Best SUVs to lease in 2013

Although we may be enjoying a heatwave as of late, you can count on the fact that rain, wind and snow will rear its ugly end before the year is out.

So we decided to take a look at what SUVs would be the best to lease this year, sifting through new models, updated vehicles and generally good 4x4s.

All the vehicles on this list are currently available to lease. Leasing options include lease hire, contract hire and personal leasing. Some of the SUVs on this list would also make good fleet vehicles, depending on the business itself. A business lease for any of these 4x4s would be a perfect option.2011_BMW_X3_(F25)_xDrive28i_wagon_(2011-11-18)_01

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 provides lots of interior space and equipment for a reasonable price, as well as offering class-leading figures for emissions and fuel economy. If a compact SUV is what’s needed, then leasing a Mazda CX-5 should be at the forefront of your mind.

The Mazda CX-5 is available in one of four trim levels, which are the entry level ‘SE-L’ models, the enhanced ‘SE-L Nav’ versions, the further advanced ‘Sport’ variants and the top of the range ‘Sport Nav’ specification.

Engine sizes range from 2.0 litres to 2.2 litres, running on either petrol or diesel fuel. Depending on the model chosen, the Mazda CX-5 provides between 47mpg and a more frugal 63mpg.

Base models come with lots of luxury kit, including alloy wheels, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.

The ‘Sport’ variants come with additional xenon headlamps, upgraded stereo, leather trim and a reversing camera. A sat-nav can also be added to all models.

In terms of safety equipment, all CX-5 models come with stability control and six airbags, as well as a City Braking system. Such safety features helped the vehicle to achieve a maximum five star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests.


The BMW X3 is a sleek yet powerful SUV that features low running costs and a spacious, well-made interior.

Two trim levels are available for the BMW X3: the standard ‘SE’ models and the sportier ‘M Sport’ variants. Engine sizes vary from 2.0 litres to a popular and well-received 3.0 litre unit. All engines run on diesel fuel. Fuel economy varies from 47mpg to a more economical 55mpg.

As well as being an excellent drive on rough terrain, the BMW X3 also boasts impressive performance figures, with the fastest models able to complete the 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds.

All award-winning BMW X3 models come well equipped, with the base specification including dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and automatic lights and wipers.

Optional extras include just about anything from a sat-nav to a HUD that projects your speed onto the windscreen of the vehicle.

The ‘M Sport’ trim adds visual muscle to the X3, with a body kit, bigger wheels, sports seats and stiffer springs.

All models also feature front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a host of electronic safety aids. The BMW X3 also managed to obtain a perfect five star rating from Euro NCAP.

Land Rover Discovery

The ever-popular and award-winning Land Rover Discovery is an excellent on and off road vehicle, with a classy cabin featuring enough space for seven and superb versatility, as well as coming with a host of equipment as standard.

A Land Rover Discovery 4×4 can be leased in one of four trims, which are: the entry level ‘GS’ model, the enhanced ‘XS’ version, the further advanced ‘HSE’ variant and the range-topping ‘HSE Luxury’ specification.

All models come with a 3.0 litre diesel engine, providing 32mpg and a 0-62mph time of 9.3 seconds, as well as being mated to an automatic transmission.

Base ‘GS’ models come equipped with air conditioning, Bluetooth, keyless entry and start up and four electric windows, while the upgraded ‘XS’ versions add numerous pieces of desirable kit, such as cruise control, heated leather seats, front parking sensors, sat-nav, MP3/USB connectivity and automatic headlights and wipers.

The top of the range ‘HSE’-specified models receive additional wood and leather trim, electric everything and a powerful Harmon/Kardon stereo.

This article was written by Ant Bradshaw for LeasePlan Go, who specialise in personal and business vehicle leasing.

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