Market watch – new and used deals
The Volkswagen Golf Match has a good value specification and a recognised market pedigree (which should be good for resale values). Combine that with the outgoing 1.6 FSI petrol engine, and you’re in for a deal. Plenty of car supermarkets have them available, but the cheapest we’ve found is Autobytel: a five-door at £13,854 is a saving of £1,466.
Love the Golf, but want a faster model? Then try Motor Provider for a deal on the GTI. It can supply three-door manual GTIs from stock from £17,395 – a substantial £3,420 less than the list price of £20,815. They are all brand new and unregistered, and come with various factory fitted options.
The Mazda5 MPV has recently been facelifted. As a result, the previous version is becoming increasingly good value. CarGiant has a metallic blue 2.0-litre TS2 on a ‘57’ plate with just 1,034 miles on the clock for £12,499; a new one will set you back £16,300. That’s £3,799 in depreciation at someone else’s expense.
Free insurance and zero percent finance from Vauxhall
Vauxhall is one manufacturer keen to get the new ‘08’ plate off to a good start.
Four years’ zero per cent finance is available on selected versions of the Astra, Astra Twin Top, Meriva, Tigra, Vectra, and Zafira. The popular Corsa doesn’t get quite such a tempting deal although selected models are available with three years’ zero percent finance.
There’s even two years’ zero percent finance available on the Design version of the brand new Agila – which isn’t officially on sale until 3rd May 2008.
There are also £2,000 discounts on all Antaras, while the Corsa Club 1.4i comes with one year’s free fully comprehensive insurance for anyone aged between 19 and 80. That’s also available on other Corsa Clubs fitted with air conditioning although remember to check the excess amount.
All offers are subject to status, and run until 1st April 2008. Vauxhall’s own internet deals are also always very competitive, so don’t forget to check the internet prices before heading to the dealer.
Peugeot discounts and finance deals for March
Peugeot has a number of offers on for March 2008.
City cars are big news right at the moment – with new model launches including the new Hyundai i10 and the Fiat 500.
There is a lot still to be said for the Peugeot 107, though, especially as it’s currently available in Urban Lite guise at £6,195 – that’s £1,000 off. If you prefer the better-equipped Urban, and don’t mind a finance deal, you can save £440 on that.
You can also get £500 off the 1007 SE whose sliding doors are ideal for tight spaces. And anyone interested in the 607 can save £2,350 on the 2.0-litre diesel 170 Executive.
There’s also £1,500 off the Partner Combi Escapade diesel – a small, utilitarian MPV, which is about to be replaced by the curiously-named Partner Tepee.
Continuing with the finance offers, there are savings on the 308 if you sign up to Peugeot Passport: up to £500 off the Urban, £1,000 off the S, at a typical 5.9 percent APR. The 407 saloon and 807 MPV are available at a typical zero percent rate, but with no discount.
All offers are subject to status and end 31st March. See the website or your nearest dealer for details.
Volvo Ocean Race special editions
Volvo has announced Ocean Race special edition versions of the V70, XC70, and XC90.
All finished in pearlescent Ocean Blue paint or metallic Electric Silver, they are designed to commemorate Volvo’s involvement in the Ocean Race round the world yacht race.
They feature unique chrome trimmings and badges, special leather upholstery, floor mats, and interior aluminium inlays. Engine choices will be limited to Volvo’s existing five-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel units, and they go on sale in June.
Prices will be revealed nearer the time, while potential purchasers will be relieved to know that there are no plans to limit production to specific numbers; “around 9,000” globally is the current target.
Nissan announces UK prices for GT-R
Undoubtedly one of the stars of the 2008 Geneva motor show, the Nissan GT-R doesn’t actually arrive in the UK until 2009.
But Nissan has now announced UK pricing. And it’s actually cheaper than we were expecting. When the new model was originally unveiled late last year we were told it would be around £60,000 in this county – almost double the entry-level cost in Nissan’s native Japan.
UK buyers will still pay a premium, but £52,900 for the base spec version remains a pleasant surprise – especially when its natural rival is Porsche’s 911 Turbo, which costs £99,920.
The GT-R is well equipped as standard, but Premium Edition (£54,200 including auto headlights and Bose stereo) and Black Edition (£55,500 for exclusive paint, alloys, and interior) versions are also available.
Interested customers can start their chequebooks soon, as the car will be available to pre-order from ten authorised Nissan GT-R centres on 2nd April. Online pre-orders at the special microsite which opens on 4th April 2008. Both are subject to a £3,500 deposit.
Free Kia cee’d alloy upgrade
In case a seven year warranty and existing levels of value don’t tempt you, Kia has an alloy wheel deal on this month.
Buy a 1.6-litre diesel cee’d five door or SW estate in LS trim until the end of March and the company is offering a free upgrade from 16-inch to 17-inch alloy wheels. It’s a limited offer, available while stocks last, and is only available on cars in Storm Silver, Phantom Black and Abyss Blue.
Increasing the wheel size may not do wonders for the ride quality, however, so you might want to ask for a test drive before accepting Kia’s generosity. A full range of accessories can be seen in the ‘Design my Kia’ tool on the company’s website.
The cee’d LS diesel starts at £14,295.