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New cars and hot deals, 29 February 2008

Deals on 57-plate cars; new Merc C-class Estate

Market watch – new and used deals

There are lots of 57-plate pre-registered cars still around, and with the new 08-plate arriving on 1 March – that’s this Saturday – do not be afraid to haggle on these cars.

But also be careful you know exactly what you are buying, as believe it or not there are some cars still sitting on forecourts that were pre-registered at the last plate change in September.

This impacts all sorts of things – including the amount of manufacturer warranty. Buy with caution, and only if you get an exceptional deal.

Subaru Impreza WRX

New Impreza savings

Catching our eye this week is Motorpoint, which has several 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX models with delivery mileage in stock in various colours – for just £15,999. List price is £19,995 – so that’s nearly £4,000 off.

New Cars Online has a pair of what it describes as unbeatable deals on Peugeot’s 407. Both are X-Line special editions including metallic paint – you can choose from a 1.6-litre diesel saloon for £14,095, or a 2.0-litre diesel estate for £15,595 – a saving of £3,300 and £3,500 respectively.

Toyota Verso

Verso: well suited to family motoring

An eminently sensible MPV choice is the Toyota Verso. A brand-new top spec T180 2.2-litre diesel will set you back £21,845. 

Not so with All Approved Cars, however, which can point you in the direction of an April 2007 car with just 5,398 miles on the clock priced at £18,999. That’s a decent saving on a fairly reliable MPV.


Mercedes C-class Estate on sale

Mercedes C-class estate

C-class wagon has arrived

The estate version of the new Mercedes C-class is now on sale, with first deliveries scheduled for 1 March.

The new car provides 1,500-litres of boot space with the rear seats down, and between 485-litres and 690-litres with the rear seats up – depending on whether you fill it to the roof. That’s as much as 146-litres bigger than before, and very healthy indeed for this class.

Mercedes C-class estate

Big boot – seats fold virtually flat

The load-floor is virtually flat, and the 2:1-split rear seats fold in a single action. Tasty options include an ‘Easy-Pack’ automatic tailgate and load securing kit (£170), and self-levelling suspension (£560).

It has seven airbags, and alongside the saloon is the first car in its segment to secure an ISO Environmental Certificate.

It’s available in SE, Elegance and Sport trim, there are eight engine options, and it’s priced from £24,360 to £37,205.


Hyundai launches i10 city car

Hyundai i10

New i10 city car

Hyundai’s all-new i10 city car is here – the second ‘i’ model Hyundai to arrive in the UK, after the impressive i30.

The longest wheelbase in its class means decent, if not generous interior space.

Updates to the Amica’s 1.1-litre petrol engine means it now produces 65bhp, returns 56.5mpg combined and emits 119g/km CO2 in Classic and Comfort trim – so road tax is just £35 a year. The range-topping Style’s larger wheels pull this back to 54.3mpg, and 124g/km.

Hyundai i10 front seats

Space is decent inside

Value is impressive – with prices ranging between just £6,495 and £7,595 for cars with the five-speed manual gearbox; an automatic is available in Comfort trim at £7,895.

Air conditioning, four airbags and MP3-capable CD stereo with auxiliary input are standard across the range. It’s no Fiat 500 in terms of style, but the five-year unlimited-mileage warranty and low costs hold plenty of appeal.

Hyundai i30 estate

New i30 estate – no-nonsense load-lugger

In other Hyundai news, pricing for the i30 Estate has also been revealed. With a £700 premium over the hatchback it’s on sale 2 April costing £12,995 to £16,295.

Featuring a 50mm longer platform than the hatch, stacks of standard equipment, and well-resolved looks, anyone interested in a budget load-lugger should take a look.


Toyota Yaris SR gets unique satnav

Toyota Yaris SR TomTom

TomTom slots into dashboard docking station

Toyota has upgraded its 1.3-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel Yaris SR models with a unique removable satnav system.

The portable TomTom satnav unit is integrated into the dash via a docking station where the stereo would usually be. 

The TomTom touchscreen then doubles as the control system for the stereo, while also providing Bluetooth and a USB port for MP3 players.

Toyota Yaris SR front

Yaris SR has upgraded wheels and bodykit

The advantage to this is that you can take it out and use it for navigation in other cars – although it does also make it easier to pinch.

Other bespoke features for the Yaris SR – which is based on the more ordinary T3 specification – include 16-inch wheels, a bodykit, boot spoiler, and chrome exhaust finish.

The updated SR is on sale now, priced from £10,995 to £12,995.


Limited Edition Seat Leon Cupra K1

Seat Leon Cupra K1 front

Cupra K1 has more aggressive looks

The Seat Leon Cupra K1 has been designed to address complaints that the regular Leon Cupra looks a little too ordinary.

As such, it features an aggressive, touring-car style bodykit, and a central, oval-shaped exhaust.

Costing £1,000 more than the standard Cupra, it represents good value; although a bodykit was already available on the options list, K1 badging and the unique exhaust help this car stand out even further.

Seat Leon Cupra K1 rear

£20,495 buys you one of the quickest hot hatches

Those who prefer a more subtle approach may be pleased to note that the unadorned version of the car has been given a slight price reduction – dropping from £19,695 to £19,495. The K1 therefore costs £20,495. It comes in four colours, and can be ordered now.

Buy either version and you’ll be getting one of the quickest around, with the 237bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine propelling the Cupra to 153mph. Take a test drive, though, as they do ride rather hard…


Chrysler’s all-new Grand Voyager

Chrysler Grand Voyager

Big, feature-laden MPV – but will safety be up to scratch?

The styling may appear more van-like than the outgoing model, but the all-new Chrysler Grand Voyager MPV has plenty of practical tricks to attract families.

There are more than 30 new features, apparently, with highlights including new ‘halo’ roof lighting and adjustable LED reading lights (similar to those found on airliners).

Electronic stability control is standard, as are all-row curtain airbags, and the ‘Stow n Go’ seating system. Popular on the outgoing model, this allows all the seats to fold into the floor – swiftly transforming the Grand Voyager into an actual van.

Chrysler Grand Voyager entertainment

MyGIG entertainment system could come in handy

New for this model are the optional ‘Swivel n Go’ seats – with two rotating captain’s chairs for the middle row instead of the fold away ones – and also optional MyGIG satnav entertainment system. This can power up to three screens, and display different content on each of them.

There are three trim levels, and 2.8-litre diesel or 3.8-litre petrol engine choices – both with new six-speed automatic boxes.

The new Grand Voyager costs from £25,995. We suggest holding off until we find out how safe it is, however, given the old car’s reputation.

Chrysler 300C SRT Design

Chrysler 300C SRT-Design

Meanwhile, Chrysler’s butch 300C saloon and estate have been given a mild refresh. The exterior changes are miniscule, but the inside has been ‘Europeanised’, with new, all-dark dash and door finish, and better quality plastics, according to Chrysler.

There is also a new SRT-Design model, which combines a Mercedes-derived 3.0-litre diesel engine with the looks of the SRT-8 performance version.

The range has been chopped back to standard or SRT-Design diesel, or 6.1-litre SRT-8 petrol (now available only as a saloon), fitting in with customer demand. Equipment levels remain generous – just don’t expect a ‘Europeanised’ driving experience.

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