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Ryan Darby

Ryan Darby

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Enjoy the most popular models with your next BMW lease

Whether you’re searching for a hot hatch or a compact SUV, there is a good chance that you’ve shortlisted some of these BMW models for your next car. 

Throughout their entire line-up, they have something for everybody, with the likes of the i3 or upcoming iX3 for those who want to drive electric. The 3 Series for those who want to experience one of the most popular BMW cars on the market or even the M8 if you're after something seriously sporty with traffic-stopping looks. 

A BMW lease deal allows you to experience the first-rate interiors, cutting edge technology and an overall fantastic driving experience for a fraction of the overall cost.

If there's more than one model in the mix for your next car lease, you might be interested to learn which models were among the most popular across Europe last year. 

Using data compiled by Car Sales Base, who cite manufacturers, the Automotive News Data Center and JATO Dynamics, we have compiled the top 10 best-selling BMW models from 2021 across Europe.

Best-selling BMW models across Europe in 2021

  1. i3
  2. X2
  3. 4 Series
  4. 2 Series Gran Coupe/Coupe
  5. X5
  6. 5 Series
  7. X3
  8. X1
  9. 1 Series
  10. 3 Series

10) BMW i3 – 25,029 models sold

Meet BMW's first fully electric car, the BMW i3. Comparable to the Nissan Leaf, the i3 has competitive stats...a claimed range of 190 miles is 22 more than the Leaf, while its rapid charge times are also quicker.

When it comes to performance, it can go from 0-62mph in 7.3s - which, for context, is within a second of a Ford Fiesta ST. 

The i3 has stood the test of time and remains a compelling option for drivers considering an electric car lease deal. It is small and nimble for everyday use around the city but remains practical with competitive range.

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9) BMW X2 – 28,699 models sold

Based on the same platform as the MINI Countryman, this is BMW's compact SUV. The X2 is bullish and is a great car for those who require extra space for family life but don't want to compromise on bold design. 

With a lower driving position than you might expect within the class, the X2 strikes a fine balance between being sporty and practical. It's the second smallest SUV available in the BMW lineup and offers a hybrid powertrain, making it perfect if you're not quite ready for that electric car lease

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BMW 4 series

8) BMW 4 Series – 33,083 models sold

Throughout its lifetime, the 4 Series has always been a seriously good-looking car (even sporting that controversial new front grille), and its popularity has put it in the top 10.

The 4 Series has some of the best interiors in its class and that includes the infamous iDrive system too. 

Available as a Gran CoupeCoupe and Convertible, the 4 Series is a perfect blend of executive style and a sporty underpinning for those who are craving the best of both worlds.

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2021 BMW 2 Series

7) BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe/Coupe – 34,852 models sold

The published data for the 2 Series category has been divided into two sub sections to separate both the Gran Coupe and the Coupe from its Gran Tourer and Active Tourer alternatives, hence why this may be lower than you expect. 

The Gran Coupe and Coupe options proved to be a popular choice in 2021, accounting for nearly 35,000 sales.

The 2 Series can be practical, family-friendly cars or much sportier in their design. They tick almost every potential box for drivers.

You can enjoy all the brilliant technology that the BMW line-up has become known for, while recent models boast jaw-dropping good looks. Effortless handling and impressive power make the 2 Series range a very well-rounded business car lease choice.

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6) BMW X5 – 43,103 models sold

The X5 is so often the choice for a premium SUV lease and it is easy to see why. Refined and spacious interior, with an infotainment system that leaves most of its rivals in its dust. It effortlessly combines luxury with performance and looks just as good on the road as it does off it.

Passengers of all ages can make the most of the X5's pleasing ride comfort, welcoming interior and generous space. The BMW X5 is a lease car that suits all the family.

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BMW 5 Series

5) BMW 5 Series – 52,936 models sold

The 5 Series has long been heralded as one of the best luxury saloons on the market. Also available in touring variants, this is a hugely popular model.

It is the perfect step up for someone looking for all the brilliance of a 3 Series but with additional space and comfort. 

Competitive running costs and attractive Benefit in Kind tax rates ensure the 5 Series will also appeal to those considering business car leasing.

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2021 BMW X3

4) BMW X3 – 81,466 models sold

The X3 will make the perfect car lease for those who want an SUV but don't want to stretch to the size or budget of an X5. Since its launch, it has regularly been one of the most popular models within the BMW line-up. It has a classy design and promises a smooth driving experience and now also offers hybrid efficiency, what more could you possibly need?

With so many competitive and appealing choices to choose from at BMW, the X3 is such a composed and steady performer. It handles all elements excellently, with smooth handling, suitable power and enough space for all your needs.

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3) BMW X1 – 88,486 models sold

Coming in at third place for a second consecutive year is the X1, a premium and compact SUV that is the smallest within the BMW range. 

It provides the premium and classy BMW styling without the hustle and bustle of a bigger more robust vehicle.

With relatively low CO2 emissions and competitive Benefit in Kind tax rates, the X1 is another popular choice for a BMW business lease, thanks to its welcoming and high-quality spacious cabin.

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2021 BMW 1 Series

2) BMW 1 Series – 96,410 models sold

One of the most popular hot hatches on the road, it is no surprise to see the 1 Series come in at second place. 

At the heart of every good hot hatch is a comfortable and rewarding driving experience, which is exactly what you get with the 1 Series.

Whether it's a first car lease or to be enjoyed by all the family, the 1 Series is versatile and can suit every need.

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2021 BMW 3 Series

1) BMW 3 Series - 111,209 models sold

There was only ever going to be one winner. Whether it is the saloon or touring variants, the 3 Series is one of the most popular cars on the road today.

Hailed for its comfort, practicality and complete driving experience, it ticks so many boxes for customers, be that personal or business, the 3 Series is ready for any occasion.

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When you see the sheer amount of choice available in the BMW line-up, there is a common theme that occurs throughout. Whether you’re looking for an SUV or an executive saloon, you will benefit from high-quality interiors and class-leading infotainment systems that set the brand apart from its rivals.

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