Indeed, the personal contract hire market is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, with the German manufacturer occupying four of the places in Leasing.com’s top 10 personal lease enquiries for the year to date.
The A-Class has long been a consistent top 10 best-seller in the UK, with the flames of sales fanned by favourable finance deals and an image-friendly badge.
The UK is one of the world’s biggest markets for the premium hatchback, which is why right-hand-drive versions arrived at the same time as the left-hookers.
Our man Richard Aucock drove the new A-Class in 2018, and, in conclusion, he said:
“The new A-Class is a good-looking car with a class-leading interior; we can see many people choosing it simply because of its brilliant infotainment system. Even if the rest of it were mediocre, the cabin would stand out.
“It’s better than that, though. Particularly the diesel. Choose it on mid-spec 17-inch wheels and you won’t have an exciting car to drive, but you will have a reassuring one, a car that feels authentically Mercedes-Benz.”
The tech-heavy nature of the A-Class helps to ensure that it stays ahead of the evergreen Volkswagen Golf in the leasing sector, with the E-Class, GLA-Class and C-Class also appearing in the top 10.
Commenting on the figures, Paul Harrison, head of strategic partnerships at Leasing.com, said: “Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way when it comes to personal leasing, with desirable vehicles at attractive rates.
“It’s also worth noting Volvo is fast becoming a major player, moving up to third place in the manufacturer table, with the S90 executive saloon making it into the top 10.
“The Volkswagen Golf was the most popular personal lease car in 2018, but it’s got a fight on its hands this year with the tech-laden new A-Class. We fully expect the A-Class and Golf to continue to battle it out over the course of the year to be the most popular car overall.”
The top 10 personal lease enquiries for 2019
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Volkswagen Golf
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
- Audi A5
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Volkswagen Arteon
- Volvo S90
- Seat Leon