Market watch – new and used deals
According to EurotaxGlass, the Midlands is the place to be for a deal on a used supermini. The company behind Glass’s Guide has been analysing Auto Trader records and found average prices for a small car are around £350 less in the Midlands compared to UK’s costliest region, the South West. So it might be worth widening your criteria next time you’re browsing Auto Trader online – which, by the way, has recently revamped its search engine.
The current Ford Focus is a very popular and the sheer numbers produced means it often pops up in these weekly deals. However, with the facelifted version due on sale in January, now is the time to really start haggling.
Look to get free trim upgrades and equipment from main dealers, or check out car supermarkets for some cracking end of line offers. For example, Drive The Deal can save you over £4,800 on a 1.6 petrol Zetec, and even has a couple of 1.8 diesel Titaniums at over £5,000 off.
BMW’s X3 is solid choice for a compact prestige SUV, with almost peerless on-road performance (if a rather hard ride as a result). As such you don’t often see them discounted, making New Car Discount’s £2,971 seem a decent deal.
Even better, this is on the sensible 2.0-litre diesel engine in range-topping and resale-friendly ‘M Sport’ specification. Yours new for £28,089.
£250 price hike for Focus facelift includes more kit
Ford has unveiled the pricing and specification details for the new facelifted Focus.
There’s a £250 increase across the range, to cover the now-standard fitment of electronic stability control (ESC) which was previously a £250 option. Equipment on all versions includes CD player, central locking, and a new ‘EasyFuel’ capless refuelling system. Trim levels are now Studio, Style, Zetec, Titanium, and ST.
As before, engines range from 1.4 to 2.5 turbo in petrols, and 1.6 to 2.0 in diesels. A new dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox – named PowerShift, and similar to Volkswagen’s DSG – joins five- and six-speed manuals, and a conventional automatic.
Prices start at £11,495 for the 1.4 Studio, and currently stop at £20,595 for the ST-3 (the revised Coupé-Cabriolet will eventually be more). The pricelist also reveals the new ‘ECOnetic’ green-friendly variant, which will come as a five-door hatch or an estate with a choice of two diesel engines, costing £15,795 to £17,145.
All-new Mazda6 – prices and specification
The starting price for the all-new Mazda6 is £15,100. With improved style, dynamics and equipment it’s even more tempting than the excellent outgoing model.
The usual Mazda trim levels S, TS, TS2 and Sport are joined by new range-topping SL (‘sports luxury’). Every car gets alloy wheels, air-conditioning, remote locking, electric windows and mirrors, driver’s seat with lumber and height adjustment, and a CD stereo with auxiliary input. Safety features include electronic stability control, active front head restraints and an alarm.
TS adds climate and cruise control amongst 12 additional items of equipment, and TS2 boosts this with a six-CD changer, automatic lights and wipers, and Bluetooth. Sport gets a bodykit and 18-inch alloys, while the SL has full leather and parking sensors.
Initially available in saloon and hatchback guise with a choice of petrol engines, diesels arrive in January, and the estate follows in March. Undercutting the new Mondeo on price, the new Mazda6 is definitely a car to consider. Watch out for our First Drive report on the Mazda6, coming soon.
£3,000 reduction on Mitsubishi Colt Coupé Cabriolet
£3,000 is a substantial discount on any new car. But when the original price was only £12,999, and the car is coming direct from the maker it’s an even better deal.
Mitsubishi UK has negotiated with the European factory and secured 2,000 Colt CZC Coupé Cabriolets to sell at just £9,999: a bargain for a folding metal hardtop. That’s nearly £1,000 cheaper than the tiny Daihatsu Copen, and the Colt is a larger car, with a higher quality interior and useable boot space.
This new version is called the CZC1. It comes in black only, and includes air-con, four airbags, and a CD/MP3 stereo with steering wheel mounted controls. The CZC2 model is also offered at a reduced price of just £10,399. The CZC Turbo is unchanged at £15,999 – which now looks rather pricey.
‘360’ Panda and Punto for Fiat fans
The Panda and the Grande Punto are Fiat’s best-selling models, and from now until the end of the year buyers can take advantage of a pair of limited editions.
Badged 360, they come with the Fiat logo incorporated into the interior trim. They represent good value, with air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connection, alloy wheels, metallic paint, and a split-folding rear seat all included in the price.
Based on the 1.2-litre petrol Dynamic, the goodies on the Panda are worth £1,600 – and yet at £7,195 the 360 costs £400 less than the standard model.
Similarly, the Grande Punto 360 is based on the 1.2-litre Active, but costs £55 less despite the £1,700 boost in equipment: £8,495 for the three-door, £9,095 for the five-door.
‘Luxurious’ new Chrysler Grand Voyager
An all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager launches in February, promising to bring new heights of luxury to the MPV.
Highlights amongst over 30 new features include heated first and second row seats, electric windows in the power sliding rear doors, movable LED reading lamps, and automatic three-zone climate control so everyone in the car can benefit.
New to the options list are Chrysler’s ‘MyGig’ sat nav and entertainment system, and a dual-DVD set-up that can be used separately by second and third row passengers.
‘Swivel ‘n’ Go’ seating is also available, boosting the already clever ‘Stow ‘n’ Go’ flat-folding mechanism by allowing the centre seats to turn through 180 degrees.
The 3.6-litre V6 petrol and 2.8-litre diesel engines have been overhauled, and are now coupled to a six-speed automatic. Standard safety equipment includes ESC, tyre pressure monitors, and all-row curtain airbags – but safety is an area Chrysler has struggled with, so it will be worth waiting for EuroNCAP results.
LX, Touring, and Limited are the trim levels, and the new Grand Voyager will be priced from £25,995 to £32,995.
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