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Personal contract hire market ‘dominated’ by Mercedes-Benz, says

The Euro NCAP safety test's top performer in 2018: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Recently-launched has revealed that Mercedes-Benz “dominated” its first ever league table for the personal contract hire market.

Half of February’s top ten most popular vehicles are from Mercedes-Benz, with Volkswagen Group also featuring prominently.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class compact SUV was the most enquired on vehicle during February, “rocketing” up the table and just pipping its hatchback stablemate, the A-Class, to top spot, said.

Top 10 personal lease enquiries for February:

  1. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  3. Volkswagen Golf             
  4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 
  5. Volvo S90            
  6. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 
  7. Volkswagen Tiguan        
  8. Audi A5
  9. Seat Leon
  10. Nissan Qashqai

The rise of the GLA-Class during February can be attributed to affordable deals on the GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr Auto, the derivative that earned most of the enquiries on

Top 10 personal lease enquiries for year-to-date 2019:

  1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  2. Volkswagen Golf             
  3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class 
  4. Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  5. Audi A5
  6. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  7. Volkswagen Tiguan
  8. Volkswagen Arteon
  9. Volvo S90
  10. Seat Leon’s head of strategic partnerships, Paul Harrison, said: “Mercedes-Benz continues to lead the way when it comes to personal leasing, with desirable vehicles at attractive rates.

“It’s also worth noting Volvo is fast becoming a major player, moving up to third place in the manufacturer table, with the S90 executive saloon making it into the top ten.

“The Volkswagen Golf was the most popular personal lease car in 2018, but it’s got a fight on its hands this year with the tech-laden new A-Class. We fully expect the A-Class and Golf to continue to battle it out over the course of the year to be the most popular car overall.”

Top 10 manufacturer enquiries for year-to date 2019:

  1. Mercedes-Benz
  2. Volkswagen
  3. Volvo
  4. Audi
  5. BMW
  6. Land Rover
  7. Seat
  8. Nissan
  9. Jaguar
  10. Ford

New car marketplace launched earlier this year to drive the UK’s switch from car ownership to usership.

According to the latest figures from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, there was a 24% increase in the personal contract hire fleet between Q4 2017 and the same period of 2018.


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