Subaru have something of a cult status within the automotive industry, and have a loyal following that has been with them for many years.
However, in recent years, Subaru has been attracting a different type of following, and have become much more in the mainstream than they once were. The introduction of the Impreza and the success of the larger Outback and Forester have led Subaru to be quite the comeback kid as of late.
With more popularity comes more lease deals, and in this article, we look at what your options are when it comes to leasing a Subaru with some of the deals that are on at the moment.
What are the best lease deals for Subaru?
It should be noted before we begin that these deals are very rough guides and are subject to change. Lease prices are affected by all sorts of things including the time of the year, the mileage and how much you want to put down initially.
Therefore, we recommend that you do your own research, or contact an independent vehicle broker to do that research for you, before you decide what Subaru is best for you.
The Subaru Impreza found fame at the World Rally Championship over a decade ago.
Since then, it has undergone many changes and is no longer the racer it once was. It has an all-new platform from 2018, which will have upgraded engines and a longer body. It’s also supposed to be 100% more rigid.
The Impreza has two engine options and one trim to choose from. All the models get Lineartronic CVT automatic gearbox. There is an entry-level 1.6 petrol and a 2.0-litre petrol which is slightly pricier. The latter comes with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All models get automatic LED lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The model scored the highest ever rating in Japan’s NCAP crash tests last year and hope to do the same in Europe. Each model also comes with EyeSight technology, this is a camera-based system that scans the road ahead for other vehicles, bikes, pedestrians and lane markings.
The updated Impreza comes with Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also comes with High Beam Assist, cruise control, hill assist and a reversing camera.
If you are are looking at economy, then the 2.0-litre petrol returns 42.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 152g/km. The 1.6-litre model returns 44.1mpg with 145g/km of CO2 in terms of emissions. The Impreza can achieve 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds for the 2.0-litre.
Space has improved, and boot space has increased by five litres at 385 litres which are on par with some of its more established competitors.
Prices for the Impreza start at £23,995 which means that you can get some great lease deals. For the entry-level Impreza then you will be looking at upwards of around £340-£350 a month for a Personal Contract Hire. If you were to lease through your business, then you are looking at upwards of £283 a month on a Business Contract Hire. For a top of the range Impreza, then you are looking at upwards of £360-£370 a month on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £300 a month for a Business Contract Hire.
The rise in crossover vehicles has led to the Subaru Forester seeing significant success with families and businesses alike. It has excellent equipment levels, is hugely reliable and is also very affordable.
There is a choice of three engines, two petrol and one diesel. There is a 2.0-litre version of both and a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, and feature the flat-four ‘boxer’ layout that people associate with Subaru. It also comes with the Lineartronic CVT transmission or manual transmission. All models come with four-wheel drive with all-weather grip.
There are a few trims to choose from. The XE and the XE Premium feature with the petrol engines and the XT trim, the flagship, is reserved for the turbocharged petrol. If you opt for the diesel engine then you can choose between X, XC and XC Premium models. All models come with air-conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control and heated seats. You also get a six-speaker DAB radio and CD player, as well as a voice command system on a majority of their models.
The 2.0-litre petrol achieves 0-62mph in just 10.6 seconds or 11.8 seconds with the Lineartronic gearbox. The diesel does this distance in 9.9 seconds and the turbocharged petrol reaches this distance in just 7.5 seconds.
In terms of economy, the 2.0-litre petrol achieves either 40.9 mpg or 43.5 mpg depending on whether you go for the manual or the CVT gearbox. It also emits either 129g/km of CO2 or 140g/km of CO2, again depending on which gearbox you go for.
The turbo petrol returns 33.2mpg and emits 161g/km of CO2. The diesel offers the best fuel economy with 49.6mpg and emits 150g/km of CO2.
This version of the Forester is the largest, and comes with a lot of space in both the front and the back. It has a 505-litre capacity which extends to 1,564-litres when you fold the rear seats down. All versions of the Forester have a braked trailer weight limit of 2,000kgs except for the manual 2.0-litre which has a limit of 1,800kgs.
In terms of leasing, you are looking at upward of £380 a month for an entry-level petrol on a Personal Contract Hire. If you want to lease through your business, then you will be looking at upwards of £320 a month. For a top of the range model, then you are looking at upwards of £460 a month on Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £390 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
The Subaru XV is a very new car, and is perfect for families who want an SUV but one that is on the smaller side. The new upgrade is expected early next year (2018).
The XV comes with a 2.0-litre boxer petrol engine, the new model comes with an extra 5bhp. Again, it comes with the Lineartronic CVT gearbox like all other Subaru models. There is also a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2-litre diesel.
It comes with a lot of equipment including the EyeSight cameras as standard, of which they say is more accurate than the radar-based systems. It also comes with pre-collision braking, active cruise control, lane-keep and high-beam assist, cross-traffic braking and blind spot monitoring.
It is thought to be one of the best off-roaders in its class and comes with a permanent four-wheel drive system. There is less body roll in corners and the steering is sharper on the new generation. There is also an X-Mode button, this sits on the centre console and sets the car up for low-grip surfaces and also turns on hill-descent control.
There’s a twin-screen set-up with a new eight-inch infotainment system. This comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, of which is thought to be offered as standard.
Prices are not yet in for how much it will cost in the UK, but it is thought to be roughly the same as it is now. This means that the lease prices are very much subject to change, more so than usual. However, if you are looking to lease then for an entry level XV you will be looking at upwards of £340 a month for a Personal Contract Hire. If you are looking at Business Contract Hire, then this starts at around £290 a month. For the top of the range XV, then you will be looking at upwards of £400 for Personal Contract Hire and £340 a month for Business Contract Hire.
The Subaru Outback is one of the more popular Subaru’s, and is popular in the UK for its off-road capabilities and it’s affordable pricing.
There are two engines to choose from, a 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel. They are both four-cylinder ‘boxer’ units that have become popular in Subaru cars. The 2.0-diesel can reach 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds with a manual transmission, 9.9 with the LinearTronic CVT transmission. The 2.5-litre petrol only comes with a CVT gearbox and can reach the same distance in 10.2 seconds. The diesel engine emits just 145g/km of CO2, low for a car of its kind, and achieves 50.4mpg. The CVT gearbox emits 159g/km of CO2 and achieves 46.3mpg.
There are two trim levels to choose from, SE and SE Premium which means that both get a lot of kit as standard. The entry level comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, cruise control, sat-nav, Bluetooth, keyless go and a reversing camera. The SE model also comes with Active Torque Vectoring, LED headlamps, a seven-inch touchscreen and tinted windows.
The SE Premium adds keyless entry, push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof and leather seats.
The infotainment also comes with voice recognition as standard as well as USB connectors for music streaming, of which there are two so two people can charge their phones at once. You will have to pay extra if you want a DAB digital radio, however. You can connect your phone via a MirrorLink system, and they also have a STARLINK app which means you can access the internet from your vehicle.
In terms of size, the Outback offers plenty of adjustment in terms of driving position and there is very little issue with head and leg room. The boot is 512-litres which expands to 2,000 litres if you fold the rear bench flat. It can also be used for towing. The 2.5-litre petrol can tow 2,000kgs and the diesel can tow 1,800kgs.
If you want to lease the Outback through Personal Contract Hire then you will be looking at upwards of £460-£470 a month for an entry level model. On a Business Contract Hire, you will be looking at upwards of £390 a month. For a top of the range Outback on a Personal Contract Hire then you will be looking at upwards of £490-£500 a month on a private lease, and upwards of £410 a month on a business lease.
The BRZ comes with a 2.0-litre engine, with the same flat-four boxer as other Subaru models. The engine produces 197bhp and comes with a Toyota-derived cylinder head and direct injection. It comes with either a manual or an automatic six-speed gearbox. The fastest model is the 2.0i SE which achieves 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. The most economical is the automatic transmission, that achieves 39.8mpg and emits 164g/km of CO2.
Sticking to the sports car image, there isn’t much by way of the interior or equipment. The interior is clean if a bit basic, but that’s often that people want out of a sports car.
There is only one trim to choose from, the SE trim, and that comes with LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-exhaust system and electric and folding wing mirrors as standard. It also comes with heated front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and dual zone climate-control. It does come with more than some other sports cars, and does feature their Starlink infotainment system. This comes with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
If you are looking to lease the BRZ, then you are looking at prices upwards of £400 for an entry level BRZ on a Personal Contract Hire. You will be looking at upwards of £340 on a Business Contract Hire. If you want the top of the range model, then you will be looking at upwards of £450 on a private contract and £379 on a business lease.
In conclusion, there are some great lease deals to be had on a Subaru vehicle. Hopefully this has given you some idea of how much you will be looking at in terms of monthly cost. As we said, these are rough guides and they are subject to change, therefore we recommend that you contact an independent vehicle broker to help you find the best deals for your situation.