The best automatic car leasing deals

  • Our pick of the automatic cars best suited to leasing
  • Practical superminis to serious sports cars
  • Least complicated way of getting behind a new automatic car

If you've found this page, you're probably looking for an automatic car. And you're not the only one. Recent research suggests that demand for automatics in the UK is up around 71% since 2007.

Automatic gearboxes used to be the preserve of large, luxurious cars. But now they're available in everything from superminis to seven-seaters. Sports cars too, and a lot of those aren't available with a manual option in 2021.

Ford Focus automatic gearbox

What is leasing?

Leasing offers an elegant solution to getting a new car on your drive if you definitely don't want to buy it outright.

In essence, leasing is a form of renting. You pay an initial payment, a series of monthly payments, and when your contract is up, badabing badaboom you're done. Time to search for a new car.

The following list consists of a wide range of cars to suit most needs - from practical SUVs to slinky sports cars.

How does leasing a car work?

Best automatic cars to lease 2021

Tesla Model 3

Best automatic car to lease for: zero emissions driving

Tesla Model 3 automatic

Tesla made a name for itself with its game-changing Model S, and humongous SUV, the Model X.

And now it has a car regular folk can afford too. And you know what? Tesla has made a winner. 

Immensely fast, easy to use, and with an interior that even a Swede would describe as stylish. Tesla's Supercharger charging network is also by far the best around too.

Being an electric car, it's only available as an automatic. Tesla, like Mercedes, uses a column mounted shifter, to save space in the interior.**

Leasing price: from £438 per month
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Skoda Kamiq

Best automatic car to lease for: the small crossover crowd

Skoda Kamiq automatic

Skoda's baby SUV is perfect if you want a city car, but find regular hatchbacks a little old hat. The Kamiq also suits people who prefer to just sit that bit higher than a regular hatchback too.

The interior is practical and is full of clever touches, four people will fit comfortably, and there are petrol and diesel engines on offer.

The DSG gearbox in this is great - slick, smooth, and rarely caught out.**

Leasing price: from £228 per month
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BMW 3 Series

Best automatic car to lease for: executive saloons

BMW 3 Series automatic

The BMW 3-Series has been proving you can have your cake and eat it since 1975. 

And by that, we mean having a sensible family car that's also brilliant to drive. It's the best steer in its segment - turn in is as crisp as a cold lager on a summer's day, and it does a brilliant job of hiding it's weight.

Its gearbox is a good old fashioned torque converter, which means while it's not the most technologically advanced, it changes more smoothly than many others on this list.**

Leasing price: from £352 per month
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Renault Zoe

Best automatic car to lease for: zero emission superminis

2020 Renault Zoe driving

It's pretty easy to summarise a Zoe. It's like a Renault Clio, but electric. And while the list price is thousands of pounds more expensive, leasing deals mean the two cars are very similarly priced.

You can broadly lease a Zoe for between £200 and £300 per month depending on initial payment and spec level. This is broadly the same price as a Clio. Not bad considering you can get a 250-mile charge in the Zoe for about a fiver. 

As with the Tesla at the start of this list, the Zoe is an electric car, which means it technically doesn't use a gearbox. But the Zoe does use a traditional looking lever to select between drive, park, and reverse.**

Leasing price: from £213 per month
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Ford Focus

Best automatic car to lease for: all-round competence

Ford Focus automatic

You know where you stand with the Ford Focus. It's been a favourite among UK buyers since its inception, and it's one of the best hatchbacks around to drive.

Engine and trim options are vast - ranging from basic to sporty. The automatic is perfectly serviceable for tooling around in a calm, sensible manner and offers smooth changes and decent driveability. The selector is a circular dial, not a traditional lever, which is bound to get passengers talking.**

Leasing price: from £199 per month
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Audi A4 Avant

Best automatic car to lease for: estate car practicality

Audi A4 Avant automatic

Not much can beat a practical estate. While SUVs may be the latest trend, the humble estate still gobbles up luggage, people, and miles with aplomb, and dare we say it, in more comfort and for less money than a typical SUV.

Estates from premium manufacturers are broadly pretty good. But Audi's A4 is the most highly rated by us. It feels hugely special where you spend the majority of your time - inside. Its cosseting suspension means it's super comfy, and trim and engine levels are strong and plentiful.

Audi's S Tronic automatic 'box is available on all trim levels, and it's super easy to use. Sportier models allow you to change gears manually with paddles behind the steering wheel too.**

Leasing price: from £446 per month
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Ford Fiesta

Best automatic car to lease for: value

Ford Fiesta automatic

The Fiesta has long been one of the bestselling cars in Britain. And with good reason. Its ubiquitousness means it's a car for everyone, and the range and trims on offer are all well-thought out. Keenly priced too.

Best of all, it's more fun to drive than it has any right to be. And infotainment and driver assistance are spot on too.

If you want an automatic gearbox you'll have to plumb for the 1.0-litre 100hp EcoBoost engine. It has a six-speed torque converter style box, which is pretty smooth in most situations.**

Leasing price: from £316 per month
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Toyota Yaris

Best automatic car to lease for: mpg

Toyota Yaris automatic

Here's an interesting titbit - the Yaris is only available with an automatic gearbox.

That's because (in the UK) the Yaris is hybrid only. It deftly combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to give drivers a supermini capable of 60mpg all-day long. Even more if you do a lot of stop-start driving. 

Best of all, unlike with the old car, the CVT style gearbox is smooth and quiet. It's even pretty nippy away from the traffic lights.**

Leasing price: from £214 per month
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Mercedes-Benz GLB

Best automatic car to lease for: luxury seven-seaters

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB

On the surface, what we have here is a smallish and posh SUV from Mercedes. But dig a little deeper, and you'll discover that Mercedes has re-invented the MPV. Remember them?

While the GLB may look like an SUV, inside it's big and clever like an MPV. You can even spec it with seven-seats. Space in the second row is capacious, while the general airiness of the cabin is on par with its big brother, the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

All models come with either an eight- or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The smallest-engine uses the seven-speed, while every other engine gets the eight-speed. Either way, both 'boxes are smooth. Although the 306hp AMG version can be a bit slow to change down if you're really in the mood to take advantage of its 5.2 second 0-62mph time.**

Leasing price: from £456 per month 
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Alpine A110

Best automatic car to lease for: thrill-seekers

Alpine A110 automatic

Didn't see this one coming did you? Long gone are the days when sports cars were a manual-only affair. The Alpine A110 is a favourite among the Parkers staffers, and it's not actually offered with a manual box at all.

In short, it's an astonishingly good car. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Firstly, the way it looks - an ode to the original Alpine A110 of the Sixties. Secondly, its compactness. It's squat, giving you real confidence to fling it down a winding set of S bends.

The quick shifting dualclutch gearbox is easy to use. In D (for drive) it does its own thing, but when M (for manual) is engaged you can rev it right out to the rev limiter and change gear with the paddles.**

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** These deals are indicative examples of some packages available as at 18 May 2020, but are subject to change without prior notice. Everyone's financial circumstances are different and the availability of credit is subject to status. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically.

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