Audi A8: super-roomy saloon

May 20th, 2013

Sometimes only a big piece of German engineering will do and when that time comes, the Audi A8 should be close to the top of anyone’s shopping list. If you have been looking at leasing new Audi A8 models but find that even that sizeable saloon is a bit tight on space, then the Audi A8 could be for you. The Audi A8 range covers three variants, with the standard A8 starting off the range and then being followed by the L model. This is the long-wheel-base model and it is the A8 for those who might spend most of their time in the back being driven, rather than driving themselves.  Read the rest of this entry »

Volkswagen Polo: delivering economy and quality

May 16th, 2013

They call it the ‘supermini’ sector and those people who are leasing new Volkswagen Polo models will certainly find themselves driving a super mini. The Polo used to be the entry-level Volkswagen before the advent of the tiny Up! city car but now it is a little more grown-up. The Polo is an excellent choice if you are looking for an economical little hatchback but value the build quality that Volkswagen can deliver. The Volkswagen Polo is nimble and frugal with nippy handling, but inside and out you will be reminded of Volkswagen’s premium reputation and benefit from the high-quality materials and finish typical of a larger and more expensive car.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mercedes SLK: SLicK and SLeeK

May 15th, 2013

If you are considering leasing new Mercedes SLK models then you are probably aware of the company this car keeps. The SLK goes up against the likes of BMW’s Z4, Audi’s TT and the Porsche Boxster. That is illustrious company indeed and the little sports car from Stuttgart doesn’t let itself down. The range is divided into three models: the SLK, SLK AMG Sport and the AMG. Mercedes always tends to emphasise luxury and this car is no different. Mercedes position this as a pared-down sports car but standard equipment on the entry-level SLK still includes big 17″ alloys, air conditioning, electric windows, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth phone preparation and a whole host of other features.  Read the rest of this entry »

Renault Scenic: an impressive MPV

May 13th, 2013

Renault’s Scenic has long been a leader in the highly competitive compact-MPV sector and those leasing new Renault Scenic models will find that the French car company has not stood still. The new Scenic Dynamique, for example, has added integrated TomTom satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, hands-free entry and super-efficient engines to an already impressive equipment list. Elsewhere in the range, leasing new Renault Scenic XMOD models will place you in an exciting crossover design, combining MPV practicality with the rugged good looks of an SUV off-roader.  Read the rest of this entry »

BMW 3 Series: perfect marriage of performance and practicality

May 9th, 2013

If you are interested in a prestige compact executive car, you are probably already looking at leasing new BMW 3 Series models. Over the years the 3 Series has almost made this sector its own. Incredibly, the 3 series has outsold the Ford Mondeo in the UK, which is even more surprising when you consider the supposed mass-market appeal of the Ford car. It is easy to see why the BMW 3 Series is such a success. It marries performance and a great driving experience to a prestige image and does so with a decent amount of practicality thrown in.  Read the rest of this entry »

Audi A6: a prestigious performer

May 9th, 2013

The Audi A6 has long been a class leader in the full-size prestige saloon sector and those considering leasing new Audi A6 models will not be disappointed with the luxury, performance and build quality provided by this fine German car. Audi’s A6 range divides broadly into the saloon models and the Avant variants, with the latter being Audi’s name for an estate. Those leasing new Audi A6 saloons will find a choice of torquey diesels with excellent pulling power or rapid-response petrol units, with the S6 delivering enhanced performance. Handling is more agile than you would expect in a car of this size due to Audi’s lightweight construction techniques and the fact that leather upholstery is standard throughout the range will give you an idea of the luxury on offer.  Read the rest of this entry »

Volkswagen Tiguan: a stylish and comfortable crossover

May 8th, 2013

In the past few years, the car market has gone crazy for something they call crossover vehicles. These are the sorts of cars which combine elements of MPV and supermini, or saloon car and 4×4. If you are thinking of leasing new Volkswagen Tiguan models you probably already knew that because the Tiguan is a fine example of one of the latter types of saloon/4×4 crossover vehicles. This is a successful marriage of saloon-car comfort with the space and practicality of a compact 4×4, resulting in a car with impeccable road manners and modest off-road capability should it be needed.  Read the rest of this entry »

Ford S-Max: a SAVvy Sport Activity Vehicle

May 8th, 2013

The market is awash with what the industry calls ‘crossover’ cars, which blend characteristics from different sectors, such as the supermini and MPV or prestige saloon and 4×4. If you are thinking of leasing new Ford S-MAX models you will find that Ford has taken this trend even further. Ford suggests that its S-Max combines elements of MPV, people carrier, saloon car and even SUV to come up with something they are calling a ‘Sport Activity Vehicle’ or SAV. Whatever you choose to call it, leasing new Ford S-MAX models brings you an extremely practical and adaptable car.  Read the rest of this entry »

BMW 7 Series: serious luxury

May 7th, 2013

The BMW 7 Series is the German car maker’s flagship luxury saloon and it competes head on with the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8. These cars are about as good as prestige motoring gets at this level and those thinking of leasing new BMW 7 Series models are in for a real treat. The entry-level (if you can call it that) 730d delivers a surprising amount of economy for a car of this class, while the 730LD delivers 14cm of extra legroom in the back for the type of owner who wants to be chauffeur-driven but is still concerned about the driving dynamics of his car.  Read the rest of this entry »

VW Scirocco: sophisticated motoring

May 7th, 2013

It has been away for a while but if you are thinking of leasing new Volkswagen Scirocco models, you will be glad it is back. Underneath the sleek body shell, the Scirocco is all Golf but there can be few better donor cars for a sports coupe. The Golf is, of course, a very accomplished car but its very success means that there are a lot of them about. The Scirocco is a bit different and although the cars are priced similarly when you compare like with like, there is an air of exclusivity about the Scirocco. Yes, leasing new Volkswagen Scirocco models means losing some of the practicality of a five-door hatch but that is compensated for by a great-looking car for those who prefer a bit of style with their sensible Volkswagen.  Read the rest of this entry »