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The best vehicles to lease with low emissions

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Leasing a car is usually the most popular option for drivers, as you don’t have to pay a lot of money upfront and the monthly repayments can be very affordable. There are different types of leasing agreements – the first is PCP, where you can buy the car at the end of the contract for an amount that you agree with the dealership in advance. Then there is personal leasing, where you make an initial payment of several months of rental, followed by monthly repayments and simply hand back the car after 2-3 years. Financing a car has never been so accessible.

With more cars on the roads than ever before, most of us are opting for low emission vehicles that save the environment and save money on our Vehicle Excise Duty. Here are some of the best cars out there on the leasing market that have low emissions:

Toyota Prius

Ever since the Toyota Prius stepped on to the scene in 1997, it has been the pioneer of hybrid technology. The latest model, the Prius MK4 is the best yet. With a petrol-electric engine and an entry level model you will get CO2 emissions of 70g/km. For models with a higher specification, the figure rises to 76g/km. If you want to go for the plug-in model, your emissions are cut to an incredible 49g/km. The car is great to drive too, and can seat five seat people.

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is one of the most distinctive low emission cars. It’s pretty different in terms of design from any other BMW, with a shape that looks modern and hi-tech. The vehicle has thinner tyres which are designed to reduce drag. If you’re really concerned about emissions, you can choose the fully electric model which has a range of around 190 miles, making it ideal for the majority of long journeys. If you use the i3 properly and charge it frequently, emissions are reduced to 12g/km even for the model with a range-extender petrol engine, making it very cheap to run.

VW Passat GTE

As another hybrid car, the VW Passat GTE combines a turbo petrol engine with an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack. You can run the car with the electric motor if it is fully charged, or use the engine to recharge the battery. You can also drive the car in hybrid mode for optimum efficiency, and the GTE mode can be used when you’re feeling a bit sporty.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is probably the original electric hatchback, having arrived on the scene in 2010. There’s space for five people inside and a modern dashboard that helps you track your energy performance. The 30kWh battery pack gives the car a range of 155 miles. The Leaf is still one of the UK’s most popular electric cars, with 50,000 being produced over the last three years.

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the most popular family hatchbacks on the market, and if you opt for the EcoFLEX model, you don‘t have to compromise on the emissions. The Astra has a Whisper Diesel engine which is very quiet, alongside the car’s emissions of 88g/km. It makes a great family car with ample space for all passengers, improved handling from previous models and prices ranging from £18,000-£22,000.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first hybrid SUV to enter the market, and it’s still one of the best for low emissions. It has a range of 32 miles on a full charge, which is considerably less than some of the other cars on this list, but the CO2 emissions are 44g/km. This makes the Outlander a great company car, as it’s ideal for short journeys and companies will benefit from corporation tax relief.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

There are three different versions of the Ioniq available; hybrid petrol electric, a plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric model. The fully electric model gives you a reasonable range of 174 miles and it’s also quick to charge – an 80% charge can take as little as 25 minutes. It’s spacious inside with a large boot, making it a practical choice for anyone wanting to drive an electric car.

Mercedes E-Class Saloon

If luxury and low emissions are important, the Mercedes E-Class saloon is an ideal choice. The diesel engine is quite economical, but the most economical model is the hybrid. The hybrid model is excused from road tax under the current rules and also avoids the London Congestion Charge, making it an ideal company car for city types. You can even get a Government grant towards the price.

Fiat Panda

The Fiat Panda is easily Fiat’s most unpretentious car. It’s simple to drive, easy to park thanks to its compact size, and can even fit five people in. The TwinAir is the most energy efficient model, but it has only two cylinders under the bonnet so it has to work hard to meet its official figure for fuel consumption. However, it’s still one of the most affordable and fun cars on this list.

Ford Fiesta Zetec

There’s going to be a new Fiesta in town this summer, but that doesn’t mean you should be put off by the current model, which will still have plenty going for it. With emissions of 99g/km and a three-cylinder engine, it’s agile and makes a great city car.

Whatever your preference – city car to hatchback, luxury to basic – there are plenty of low emission vehicles out there. Leasing makes them more affordable than ever, with prices from £100 a month. You should always shop around for the best leasing deal.