wise, you’re not sat as high as you might be in some other small SUVs, but that’s the trade-off you have to make for sleeker, sportier styling. And although you’re closer to the ground, visibility is still very good.
All Pumas come with rear parking sensors as standard, although are missing LED headlights. They’re an optional extra, so you can add them if you wish, but we’d hope to see them as part of the entry-level spec on all SUVs nowadays.
Inside, though, you’re not short on much. There’s lane keep assist, variable driving modes and a wireless charging pad for your phone. It’s also pretty scratchy-plastic-free, making the Puma a comfortable place to be on those longer journeys.
And considering you can get behind the wheel of what’s considered by many as the best small SUV money can buy for just £270 a month with £0 deposit, there’s some serious value to be had.
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