Market watch – new and used deals
The Alfa MiTo may represent the latest in Italian style (see below), but what if you need something a little bigger? You could try a Fiat Bravo.
Motorpoint has several 07-plate 1.9 diesels in stock available from £8,299. Although Active trim is a slightly basic, that price a massive £5,000 compared with buying new.
Not sporty enough? Then how about a BMW Z4 Coupe? Broadspeed has what it describes as an ‘unused’ 08-plate 3.0iS available for just £24,940.
List price is currently £32,110, so the saving is an impressive £7,170 on a good looking, fun-to-drive sports car. It’s a UK- supplied car, with plenty of creature comforts.
If family space is a priority there is always the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. UK Car Discount can supply brand new VTR+ models with an economical 1.6-litre diesel engine for £15,047.
That’s the top-spec trim, usually retailing at £18,995 – a healthy £3,948 saving.
Alfa Romeo MiTo debut
Forget the Fiat 500 – is this the car to really trouble Mini?
It’s the Alfa Romeo MiTo, and represents the first time we have seen anything like a supermini from the Italian marque for more than 35 years. With styling influenced by the spectacular 8C supercar, it seems likely to make quite an impact amongst image conscious buyers.
Whether the rest of the car will live up to ownership expectations is quite another question; it shares its underpinnings with the Fiat Grande Punto.
Still, there are lots of exciting sounding acronyms (such as the “DNA” driver control system) to help with dynamic prowess and safety.
There will be five engines at launch – three petrol and two diesel – and pricing is aggressive. The MiTo starts at £10,975, undercutting the £11,925 entry-level Mini by £950.
And while you can’t order one until October (first deliveries are scheduled for January 2009) you will be able to see the MiTo in the metal at this month’s British International Motor Show (at London’s ExCeL, 23rd July – 3rd August 2008).
Summer specials from Kia
Well, someone seems to be convinced that summer is here: Kia has announced four new special editions.
£6,995 will buy you a Picanto Chill. This features a 1.1-litre petrol engine emitting 118g/km CO2, four seats, five doors, and – crucially – air conditioning. You also get remote locking, an iPod connection, and a choice of colours including unique Cool Blue.
Most important of all, however, it only costs £100 more than the regular 1.1-litre Picanto 2. For the air conditioning alone that’s a bargain.
There is also a Rio Chill. This costs £7,995 for the 1.4 petrol or £8,995 for the 1.5 diesel. Again, air conditioning is standard, alongside central locking, electric front windows, 14-inch alloys and a spoiler. This Chill is £100 cheaper than the similarly specced Rio 2.
Moving on to more sophisticated Kias, the Pro_cee’d ZR-7 is a special edition that debuts the 1.4-litre petrol engine in this three-door bodystyle. £11,995 makes it the entry-level model, but you still get air con, alloys, and remote locking.
Plus the added bonus of one year’s free insurance (subject to status).
Alternatively, the SR-7 is a special edition Cee’d five-door. This is available as £10,995 1.4 petrol or £11,495 1.6 petrol, and can be ordered in Mars Red (previously only a Pro_cee’d colour).
Equipment includes a six CD changer, USB/auxiliary socket, unique 16-inch alloys, air con and front foglights. All four specials are on sale now.
Latest offers from Volkswagen
Volkswagen has new offers available on nearly every model; here’s a quick round up.
Fox: you can currently save £195 on 1.2 and 1.4 regular and Urban versions. This means prices now start at £6,430.
Polo: £250 off E models, and £375 off SE and Match variants. Prices from £7,475.
Golf: save £285 on all petrol-powered S hatchbacks, and £500 across the entire Golf Plus range. Prices for the Golf start at £11,995, the Golf Plus at £12,825.
New Beetle: save £500 on various New Beetles – including the Cabriolet. Prices from £11,695.
Jetta: save £750 on all variants. Prices now start at £14,390.
Passat: all Passat SEs are currently discounted – £750 off the saloon, and £1,000 off the estate. Prices for the Passat start at £15,860.
Eos: there’s £525 off all Eos models except Sport and Individual – just in time for summer, if indeed we are having one this year. Prices from £19,500.
Touran: save up to £1,485 on SE models, with £1,465 off the entry-level S, and £1,000 off the range-topping Sport. Prices start at £13,495.
Touareg: £1,345 off high-spec SE and Altitude models. Prices for the Touareg start at £30,010.
Phaeton: the biggest saving of all: buy a V6 diesel Phaeton with four-wheel drive and you will currently save £5,520. Available from £38,245.
All offers are available until 30 September 2008. But don’t forget to shop around, as further discounts are undoubtedly achievable – these are just a starting point for your negotiations.
New engine for Citroen C-Crosser
Some people still want to buy off-roaders with petrol engines. And just for them, Citroen is adding a 168bhp 2.4-litre petrol to its C-Crosser range.
Starting at £19,995 in VTR trim, this becomes the new entry-level model, returning 30.1mpg combined, and emitting 225g/km CO2. A five-seat model, standard equipment includes cruise control, light sensitive headlights, and a split tailgate.
On VTR+ specification and above, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is standard. It’s a form of automatic gearbox that does without a traditional ‘stepped’ ratios; efficiency and emissions actually improve as a result – meaning 30.4mpg and 222g/km CO2.
Prices for these are £22,295 for the VTR+, £25,195 for the Exclusive. It’s a useful addition to the range, but many would still be better off with a diesel.
High spec Range Rover Autobiography
Here’s another car which will take a bow at the British Motor Show – the new Range Rover Autobiography.
The Autobiography label has always been reserved for very special Range Rovers – previously applied only to bespoke one-offs created for Land Rover’s richest, most particular clients.
This time, however, it’s a full model, and the new range topper.
It’s still special, though, as it’s said to feature more leather than on any Range Rover previously seen. High quality hide covers everything from the fascia-top to the floor mat edgings.
It’s all designed to age, too – adding to the vehicle’s unique character, apparently. Anything that isn’t leather on the inside is wood, while the exterior is distinguished (if that’s the right word…) by a set of 20-inch alloys, ‘diamond-turned’ for a striking finish.
The price of such luxury? A snip at £72,995 for the TDV8 diesel, or £76,495 for the Supercharged V8 petrol model.