Vauxhall announces budget modelsFive new entry-level ES and Expression cars
19 March 2010
Vauxhall is launching cut-price ES and Expression versions of five models in its range, offering savings of up to £3,675.
As well as the more attractive price for private buyers, company car owners will benefit from lower benefit-in-kind on their salaries. It is recognition that, with the Scrappage Scheme about to finish, something has to be done to keep up sales.
Insignia for less than a Ford Focus
The new Insignia ES replaces the Insignia S, yet is slightly better equipped. It is offered in saloon, hatchback and estate body styles with a choice of petrol and diesel engines.
Prices start at £17,120 for the 1.8-litre petrol engined five-door hatchback, which is more than £1,000 less than the cheapest Ford Focus, and £3,000 less than the cheapest Mondeo.
Astras are £3,000 cheaper
There are five Vauxhall Astra ES models on offer, with prices starting at £15,375 for the five-door hatchback. There’s also a new Astra 1.4 Expression, similarly specced as the Astra S, but with a bit less power and £3,000 off that model's list price. The Astra Sports Hatch Expression is also £3k cheaper than the current entry-level model, although it's not as well equipped.
The Astra Twin Top Expression is basically the same as the existing 1.6 Air Twin Top, but priced at £17,995, it represents a saving of £3,075.
Nearly £4,000 off Zafira
The 1.0 Corsa Expression pitches in £2,000 lower than the cheapest Corsa S, but it has wind up windows and manual door locking. With a 1.6-litre engine, the Zafira Expression loses the roof rails and aircon of the Life model, but at £14,995 it is nearly £4,000 cheaper.
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