Things to consider when leasing a supermini.
When you think of leasing a car do you think of a high mileage motorist who drives for business on motorways in an estate? Well.... things have changed!
Car leasing is no longer the sole domain of 50,000 miles a year high flyers. New drivers, those wanting a second more economical car and young families are all on our customer list here at Little Green Car Leasing and a hugely popular class of car are Superminis.
What is a Supermini?
Think the Mini, Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Seat Ibiza. For those looking for budget car leasing, a supermini is a relatively small, inexpensive and economical option. Larger than a city car but smaller than a family hatchback, it's no wonder these small cars are becoming more popular as our busy world downsizes.
Superminis are also a good ‘greener’ option - designed to make your commute to the city more economical and environmentally sound!
What to look for when leasing a Supermini
Overall, Superminis are cheap to lease, cheap to run, easy to park and they’re often good fun to drive. It's motoring at its simplest so if you want a car that is free from ‘stress’ a Supermini might be for you. Here are our key things to consider...
Consider your space requirements
Most of the models come in three and five door options so think about what works best for you but do remember these cars aren’t always huge on space so if you have a pushchair to fit in the boot or growing teenagers, just do a bit of research with space.
Regularly driving long distances?
If you are going to be driving regular long distances in a Supermini just remember it’s not built as a comfortable tourer – we’re not saying you’ll be driving a bone shaker but not all Superminis may not cruise a motorway like a larger car would.
Some of the Superminis do offer performance models – the John Cooper Works Mini for example is an awesome little care – but remember you’ll pay a premium for these models. The entry level cars which offer fantastic value for money aren’t going to be packing huge power under the bonnet.
Study the features
Leasing a supermini doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be scaling back on features. Whilst superminis are going to be cheaper to run that their larger counterparts, they do share many of the same high tech features and technology. Check the features list when leasing to see what’s included.
How much will leasing a super mini cost?
We’ve used an example of a current leasing offer available from LittleGreenCarLeasing on the Mini Cooper convertible.
For a personal lease including maintenance contract (which ensures no nasty surprises with maintenance costs during your lease period) based on 8,000 miles a year and a 9 months up front and then a further 47 months the monthly cost is £242.04
Road fund licence (road tax) is included and you won’t need to worry about an MOT on your fully maintained new lease car.
Your up front costs will be £2,377.36 (this includes the industry standard £199.00 admin fee).
This car is pretty economical giving you 55.4mpg so your fuel costs won’t cost the earth – remember to shop around when refuelling, don’t just go to your local garage, does your nearest supermarket offer fuel? You might be surprised at the price difference!
You will have to insure yourself and of course prices vary based on age, location so we recommend you do your research before committing to any lease car.
Take a look here at all of our Mini deals.
Made in England!
To celebrate St Georges Day (23 April) we’ve put together a list of car manufacturers still producing cars in England!
The Mini cooper is one of the most iconic cars ever made in Britain. Now owned by the BMW group, Mini have three plants across the UK that play a part in MINI production – The body panels are made in Swindon, petrol engines are produced in Plant Hams Hall, Plan Oxford is the heart of Mini, where all the parts are put together and the finished car rolls off the production line.
Take a look at our Mini leasing deals here.
The Nissan Qashqai has been built at Nissan's Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) Sunderland, Tyne and Wear plant since December 2006. It is the first model to be styled by Nissan Design Europe in London, with engineering development led by Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
Take a look at our Qashqai leasing deals here.
Another one of Britain’s best loved car brands! The F-Pace SUV and XE are made in Solihull, whereas the F-TYPE, XJ and XF are made in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.
Take a look at our Jaguar leasing deals here.
Twinned with Jaguar, Land Rover is based in Coventry and operates two production facilities, with the Range Rover Evoque, and Discovery Sport being produced in Merseyside, whereas the Range Rover, Ronge Rover Sport and Discovery are made in Solihull. Recently, however Land Rover have announced cuts to their production facilities within the UK, due to uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and tax changes.
Take a look at our Land Rover leasing deals here.
Since Lotus was founded, the three main divisions of the company, Cars, Engineering & Racing have all been based at the headquarters, in Norfolk.
Take a look at our Lotus leasing deals here.
Synonymous with James Bond, the DB9 is a widely recognised British symbol! Gaydon is the home of Aston Martin, as the centre of design and engineering for the British sports car.
Car Leasing Review - the Vauxhall Astra
The new Vauxhall Astra combines style and efficiency for a smaller, lighter model, while adding more space and comfort to the interior. Read what the experts have to say here;
"This Vauxhall Astra is the best yet. It combines efficient engines, an enjoyable driving experience and a stylish design to make it one of the best family hatchbacks on sale".
“Efficient engines, the very latest technology and prices lower than its predecessor all add to the Astra’s appeal. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder SRi model is arguably the pick of the line-up, thanks to its blend of gutsy performance, agile handling, sharp looks and a generous amount of standard equipment. As an affordable and fun family hatchback, the Astra makes a fine choice”.
“Thanks to a fresh platform, the Astra is smaller than its predecessor on the outside yet bigger on the inside. It also has a new look and comes loaded with new technology”.
“Almost everything has been redesigned and re-engineered. It’s a lot lighter, a little smaller (though just as roomy), and prettier. One of the main draws on most versions is OnStar, GM’s highly impressive and easy-to-use connected car system”.
Interested in leasing a Vauxhal Astra? Check our our deals here.
Car Leasing Review - The Renault Captur
The appeal and popularity of the Renault Captur is undeniable, and it’s easy to see why with a car that merges the convenience and economy of a supermini, with the style and feel of an SUV. Read what our experts have to say here;
“With SUVs enjoying huge popularity, there's a risk that other types of car will lose sales. It's clever thinking, then, to produce a car that combines the fuel economy and easygoing nature of a supermini with the adventurous looks and spirit of an SUV, and the Renault Captur does just that”.
“Renault's smallest crossover in its range is one of its most popular cars, and the Captur's appeal is clear to see. It's similar to the Clio in execution and uses the same platform, but adds jacked-up suspension and a raised driving position”.
“The Renault Captur might look like a chunky SUV that shrunk in the wash, but it’s actually a cunningly disguised Clio on stilts. Like the Clio, a range of economical petrol and diesel engines are available and only the front wheels are driven”.
“The Captur kick-started Renault’s range of popular SUVs and crossovers in 2013, and it has lived up to its name and gone on to capture a sizeable chunk of the market. It’s also Renault’s most popular car in the UK, outselling the Clio and the Megane”.
Interested in leasing a Renault Captur? View all of our leasing deals online here.
Car Leasing Review Round Up - the Vauxhall Corsa
Now in it’s fourth generation, one of the best selling cars in the UK is a blend of practicality, affordability and quality. Read what the experts have to say here.
“"Offering excellent value, the Vauxhall Corsa is a practical and affordable supermini with a pleasant interior that compares well with its rivals".
“While latest model isn’t particularly groundbreaking in any area, as an overall package it’s very good indeed and has enough quality to take on the class leaders”.
“The Vauxhall Corsa is a popular and practical small car that’s a rival for the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo. It seats five (although three in the back can be a squeeze), offers some of the lowest emissions in the supermini class and comes with some very competitive pricing”.
“This latest model differs little from the earlier versions of the Corsa, as buyers have always loved the little Vauxhall's blend of practicality, build quality and affordability, as well as its cheeky looks”.
“Vauxhall has turned the Corsa into a class-competitive contender”.
Interested in leasing a Vauxhall Corsa? Check out our latest deals here.
Car Leasing Review - The Vauxhall Adam
Affordable, and distinctively stylish with an endless variety of personalisation options. The Vauxhall Adam is a great option if you’re looking for a small, smart city car!
"The Vauxhall Adam is a quirky model with a stylish, smart design and a huge list of fun options”.
“The Adam aims to attract buyers with distinctive looks and a wide variety of customisation options to let buyers make their mark - according to the company, there are more than 30,000 different combinations on offer”.
“A fun driving experience is at the car’s core, as are low running costs and endless style options in order to make an impact on the fashion-conscious, premium supermini market”.
“Surprisingly fresh-faced and good-looking new city car from Vauxhall. Deserves to do well”.
Essential car accessories for Spring
Spring is here! We can now look forward to longer days, rising temperatures, and you can finally take the ice scraper and de-icer out of the car for another year, (we hope). To mark the occasion we’ve put together a list of car accessories essential for this time of year.
It might be wishful thinking but the sun’s going to be out this Spring….Right? This Day & Night sun visor clips onto your mirror as an extension, so you can protect your eyes from all that Springtime sunshine that we’re going to get, as well as including a night time visor, which reduces high beam light when night driving. Easy to set up and an essential for this time of year!
With the schools breaking up for Easter, this litterbag is ideal for keeping the back of your car clean, especially if you plan on taking little ones anywhere over the Easter holidays.
This one is vital if you find yourself in a constant battle with passengers over the car charger. Never run out of battery on the road again with this 4-port charger, especially essential if you plan on going on any road trips with friends this Spring!
Spring is the time for long walks in the park with your dog, and this waterproof pet booster seat is perfect for keeping those muddy paws off the seats. These are available in various shapes and sizes, so you should be able to find one for your dog.
Celebrate Star Wars day with one of these geeky accessories. May the fourth be with you! Available on ThinkGeek, Amazon, and various other sites.
Car Leasing Review - the Peugeot 208
The Peugeot 208 hatchback is quite simply put a great little car! It’s well reviewed across the board and our current Best Buy offer starts at just £113.99 a month.
So what do the critics say about it? Here’s the LittleGreenCarLeasing review round-up:
"The Peugeot 208 supermini is stylish and generously equipped, with thrifty engines to help cut your motoring bills."
"Peugeot’s 208 sits firmly in the mainstream of the ultra-competitive supermini class. It goes head-to-head with top sellers like the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo, but offers its own unique blend of style and customisation.
In its favour, it offers plenty of practicality for passengers and luggage, and has a pleasing-looking interior. It’s easy to drive, too, with some very strong engines (as long as you avoid entry-level models) and safe, secure handling. The latest facelift brings new levels of infotainment and safety to the 208, too."
"Peugeot knows that plenty of people are downsizing to save money, but aren’t willing to compromise on quality. Its 208 has one of the classiest cabins of any small car, while standard equipment, both luxury and safety, is generous across the range. It also comes with a range of clean, fuel-efficient engines."
"Genuine rethink in how you build a small car, the reality almost lives up to the hype."
High praise indeed. Our current Best Buy offer on the Peugeot 208 sees a number of colours in stock for quick delivery – don’t miss out take a look at the deal here.
BMW – manufacturer spotlight
BMW is an icon of luxury motoring and with an ever-evolving range of executive cars, 4x4s, sports vehicles and electric cars it’s a brand which evokes excitement when you think about the future.
Here’s a quick history of the German giant.
BMW was created out of the merger three manufacturing companies in 1917. 101 years after BMW was created it is a truly global organization that owns 30 production facilities in 14 countries on 4 continents!
It’s early days were very different to what we see today and before 1923 BMW only manufactured aeroplane engines. They announced their first motorcycle, the R32 in 1923. BMW created a motorcycle design that was so efficient that the 1923 concept plan is still used in modern BMW motorcycles.
In 1928, BMW began working on their first car; a design borrowed from the Austin Motor Company. It was not until 1932 that BMW used its own designs and built the first ‘true’ BMW.
World War II hit BMW hard and throughout the war it manufactured war materials for the German military after most of the manufacturing facilities, and production plants in Germany came under the control of the government following the Nazi invasion of Poland. During this time, BMW was devoted almost entirely to making aircrafts for the German air force and motorcycles for the German army. Production of cars came to a complete halt until the war ended.
The Allied forces took control of each of the BMW plants and dismantled them after the war and in a move that prevented the destruction of the company, BMW began to produce pots and pans! It was until 1951 that BMW was able to produce its first car since the start of the war. That car was the 501, a large saloon that could seat six people comfortably and although not a great success in terms of sales the 501 played an important role in re-establishing the company’s reputation as one of the leading manufacturers of quality and technologically advanced vehicles.
BMW regained an independent status in 1960 and with some financial help from the German government, BMW was restructured under new management and began to flourish. During the 1960s and 1970s BMW focused on expanding at a rapid rate and this period of growth created the foundations for the organisation that BMW is today.
BMW became known for the extensive amount of research that went into designing and producing new vehicles and in 1990 BMW opened its Research and Innovation Centre in Munich, paving the way for other manufacturers.The facility continues to employ over 7,000 people from scientists, designers, engineers, managers and technical staff all working together to create the modern, luxury vehicles we covet today.
The first USA plant opened in the 1990s and confirmed BMW’s position as a global manufacturer. The plant was built in Spartanburg, South Carolina and was initially the dedicated production facility of the Z3 roadster. Today, the plant continues to produce the Z3 as well as the recent BMW X series. The X3, X5, and X6 are all made in the USA.
With a century of success under it’s belt, the leadership at BMW are looking ahead to the year 2020; by then BMW aims to be the leading luxury automotive manufacturer in the world.
To discover what car leasing deals we have on BMWs please click here
Car leasing review - the BMW 4-Series Coupe
With a 4-star rating from WhatCar? the BMW 4 series coupe is a car that makes heads turn and is a pretty great all rounder.
Is there much space?
With only 2-doors some families might not see this as THE car for them, but it's actually quite practical, is well equipped and drives well. Even in the back of the car, there's a surprising amount of leg room. There’s room for only two in the back, with the space between them given over to an armrest and there is little in the way of storage areas (no door cubby holes for example.)
How's the drive?
The BMW 4 Series comes with the option of adaptive M Sport suspension, which can be adjusted to suit different roads and driving conditions. The driver can choose between Sport mode, for a stiffer ride but better road holding, Comfort and Comfort +, which softens everything off for a more compliant but still well controlled ride. A nice feature that means you can adapt the ‘feel’ of the car to your preference.
The 4 series handles well and it’s steering is accurate and really responsive – it is a wide car however so on narrow roads it does feel big.
The driving position is low, giving the car a sporty feel. Visibility does suffer a bit but parking sensors are standard on all 4 Series models and there is an option for a rear-view camera and self parking mode.
It’s ‘tech’ score is good with sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port all fitted as standard along with steering wheel audio and phone controls. The BMW iDrive infotainment system is extremely well reviewed across the board and the 4-series benefits from this as well.
A fun car with room for four….well worth a look if you’re a BMW fan. Click here to see our current deals on the BMW 4 series coupe. From just £249.99 a month.
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