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New cars and hot deals, 26th October 2007

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Market watch – new and used deals

It’s family workhorses catching our attention this week.

Renault Grand Scenic

Seven-seat Grand Scénic for just £12,599

The Renault Grand Scénic is a plus-sized version of the car that started the compact MPV trend. Motorpoint has several frugal 1.9 diesels in comprehensively equipped seven-seat Dynamique trim. The cheapest, at £12,599, has 52 miles on the clock, but most have delivery miles only and are priced at £12,999 – a saving of more than £6,600. Clever interior design is marred slightly by reliability issues, but these remain a popular choice and are good value here.

Ford Mondeo estate

You could fill the boot with all the cash you’ve saved…

We’ve also spotted Look 4 My Car offering Ford’s new Mondeo estate in decent Titanium trim for £17,691 – that’s nearly £5,500 off. What’s more, this is for brand new cars with the best engine choice – the 2.0-litre 138bhp diesel.

Look 4 My Car also has the same spec and engine available with an automatic gearbox in the more practical Ford S-Max for £19,374 – saving more than £3,000. Both the Mondeo estate and S-Max have an eight-week delivery time.

Ford Galaxy

Save £6k on a Galaxy via a ‘reverse auction’

Alternatively, ‘reverse auction’ site AutoeBid saved a customer £6,295 on a new 2.0-litre diesel automatic Ford Galaxy Ghia last month, and should be able to do the same for you. Log on and say what you want to pay for your next car and, provided it’s not thruppence ha’penny, dealers will compete to match it.


New C5 looks sharp

Citroen C5 saloon

New C5 will be bigger, better and, hopefully, more reliable

Citroën has released details of its all-new C5, and on the strength of looks alone it could be onto a winner.

Available in hatchback, saloon and estate guises, the new C5 is longer, wider and more technologically advanced than the car it replaces. Although this may not convince anyone familiar with the previous model, Citroën is also claiming reliability, quality and driving dynamics to match class leaders.

Citroen C5 estate

New C5 estate boasts striking looks

The influence of the bigger C6 is clear from the outside, but the C5 also borrows its suspension – with both traditionally steel-sprung and ‘Hydractive’ self-levelling set-ups available – and soundproofing techniques. Standard kit, interior space and safety equipment are all high, and a wide range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered.

The new C5 is on sale early next year; pricing will be confirmed nearer the time. The current car is already available at bargain prices and the striking looks of this new version should see them plummet even further. Worth remembering if you’re in the market for an estate car, as the current C5 estate is simply huge.


Alfa Romeo Q2 special editions

Alfa Romeo 147 Q2 Sport

Limited edition Alfas

Alfa Romeo has a new ‘Q2’ limited-slip differential available on its 150bhp 147 hatchback and GT coupe 1.9-litre diesels. And to publicise this it’s launching a pair of special editions.

The 147 Sport Limited Edition and GT Blackline Limited Edition both feature bespoke interior and exterior trim, alloys, lowered suspension, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust and Q2 boot-badge. It’s £16,950 for the 147 three-door, £17,450 for the five-door, and £21,430 for the GT.

The Q2 limited-slip differential enhances the driving experience by directing power to the front wheel which has the most grip, improving dry- and wet-weather handling and safety.

Alongside the special editions, Q2 is available on any 1.9 diesel 147 or GT for an extra £450.


Range-topping Land Cruiser Invincible

Toyota Land Cruiser Invincible

Range-topping ‘Invincible’ is here to stay

Toyota has revised the Land Cruiser Invincible special edition, and made it a permanent fixture at the top of the range.

Unique features include Bluetooth, rear parking monitor, and black wood trim on the inside; privacy glass, dark finish 17-inch alloy wheels, grille and headlight surround on the outside.

It also gets sat nav with a traffic jam avoidance function, nine-speaker stereo with CD-changer, dual-zone climate control and electronically controlled suspension – all in common with the LC5 model it replaces.

The Invincible is available with 3.0-litre diesel or 4.0-litre petrol V6. It costs from £37,795 to £39,495, and is on sale now.


Time to celebrate outgoing Fiesta?

Ford Fiesta celebration 1

Ford is starting to roll out special edition Fiestas

Ford’s Fiesta is being replaced next year. But the current car still offers reasonable value, and remains fun to drive – especially in its sportier guises.

One such sportier model is the Zetec S and, from next month, a limited edition ‘Celebration’ version of the 1.6-litre petrol three-door goes on sale.

Similar to the ‘Anniversary’ edition in March, the Celebration gets a large chequered roof decal, matching scuff plates and mats, leather interior, Panther Black detailing and a boot spoiler.

Ford Fiesta celebration 2

‘Celebration’ has chequered roof and day-glo paint

However, this time the exterior paint is day-glo green rather than yellow; it’s not exactly subtle, either way. However, the unique trimmings should help counter-act any resale damage done by the high-visibility looks.

Just 400 will be made, priced at £12,595 – that’s £800 more than the regular Zetec S petrol.


Free insurance and finance from Fiat

Fiat has extended a number of promotions which were due to end in September, and added a few more.

Highlights include:

  • A year’s free insurance for the for buyers over the age of 21
  • £1,500 off and free metallic paint on any Sedici 4×4 (we’d recommend putting the saving towards upgrading from petrol to diesel)
  • £149 a month for the Bravo 1.4 petrol, including three-years free servicing
  • The Grande Punto Limited edition for £7,795, with metallic paint, bodykit, 15-inch alloys, Bluetooth and a USB port for your MP3 player.

Various finance packages – including zero per cent deals – are also available. Offers expire on the 31st December.


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