Market watch – new and used deals
Kids taking over the car? Would like some space to breathe, but only have supermini money? Then check out Motorpoint’s Vauxhall Zafira stock. They have a batch of 1.6 Life versions, with air con, sporting a 2006/56 plate – from just £8,499. That’s a bargain for a seven-seat compact MPV.
A Volkswagen Golf 1.6 Match 5dr could be all the car you’ll ever need. But they’re not cheap, despite the generous spec level. Drive the Deal can source you a brand-new, unregistered example for £14,120 – a saving of £1,829.
If you fancy a British icon to ‘grand-tour’ in, then it’s a Jaguar XK for you. And look how tempting Trade Sales’ price on a brand new 4.2 V8 Coupe – it’s up for £49,995 which is a hefty £10,000 off list price.
Volkswagen Tiguan in showrooms
The German maker’s first-ever compact 4×4 has hit the showrooms. The Land Rover Freelander rival, with standard ‘4MOTION’ electronic four-wheel-drive, is initially available with a 1.4-litre ‘twincharger’ engine, producing 147bhp, for prices starting at £19,370.
The staple of the range will be the diesel models, though. An ‘S’ version of the new 138bhp common-rail 2.0 TDI costs £20,500, with SE and Sport derivatives edging the price up to £22,500. There is also an Escape version, with special off-road bumpers and electronic trickery, for £22,050 – though this is expected to take a mere handful of sales.
Other versions to arrive in due course include a 167bhp 2.0-litre diesel, plus a 2.0-litre turbo petrol from the Golf GTI. The Tiguan seats five, is reasonably economical in diesel guise, and seems set for some impressive retained values. Volkswagen also hinted at a two-wheel-drive version in time: we wonder if this will include green-focused BlueMotion modifications?
We’ve just had our first chance to drive the Tiguan – here’s what we thought of it.
Interest-free Hyundai i30
It’s only been on sale since September last year, yet Hyundai has announced zero per cent financing offers on its i30 medium hatchback.
All models in the range are available, and the cheapest can be had from £245 per month with a 20 per cent deposit – that’s £2,199 deposit on the 1.4 Comfort model. Standard equipment is generous, and we particularly approve of the standard-fit electronic stability control (ESC) to help you steer around trouble.
The offer ends March 31st, and you can find out more at Hyundai’s website, or call 0800 981 981.
New Bravo diesel
Fiat has just announced a brand-new diesel engine – initially for the Bravo family hatchback, but certain to feature in many other models before long.
The 1.6 MultiJet comes in two guises: 105bhp and 120bhp, both of which produce identical combined economy of 57.6mpg, and emit 129g/km of CO2. And some impressive stats come with the 120bhp version: it’s as powerful as the old 1.9 MultiJet, yet has 25 per cent more torque (221lb/ft), and consumes 8 per cent less fuel.
It’s also compliant with the latest EC emissions legislation (Euro V). These ultra-tough rules don’t come into force until 2009, and the MultiJet is the sector’s first engine to meet them.
Intriguingly, Fiat will also sell an ‘Eco pack’ for the 105 derivative. This comprises revised engine management box, special aerodynamic tweaks, taller gear ratios and low rolling resistance tyres resulting in 62.7mpg combined, and CO2 of 119g/km.
No prices have been announced yet, but Fiat confirms that when the order books open in March, it will cost less than the 1.9 MultiJet – we estimate from just over £13,000 for a five-door Active 120bhp would be a safe bet, with the 105bhp starting from around £12,500.
Renault Twingo Renaultsport
Following last week’s announcement of the new, entry-level Twingo Extreme, this week Renault has finally revealed the range-topping Renaultsport performance model.
There aren’t too many details – the Twingo Renaultsport was launched alongside Renault’s 2008 Formula 1 car – but we can tell you it features a 1.6-litre engine with 131bhp. That doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s a good 30bhp more than any other Twingo.
Chassis modification are said to balance everyday comfort against genuinely sporty performance. Since the Twingo shares underpinings with the previous generation Clio, which delivered a succession of successful sporting versions, we have high hopes for the Renaultsport’s entertainment levels.
It goes on sale in Autumn. No prices yet, but we reckon around £12,000 would put it in line with the rest of the range.
£6,000 off Subaru Tribeca
You have to question whether the Subaru Tribeca B9 is selling all that well: it’s a large off-roader with a thirsty petrol engine, and list prices currently start at around £30,000. Rumour has it that sales are struggling to top two per month.
Perhaps as a result, Subaru has announced an amazing offer – save £6,102 on the range-topping SE7! OK, this still means it costs £27,995, but that’s about the same as a petrol Land Rover Freelander 2, and the Subaru is much better equipped (and seats seven).
More sensible still is the S5 version. With a saving of £5,102, the price drops to £23,995, which is small off-roader price. It still averages only 23mpg, but if you must have a Subaru ‘soft-roader’, such savings make it worth considering. You have until the end of March to take up the offer at participating Subaru dealers.
Alfa Romeo 147 Collezione
Confirming the current must-have colour, one of the big things about the 2008 Alfa 147 Collezione is its unique Ghaicci White paint option.
An update on last year’s Collezione special edition, the new car features lowered suspension, leather interior, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, and – if you pick white or red – can be had with a gloss black roof finish.
Three- or five-door versions are available. Engine choices are 1.6-litre petrol or 1.9-litre diesel, both with 120bhp, and the car also comes with six airbags, air conditioning and an alarm as standard.
On sale 9 February, priced £13,950 to £15,450; the two-tone paint option is £500.
2008 Mercedes SL updates
Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the 2008 SL roadster.
It’s basically the same car underneath, but exterior changes for the facelift SL luxury sports car are extensive. As with the new CLC Sports Coupe, this has resulted in a slightly disjointed relationship between the front and rear styling, but it is certainly striking none-the-less.
Under the skin, new options include Mercedes’ variable ratio Direct Drive steering system, ‘Intelligent Lights’, and the introduction of the Airscarf neckwarming system first seen on the SLK. There is also an all-new 310bhp V6 for the SL 350, which is described as ‘extremely sporty’; the SL 500 and SL 600 remain as before, although there are mild improvements to the fuel economy.
The 2008 SL is on sale in April, with UK prices to be announced nearer the time.
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