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New cars and hot deals, 1 August 2008

Save enough on a Citroen MPV to buy a new Ford Ka

Market watch – new and used deals

Ford Ka

New Ka for under £5,000!

On no account should you pay full price for a Ford Ka.

The replacement model is due to be revealed any day now, and should be greener, leaner, and far more modern.

Still, the original is a hoot to drive, and Autobytel is doing the Studio model for just £4,788. A useful £2,857 less than the £7,645 list.

If the Ka is too small, try UK Car Discount, which can save you more than £5,000 on Citroen people carriers. You could spend that £5k saving and walk away with the Ford Ka, too!

Citroen C4 Picasso

Massive C4 Picasso savings

There’s £5,046 off a 2.0-litre diesel C4 Picasso in Exclusive trim with automatic gearbox – on the road for £17,149.

Or £5,501 off a 1.6 diesel Xsara Picasso in Desire trim – on the road for £11,994.

We make no secret of our admiration for Honda’s Jazz. But the recent announcement of the all-new Jazz got us wondering about the current car.

It’s always been tricky to get a deal on it, because it’s so popular.

Honda Jazz

Life in the old Jazz yet

However, Broadspeed can save you around £800 (depending on model) if you want to buy brand new.

Failing that, Motorpoint has a selection of used 1.4 Sport models in stock at £8,999.

All ‘57’-plate with around 10,000-14,000 miles on the clock, that’s a saving of £3,271 compared to the £12,270 you’d pay buying new.


Volvo XC60 prices

Volvo XC60

Time to downsize? Volvo XC60

Given the success of the Volvo XC90, we suspect there are a lot of people looking forward to this car. This XC60 is Volvo’s new compact 4×4, just in time for XC90 owners to downsize.

On sale in autumn, we finally have full specification and pricing. Equipment levels are S, SE, and SE Lux, while the engine choice consists of two diesels and one high-performance petrol. Both diesels achieve 199g/km CO2 rating with the standard manual gearbox, rising to 219g/km if you opt for an automatic.

Volvo XC60

‘City safe’ system standard

Every version includes electronic climate control, alloy wheels, roof rails, cruise control, and the new Volvo City Safety low speed crash prevention system – which can actually completely halt the car in stop-start traffic if it detects an impending collision. This is in addition to standard roll-over protection electronics and stability control.

Options include blind spot monitors and adaptive cruise control, while colour and trim choices are modern and funky in a way that we’ve not really seen before in a Volvo.

Prices range from £24,750 for the 2.4D S to £34,495 for the SE Lux petrol automatic, but it faces tough competition from the new Audi Q5 – which we’ve been testing this week.


Fiat Grande Punto Abarth

Fiat Grande Punto Abarth

Exciting Abarth Grande Punto

Following swiftly on – and we do mean swiftly – from last week’s general Grande Punto upgrade, Fiat has this week revealed details of the Abarth version.

The simplest way to explain Abarth is to say that it is to Fiat what Cooper is to Mini – except that Fiat is positioning the name as a stand-alone brand, with its own factory and facilities in Turin. The Grande Punto Abarth is therefore based on the 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged petrol model, but with a number of unique modifications.

This includes changes to the bodywork, interior, chassis and, of course, the engine. It now produces 155bhp and up to 169lb ft of torque thanks to the Sport button – which also sharpens throttle response and makes the steering slightly stiffer.

0-62mph takes 8.2 seconds, top speed is 129mph, and yet it still returns 40.9mpg and produces just 162g/km CO2.

It looks good, too. And if that amount of performance isn’t enough, Abarth will also be offering upgrade kits – in a similar manner to the John Cooper Works kits available for the Mini.

The ‘esseesse’ (SS) package liberates up to 180bhp, and includes even more aggressive chassis settings – available on their own in an ‘Assetto’ kit. No prices are available for either kit yet, but don’t expect them to be cheap. The basic Grande Punto Abarth is available to order now, priced £13,500.


Audi A4, A5 new engines

Audi A5

More power for A5

It seems like the Audi A5 has barely been on the market for five minutes, and already one of its engines has been dropped.

So, it’s bye-bye to the 1.8-litre turbo petrol. Replacing it is a lower-powered version of the existing 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. This not only produces 10bhp more, taking the total to 177bhp, and it is more efficient too, returning 42.8mpg compared to 39.8mpg.

CO2 is down from 169g/km to 154g/km, while torque improves significantly from 184lb ft to 236lb ft. As a result, it’s faster than the outgoing 1.8 car.

Prices start at £26,710 – that’s £975 more than before, but clearly worth it.

Audi A4

New motor for A4

The A5’s more sensible A4 cousin is also getting a new power unit. This time it’s a diesel, a 167bhp version of the Volkswagen Group’s latest high-tech 2.0-litre turbo. This also produces 236lb ft of torque, but in combination with 53.3mpg and just 140g/km CO2.

It’s available in SE and S-line with either front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive (though this won’t return quite as impressive environmental figures).

Prices start at £24,600, and it’s available as both Saloon and Avant estate.


Limited Edition Terios

Daihatsu Terios

‘Kiri’ edition Terios

Daihatsu has announced a limited edition Daihtsu Terios, badged Kiri.

This is based on the standard £12,995 Terios S specification, which already includes air conditioning, four airbags, electric windows and rear parking sensors – not to mention full-time four-wheel drive.

The £13,895 Kiri adds 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a hard spare wheel cover, leather steering wheel, front fog lights, and ‘special’ Kiri graphics. Not bad for an extra £900.

The Terios may be a little ‘low-rent’ on the inside, but it comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, five years’ roadside assistance, and genuinely competent off-road ability for such a compact 4×4.

Just 250 Terios Kiris are available, so you might have to act fast if you want one. They’re on sale now.


10th birthday M-class 

Mercedes-Benz ML

Happy birthday Merc ML

It’s 10 years since Mercedes first introduced it’s M-class off-roader, and it’s celebrating with this ‘Edition 10’ special.

It comes in a choice of Obsidian Black and Iridium Silver metallic paint, and the emphasis appears to be on menace: you get privacy glass on the windows, dark-tinted tail lights, Bi-Xenon headlights, enormous 20-inch titanium grey alloys, and a ‘titanium-look’ detailing.

This includes the grille and underbody styling; the running boards retain their aluminium finish.

On the inside there’s full black leather upholstery, sports dashboard, stainless steel pedals and velour floor mats complete with a special Edition logo.

It’s available as in either ML280 CDI or ML320 CDI diesels priced at £40,703 and £42,803, respectively. That’s approximately £5,000 more than the base equivalent of either version, but with the added extra equipment it looks decent value.

However, if having the latest looks are important to you, you might want to wait until November before buying an M-class, when a mildly revised model goes on sale.

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