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New cars and hot deals, 19th October 2007

Audi’s A5 and RS4 just got a whole lot cheaper…

Audi adds efficient 1.8 turbo to A5

Audi A5

New 1.8 turbo brings £26k entry point for A5 range

The model count for the Audi A5 coupé is slowly creeping higher.

A range that started off with just two engine choices has now stretched to five with the addition of an all-new 1.8-litre turbo petrol alongside the existing petrol and diesel quartet.

It becomes the cheapest A5 by far, and the only model with a four-cylinder engine; with an entry price of £26,190, it’s more than £5,000 less than the next model up – the 2.7-litre diesel V6.

Featuring Audi’s acclaimed ‘FSI’ direct petrol injection technology it is also commendably efficient. Despite a 140mph top speed, the 1.8 turbo can return 39.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 169g/km. Those especially keen on performance may be disappointed by the 8.4 second 0-62mph time, however.

Available only in front-wheel-drive form (others in the range get Quattro), the new 1.8 has a six-speed manual gearbox, and can be upgraded to Sport specification for an extra £1,000. UK deliveries start in November.


Market watch – new and used deals

Citroen C-Crosser

Pre-reg deals available already on C-Crosser

Our previous speculation about the Citroën C-Crosser 4×4 being a good candidate for discounts in comparison to its Peugeot 4007 and Mitsubishi Outlander cousins is holding true.

Online Cars Limited can save you more than £2,000 on the lower-spec VTR model, or £2,500 on the top-spec Exclusive, making them £21,124 and £23,254, respectively. These deals are on pre-registered UK cars while stocks last. On the downside, such early pre-registration and discounting spells bad news for residual values…

Audi RS4

Biggest savings we’ve seen on pricey RS4

This is an unusually high-end deal for us to mention, but it just goes to show that the introduction of the new BMW M3 and forthcoming Mercedes C63 AMG is finally denting the previously rock-solid prices for Audi’s RS4.

Autobytel can get you £3,000 off the Cabriolet model – which doesn’t sound like much on a £60,000 car, but it’s more than we’ve ever seen before. The RS4 is about to be discontinued, but it can still hold its own against the newer competition; if want one brand new you’ll have to act soon.

Vauxhall Astra

Save £6k on a nearly-new Astra

Want something cheaper and second-hand? There are lots of decent Ford deals around at present. For example, Abingdon Ford is having a clearance sale on its used stock, knocking around £1,000 off most cars if you shop via the internet. See BestPriceCar for details.

2007 Vauxhall Astras represent even better value, though. The 1.6 SXi five-door is just over £15,000 new, but Carcraft is listing 10,000-mile examples for just £9,000 – that’s a massive £6,000 saving.


VW Tiguan now on sale

VW Tiguan

Order books open for VW’s new Tiguan

The order books have now opened for Volkswagen’s new Tiguan compact 4×4.

There are four trim levels to choose from – S, SE, Sport and Escape (which gets extra off-roading preparation) – and just two engines. These are a new 148bhp version of the turbo- and supercharged 1.4 petrol (complete with an ‘off-road mode’ that keeps the supercharger permanently engaged for maximum low down pull), and a 2.0-litre 138bhp turbodiesel.

Prices range from £19,370 for the entry-level petrol S to £23,750 for the top spec diesel Sport with six-speed automatic. All come with electronic stability control (called ESP on VWs) and ‘intelligent’ four-wheel drive.

The Tiguan doesn’t actually arrive in the UK until February, but the strength of VW’s image means it’s likely to be a popular choice. You’ll need to move quickly if you don’t want get stuck at the end of a lengthy waiting list…

Potential buyers should read our review of the new Mazda CX-7, which may also fit the bill – and this side of Christmas.


Zero per cent Toyotas

Toyota is now offering zero percent finance on five of its most popular and value-laden models.

Toyota Auris

Zero per cent finance on popular Toyotas

Here’s a rundown of the models included in the deal:

  • The Yaris TR, priced from £9,645 – a specification based on the T3 trim, this includes a whopping nine airbags, 15-inch alloys, air-con, electric windows and door mirrors.
  • From £10,645 you can choose the 1.3 petrol or 1.4 diesel versions of the Yaris SR, a sporty trim package that features unique bodystyling, climate control, and keyless entry and go.
  • The Auris TR with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con and electric windows and mirrors – starts at £12,795.
  • The Verso SR seven-seat MPV comes with rear parking sensors from £16,995.
  • Finally there’s the RAV4 XT-R from £19,995, with rear parking sensors, nine airbags, 17-inch alloys and climate control.

The finance deal is subject to status, and requires a 30 percent deposit. It runs until 31st December.


Refreshed X-type for 2008

Jaguar X-type new estate

New X-type has revised grille

Jaguar’s aging X-type family saloon and estate is to get another refresh in 2008.

Sharing many parts with the previous-generation Ford Mondeo, Jaguar needs to do something to keep the X-type even vaguely competitive in a compact executive market likely to be dominated by the all-new Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-class next year.

The revised X-type is identifiable by a face-lift that features a revised grille and front bumper design – in somewhat questionable taste – but no major sheet metal changes.

Jaguar X-type new rear

Jag claims 500 components have been upgraded

Better news is that nearly 500 components have been upgraded, leading to an increased number of trim choices. Buyers will also be able to specify a 2.2-litre diesel with automatic gearbox for the first time, which should prove a popular choice.

The 2008 X-type arrives in March, priced from £21,500. This is a slight price hike, but improved specifications should compensate for this. If you fancy an X-type but not the revised looks, now’s a good time to start looking for a deal on the outgoing version.


Kia extends family appeal

Kia Sedona MPV

Sedona MPV – you can’t part-exchange for the kids…

Kia is extending its unique ‘baby discount’ to include the Sedona MPV.

Already available on the smaller Carens MPV, this new Sedona offer is now available to any family with twins, triplets, quadruplets, or quintuplets up to the age of 18.

The discount ranges from £1,000 off for twins to a £2,500 reduction for quints – although some parents may be disappointed to know that it isn’t being done on part-exchange; you still have to take the kids home with you. A free ‘multimedia cinema’ system should help keep them quiet for the duration, however.

Kia Cee'd SW

Diesel Cee’d estate costs same as petrol

Another current Kia offer worth considering is the Carens SR special edition. This costs £12,995, and includes a powerful diesel engine, six-speed gearbox, alloy wheels and air conditioning. The Carens is a competent budget MPV, covered by a five-year warranty.

Buyers looking for a small family estate should also note that the Cee’d SW is now in showrooms – especially as Kia is offering the diesel engine for the same price as the petrol.

This represents a saving of up to £1,000 on a car competitive with segment leaders, backed up by an industry-leading seven-year warranty. Choose LS trim and you’ll even get free parking sensors.


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