Nissan are one of the most popular, trustworthy and reliable car brands on the market. Famous for their superminis and their foray into the crossover SUV market, Nissan are also famed for their electric car, the Nissan Leaf, one of the best-selling electric cars in the world.
Their affordability, great design and reliability makes them a favourite with first time drivers, families and businesses alike. Their popularity also means that they are great brands to lease.
In this article, we look at the best 5 Nissan’s on the market to lease.
What are the best Nissan’s to lease?
It should be noted that these prices are correct as of December 2017 and are subject to change. There are quite a few things that influence lease prices including your credit score, the mileage and how much you want to put down initially. Therefore, we recommend talking to an experienced vehicle broker who will be able to advise you on the best deals for your situation.
There are five trim levels available; Tekna, N-Connecta, Acenta, Visia+ and Visia. The petrol is only available in the Acenta trim but the diesel is available at all trim levels. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, and automatic braking and lane departure warning system. The Visia+ comes with air-con, and the Acenta and above include alloy wheels, smartphone connectivity and an infotainment system. If you go for the N-Connecta then you get heated mirrors, an upgraded infotainment system and fog lamps. The Tekna comes with 17-inch alloys, keyless go, a rear-view camera and a Bose audio system.
The infotainment system is helpful, and Apple CarPlay comes as standard on the Acenta model. You can play music and use apps on the move, and use Siri voice control to search using Apple’s Maps. However, there is no Android Auto just yet.
The engines include a 0.9-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.0-litre petrol that is only offered in the Acenta trim. For the fastest engine then the 1.5-litre is the Micra for you, reaching 62mph from rest in 11.9 seconds. It’s also the most economical model, achieving 88.3mpg and emitting 97g/km of CO2.
The Micra is longer and wider than its rival, the Volkswagen Polo and boasts a 300-litre boot, one of the biggest in its class. This expands to 1,004-litres if you fold the seats down.
If you were to lease a Micra then you will be looking at upwards of £145 a month for an entry-level model on a Personal Contract Hire. If you were to lease through your business then you will be looking at upwards of £120 a month for an entry level model. For a top of the range model on a Personal Contract Hire you will be looking at upwards of £250 a month and upwards of £215 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
The Nissan Leaf is one of the oldest and best-selling electric cars on the market today. It naturally comes with low running costs and is great to drive. The all-new model comes with a maximum range of 235 miles, putting it way ahead of its competitors.
Nissan claims that recharging the battery will cost you just £260 a year if you charge it at home, and this goes even lower if you charge it overnight. A full battery charge should cost you as little as £2 and the lithium battery pack is included in the price. It is guaranteed for eight years but Nissan predict that it will last ten. If you don’t want to buy the battery, Nisan will sell you the Leaf without one and you can lease one from them for £70 a month with a fixed mileage.
You get two choices of lithium battery, a 24kWh cell that reaches 124 miles on full charge or a 30kWh battery that adds 31 miles to the range. The battery powered motor can reach 62mph from rest in 11.5 seconds.
There are three trim levels to choose from, the Visia, Acenta and Tekna variant. Standard spec includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You also get keyless go. The Visia spec adds a reversing camera and a sat-nav. The Acenta has cruise control and a Carwings system. This is an extra driving mode that is designed to recycle energy lost under braking.
The Tekna trim comes with a seven-speaker Bose stereo system, a 360 degree camera, heated seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights. The infotainment system allows you to download an app to your smartphone and control certain features. This includes checking how much charge the battery has, stop or start charging and schedule when the heating or air conditioning comes on. Perfect for those cold mornings or hot days.
The Leaf is surprisingly spacious for an electric car, boasting 370-litres. This does lower to 355-litres if you have a Bose stereo fitted. The seats don’t fold flat as the battery compartment is beneath them and you can’t tow with it. Which isn’t that surprising.
In terms of leasing, for an entry level model on a Personal Contract Hire you will be looking at upwards of £255 a month. For a Business Contract Hire then you will be looking at upwards of £220 a month. For a top of the range model on Business Contract Hire then you are looking at upwards of £400 a month and upwards of £450 a month on a Personal Contract Hire.
The Nissan Juke has divisive looks just like its main competitors, and we love it. It started the supermini crossover market but it didn’t take long for other brands to catch up. However, the Juke still dominates.
There is so much choice with the Juke for such an affordable price, which is what makes it so popular. The entry level Visia comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, front and rear electric windows, LED running lights and split folding rear seats. The Acenta trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control, Bluetooth and three driving modes as well as cruise control. The Tekna Pulse comes with a six-speaker sound system and the N-Connecta style comes with personalisation packs for both the interior and exterior. The N-Connecta comes with Nissan Connect which also comes with Google’s Send-to-Car technology (this allows you to send destinations from your phone to your car). There is also a USB port, a colour reversing camera and steering wheel mounted controls on trim levels N-Connecta and above.
There are six engines to choose from in total, four petrol and two diesel. There is a 1.6-litre petrol in 93bhp, 115bhp, and 187bhp guises. The 1.2-litre turbo DIG-T comes with 113bhp. The diesel is a 1.5-litre dCi unit that is shared with the Qashqai. If you want speed, then you will want to look at the 1.6-litre DIG-T turbo petrol which can do 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds. The most economical is the diesel which achieves 70.6mpg and emits 104g/km of CO2.
In terms of boot space, the funky design means it doesn’t offer as much as some of its competitors. It has improved to a 354-litre and comes with a twin floor which makes loading easier and conceals your valuables. This space expands to 1,189-litres when you fold the seats down.
If you were to lease a Juke then you are looking at upwards of £180 a month for an entry-level model on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £155 a month for a Business Contract Hire. For a top of the range model then you are looking at upwards of £300 a month on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £260 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
There are five trims available; Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta, Tekna and the Tekna+, the flagship model. All models come with Bluetooth, LED daytime lights, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and auto high beam. Higher trim levels come with climate control, 17-inch wheels and a touchscreen sat-nav. The Tekna models also get heated leather seats, roof rails and a self-parking function. If you opt for the flagship model then you also get electric memory seats, a panoramic glass roof and a Bose sound system.
There are four engines to choose from, two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engines are the 113bhp 1.2 DiG-T and the 161bhp 1.6 DiG-T petrol, the latter only available on trims Visia and upwards. The two diesel engines are 108bhp 1.5 dCi diesel and the 128bhp 1.6 dCi, the latter also being available on only the Visia trims. A CVT gearbox comes with the 1.2 petrol and the 1.6 diesel. If you’re looking for the quickest engine then you will want to look at the 1.6-litre DIG-T which achieves 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds. If you want the most economical then you will want to look at the 1.5dCi diesel. This engine achieves 74.3mpg on a combined cycle and emits just 99g/km of CO2.
In terms of space, the Qashqai comes with 430-litres worth of boot space, this expands to 1,585-litres when you fold the rear seats down. There’s also a compartment under the boot floor for storing the parcel shelf.
If you were to lease a Nissan Qashqai on a Personal Contract Hire then you will be looking at upwards of £200 a month for an entry level model, and upwards of £165 a month on a Business Contract Hire. For a top of the range model you will be looking at upwards of £310 a month on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £260 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
In terms of engines, there is a 1.6-litre turbodiesel, a 2.0-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol. Front wheel drive comes as standard and if you have a diesel car then you can have four wheel drive on any of the trim levels.
If you want the fastest engine then you will want to look at the 2.0-litre diesel engine. It can reach 62mph from rest in 9.4 seconds. However, if you want the most efficient then you will want to be looking at the 2.0-litre diesel. This achieves 50.4mpg combined and emits 148g/km of CO2.
Equipment levels are good on the entry-level model and include cruise control, a five-inch infotainment system, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. The higher trims come with the likes of a panoramic sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, privacy glass, lane departure warning, DAB radio and a reversing camera. The flagship Tekna trim comes with powered leather seats and self-parking.
In terms of space, the X-Trail boasts a 550-litre boot, almost 150-litres larger than the Ford Kuga. This expands to 1,982-litres with the seats down. The boot floor also moves up and down to create separate loading areas. It also has a towing capacity of 2,000kgs.
If you were to lease the X-Trail then for an entry-level model on a Personal Contract Hire you will be looking at upwards of £230 a month and upwards of £190 a month on a Business Contract Hire. For a top of the range model you will be looking at upwards of £375 a month on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £315 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
Hopefully, this has given you an idea of what sort of Nissan deals are on the market at the moment. However, as we said, these prices are correct as of December 2017 and are not fixed. Therefore, we recommend that you do your own research and also contact an independent broker who will be able to find and negotiate the best deal for you.
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