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New cars and hot deals, 25 April 2008

Save £10k on Astons and Mercs; Audi reveals new Q5

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Market watch – new and used deals

Aston Martin DB9 convertible

DB9: convince your other half it’s a ‘bargain’

A few weeks ago we mentioned that Drive the Deal had three brand-new Aston Martins in stock, ready for immediate delivery – a rarity in itself.

Well, it seems that none of you were interested and now, rather than merely being at the regular retail price, these cars have actually been discounted!

This means £10,013 off a DB9 convertible, and more than £7k off a choice of V8 Vantage Roadster or Coupé. Quite a deal – honestly – assuming you have upwards of £94,000 to spend.

Peugeot 207

Pre-reg deals on Peugeots, including the popular 207

We’ve previously warned you to be wary of pre-regs vehicles – cars registered by dealers to boost sales figures but not actually sold – that have been sitting in forecourts for lengthy periods of time (since last September, for example).

However, Online Cars has a large number of such Peugeots in stock, discounted by as much as 33%. Amongst them could be just the car you were looking for at an excellent price.

Worth a look, but tread carefully – try to find out the car’s build date to establish how long it’s been sat around.

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Great deals on the pre-face-lift CLS four-seat coupé

The retro-cool Mercedes-Benz CLS is getting a mild face-lift – so subtle you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the new car and the old one.

That’s all the more reason to take a look at Broadspeed’s current deals – which is a healthy £10k discount on any car in the range.

We’d pick the 320 diesel at £36,100, which usually retails at £46,255. But you can save just as much on the awesome AMG 63 performance version – a lot of car for the cash.

New Audi Q5

Audi Q5 front

Audi Q5 is much smaller than the huge Q7

Audi’s enormous Q7 4×4 has a new baby brother, the svelte and sporty Q5.

How svelte and sporty? Try an unusually low height (for an off-roader) of just 1.65 metres, and aerodynamics so slippery it has a drag co-efficient of just 0.33 – better than many regular cars.

LED lighting and the big grille keep all the usual Audi styling cues going on the outside.

A choice of on-road and off-road body styling will be offered, although oddly the latter includes massive 19-inch wheels.

Inside you will find a typically stylish Audi design, but adapted to the more upright driving position of a 4×4. A sliding rear bench is optional, as are various storage solutions, blindspot monitor, and a rearview parking camera.

Audi Q5 rear

Q5 is expected to cost upwards of £30k

Climate control is standard, alongside an optimum gear indicator for economical driving, while a new generation version of Audi’s Multi Media Interface system with sat nav is an option.

One petrol and two diesel engines will be offered at launch, with a new seven-speed dual-clutch semi-auto gearbox standard in some cases.

Big brakes, four-wheel drive and an ESP system that can even recognise when a roof rack has been fitted and adapt its responses accordingly, ensure a safe on-road driving experience. Hill Descent Control and off-road ABS help when the going gets tough.

The new Audi Q5 arrives in the UK late in 2008, and is expected to cost from around £30,000. Best join the queue now as it’s sure to be very popular.

Sat nav for free with Volvo C70

Volvo C70

Free sat nav with the C70

In spite of the snow we’ve had over Easter, summer is beginning to appear over the horizon.

How can we tell? The giveaway is the emergence of the increasing number of deals on convertibles.

The latest is this official offer from Volvo on the C70: buy any version of this folding metal hardtop and you will get sat nav and keyless entry included for free.

Volvo C70

Roof folds up or down in 30 seconds

That’s £2,200 in extra equipment for nothing. The sat nav is Europe-wide, and comes complete with a traffic jam avoidance function.

The C70’s roof retracts in just 30 seconds, too, so you can make the most of any sunshine, while engines range from 2.0-litre diesel to 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol.

Prices start at £25,750, and the offer is available now.

Vauxhall reveals new Insignia

Vauxhall Insignia

Insignia replaces the Vectra

Exciting news for Vauxhall fans – the all-new Insignia saloon has been revealed ahead of its full debut at the British Motor Show in July.

This car replaces the Vectra, and it’s hoped the new name and smarter looks will help revitalise the firm’s fortunes in the family saloon sector.

Competition here is tough, not only because the current Ford Mondeo is so good, but also because people prefer to buy premium products such as the BMW 3 Series. These cost more, but generally depreciate less.

Vauxhall Insignia

Full show-and-tell at the British Motor Show in July

Alongside its improved exterior appeal, Vauxhall is throwing technology at this new model.

On the inside there is ‘Ambient lighting’ (which will later spread to other Vauxhall models), and a heavy emphasis on comfort and ergonomics – especially considered during the development of the seats.

The driving dynamics are also said to be much improved, with an IDS-Plus active chassis system available, as well as front- and four-wheel drive.

There will be five engines at launch – three petrol and two diesel, with EcoFLEX green-friendly versions coming later.

Full pricing and specification details will come at the motor show.

Seat spring offers: save up to £1,350

Seat Leon

Free upgrade on Seats, including the Leon

Following on from last week’s outgoing Ibiza special editions, Seat has this week announced a series of new offers across virtually its entire range.

Highlights here include free upgrade offers on certain versions of the Leon, Altea, and Altea XL.

For example, this means if you intended to buy a basic Leon 1.6 Reference, you can upgrade to Stylance trim for nothing – saving £1,350. This means goodies like dual-zone air-con are available for no extra money.

Seat Toledo

£1,000 off the gawky Toledo

Then there’s the awkward-looking Toledo saloon and elderly Alhambra MPV – both of which appear considerably more attractive with £1,000 off.

This applies to the regular retail price, and is available right across both model line-ups. This means the Toledo currently starts at £14,205, and the Alhambra at £15,455.

The Ibiza doesn’t miss out either, with buyers able to benefit from zero deposit finance deals on all variants except the super-efficient Ecomotive diesel.

All offers end 31 May, and are subject to status. See your local Seat dealer for more details.

2008 Subaru Tribeca: now less ugly

Subaru Tribeca 2008

Subaru Tribeca looks much smarter

The Subaru Tribeca, perhaps the least attractive 4×4 on sale, has been given a face-lift for 2008. And, thank heavens, its looks are now much less…confrontational.

Bizarrely, rather than including its highly praised new diesel engine, Subaru has seen fit to give the Tribeca an even bigger petrol unit.

Don’t worry, the 3.6-litre six cylinder unit is actually more efficient than old engine, claiming better fuel economy and lower emissions, while also providing more torque.

Subaru Tribeca

The designers even bothered to sculpt the back, too

Other changes include an improved exhaust system, better engine cooling and revised power steering. 

The five-speed automatic gearbox has also been tweaked, with hardware and software changes promising better performance.

The 2008 Tribeca comes in five- and seven-seat variants, with pricing info and full spec details to follow.

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