If one totals the cost of a full lease term, it's a remarkable amount of money - effectively, as we know, you're paying for the depreciation on the car while you use it without ever owning it. The positive is that this puts a choice of tempting new machinery within the reach of those who wouldn't otherwise stand a chance of affording it.
Let's start with the Volkswagen Golf R, shall we? Seemingly loved and loathed in equal measure by PHers, the hot Golf has become hugely popular thanks to some extremely tempting lease deals. This one, over on our sister site What Car?, will sit you behind the wheel of a Golf R for an initial rental just shy of two grand and monthlies of £326.80. That works out at a total cost of £13,398.
Fancy something a little more potent? Course you do. How about a BMW M4? Another easy leaser, the M4 can currently be head with a down payment of £3277.38 over on What Car?, with monthlies of £546.23. Which is lovely, but for the £22,000 or so that three-year lease will cost you, you could get into a very tidy, low-mileage example of an E90 M3. And let's face it: that's just better, isn't it?
But perhaps sir or madam fancies something a little more family-oriented? Don't think for a moment that means going without a few toys, though, because a large part of the reason you see so many Range Rover Sports flying around the place these days is their leasability. (Is that even a real world? Probably not. I'm using it anyway.)
I was all set to throw you a common-or-garden diesel SUV here; something like an older Range Rover or a nice BMW X5. But then I spied this Audi Q7 V12 diesel for sale, and as this is PistonHeads, I simply had to give it a mention. These come up vanishingly infrequently, so even though it'll cost you the earth to fuel, and it's older and leggier than most of the other Q7s going for around its price, it's still a deeply appealing thing.
Before you're shot of me, here's just one more example. I've gone a little bit silly for this one, so you'll have to forgive me, but the fact is you can of course rent a bona fide supercar these days - and where would we be without the Audi R8 and its utterly delicious V10 engine? One of these will set you back £12,088.38 - that's just the down payment - with your monthlies over three years coming out at £2014.73.