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New cars and hot deals, 2nd November 2007

Big money off 4x4s; meet Hyundai's new city car

Market Watch – new and used deals

Environmentalists may not like them, but the buying public still can’t get enough: it’s 4x4s on our radar this week…

VW Touareg old shape

Clearance on pre-facelift Touaregs

Motorpoint has done it again: it’s hard to argue with a near-£12,000 discount on Volkswagen’s Touareg. Although these are 2007 cars, they are not the latest ‘facelift’ version, coming in now-discontinued (but previously high-end) Sport trim. They also have the 3.2 V6 petrol that has since been superseded by a new 3.6 unit – neither being especially great for fuel economy or emissions. But with just 20 or so miles on the clock and several examples to choose from, they are good value for a full-sized 4×4 at only £26,499 (£200 more with metallic paint).

LR Discovery front

Land Rover’s Disco

Not prestigious enough? BestPriceCar always has a good line on high-value ex-demonstators, and at the moment this includes a number of Land Rovers from Hartwell Land Rover in Northampton. Choose from a selection of well-specified 07-plate Freelanders, Discoverys and the workhorse Defender – from £22,499.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s Land Cruiser

Last week we reported that Toyota’s Land Cruiser Invincible has made the transition from special edition to permanent range-topper. Some of the special editions are still in circulation, however, and UK Car Discount can do you a deal on the 3.0-litre diesel. £34,942 brand new is a saving of £3,550.


Vauxhall’s internet discounts

Vauxhall Antara front

Vauxhall’s Antara 4×4

If you’re after a deal on a new Vauxhall it’s worth considering buying online.

And not just through an internet car supermarket. Vauxhall has a scheme on its own website called VIP – Vauxhall Internet Price – offering considerable savings over list, without the need to haggle.

How considerable? Try over £4,000 off a Vectra, over £2,500 off a Zafira, and even over £2,000 off the recently launched Antara SUV.

Vaux Zafira

Zafira deals available

And that’s just a sample – a discount is available on every Vauxhall currently on sale except the high-performance VXR8 (the first allocation of which is sold out anyway), with the exact amount depending on type and trim.

This is not to say you won’t get a better deal elsewhere – 0% finance is available on some models in the showrooms, for example – but as an opening bargaining chip or no-quibble way of saving money, keep it in mind.


Skoda: finance deals, free servicing, satnav

Skoda Fabia pink

Not made from cake – Skoda’s Fabia

Skoda has introduced some competitive finance deals this week.

A typical rate of 5.5% APR is now available on both hire purchase and Skoda’s own ‘Solutions’ package. Although this doesn’t match the 0% on offer from some other manufacturers (including Toyota, as we reported two weeks ago), it applies across the entire Skoda range, rather than on a few selected models.

Octavia satnav

Deals on Octavia sat-nav upgrade

Three years or 30,000 miles free servicing is also part of the deal in some cases, and special packages for business users have also been announced. Offers end 31 December.

In addition, the Skoda Octavia now benefits from an improved satnav option, complete with touchscreen, 30Gb hard drive, auxiliary socket (for MP3 player) and DVD player function. Yours from £1,380 on every version except the base Classic.


Hyundai reveals all-new i10 city car

Hyundai i10 front

Hyundai’s new i10 city car

Hyundai has released details of its all-new i10 city car, the second vehicle to adopt the Korean carmaker’s new ‘i’ designation naming scheme – the first being the medium-sized i30, which is in showrooms now.

Arriving in March 2008 priced from around £6,500, generous levels of standard equipment – including air-conditioning, four airbags, and five-year unlimited mileage warranty – means it already looks like one for the shortlist if you’re value conscious. But as the recent i30 family hatchback proves, Hyundai can now compete with the best in class on merit, and the i10 aims to maintain this trend.

Hyundai i10 2

Rear view of i10

Powered by a 66bhp 1.1-litre petrol, the manual version claims an average of over 60mpg and returns 119g/km CO2. This means road tax of £35 a year, plus exemption from the London Congestion Charge (under current proposals). An automatic gearbox will be optional.


New VW 1.4 turbo ups power and efficiency

VW Golf front

Changes to Golf engines

Volkswagen is adding a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol ‘TSI’ engine to its Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Eos and Passat ranges.

Replacing the old non-turbocharged 1.6 petrol it’s now the entry-level unit in these cars. Benefits are cleaner emissions and reduced fuel consumption, plus a near 30 percent boost in torque – from 114lb ft to 155lb ft – and a modest power increase – up 7bhp to 120bhp.

VW Passat f3q

Tiny 1.4 petrol for Passat

Representing a £150 increase (£175 for the Passat), prices now start at £14,152 for the Golf S, rising to £19,847 for the Eos. The Golf and Golf Plus also get a brand new seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox option early in 2008, priced from £1,305.

Finally, a quick note on the TSI badge. Originally this was used only to denote the turbo- and supercharged 1.4 petrol unit this new engine is based on. But it now represents any VW petrol engine that isn’t naturally aspirated, replacing the previous turbo-only ‘TFSI’ label. Confused? So were we – apparently it’s supposed to simplify matters!


Luxury edition Suzuki Grand Vitara X-EC

Suzuki Grand Vitara

Loaded with kit – Grand Vitara X-EC

X-EC special edition adds luxury to Suzuki’s no-nonsense five-door Grand Vitara SUV.

Available with 2.0-litre petrol or 1.9-litre diesel for £16,999 and £18,499 respectively, it commands a substantial £2,000 premium over the standard model. To justify this, extra equipment includes metallic grey paint, unique 10-spoke 17-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, Alcantara upholstery, cruise control, and electric sunroof.

The X-EC also comes with a Trafficmaster satnav, with a year’s subscription to live traffic information updates. This should ensure you avoid getting stuck on-road while the proper mechanical 4×4 hardware helps you tackle the off-roading.


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