Market watch – new and used deals
The arrival of the new Laguna (see below) means excellent deals on the outgoing car.
For example, Renault’s own used car retail site is offering a 2006 2.0 diesel in Dynamique trim for £12,999 – around £5,500 less than brand new.
We do have some reservations, as the current Laguna has been plagued with reliability issues, but it does have five EuroNCAP stars.
Similarly, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is impacting used prices for the previous model.
2006 plate cars can be had for a little over £13,000 if you’re prepared to put up with high mileage – just remember to avoid the base ’Classic’ trim if you can afford to.
Amongst the best deals are C220 diesels in Avantgarde trim; a brief search of the classifieds revealed plenty at around £18,000 with as little as 15,000 miles on the clock.
Audi’s A8 luxury saloon is undergoing a mild facelift – this means existing stock is being reduced. BuyYourCar has dealers offering discounts of between £6,865 and £11,015 off, depending on model and spec.
The Audi A8 achieved the highest ever Secondary Safety Rating of 14.5 points in our inspections.
Prices and specification for five-star Peugeot 308
Prices and specification for the new Peugeot 308 have now been announced, alongside news that it’s received a five-star EuroNCAP adult safety rating.
There will be five trim levels at launch and six engines – three petrol and three diesel. Highlights include a 1.6 90bhp diesel that emits only 120g/km of CO2 and returns 62.7mpg.
Six airbags, remote central locking and CD-player are standard on all models, and the 308 range uses a special Michelin Energy Saver tyre to aid efficiency.
The five-door hatchback arrives in September, priced from £12,595 to £20,045; the three-door follows in December, priced from £11,995 to £19,445. Estate and coupe-convertible should follow in 2008, and Peugeot is also likely to produce a new seven-seat SW estate variant.
New Renault Laguna – £300 cheaper than current model
Renault has finalised pricing and specification for the new Laguna, with every model representing an average saving of £300 over the list price for equivalent current-generation cars.
Prices for the hatchback range from £15,900 to £23,400 and even the premium for the Sport Tourer estate has been cut by £150 to £950. The hatch is available to order now in Expression, Dynamique and Dynamique S trim – with high-line Initiale following in October. The estate goes on sale in September.
A new three-year 100,000 mile warranty is standard. Equipment levels and engine choices are comprehensive, while interior quality at least appears to be considerably improved.
All-new Audi A4 on sale September
Audi’s all-new A4 saloon debuts at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
Changes to the chassis layout promise sharper handling, but also result in a class-leading wheelbase, improving interior space. There’s a larger 480-litre boot, and an extra 36mm of rear legroom.
Five engines – 1.8 turbo and 3.2 petrols, 2.0, 2.7 and 3.0 diesels – will be offered initially, with more powerful models to follow. Options include a Bang & Olufsen stereo, Multi Media Interface control system, and Audi Drive Select – which changes driving dynamics at the press of a button.
The new A4 goes on sale 11 September; prices and trim levels have not yet been announced.
In other news, Audi has expanded its A5 coupe range, adding a 2.7 diesel at £31,640, and a 3.2 petrol at £33,230. Both have CVT automatic gearboxes as standard, and are on sale now.
Jaguar XF finally revealed
Jaguar has released details of its XF executive saloon, the all-new replacement for the S-Type.
Priced from £33,900 to £54,900, there are four initial engine choices – 3.0-litre V6 petrol, normally aspirated and supercharged 4.2-litre V8 petrol, and a 2.7-litre V6 diesel – and three trim levels.
‘Luxury’ trim includes satnav, leather seats, Bluetooth, and climate control. ‘Premium’ specification costs £3,600 more, and includes a better stereo, plus leather dashboard and door-rolls.
‘SV8’ is reserved for the supercharged 4.2 only, and includes computer-controlled suspension, bi-xenon headlights, and ‘active heated and cooled front seats’.
Available to order now, first deliveries of the XF are scheduled for 1 March 2008.
Ford Focus ECOnetic = 115g/km CO2
Ford has announced a low emissions version of its Focus hatchback, joining a host of manufacturers offering similar products.
Badged ECOnetic, the Focus uses a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 108bhp, and generates just 115g/km of CO2 while returning 65.7mpg, and includes a particulate filter.
The first of many such low-emissions vehicles Ford is planning to sell, the ECOnetic Focus achieves these results through the use of aerodynamic and drag-reducing modifications. It also uses a special low viscosity transmission oil provided by BP – which has proved so successful it’s being introduced across the range.
No pricing information yet but the ECOnetic Focus will be publicly unveiled at Frankfurt motor show.