Guide to choosing the best Kia to lease

Kia Picanto

Best for: Urban drivers looking for an affordable and compact city car that packs a punch. The Kia Picanto is a hatchback with a sporty design that offers both convenience and driving performance. The GT-Line comes with the option of all-wheel drive.

Engine type: 1.0L 3-cylinder or 1.25L 4-cylinder

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 255 - 1,010 litres

Kia Ceed

Best for: Families and drivers needing more space and versatility. The Kia Ceed has a spacious interior, with a low load floor and a practical square-shaped boot. 

Engine type: 1.5L T-GDi engine/hybrid

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 395 litres

Kia Stonic

Best for: Drivers looking for a city-sized SUV with smart technology and enough driving performance for long road trips and weekends away. 

Engine type: 1.0L 3-cylinder or 1.4L 4-cylinder

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 352 litres

Kia Xceed

Best for: Drivers looking for the practicality of a hatchback with an SUV's design and driving performance. 

Engine type: 1.5L T-GDi engine/hybrid

Estimated EV range: 29 miles in pure electric mode

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 426 litres

Kia Sportage

Best for: Families who want a standard-sized SUV with plenty of cargo space and all-wheel drive performance. The Sportage is one of the UK's best-selling Kia models. 

Engine type: 1.6L 4-cylinder/2.0L 4-cylinder/hybrid

Estimated EV range: 34 miles in pure electric mode

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 586 - 1,121 litres

Kia Niro

Best for: Drivers looking for a stylish crossover SUV with a hybrid or long-range electric powertrain. The Kia Niro is described as refined and quiet overall. 

Engine type: 1.6L 4-cylinder/electric

Estimated EV range: 285 miles in full electric mode

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 475 litres

Kia Sorento

Best for: Drivers looking for a spacious SUV with good off-road competence and performance. The Sorento is one of Kia's few seven-seat SUVs. It comes with diesel or petrol engines and front-wheel or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations.

Engine type: 1.6L 4-cylinder/2.2L 4-cylinder/hybrid

Estimated EV range: 32 miles in pure electric mode

Passengers: Up to 7 adults

Cargo: 604 - 616 litres (depending on model)

Kia EV6

Best for: Drivers looking for an entry-level electric crossover SUV. The EV6 is Kia’s first fully electric vehicle. 

Engine type: Electric

Estimated EV range: 263 - 328 miles in pure electric mode

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 490 litres

Kia EV9

Best for: Drivers looking for a seven-seat family electric, full-size SUV. 

Engine type: Electric

Estimated EV range: 313 - 349 miles in pure electric mode

Passengers: Up to 7 adults

Cargo: 312 - 2,993 litres

Everything you need to know about a Kia lease

The cost of leasing a Kia will vary depending on: 

  • The year and model of your Kia – hatchbacks are cheaper to lease than sedans & SUVs
  • The transmission & fuel type 
  • The specs & configurations you choose
  • Your contract term – the longer your lease, the lower your monthly payments 
  • Your initial rental – making a larger upfront payment reduces your monthly payments
  • Your car lease provider. 

For the UK’s best-selling Kia model — the Kia Sportage — leasing starts from around £398.60 per month (over 48 months) for a petrol model, with an initial rental payment of £4,783.20. In this case, the initial rental is the equivalent of 12 months of payments. There’s usually an admin fee as well. Lease costs and charges will vary between providers; the above is just an example. For a hybrid model, monthly payments are generally £10 to £20 more. 

Kia car leases typically include a mileage limit, with additional costs incurred for exceeding this limit, usually charged on a pence-per-mile basis. For the medium SUV Kia Sportage lease deal above, the annual mileage limit is 5,000 miles. Additional costs apply if you select maintenance packages, roadside assistance or higher-spec configurations for your Kia lease (e.g. metallic paint, leather seats, reverse parking sensors, etc.)

What’s included in your Kia lease deal will depend on whether you choose to lease through the manufacturer directly or with a third-party car lease provider. 

A Kia lease will generally include: 

  • Full use of the vehicle for the lease period (which can range from 24-60 months)
  • An allocated annual mileage between 5,000 and 15,000 miles (over-mileage fees may apply if you exceed your set mileage)
  • VED 
  • Standard manufacturer’s warranty
  • Scheduled servicing 
  • Kia vehicles come with Kia Connect & digital services 

However, Kia leases come with some general exclusions, such as car insurance. It’s your responsibility to insure your leased Kia, just as you would with any other type of car finance. When you sign up for a Kia lease deal, you may receive driveaway insurance, but it typically provides coverage for only up to 7 days.

Additionally, excess charges may apply if you do not adhere to the manufacturer's servicing or maintenance guidelines or if the car exceeds the BVRLA guidelines on fair wear and tear. 

Taking everything into account (mileage, rental payment, etc.) and comparing car lease deals from various providers, you may find that the cheapest option is the Kia Picanto. Leasing can start as low as £272.75 per month for a 48-month term, with an advance payment of £3,273.00.

Here are some ways you may be able to save money on a Kia lease deal:

  • Shop around: Check deals from different leasing companies to find the cheapest option or the most flexible lease terms. Compare the potential cost of your Kia lease based on different lease durations and initial rental payments. You can use to find the providers offering the best prices on Kia leases.
  • Skip the extras: You’ll likely pay less if you skip the tech and higher specs and opt for a standard Kia model instead of one with additional upgrades and features.
  • Negotiate terms: While the purchase price of a vehicle is typically non-negotiable when buying directly from a Kia dealership, you may be able to negotiate your lease costs since lease companies often buy in bulk from the manufacturer.
  • Consider a used Kia: If you're open to driving a pre-owned car, leasing a used Kia can be more cost-effective than leasing a brand-new model.
  • Choose your mileage limit carefully: This could help you avoid excess mileage charges for going over your limit.
  • Maintenance packages: Adding a maintenance package to your lease usually increases payment costs, so consider if it’s necessary, especially if scheduled servicing is already included in the lease.
  • Consider salary sacrificing: If eligible, paying for your Kia lease through your employer's salary sacrifice scheme can offer decent tax savings.

When your Kia lease ends, you’ll have a few options to consider: 

  • Return the vehicle: You can return your Kia model to the leasing company. They will inspect the vehicle for any internal or external damage and excessive wear and tear. Exceeding mileage limits or causing damage beyond normal wear and tear may result in additional charges, according to your lease agreement.
  • Lease another Kia: You can upgrade to a newer Kia model to get the latest tech, features and performance enhancements. Alternatively, you can switch to another car brand. 
  • Extend the lease: Some lease agreements allow for flexibility in extending the lease. If you’re satisfied with your current Kia, this could be a good option. However, the lease provider may charge an admin fee to extend the lease.

Yes, leasing a Kia without a deposit could be an option. When you apply for a Kia lease, you can select the lowest initial rental payment — this will typically be equal to your monthly payment. Keep in mind that a lower initial rental payment will result in higher monthly payments throughout your Kia lease term. Your credit score will likely impact whether you can get a Kia lease without a deposit and under what terms. 

To qualify for leasing a Kia in the UK, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have a full driving licence
  • Have a good credit score
  • Have an income that’s sufficient to cover your lease payments.