Over the past few weeks, we’ve been chatting to our leasing partners and their customers about their favourite cars of 2017.

After hours of painstaking research (okay, we drank loads of coffee and chewed the fat), we’re ready to reveal our seven favourite cars of 2017.

So, sit down, buckle up and pick out your next lease!

Go find a dictionary and look up ‘hot hatch’ right now. Is there a picture next to definition? Is the Volkswagen Golf? Probably not because most dictionaries don’t have pictures but if they did it totally would be!

But the Golf R isn’t just any old Golf.

Oh, no.

This is the new kid on the block. The new, better, faster, cooler Golf. The Golf R. Released in earlier this year, the Golf R is basically a more refined Golf GTI.

If you’re looking for an understated pocket rocket that can hold its own in town, on the track and round B roads, you’ve found it.

(And, yes, we know that the card isn't for a Golf R but we don't have one yet. So deal with it.)

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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

87 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.8
  • Fuel: D, P, X, E
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £168.24 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,514.16 inc VAT

As a Mercedes, the C-Class is brimming with the latest highly-engineered German tech. Expect stuff like dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and a beautiful infotainment screen that’d make the IMAX blush.

Behind the wheel, it’s a great experience. The sporty suspension is the perfect mix of firmness and comfort and the engines are all punchy enough to make corners fun and motorways a breeze.

Oh and one quick tip for you. The optional Airmatic air suspension makes a big difference and actually isn’t too expensive!

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Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe (2015)

50 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2
  • Engine: 2.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Coupe
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 106 - 200g/km

From £321.04 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,889.36 inc VAT

Big and basic, the Tiguan’s design is solid but it’s a mile away from the sporty sleekness of the Qashqai or the organic loveliness of the Renault KADJAR.

The internal styling is just as safe with high-quality materials used in a fairly inoffensive way. Although, to give the Tiguan its dues, the infotainment panel is absolutely first class and is right up there amongst the best of the best.

The driving experience is good, too. The seating position is super high and you tower over other motorists who putter about down below in their lesser cars.

On the road, the Tiguan does suffer from an undersized engine. Stand on the accelerator and you’ll hear a throaty grumble but you don’t sink into your seat like you do in sportier competitors.

The one really annoying about with the Tiguan is the number of seats. With such a cavernous chassis, you’d expect Volkswagen to give you the option of an extra two seats in the boot. Sadly, until Volkswagen launches the Tiguan Allspace later on this year, you’re limited to a five-seat layout.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Estate

32 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £217.91 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,307.46 inc VAT

The first A-Class rolled out of the factory in 1997. It looked, in a word, awful. A snub-nosed, uninspired hatchback with a Mercedes badge whacked on the front grille, it turned heads for all the world reasons.

Somehow dealers shifted 1.1 million first-generation A-Classes between 1997 and 2004.

When it was redesigned in 2004, I got super excited. Were they going to ditch the beige styling and turn the A-Class into something that looked like a Merc?

Nope. What they did was take a picture of a Renault Megan and trace the outline exactly. Was the design refresh better than the first generation iteration? Maybe. Was it good? Nope.

After so much disappointment, I wasn’t that enthusiastic about the 2012 relaunch.

But then I saw it. The third generation A-Class was what it should have been way back in 1997.

Yes, it’s a hatchback but it’s a hatchback designed and built by Mercedes. It’s got the right grille, the right lines and the right feel. It looks like it belongs.

Great styling, great engines, great driving and great feel behind the wheel. What more could you ask for?

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Mercedes-Benz A Class Hatchback (2015)

20 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 1.5 - 2.1
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 89 - 162g/km

From £180.87 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,627.83 inc VAT

Squint and you might mistake it for the A6 or A8 but don’t let that fool you. The Audi A4 is a beast of its own and well deserving of your attention.

Obviously leaning more towards comfort than track performance, the A4 is a comfortable ride that elicits audible groans of relaxation from its drivers. Sit down, lean back and enjoy the ride.

Internally, the A4 steals (sorry, borrows) the TT's dash... although that's pretty great news because the TT’s interior is lovely!

Great materials, great design and outstanding tech all combine to make the A4 a wonderful place to spend your commute.

Yes, it might not feel as fun to drive as a Jag’s XE or BMW’s 3-Series but that’s not really the point.

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Audi A4 Saloon (2015)

49 derivatives available

  • Doors: 4
  • Engine: 1.4 - 3.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Saloon
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 99 - 174g/km

From £302.33 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,720.97 inc VAT

With the Ford Fiesta already well established as the king of hot hatchbacks, the Fiesta ST is an attempt to improve on the perfect package.

So, have they managed it? You better believe it!

The Ford Fiesta ST is everything its baby brother is and more. A turbocharged engine adds at least 23 extra horsepower. Its suspension is firmer, helping it cling to the windiest road. The brakes are stronger. The fuel efficiency is still great. And the fun factor? It's turned up to 11!

The new Ford Fiesta ST makes sure that the Fiesta name will continue dominating the market for years and years to come.

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Ford Fiesta Hatchback

123 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.9 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £135.03 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,215.27 inc VAT

The Qashqai is the undisputed king of crossovers. While it wasn’t the first, it was definitely the car that kickstarted the country’s obsession with big-yet-small, sporty-yet-practical and stylish-yet-practical crossovers.

The refreshed 2017 model improves on its older brother, beefing up the front grille and bumpers, improving the safety tech and generally tightening up every little detail.

The Qashqai is still miles ahead of other crossovers in the looks department too. It perfectly combines a raised driving position with a hunkered down sporty aesthetic to create something that just feels different.

For a great looking, great driving and surprisingly affordable crossover, look no further than the Nissan.

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Nissan Qashqai Hatchback

98 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £160.97 Per Month

Initial Rental: £965.82 inc VAT