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New cars and hot deals, 1st February 2008

The latest deals and offers for car buyers

Market Watch – new and used deals

C30 R-Design

C30 savings

UK Car Discount has a couple of tasty Volvo deals this week. First up the C30 with sporty D5 diesel engine and even sportier R Design SE Sport trim package. £20,244 represents a £2,777 saving.

Even better, however, is the V50 estate with the same D5 diesel, SE Lux trim and automatic gearbox for £20,852 – a £4,293 saving.

Outgoing Mondeo

Huge Mondeo savings

The new Ford Mondeo is a bit on the large side, which isn’t helpful if you park in a busy street. If the size puts you off don’t be afraid to try out the previous generation car.

Motorpoint has a selection of 2.0-litre diesels in range-topping Titanium X trim in stock.

With examples aged around one or two years old, our pick is a 2007 hatchback with just under 14,000 miles on the clock for £10,999. That’s almost 50 per cent less than the original list price, and it’s still an excellent car.

Ageing Ka

Elderly Ka special deals

Looking for a fun city car, but can’t stretch to the Fiat 500? Then consider the Ford Ka – being replaced this year. It’s out of vogue, and ripe for a bargain.

Autobytel is offering brand new Studio models for £4,998 – £2,097 off list price. Safety isn’t the greatest, and the interior shows its age, but the Ka is still a great entertainer. Incidentally the new version will share its floorpan with the Fiat 500.


Renault Twingo undercuts Fiat 500

Twingo Extreme

Extreme-ly affordable Twingo

There’s a new Renault Twingo in town, and it’s clearly here to tackle that pesky Fiat 500. Badged Extreme, the new Twingo is priced from £7,500, undercutting the cheapest Fiat by £400.

It also introduces a 59bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine to the Twingo; 132g/km CO2 and 50.4mpg place it in Renault’s green-friendly ‘eco2’ range but don’t match the competing 500 1.2’s 119g/km and 55.4mpg.

Similarly, while the Twingo boasts reasonable levels of standard equipment, the 500 matches it, has a better safety rating, and a much bigger ‘wow factor’.

Both offer plenty of personalisation options, but of the two the advantage still resides with the tiddly Italian.

The Twingo Extreme is on sale now, and a no-deposit finance offer is available. See your local dealer for details.


Jaguar X-type offers

Jaguar X-type

X-type value offers

Jaguar is offering X-type SE buyers a free trim upgrade to Sport Premium, and free metallic paint. Usually £1,500 extra,additional equipment includes 18-inch alloys, leather sports seats, and a carbon-fibre dashboard fascia.

It’s applicable to any SE, and the saloon even gets a boot spoiler. However, if you prefer the range-topping Sovereign spec don’t despair, as the upgrade from SE has been reduced from £2,500 to £1,000.

For that you get 10-way adjustable electric leather front seats, a better stereo (including six-CD changer), burr walnut trim, and that all-important Sovereign badging.

Metallic paint is included, too. Zero percent finance is also available. Offers end 31st March.


Not-so-new Mercedes CLC

Mercedes CLC

C-class coupé re-hash

Looking at the Mercedes on the right here, you might be struck by an overwhelming sense of familiarity. It’s called the CLC, and it’s an entry-level C-class based coupé.

But since it’s just a revised version of the existing Sports Coupé, it’s actually on the previous generation C-class platform, rather than the new one. There are 1,100 ‘newly developed or enhanced’ parts, many presumably going into the facelift.

However, in an effort to attract younger buyers, specification is strong, and among the more useful changes is a redesigned bootlid, resulting in extra luggage space.

Sport trim gets 18-inch alloys and the more responsive ‘direct-steer’ system as standard, while the entry-level four-cylinder Kompressor engine now develops an extra 20bhp, taking the total to 181bhp; fuel economy is improved, too.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but five- and seven-speed automatics are optional. The ‘new’ CLC is on-sale in June and we’ll know prices nearer that time.


Special editions from Citroën and Peugeot

C4 Picasso Lounge

Lounge-lizard Picasso

Citroën and Peugeot’s new special editions are very different, but united in their luxury emphasis. The Peugeot 407 Coupé Bellagio is priced at £21,995, and is based on the 2.0-litre diesel Sport model.

Extra equipment includes special paint in a choice of red or black, multimedia sat-nav system, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

407 coupe Bellagio

407 coupé Bellagio

The Citroën C4 Picasso Lounge is based on the Exclusive model, and actually uses the same 2.0-litre diesel engine.

Upgrades here include four full leather armchair style seats (instead of the standard five-seat layout), black paint, roof spoiler, bespoke chrome grill and chromed alloys.

It also comes with a six-speed fully-automatic gearbox which should be an improvement on the EGS gearbox fitted to other C4 Picassos. The C4 Picasso Lounge is a cool £23,995 – the same price as a top-specification Ford Galaxy.


Cadillac BLS pricing

BLS wagon

Caddy wagon

Cadillac is introducing an estate for the first time ever, and it’s on sale now in the UK.

Based on the BLS saloon – which is in turn based on the Saab 9-3 – the BLS Wagon offers 1,273-litres of luggage space with the rear seat folded (measured up to the roof).

With the seats up it’s 419 litres – marginally less than the saloon.The most interesting thing, however, is that opting for the estate will cost you no more than the saloon, as Cadillac is putting no price premium on the more practical bodystyle.

This is highly unusual – as is the decision to offer the entry-level diesel engine for the same price as the entry-level petrol. Changes for 2008 also mean there is now only one trim level, Elegance, adding around £4,000 value in standard equipment.

Prices start at £21,495 although discounts shouldn’t be too hard to come by as UK Cadillac sales have been slow to date.


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