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New cars and hot deals, 25 July 2008

£5.5k off an Audi A6; £4,000 off Hyundai Santa Fe

Market watch – new and used deals

Hyundai Santa fe

Let’s start this week with a selection of 4×4 vehicles. UK Car Discount can save you £4,004 on a seven-seater Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 diesel in CRX specification, on the road for £22,091. Alternatively Autobytel is offering the Kia Sorento 2.5 diesel XE for £15,999 – a £4,196 saving. And if neither of those are quite tough enough, Drive the Deal has a brand new Audi A6 all-road Quattro 2.7 diesel, including a number of desirable options, for £34,245, saving you £5,560.


Mazda 3

If those are too big for you, then try a hatchback. Trade-Sales has a a selection of 07 plate Mazda3 five-doors. In TZ2 specification and with around 12,000 miles on the clock, these are good value at £7,999. But the star buy is perhaps the automatic version, also available for £7,999 and barely run in at just over 7,000 miles.


Ford Focus - pre facelift

Speaking of barely run in, the Motorhouse’s deal of the week is a 57 plate 1.6-litre Ford Focus in top-spec Titanium trim. A pre-facelift model, this has just 1,325 miles on the clock, and is available for £9,999. It would, however, be worth finding out why.


The Honda Civic Type R

Finally, if those aren’t fast enough, check out Online Car Deals . It’s selling a brand-new Honda Civic Type R in GT trim for £16,995, a saving of £2.005. Or try Online Cars, which has a selection of pre-registered Vauxhall Astra VXRs from as little as £17,094 depending on specification – each saving you at least £3,250.

Fiat updates Grande Punto with five-year unlimited warranty

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat is one of the manufacturers not putting in an appearance at the British International Motor Show.

But this doesn’t mean there isn’t any Fiat news. In fact, it’s just updated the Grande Punto – and given the refreshed car a new five-year unlimited mileage warranty. It is an impressive commitment that may help reassure potential customers about reliability and quality.

Fiat’s ‘Blue&Me’ bluetooth communication and entertainment system is now standard across the range. The Sporting gets a new grill, cruise control and T-Jet turbo petrol engines that benefit from a price drop, while the range-topping Eleganza gets even more equipment.

Other changes include replacing Active Sport with a new GP model, which gets a racy interior and some visual changes, and various engine shuffles. For example, a 1.4 8v petrol engine has joined the line up, effectively replacing the no longer available 1.2.

New colours and trims, alongside personalisation stickers for the GP and Sporting, brighten things up, while the price of ESP, where it isn’t included, has been reduced from £420 to £200. The revised Grande Punto is on sale now, priced from £9,200.

Meanwhile, you can stake your interest in the sporty Fiat 500 Abarth by placing a £500 deposit via a special website. But this only places you on a priority list for a dealer visit as soon as the cars become available in the UK.

Fiat has also announced a special edition Ferrari 500. Just 200 are being made for all of Europe, specifically for the Ferrari dealer network. Goodness knows what sort of price they’ll fetch once they hit the open market…

25th anniversary edition Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra 25

The Nissan Micra, which is 25 years old in Europe, is celebrating its quarter-century with a special edition.

Badged the Micra 25 – inventively enough – the celebratory special comes in a unique ‘Nightshade’ purple, and includes a free iPod Nano. The iPod is uniquely engraved, and pre-loaded with specific Nissan content.

Sensibly, Nissan has thought to include an iPod connector in the 25’s standard specification, alongside such luxury items as bluetooth, automatic wipers and headlights, keyless entry, and window tints. Silver door mirrors, door handles and body mouldings are also included,

You can choose from a selection of engines and bodystyles, with prices starting at £9,395 for a 1.2 three-door, rising to £16,000 for a 1.6 auto C+C convertible hardtop. The Micra 25 is on sale in August.

Toyota dishes out the diesels

Toyota RAV4

Toyota has made some diesel changes, introducing a new SR180 RAV4 and adding an engine to the Auris TR range.

The SR180 becomes the RAV4’s sporting range-topper, utilising a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 175bhp to drag its compact 4×4 bulk from 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds. You still get 40.4mpg combined, though, while CO2 is a moderately ok but hardly class leading 185g/km.

Based on the existing RAV4 XT-R spec, the SR180 adds 18-inch alloy wheels, extended wheel arches (we thought those went out with the Suzuki Vitara), run-flat tyres and dark-tinted headlights. Standard kit also includes stability control, hill start assist, bluetooth, six-CD changer, cruise control and electric sunroof.

The new addition to the Auris TR range is a 1.4-litre diesel with 89bhp. This returns 56.5mpg and emits 132g/km CO2, and is available with five-speed manual or MultiMode automatic. It joins a pair of petrol engines and a powerful 2.0-litre diesel in the TR – which is perhaps the best value Auris trim level.

The RAV4 SR180 is on sale from £23,045, while the Auris TR 1.4 diesel starts at £14,145.

New Vauxhall Insignia priced

Vauxhall Insignia

Although we’re leaving the British Motor Show coverage for our special report, we couldn’t resist giving you the pricing for a couple of important new cars.

First of all, the Vauxhall Insigna. 

Vauxhall informs us that this Vectra replacement is not to be called a ‘family car’; quite what that makes it we’re not sure, but as you probably figured out it’s competing against Ford’s excellent Mondeo.

From this week’s press conference we know that seven engines will be offered at launch – four petrol, and three variants of the same diesel engine, all Euro5 compliant. The car will also be packed with exciting new technology – options including a camera that reads road signs and four-wheel drive.

The entry-level price point for the Insignia is £15,935 for a 1.8-litre petrol Exclusiv. That’s actually slightly more than the base Mondeo five-door Edge at £15,695, but this only comes with a 1.6-litre engine. The entry-level Insignia diesel Exclusiv costs £16,935.

You can order one right now, with first deliveries scheduled for December.

New Ford Fiesta priced

the new Ford Fiesta

Although not an all-new debut like the Insignia, the Ford Fiesta’s appearance at the motor show came along with UK pricing.

The £8,695 starting price is actually £155 less than the outgoing model. 

Ford is also shirking the general industry trend for fewer individual model choices by offering no less than seven trim levels right from launch.

These are:

Studio – from £8,695 including front, side and knee airbags, central locking and power mirrors;

Style – from £9,295, including bodycoloured trim, power windows, better stereo and remote locking;

Style + – from £10,395, adding air con and Quickclear windscreen;

Zetec – from £10,995, with 15-inch alloys, chrome detailing, leather steering wheel and special interior lighting – expected to be the most popular model;

Zetec S – from £12,595, with 16-inch alloys, sportier looks and sports-tuned suspension,

Titanium – from £12,095, the most luxurious specification featuring climate control, cruise, auto lights and wipers, folding mirrors;

Econetic – from £11,845, a special 1.6 diesel with lower suspension, low rolling resistance tyres, and a CO2 rating of just 98g/km – road tax free and the greenest choice.

There is a wide selection of petrol and diesel engines available right across the range (excepting the Econetic), and this exciting new supermini is on sale from October.

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