Guide to choosing the best Nissan to lease

Nissan Juke

Best for: Urban drivers and those looking for a compact crossover with distinctive styling and agile handling. The Nissan Juke comes with a turbocharged engine, customisable interior accents, and advanced safety technologies like automatic emergency braking.

Engine type: 1.0L 3-cylinder

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 422 litres


Nissan Qashqai

Best for: Drivers looking for a compact SUV made for both city commuting and weekend adventures. The Nissan Qashqai comes equipped with efficient engine options and all-wheel drive capability. It features a spacious interior and modern tech features like a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration. 

Engine type: 1.5L 3-cylinder/1.3L 4-cylinder

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 504 litres


Nissan Leaf

Best for: Eco-conscious drivers and tech enthusiasts alike. The Nissan Leaf stands out for its practical hatchback design, long EV range, and advanced features like ProPILOT Assist for semi-autonomous driving. It remains a frontrunner in the EV market. 

Engine type: Electric

Estimated EV range: 149 - 212 miles in pure electric mode (depending on the trim and battery)

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 435 litres


Nissan X-Trail

Best for: Larger families and adventurers looking for a versatile and spacious SUV. The Nissan X-Trail comes with three rows of seating, advanced safety features like Nissan's ProPILOT Assist, and robust all-wheel-drive capabilities for off-road adventures.

Engine type: 1.5L 3-cylinder/2.5L 4-cylinder

Passengers: Up to 7 adults

Cargo: 585 litres


Nissan Ariya

Best for: Larger families and adventurers looking for a versatile and spacious SUV. The Nissan X-Trail comes with three rows of seating, advanced safety features like Nissan's ProPILOT Assist, and robust all-wheel-drive capabilities for off-road adventures.

Engine type: Electric

Estimated EV range: 304 miles in pure electric mode 

Passengers: Up to 5 adults

Cargo: 466 litres

Everything you need to know about a Nissan lease

The cost of leasing a Nissan will vary depending on: 

  • The Nissan’s year and model you choose – small crossover SUVs are generally cheaper to lease than larger SUVs and EVs
  • The car’s transmission & fuel type 
  • The specs & configurations you choose for your Nissan
  • Your lease term – the longer your lease, the lower your monthly payments 
  • Your advance payment – making a larger initial payment reduces your monthly payments
  • Your car lease provider. 

For the UK’s best-selling Nissan model — the Nissan Qashqai — leasing starts from around £527.19 (inc VAT) per month (over 48 months) with an initial rental payment of £6,326.28. In this case, the initial rental is the equivalent of 12 months of payments. There’s also usually a processing fee. 

Nissan car leases typically include a mileage limit, with additional costs incurred for exceeding this limit. For the Nissan lease deal above, the annual mileage limit is 5,000 miles. The excess mileage charge is 11.66p per mile. Lease costs and charges will vary between providers; the above is just an example. 

Additional costs apply if you select maintenance packages, roadside assistance or higher-spec configurations for your Nissan lease (e.g. metallic paint, additional entertainment features, etc). 

Your Nissan lease's inclusions will depend on whether you choose to lease through the manufacturer directly or with a third-party car lease provider. 

A Nissan lease generally includes: 

  • 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 
  • Compatible Nissan vehicles come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as NissanConnect

However, Nissan leases have some general exclusions, mainly car insurance. You’re responsible for insuring your leased Nissan, as with any other type of car finance. You may receive temporary driveaway insurance when you sign up for a Nissan lease deal.

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. 

Considering everything (mileage, rental payment, etc.) and comparing car lease deals from various providers, you may find that the cheapest Nissan to lease is the all-rounder Nissan Juke. Leasing can start as low as £460.74 per month for a 48-month term, with an advance payment of £5,528.88. 

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

  • Shop around: Compare deals from different providers to find the cheapest Nissan lease option or the most flexible lease terms (ideally both). 
  • Skip the extras: This is a no-brainer. Opting out of upgrades and the latest tech features on your leased Nissan will typically lower your leasing costs compared to adding all the bells and whistles.
  • Negotiate terms: While the purchase price of a vehicle is usually non-negotiable when buying directly from a Nissan dealership, you might be able to negotiate your lease costs with a third-party lease provider.
  • Consider leasing a used Nissan: Leasing a pre-owned Nissan is generally more cost-effective than leasing a brand-new Nissan model. 
  • Choose your mileage limit carefully: Carefully estimate your annual mileage and select your lease plan accordingly. This could help you avoid excess mileage charges for going over your limit. The average annual vehicle mileage in the UK can range from 5,000 to 7,000 miles. 
  • Maintenance packages: Adding a maintenance package to your lease typically increases the payment costs. Consider whether it's necessary, especially if scheduled servicing is already included in the lease.
  • Consider salary sacrificing: If eligible, paying for your Nissan lease through your employer's salary sacrifice scheme can offer significant tax savings.

When your Nissan lease ends, you’ll have a few options:

  • Return the vehicle: You can return your Nissan to the leasing company. They will inspect it for internal or external damage and excessive wear and tear. If you exceed mileage limits or cause damage beyond normal wear and tear, you may incur additional charges as per your lease agreement.
  • Lease another Nissan: You can upgrade to a newer Nissan model to get better technology, features, and fuel efficiency. Alternatively, you could switch to another car brand.
  • Extend the lease: Some lease agreements allow you to extend the lease. This might be a good option if your current Nissan is still ticking all your boxes. Just note that the lease provider may charge an administrative fee to extend the lease.

It’s sometimes possible to lease a Nissan without a deposit. When applying, try opting for the lowest advance payment, typically equal to your monthly payment, so you won't have to make a large upfront payment. Keep in mind that a lower initial payment will lead to higher monthly payments throughout the lease term. Your credit score will determine if you can secure a Nissan lease without a deposit and the specific terms of your contract.

To qualify for leasing a Nissan 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.