Market watch – new and used deals
It’s not often you’ll find a substantial discount on a brand new Audi, but Drive the Deal can save you nearly £5,700 on a Q7 4×4. New and unregistered, it’s the 3.0-litre diesel version with automatic gearbox. Priced at £44,800 it’s available now.
Need family transport that’s a little more down to earth? Then try UK Car Discount. It’s offering brand new Ford Galaxy LX 2.0 diesels for £18,750. That’s a saving of £4,228 on one of the best MPVs you can currently buy.
Still too big? The Best Buy Honda Jazz might be just the thing, as it’s one of the most versatile supermini-sized MPVs around. As such, used values for this car are strong, but Used Motor Provider has a choice of three-year old models priced at £6,795.
Free estate, automatic transmissions on Jaguar X-Type
The Jaguar X-Type is about to be facelifted, so deals are rife – not least from Jaguar itself.
Buyers interested in the 2.5-litre S, Sport, and SE, or the 3.0-litre Sport Premium, and Sovereign, can choose an automatic transmission for no extra cost – a saving of £1,250.
In addition, the estate version of the X-Type – which generally holds its value better than the saloon – is now also available at no extra cost, saving £1,400.
X-Type prices start at £21,505. It’s an old model now, and was never a big seller when brand new, so be prepared to haggle and expect decent discounts, as dealers make space for the revised version.
Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion
Volkswagen is introducing a BlueMotion version of its Golf hatchback at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
BlueMotion denotes the most efficient environmental performance in each VW range; in the Golf’s case, 62.8mpg combined and CO2 emissions of 119g/km. This would put it below the threshold for congestion charging in London, if the cut-off is set at 120g/km as is currently being proposed.
Improvements over the standard 103bhp 1.9 turbodiesel model that the BlueMotion is based on include engine management changes, aerodynamic improvements, and low rolling-resistance tyres. There will be two trim levels, but pricing and exact specification will be announced closer to the UK launch (early 2008). The Polo BlueMotion is already on sale, and the Passat BlueMotion will be available to order before the end of this year.
Renault and Skoda ready compact estates
Renault and Skoda are both unveiling all-new compact estate cars at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
The Renault Clio Sport Tourer is based on this year’s Geneva motor show Grand Tour concept, so it should combine practicality with style. Details are scarce, but luggage capacity is increased to 439 litres compared to the hatchback’s 288 litres.
Skoda’s new estate is also based on a supermini – the recently introduced second generation Fabia. Boot volume is even bigger at 480 litres. Three petrol and three diesel engines will be offered, along with three trim levels, but no pricing has been announced.
Production of the current Fabia estate continues until the end of the year, so keep an eye out for some end-of-line bargains.
New Chevy supermini promises quality upgrade
Also at the Frankfurt motor show will be the new Chevrolet Aveo supermini. Currently, the Aveo is only sold in mainland Europe as a small family car.
An all-new car, this showcases Chevy’s new sharper styling, and should offer much higher interior quality levels – following on from the standards set by the company’s new Captiva SUV.
Two petrol engines will be available at launch – an 83bhp 1.2, and a 97bhp 1.4. An automatic gearbox will be optional on the latter. The Aveo goes on sale in spring next year, with details about pricing and specification coming next month.
We hope it exceeds the current Aveo’s safety record, which has a woeful one-star plus one crossed-out star EuroNCAP occupant protection score.
Lexus RX 400h goes SR
Lexus has added a new SR trim level to its hybrid RX 400h premium SUV. The SR sits between entry-level 400h and middle-ranking SE specification, adding leather, electric adjustment and heating to the front seats, metallic paint and a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat to the base model.
A pair of optional packages boost equipment still further: ‘Mulitmedia’ upgrades the stereo, adds satnav, Bluetooth, front screen and parking sensors; ‘ICE’ puts screens in the front headrests for the entertainment of backseat passengers.
Prices range from £37,500 to £42,945, there’s a choice of two paint finishes, and the Lexus RX 400h SR is on sale now.
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