Best car leasing deals for young drivers

  • How young people can get leasing deals 
  • The best cars to lease for young people 
  • Cheap, easy to insure and mostly fashionable

The best car leasing deals for young drivers all have one thing in common. The cars are affordable.

Of course, affordable is a relative term. But less expensive cars have cheaper lease rates. Smaller, inexpensive cars tend to have lower running costs and insurance premiums too when compared to larger, more expensive cars. These are things very important for young drivers.

Before entering into a financial obligation like a lease deal, it's worthwhile researching what leasing is.

The short version is that leasing, sometimes referred to as Personal Car Leasing, or Personal Contract Hire (PCH) is effectively a form of long-term renting.

Stump up an initial payment, pay those monthly instalments, and once the contract is up it's time to look for a new car.

Leasing is generally unavailable to drivers under 18 years old. And even then, a lot of leasing companies have a minimum age limit of 25.

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The best cars to lease for young people:

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1. Renault Clio 

Renault Clio best first car

It's only fair the Renault Clio tops this list. After all, it is our reigning ‘Best First Car’ champion. It has a range of frugal engines that help keep running costs and insurance prices low. Opt for the 1.0-litre 75hp petrol and it sits as low as insurance group 3.

Superficially, it looks neat and contemporary, something that's carried over into the interior. The all-important smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay/Android Auto comes as standard, while mid-spec cars get a 9.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and wireless phone charging.**

Lease this car: From £181 per month
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2. Volkswagen Up

VW Up leasing deals

The Up is the benchmark of the city car class - a sector almost entirely dedicated to the young and old. Inside it feels every bit the junior VW - it's not exactly flash, but it's well put together and has grown-up bits like phone connectivity.

Despite a compact shape, there's still enough room for four adults. Boot space is up there with the best-in-class (251 litres), while economy reigns supreme at 68.9mpg for 1.0-litre models. Insurance group ratings of 1-4 (depending on spec) help keep insurance costs rock bottom too.**

Leasing price: from £206 per month
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3. Fiat 500

fiat 500 leasing deals

While similar in size to the VW Up above, the 500 is different in outlook. The Up is utilitarian and practical, while the 500 is a chic throwback that oozes style.

Front seat passengers get a lot more space than rear ones, and the 185-litre boot is small too - the Up has a practically cavernous 251-litre boot in comparison. But Fiat 500s are cheap as chips with leasing deals. Insurance groups are slightly higher than the Up, though.**

Leasing price: from £161 per month
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4. Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo leasing deals

The Aygo treads the path between the 500 and Up. It's distinctive like the Fiat, and practical like the Volkswagen.

The interior does feel a little older and a little cheaper than almost every other car on this list. It is however, made by Toyota, a company that regularly tops the charts as one of the most reliable car brands. Plus it comes with a 10-year warranty**

Leasing price: from £172 per month
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5. Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda leasing deals

The Panda is a very, very different car to the other Fiat on this list, despite sharing a lot of mechanical components. It's not out and out fashionable, but it doubles down on value for money.

Its square, squat proportions make it practical too - boot space measures in at a whopping 260 litres, while there are 14 cubbyholes inside. Just think of the cables, chargers, and McDonald's wrappers you can stuff in them.**

Leasing price: from £199 per month
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6. Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero leasing deals

The Sandero is famously (well, within the right circles) Britain's cheapest new car. From new it costs £7,995, and for that price you get a steering wheel and some (non-electric) windows, and not much else.

Where the Sandero excels is in its value for money. It's cheaper than city cars, like the VW Up at the start of this list, but it's actually much larger. It's much closer to a supermini like the Ford Fiesta in size.

The incredibly cheap cash price does of course translate into cheap monthly lease deals. Just make sure you get a Comfort spec model if you want Apple CarPlay and rear parking sensors.**

Leasing price: from £133 per month
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7. Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa leasing deals

New for 2020, this Corsa doesn't change the recipe of the old one. It's still an inexpensive and utilitarian supermini with very strong finance deals to get people through dealership doors.

It isn't the best car in class, but, with discounts included, it's a compellingly cheap option, especially if you're looking for a short-term deal. Reasonable to insure, too.**

Leasing price: from £228 per month
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8. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta leasing deals

With a range of quality engines, exciting handling, and the practicalities of a much larger car, it’s easy to see why the Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars in the UK.

The Fiesta was awarded a five-star (out of five) rating by Euro NCAP and received particular praise for its programmable ‘MyKey’ system, which allows parents to set maximum speed and stereo volume limits for their children. The broad spectrum of engines range from economical to fast. Unsurprisingly, slower = cheaper to insure.**

Leasing price: from £316 per month
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9. VW T-Cross

VW T-Cross leasing deals

We understand that not all young people are carefree singletons that just want something small and cheap. Some young people have bigger commitments and need a larger car.

The T-Cross has a raft of small and economical petrol engines, and with a boot size of 450 litres, it's large enough to accommodate small families.

Most versions sit below insurance group 10 too.**

Leasing price: from £210 per month
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10. Smart EQ Forfour

Smart Forfour EQ leasing deals

An electric car might seem a bit of a left-field choice for a person without much experience driving, but there's method to our madness here. Electric cars are extremely easy to drive - there are no gears. Put it in D (for drive) and whoosh away in near silence. And while the Forfour feels reasonably quick off the line, it's still not in the least bit fast.

This results in a low insurance group rating and reasonably priced insurance. As the name suggests, it seats four people in comfort, and it's easy to park too.**

Leasing price: from £243 per month
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** These deals are indicative examples of some packages available as at 26 July 2021, 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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