A common question we get is: what are the best cheap automatic cars to lease? And it all depends on your personal wishes. Are you a city manager or do you live in a rural area? Do you have children and do you need? ISOFIX points, or do you often make car trips and do you need a machine with a large trunk? Our team is on hand to find the right automatic car to suit your budget and needs.
Over the past decade, automatic transmission cars have become extremely popular in the UK. This rising demand has led to more and more driving schools offering lessons in automatic cars.
Many new drivers are now choosing to take their driving test in automated vehicles as these tests are much easier to pass – even on a first try – without having to shift gears.
However, it is important to note that if you pass your driving test with an automated vehicle, you may only legally drive an automated vehicle.
At Hippo Leasing, we have thousands of automatic car leases available, and our specialist team is dedicated to finding the right automatic car for your lifestyle.
What are some advantages of automatic cars?
Choosing a car with an automatic transmission has several advantages.
First, it’s much easier to drive with an automatic, because you don’t have to think about shifting.
This also allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel, focus on the speed of the car and fully concentrate on the road ahead. All these factors help to reduce the risk of accidents.
Also, when navigating stop-and-go traffic and traffic lights, automatic cars prove to be much easier, as all you have to do is brake or accelerate without thinking about gears. Hill starts are also easier in an automatic.
Improved fuel economy is another advantage of choosing a car with an automatic transmission, because no fuel is lost through gear changes or by being in the ‘wrong’ gear at the ‘wrong’ time.
This also means no embarrassing standstill in traffic, as the car does all the work to allow for a smooth start from any stationary position.
6 Best Cheap Automatic Cars to Lease
At the present time, there are a large number of cars on offer with automatic transmission. But which of these cars are the best option for those on a budget?
Hippo Leasing has compiled a list of the best cheap automatic cars available to lease on the market today.
SEAT Ibiza Hatchback
Personal lease from £211 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
The first on our list is the Seat Ibiza. The fresh design of this sub-compact hatchback is defined by the clean lines of its body, sleek LED headlights and sporty 15-inch alloy wheels.
You’ll find quality features in this stylish little car, including a soft-touch dashboard and premium materials from front to back. The enhanced infotainment system is operated via a 6.5-inch touchscreen and offers smartphone connectivity.
The spirited three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI engine is not only economical, but also produces 95 hp and 175 Nm of torque.
As for safety, this automatic is equipped with airbags throughout the car, along with Tiredness Recognition System (TRS), Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on the newer models.
Kia Rio Hatchback
Personal lease from £250 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
The popular Kia Rio is next on our list. Although this handsome hatchback is relatively cheap, it still offers many excellent features.
The solid body of the Kia Rio features newly designed front and rear bumpers, making this compact car a feast for the eyes.
Internally, durable materials, logically arranged controls, a spacious trunk and good all-round visibility all add to the car’s practicality.
The easy-to-use infotainment system is operated via a standard 8-inch touchscreen and offers wireless connectivity for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The automatic Kia Rio Hatchback is remarkably economical. Its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine produces 120 hp and a top speed of 280 km/h.
Peugeot 308 Estate
Personal lease from £300 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
Next up is the Peugeot 308. The standard exterior equipment of this stylish car includes a large grille, uniquely designed LED headlights and brake lights, along with 16-inch alloy wheels.
The well-designed cab features a square steering wheel and Peugeot’s digital ‘i-Cockpit’ driver display – both standard.
The 10-inch infotainment system is located centrally in the dashboard and offers smartphone connectivity and a wireless charging station. In addition, part of the functionality can be controlled via the practical voice assistant ‘OK Peugeot’.
The economical 308 houses a 1.2-litre petrol engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking are standard safety features on this automatic hatchback.
Volkswagen T-Cross Estate
Personal lease from £246 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
The Volkswagen T-Cross Estate is an attractive, small crossover SUV.
This automatic has black roof rails, an integrated roof spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and a high-gloss front grille – underlined by a striking chrome strip.
The interior offers plenty of space throughout, while the elevated driving position, large windows and slender pillars provide plenty of visibility and commanding views of the road ahead.
Technically, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, conveniently placed in the dashboard, offers smartphone connectivity, DAB radio, USB charging and Bluetooth connectivity.
The capable 1.0-litre petrol engine is turbocharged, enabling the Estate to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11.8 seconds.
The T-Cross has a five star rating Euro NCAP safety rating and comes with adaptive cruise control, lane assist, automatic emergency braking and a driver fatigue monitoring system.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sport
Personal lease from £285 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sport has a robust exterior, clean lines and athletic proportions.
The interior of this machine has a light and spacious feel, with high-quality materials and first-class finishes present throughout. ISOFIX points are located on the outer rear seats.
The load deck of the 596-litre load compartment can be lowered to accommodate larger items, and it can be folded back for a firmer surface.
The Touring Sport is equipped with an 8-inch Toyota touch system that provides satellite navigation and smartphone connectivity.
A 1.8-litre hybrid engine coupled with a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery means the Touring Sport produces 122 horsepower, exceptional fuel economy of ___ mpg and very low CO2 emissions. In addition, the self-charging hybrid powertrain does not need to be connected.
Pedestrian detection, cyclist detection, traffic sign assistance and adaptive cruise control are all standard.
Estate Cupra Formentor
Personal lease from £298 per month (Terms & Conditions apply)
Finally, it is the Cupra Formentor Estate.
This stunning crossover SUV has the look of a sports car, with sharp creases and a custom body.
The interior of this machine has an exclusive look with its bronze trim and well-arranged controls.
The resolution of the large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is most impressive, as are the top-of-the-line parking cameras.
The entire Cupra offers sufficient space, also in the luggage compartment, which is equipped with a relatively low loading sill and nets for securing goods.
This 4WD’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine offers decent performance and a reasonable 45 mpg fuel economy.
With a whopping five driving modes to choose from, including Comfort, Normal, Sport, Cupra and Individual, the Formentor Estate is worth considering.