First Car Lease?

Read our Easy Guide and See How Car Leasing Can Work for You

What is car leasing?

Car leasing lets you 'rent' a brand new car for 2-4 years.

Simply choose the car you want and we'll help you find a great deal. When your lease ends, you return the vehicle. It's as simple as that.

If you like driving a different new car every few years while paying the same amount every month, leasing could be the perfect choice.

Benefits of Car Leasing

  • Drive a brand-new car of your choice
  • Makes budgeting easier and gives you peace of mind with the same fixed payments each month.
  • Often cheaper than other finance options like PCP or buying a car outright.
  • No long-term commitment or large payment at the end of your deal.
  • No depreciation costs or hidden fees
  • Manufacturer's warranty and road tax included with most deals

What you need to know when leasing a car for the first time

  • You won't own the car. The vehicle gets returned at the end of your deal.
  • You need to keep the car in good condition to avoid any damage charges.
  • You'll pay extra if you exceed your agreed mileage limit.

Car Leasing Deals

First Car Lease Deals

  • Make
    All manufacturers
  • Model
    All models
  • Preferences
    Family, green etc.
  • Car Size / Type
    City car to SUV…
  • Budget
    Every price range
  • Drive type
    Fuel / gears
  • Contract terms
    9 + 48 months, 5K miles, Customer maintained
    • Initial Payment
      9 months
      • 3 months
      • 6 months
      • 9 months
    • Contract Length
      48 months
      • 24 months
      • 36 months
      • 48 months
    • Mileage
      5000 miles
      • 5000 miles
      • 6000 miles
      • 8000 miles
      • 10000 miles
      • 15000 miles
      • 20000 miles
      • 25000 miles
      • 30000 miles
    • Maintenance
      Customer maintained
      • Customer maintained
      • Funder maintained
    Our best value leasing deal for the  QASHQAI 1.3 DiG-T MH 158 Tekna+ 5dr 4WD Xtronic

    28 Cars 17 Specialsstock available

    Nissan Qashqai

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £222.58pm inc. VAT 6000 Miles PA NOTE: The filter is set to 5000 miles per annum however this model is currently cheaper on 6000 miles per annum. 24 Months NOTE: The filter is set to 48 month contract however this model is currently cheaper on a 24 month contract.

    A practical mid-sized SUV with enough space to seat 5 adults comfortably. The Nissan Qashqai is widely credited with being the first crossover that created the SUV segment.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  TUCSON 1.6 TGDi Plug-in Hybrid Ultimate 5dr 4WD Auto

    21 Cars 16 Specials16 delivery from Jul

    Hyundai Tucson

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £247.93pm inc. VAT

    Hyundai have created an SUV that is simple to use with a contemporary design while still maintaining the signature Hyundai look. Its inclusive technology and safety features help to create a crowd pleaser.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  MODEL Y Performance AWD 5dr Auto

    2 Cars 2 Specials2 delivery from Sep

    Tesla Model Y

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £549.61pm inc. VAT

    All you could want in an all-electric car. There's versatile space which is enough for 7 plus cargo, top class safety, and it's insanely quick. Pair that with a slick exterior and a tech-packed interior, it doesn't leave much to be desired.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  PUMA 1.5 EcoBoost ST Gold Edition 5dr

    23 Cars 4 Specialsstock available

    Ford PUMA

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £267.85pm inc. VAT

    Bold SUV styling with a sophisticated hybrid powertrain. Outstanding performance, together with impressive fuel economy and noticeably lower CO2.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  SPORTAGE 1.6T GDi PHEV GT-Line S 5dr Auto AWD

    24 Cars 9 Specials9 delivery from Oct

    Kia Sportage

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £266.00pm inc. VAT 36 Months NOTE: The filter is set to 48 month contract however this model is currently cheaper on a 36 month contract.

    This Korean designed family SUV with its attractive styling and practicalities makes for a car that can be highly merited, for example its low emissions and smooth handling.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  T-ROC 2.0 TDI 150 4MOTION R-Line 5dr DSG

    19 Cars 7 Specials

    Volkswagen T-roc

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £223.25pm inc. VAT

    An impeccable crossover, perfect for a family without compromising style or comfort with its 5 seats and expansive boot space. Both diesel and petrol engines provide a smooth and efficient drive.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  EV6 424kW GT 77.4kWh 5dr AWD Auto

    6 Cars 5 Specials3 delivery from May 23

    Kia Ev6 Electric

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £426.50pm inc. VAT

    The fast-charging Kia EV6 Electric car is ideal for family travels, with maximising interior space at the forefront of its production.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  JUKE 1.0 DiG-T 114 Kiiro 5dr DCT

    13 Cars 8 Specials5 delivery from Jul

    Nissan JUKE

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £205.14pm inc. VAT

    This compact SUV has technology for a more confident drive and can accommodate 5 passengers and luggage. The Juke combines the best attributes from SUVs and hatchbacks to create a wonderful crossover.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  E-TRON 370kW S Vorsprung Quattro 95kWh 5dr Auto [22kWCh]

    42 Cars 5 Specials5 delivery from Oct

    Audi E-tron

    Large SUV 5 Door 5 Seat From £592.66pm inc. VAT

    A next generation SUV that is entirely electric and the first for Audi. The E-Tron still delivers all that you would expect from an Audi like a stunning aerodynamic body and luxurious cabin.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  A CLASS A250e AMG Line Premium Plus Edition 5dr Auto

    43 Cars 3 Specialsstock available

    Mercedes-Benz A Class

    Hatchback 5 Door 5 or 7 Seat From £298.94pm inc. VAT

    The A Class is the smallest vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz range. It is a compact hatchback which with 5 doors which still has enough space to comfortably seat 5 adults. There are three models to choose from the entry level SE, mid-range Sport or top of the range AMG Line.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  FORMENTOR 2.0 TSI 310 VZ3 5dr DSG 4Drive

    15 Cars 4 Specialsstock available

    Cupra Formentor

    SUV / Crossover 5 Door 5 Seat From £266.56pm inc. VAT

    Available in hybrid or petrol; the Cupra Formentor combines a spacious SUV feel with the dynamism of a hatchback.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  KODIAQ 2.0 TSI 245 vRS 4x4 5dr DSG [7 Seat]

    22 Cars 5 SpecialsFeb 23 delivery

    Skoda Kodiaq

    Large SUV 5 Door 5 or 7 Seat From £282.96pm inc. VAT 36 Months NOTE: The filter is set to 48 month contract however this model is currently cheaper on a 36 month contract.

    The Kodiaq has a simple functionality to it, with its expansive space to accommodate any need and a strong engine this car is good value for money.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  RANGE ROVER SPORT 5.0 P575 S/C SVR Carbon Edition 5dr Auto

    32 CarsFeb 23 delivery

    Land Rover Range Rover Sport

    Large SUV 5 Door 5 or 7 Seat From £798.05pm inc. VAT

    A sleek, contemporary car that is designed for impact as well as practicality and performance. The technology included combined with 5 or 7 seats, the Sport delivers a sublime drive.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  2 350kW BST Edition 250 78kWh LR DM 5dr 4WD Auto

    17 Cars 2 Specials2 delivery from Oct

    Polestar 2 Fastback

    Saloon 5 Door 5 Seat From £418.57pm inc. VAT

    The Polestar 2 makes it look effortless. It's an excitingly fresh take on an environmentally friendly Electric Vehicle, and with feather-light acceleration and impressive technology packed in, it's hard not to recommend it.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  A3 S3 TFSI Quattro Vorsprung 5dr S Tronic

    77 Cars

    Audi A3 Sportback

    Estate 5 Door 5 or 6 Seat From £313.80pm inc. VAT

    The Audi A3 Sportback adds the practicality of a 5dr car with an option of an e-tron, the plug -in hybrid model. Overall boot space is increased due to extra height in comparison to a saloon.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  IONIQ 5 239kW Namsan Edition 77 kWh 5dr AWD Auto

    20 Cars 2 Specials2 delivery from Oct

    Hyundai Ioniq 5 Electric

    Hatchback 5 Door 5 Seat From £380.79pm inc. VAT

    Incorporating Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform; the IONIQ 5 was built with space and comfort in mind.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  G70 2.0T Sport Line 4dr Auto [Innovation Pack]

    12 Cars 5 Specialsstock available

    Genesis G70

    Saloon 4 Door 5 Seat From £323.62pm inc. VAT

    Experience dynamism, performance and luxury in the Genesis G70; this saloon is packed with class.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  GLC GLC 300de 4Matic AMG Line Premium Plus 5dr 9GTron

    15 Cars 3 Specialsstock available

    Mercedes-Benz GLC

    Large SUV 5 Door 5 Seat From £503.98pm inc. VAT 6000 Miles PA NOTE: The filter is set to 5000 miles per annum however this model is currently cheaper on 6000 miles per annum.

    The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a spacious mid-sized, luxury SUV. There are 3 models to choose from in the main range starting with the Urban Edition, moving on to the Sport model and finally the most luxurious AMG Line. The Mercedes-AMG GLC is also available for those who would like a performance vehicle.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  GOLF 2.0 TSI 320 R 4Motion 5dr DSG

    23 Cars 5 Specialsstock available

    Volkswagen GOLF

    Hatchback 5 Door 5 Seat From £216.37pm inc. VAT

    The Volkswagen Golf is a mid sized hatchback, with its high quality equipment and build the Golf hatchback is striking and reliable. The interior boasts size and comfort for any journeys be it long or short.

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    Our best value leasing deal for the  3 SERIES 330e M Sport 4dr Step Auto

    1 Car 1 Specialin stock

    BMW 3 Series

    Saloon 4 Door 5 Seat From £589.22pm inc. VAT

    The 3 Series is a mid-sized 4 door saloon from BMW. There are 4 models to choose from; the entry level SE model, mid range Sport model, top of the range M Sport model as well as the ED model specially designed to be more efficient. There is also a 3 Series hybrid available for the electric vehicle market.

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    Five steps to your first car lease

    Choose your car

    Choose your car

    We have a huge range of makes and models available, including Audi, BMW and Volkswagen, plus many more.

    Don't know which car you want? We have all different body types available, as well as electric lease deals if you're thinking about making the switch. You'll also find affordable options with our latest special offers.

    Whatever car you want, we're sure to have it at a great price. Simply use our range of filter options to find the right vehicle for you.

    Customise your lease deal

    Customise your lease deal

    Once you've found your desired car, customise your lease agreement.

    • Choose your contract length - either 2, 3 or 4 years.
    • Add your annual mileage, up to 30,000 miles per year.
    • Opt for a maintenance package if you want regular servicing, maintenance and tyres included in your monthly payment.
    • Decide how much you want to pay for your initial rental.

    Your initial rental is a one-time upfront payment that's usually the same amount as 3, 6 or 9 months' worth of your lease payments.

    For example, if your car lease was £200 per month, a 3-month initial rental payment would be £600. The higher your initial rental, the cheaper your monthly lease payment.

    Complete your application

    Complete your application

    After customising your lease deal, we'll give you a quote online or over the phone. If you're happy to go ahead, you can complete your application by filling in a short form online.

    The information is passed onto our helpful team who will then run a standard credit check. Providing you pass the credit check, then your lease application will be approved.

    Car leasing is a type of finance so it can impact your credit score, just like any other monthly payment (such as a phone bill, a loan or a credit card). Make sure that you can make your monthly payments on time every month.

    Receive your documentation

    Receive your documentation

    Once your lease application is approved, we'll provide an estimated delivery date for the vehicle. You'll be given access to our online portal to get updates on any progress.

    We'll also send you official documentation via post that you'll need to sign and send back to us.

    You can check for updates on your lease agreement and the delivery of your car with our easy online portal.

    Get your car delivered

    Get your car delivered

    We'll confirm a delivery date and address and have your brand-new car delivered, ready for you to drive.

    All our lease cars are delivered free to anywhere within mainland UK.

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    First Car Lease FAQ's

    Your questions answered

    How do you lease a car for the first time?

    Simply decide on which car you want to drive, customise your agreement to your needs and start your online application. Our helpful team will guide you through the process and you can see updates in our handy online portal. Once your application is complete and you have passed a credit check, we'll arrange the delivery of your brand-new car.

    Do I need a good credit score to lease a car?

    Like any type of finance, it's better to have a good credit score when you apply. This reassures the lender that you're reliable and will make payments on time. However, this isn't the only factor considered and you may still be approved, regardless of your credit score.

    Which leasing company should I choose?

    Always opt for a reliable, trusted company when leasing a car. Here at Rivervale, we're rated 5* on TrustPilot, with over 2,000 verified customer reviews. Our friendly team will help find you the best car for your needs and budget. What's more, we have no hidden charges and never take admin fees, so you know exactly how much you'll pay for your new car.

    Are all lease cars brand-new?

    Yes, all our lease cars are brand new, which is why many include the manufacturer's warranty. You also won't need to pay for an MOT if your lease deal is under three years, as new cars don't require one.

    When you lease a car, when is the first payment due?

    Your initial rental will be collected by direct debit shortly after the delivery of your new vehicle, this is usually within 7-10 days.

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