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New cars and hot deals, 08 August 2008

Save a packet on Lexus and Mazda; Porsche Cayman S

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Market watch – new and used deals

Lexus IS220d

Diesel Lexus for less than £18k

Some slightly less mainstream cars have caught our attention this week, and so we are bringing them to yours.

For example, the Lexus IS 220d doesn’t always spring automatically to mind when discussing the compact executive diesel sector. However, at a £5,781 saving it certainly should. 

Online Cars has a choice of such vehicles in stock with delivery mileage only, brand new and unregistered. List price is £23,680, Online Cars’ price is £17,899.

Mazda CX-7

Newish Mazda 4×4 for only £15k

Moving on to off-roaders, how about the Mazda CX-7? This is only available with a 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine, so as you can imagine quite a few owners are trying to get shot of theirs at the moment. Brand new for £24,595 is reasonable for the performance on offer. 

But Stratstone and Motor Provider currently have ‘57’ plate examples available for just over £15,000 – nearly £10k off and under 10,000 miles. Best deal of all, however, is at Turnbulls Mazda in York, which has a 3,650-mile example for on an ‘07’ plate for £16,495.

Fiat Grande Punto

Save thousands on a Grande Punto

Moving back into the mainstream, a couple of weeks ago we announced that Fiat had refreshed its Grande Punto – including the addition of a five year warranty. But you still needn’t pay full price. 

Try Broadspeed, which can literally save you thousands of pounds on every model. Our pick? A 1.3-litre diesel GP five-door: £8,754 at Broadspeed, £11,700 list.

Win a Toyota

Toyota Auris TR

You’ve got to get in it to win it

Toyota is offering customers the chance to win a car from its current ‘More For Less’ promotion, and you can enter simply by taking one for a test drive.

There are ten cars to be won over ten weeks, with most of the model range being offered as prizes. As the name suggests, even if you don’t win, the cars involved offer savings over equivalent models in their respective ranges, and some are available with 0% finance. Here’s the full list:

Aygo Platinum – £1,010 in savings on this petrol Aygo; on the road for £8,045 including metallic paint.

Aygo Blue – £575 in savings, petrol again, and also on the road for £8,045 including metallic paint.

Yaris TR – £1,175 in savings including metallic paint and 15-inch alloys; £9,895, and available with 0% finance (with a 35% minimum deposit).

Yaris SR – £1,110 in savings on this sporty model including portable satnav and metallic paint; £11,395 on the road.

Toyota RAV4 X-TR

0% finance available

RAV4 XT-R – £1,615 in savings including metallic paint; £19,545 and available with 0% finance (with a 35% minimum deposit).

Auris TR – £760 in savings including metallic paint; £12,895 and available with 0% finance (with a 35% minimum deposit).

Auris SR – £860 in savings including metallic paint; £14,395 and available with 0% finance (with 35% minimum deposit).

Verso SR – £1,275 in savings including metallic paint; £17,895 and available with 0% finance (with a 35% minimum deposit).

Avensis TR – £710 in savings including metallic paint and touch screen satnav; £16,395 on the road.

Terms and conditions apply, see your local dealer or the Toyota website for more details.

Special edition i30

Hyundai i30 SE

Added value i30

The Hyundai i30 is a good value family hatchback as standard, but a new SE special edition is set to up the appeal even further.

It introduces new colours and equipment to the range. Extra kit includes an electric sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, and electric folding mirrors with an integrated indicator, as seen on the i30 estate.

The colours are Crystal White, Ember Red, and Indigo Blue. Based on the existing 1.4 Comfort model, the SE’s 107bhp petrol engine returns 46.3mpg and emits 145g/km CO2.

In common with all i30s, SE specification gets ESP, six airbags, air conditioning, active headrests and a five year unlimited mileage warranty.

700 SEs are available, priced at £11,845 – though it’s an extra £390 for the special mica paint. On sale 25 August.

Colourful Cayman

Porsche Cayman S

Lurid Cayman paint scheme

Porsche is also at the limited edition game this week with the colourful Cayman S Sport.

This comes as standard in the lurid orange or green previously only found on the 911 GT3 RS, with similar side graphics. More muted choices are available, but since this car is fitted with a sports exhaust it’s unlikely to be subtle.

The exhaust helps boost power by 12bhp over the Cayman S to 303bhp, while 19-inch black alloy wheels and a wider track further enhance the attitude. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is also included, reducing the ride height by 10mm.

Porsche Cayman S

Lots of extras included

The interior is smothered in Alcantara, and has a binnacle-free instrument display (like the Boxster RS60). 

It also features black highlights, Sports Chrono Package, leather sports seats and bi-Xenon headlights.

700 will be available worldwide, each numbered and plaqued. Prices start at £49,890, including a ‘Porsche Driving Experience’ course.

New Cadillac CTS

Caidllac CTS 2008

CTS – more European?

It’s big, it’s brash – it must be American. The Cadillac CTS also promises to be the most Europeanised Caddy yet.

Available with a 2.8- or 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, it certainly isn’t going to appeal to the general buying public. But the looks are sleek (Cadillac claims the profile is ‘coupe-like’) and it’s loaded with standard equipment. The only choices on the options list are metallic paint, sunroof, and a wooden trim finish.

The new CTS is bigger in every dimension, so should offer decent passenger room. Cadillac is also making a big thing of its cutting-edge construction techniques, but you might want to try the plastics for yourself.

The engines offer plenty of power, obviously – 208bhp from the 2.8, 306bhp from the 3.6. But despite claims of dramatically improved environmental performance, Cadillac hasn’t yet mentioned fuel economy or CO2 figures. A diesel engine is due to join the range next year.

On sale in September, the 2.8 is priced from £26,995, the 3.6 from £32,995.

New Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee off-road

New Cherokee mud-plugging

Jeep has an all-new Cherokee on the market, just in time for the off-roader sales slump.

It shares its platform with the Dodge Nitro (not a good start). But Jeep has put a lot of effort making the new Cherokee as tarmac-friendly as possible – and while it isn’t the most relaxed cruiser, it’s certainly comfortable enough. It also retains excellent off-road ability.

There’s just a single engine choice and trim level – the 2.8-litre diesel Limited, available as a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The auto gets more torque and Hill Descent Control, but both versions tow an equally impressive 2,800kg.

Jeep Cherokee on-road

Cherokee has all-American appetite

But it manages just 33.6mpg at best, while emitting 222g/km CO2 – and that’s for the manual. Still, equipment levels are generous, the interior includes lots of leather (as well as some scratchy plastics), and the optional ‘Sky Slider’ canvas sunroof is huge and unique.

£24,495 for the manual, £25,595 for the auto. Only 500 are coming to the UK this year, and it’s on sale now.

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