Earlier this year we changed our car. Previously, we'd always bought our cars but this time round we went for a lease deal.
Why? Well the old adage is 'buy what appreciates and lease what depreciates', but what really caught our eye was the deal - a new Audi A4 1.4 TFSI Sport, with a 10k a year mileage allowance for about £200 a month inc VAT on a 24 month (23+3) lease. After we arranged our car, the deal disappeared for a bit but it's now back, as revealed by a Parkers Lease Search.
So what's the car like? Better than I expected as a fairly 'base' model. In reality, in this spec you get an interior with incredible fit and finish, comfy sports seats, Audi MMI navigation with fancy things like Google Satellite images on the maps, a built in WiFi hotspot, bi-xenon headlights, keyless go, 3 zone climate control... Entry level in 2016 is a very nice place to be. We switched to the car from a Diesel Octavia vRS with DSG so the engine / gearbox was a concern, but the 150 bhp 1.4 (!) turbo is more than capable and the 6 speed gearbox is a peach. Add in cruise control as standard and 17" wheels with not so low profile tyres and you have a surprisingly accomplished cruiser.
Android Auto (and Apple CarPlay, if that's your thing) are included and AA is simply brilliant. The system leverages Google's excellent voice recognition and it makes the car's built in nav feel like a dinosaur. I find it hard to imagine having a car without it included ever again.
Of course, leasing isn't for everyone and it makes most sense if you are considering buying new or nearly new cars anyway. But for me, the combination of a great car at a competitive price and genuinely worry free motoring is a winner.
The only problem? I'm already looking around for what to get next. 😬