- Published 13 March 2020
- 8 minute read
- By Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
‘Fashions fade, style is eternal.’ Not our words, but the words of Yves Saint Laurent. With this in mind, we’ve selected eight cars that are hot right now, but won’t look tired and unfashionable in the third or fourth year of your leasing contract.
To paraphrase Vivienne Westwood, fashion is worth doing well. With these cars you’ll be doing very well indeed.
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In 2007, waist-cinching belts, chandelier earrings and long, skinny scarves were all the rage (at least that’s what it says here). It was also the year in which Fiat launched the retro-inspired 500 – a car that has aged far better than many things that were fashionable in 2007.
If you avoid the entry-level 500 Pop, you’ll find a car that’s great looking, well-equipped and fun to drive. Being sexy in the city has never been easier.
For the ultimate fashion accessory, choose the Fiat 500 Dolcevita, which boasts leather seats, a wooden dashboard and either a blue and white striped electric roof for the convertible, or a glass roof for the hatchback. Bella!
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
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Do you consider yourself to be a follower of fashion or a trendsetter? If it’s the latter, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe should ensure you turn a few heads in 2020.
It's not the most practical purchase, with less room in the back than the 1 Series hatchback it's based on and a boot that’s harder to access. But with it's sleek coupe silhouette you probably won't care about that.
What's more, because it’s a BMW, it drives really sweetly, while all models boast LED headlights, 17-inch double-spoke alloys, a large colour display and dual-zone climate control.
Available to lease from £217 per month Lease Now
We could make a case for Audi being the most fashionable car badge of 2020. But why splash out on one of the really expensive models when the smallest car in the range offers the same level of kudos?
The Audi A1 is a big car in a small package. All models feature LED headlights, ‘dynamic’ rear indicators and a 10.25-inch digital cockpit as standard, so you needn’t venture beyond the most affordable versions when choosing your new A1.
And we do mean affordable. You can lease a new Audi A1 for less than the price of a Ford Fiesta. If you want to turn more heads than a Karl Lagerfeld gown, opt for the very yellow S line Contrast Edition.
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The problem with compact SUVs is they can appear a bit – how can we put this? – suburban. A night in with a mug of cocoa rather than a night out with your pals. Less high street cool and more Acacia Avenue mediocrity.
The Volvo XC40 bucks this trend. Not only does it look better than any of its rivals, it also boasts a refreshingly simple and sophisticated cabin, dominated by a large, tablet-style touchscreen.
It’s the compact SUV you actually want to be seen in. Although the spec is generous across the range, make sure you go for the optional Lava Orange carpet interior. It’s far nicer than it sounds.
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The Ford Puma could be the car to be seen in this year. It’s based on the Ford Fiesta, but taps into the burgeoning compact SUV sector, which means the newcomer is likely to be more popular than a cheap television on Black Friday.
There’s no entry-level as such, just a choice of flavours – Titanium for luxury, ST-Line for sporty and ST-Line X for more, er, sportiness. If size matters to you, even the Titanium trim boasts 17-inch alloys, an 8.0-inch touchscreen and a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster. ST-Line models get the larger 12.3-inch digital dials.
Not only is the Puma great to drive, it’s got a cool name and it’s as glamorous as a catwalk model (but not as high maintenance).
Range Rover Evoque
Available to lease from £333 per month Lease Now
Nearly a decade ago, Land Rover launched the original Range Rover Evoque with a little help from Victoria Beckham. The new Evoque arrived in 2019 and is essentially a remastered version of the original - with less Beckham but just the right level of posh.
We could talk about the oily bits, the stiffer body, the new suspension and the suite of safety equipment, but you can take all that as read.
What matters most is that the Evoque remains one of the most fashionable cars you can buy, with a cabin that feels every inch a fun-size Range Rover.
Tesla Model 3
Available to lease from £441 per month Lease Now
More electric cars will hit the streets in 2020 than ever before, so your choice has never been greater. But we think the Tesla Model 3 will top most people’s shopping lists.
The Model 3 somehow manages to stand out without looking particularly adventurous, while the cabin is roomy and minimalist. At its heart is a 15-inch touchscreen display and more toys than the back pages of the Argos catalogue.
Thanks to range estimates upwards of 254 miles and one of the most sought-after badges in the electric car sector, the Model 3 is likely to remain in fashion long after the EV market has become mainstream.
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