Market watch – new and used deals
It appears to be Fords a-go-go at UK Car Discount this week, with discounts right across Ford’s product portfolio.
Save up to £4,839 on a range of diesel Galaxys, and up to £4,013 on a range of diesel Mondeo Estates.
UK Car Discount is also offering £4,400 off Land Rover Discovery 2.7 diesels, and £4,969 off the Range Rover 3.6 in Vogue specification.
Even Volvo is in on the action with £3,945 off the V70 SE Lux D5.
Here’s an interesting situation. Motorpoint has several used Honda Civic 1.8 petrols in stock, in Type S trim with the GT pack.
It will cost you £12,999 for a sub-10,000 mile example on a ‘56’ plate, but £13,499 for an ‘07’ plate with 13,200 miles.
That’s £500 more for a newer registration but higher mileage car. We’d take an older one and pocket the cash.
After a sports car? Here’s a pair of cracking deals at opposite ends of the spectrum.
Factory Outlet Cars has delivery mileage Honda S2000 Roadsters in stock for just £20,995 (plus its “on-the-road pack”, which typically costs £349).
That’s well over £6,000 less than list.
Think we can’t beat that? Try over £10,000 off Jaguar’s sublime XK Coupe.
The ‘entry-level’ 4.2–litre V8 model, currently listing at £60,097, is new and unregistered with zero miles at Trade Sales for £49,999.
Renault March offers
If you are prepared to accept a Renault finance package, you can currently save the deposit amount on selected Clios, Twingos, Meganes, and Scenics.
The biggest cash saving here is on the Scenic Extreme 1.4, where participating dealers will pay your entire £3,675 deposit, reducing the car to £10,270.
Similarly you will effectively save £3,040 on a Megane Extreme II 1.4, £1,394 on a Clio Freeway, and £510 on a Twingo Extreme.
Typical APR is 5.9 per cent (except on the Clio, where it’s 9.4 per cent); not cheap but doing things this way does mean you won’t have to put any initial amount of money down.
Alternatively, if you are prepared to pay the deposit yourself, there are zero percent deals available across the Renault range.
All offers are subject to status, but be quick because all offers run until 31st March.
Chevrolet has announced a limited discount period on new, ‘08’ registration cars.
Anyone buying between the 20th and 31st March will find that there is up to £2,120 off selected cars in the Matiz, Kalos and Lacetti ranges.
That headline figure applies to the Lacetti 1.6SX, and represents a saving of nearly 20 per cent – bringing the car down from £11,115 to £8,995.
Spec includes air-con, CD player, electric windows and remote central locking.
At £5,795 on the road, the Matiz 1.0SE has £1,070 off, while you can save £1,570 on the Kalos 1.2SE at £6,795. The Kalos 1.4SX also has a £1,370 saving.
None of these are what you would call market-leading cars, but these prices are tempting. See your nearest Chevrolet dealer for more details.
Pricey new Accord
Honda has announced the pricing for its all-new Accord saloon, which goes on sale on 1st June.
There are three trim levels – ES, ES GT (with or without satnav), and EX – and three engines. 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrols as before, plus Honda’s second-generation 2.2-litre diesel.
Prices start at £19,250 for the 2.0 ES, with the ES GT costing from £20,100, and the EX from £22,250.
Equipment levels are generous, but this still looks pricey compared to the latest Ford Mondeo (which is available from £15,195 in Edge specification).
Honda, however, is targeting cars like the Audi A4 – with the ES GT diesel at £21,900 undercutting the equivalent A4 by over £2,000.
Whether buyers will see things this way remains to be seen!
The estate Accord (the Tourer) follows on 1st September, with its pricing yet to be announced.
Volkswagen is obviously confident that the large-capacity SUV market isn’t going to be too damaged by the latest Budget.
It has just revealed a new, range-topping, performance variant of its Touareg 4×4, badged R50.
Based on the previously top-dog Altitude V10 diesel model, the R50 stands out by virtue of its appearance and a hefty engine upgrade.
Its 5.0-litre diesel engine produces 345bhp and 627lb ft of torque – compared to 309bhp and 553lb ft for the standard version.
This means it goes from 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds, on the way to maximum speed of 146mph.
Despite this, CO2 and fuel economy levels remain unchanged.
Warning other motorists of its potential, the R50 has various exterior enhancements thanks to the standard fit ‘Touareg R’ design package, plus 21-inch alloy wheels.
Extra equipment includes Nappa leather, R logos everywhere, heated rear seats, and, oddly, a ski rack.
It costs £61,885 – £3,885 more than the equivalent Altitude – and if you are interested start making inquiries now: VW says “only a limited number of Touareg R50s will be available for sale in the UK”.
New Proton saloon
The Proton GEN-2 range is about to get bigger with the introduction of a new four-door saloon variant, badged GEN-2 Persona.
This exterior, the interior, the engine, and the chassis have all been worked on by Lotus (itself a subsidiary of Proton).
The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 110bhp and 109lb ft of torque, and is hitched up to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic gearbox.
Equipment includes climate control with pollen filter, electric windows, and an MP3 compatible CD stereo.
The rear seats split-fold, creating a flat load area, and you get reversing sensors, but only two airbags.
The Persona is on sale at the end of March priced £10,795 (£800 more for the auto), and as an introductory offer there’s £1,000 off.