The cheapest new cars on sale in 2019

The cheapest new cars on sale

So, you want to buy a new car but you don’t want to spend your entire life savings – or the total household budget – on a costly motor?

We’ve identified the 20 cheapest new cars on sale in Britain today, including an SUV for £10,000 and an estate car for £8,500.

All prices are correct at the time of writing (July 2019), and the images are for illustrative purposes only.

Suzuki Ignis – from £11,849

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Spoiler alert: the majority of Britain’s cheapest cars are devoid of charm, lacking in style and are as cheery as a Belarusian bus station. But the Suzuki Ignis bucks the trend, with a design that’s quite unlike anything else on the road.

In SZ3 trim, the Ignis features digital radio, Bluetooth and air conditioning, but you’ll need to upgrade to the £13,349 SZ-T for alloy wheels, a rear parking camera and the wheelarch extensions.

Vauxhall Corsa – from £11,735

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You might be surprised to discover that there’s not a single Ford in our cheapest car gallery, because the (soon to be discontinued) Ka+ costs upwards of £12,300, while the lowest-priced Fiesta costs £15,670.

Which leaves rival Vauxhall to own the budget space, with the Corsa available from £11,735. In Active trim, you get a heated windscreen, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Smart Fortwo – from £11,415

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If you can live without rear seats – and you don’t intend to spend much time out of the city – the Smart Fortwo makes sense.

A strong image, an upmarket cabin, low running costs and a tiny turning circle are some of the Fortwo’s highlights, while a 260-litre will be enough for most city centre errands.

Vauxhall Viva – from £10,485

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The Vauxhall Viva is the last remaining raffle prize sat atop the trestle table at the school summer concert. According to Auto Express, it’s a ‘decent little city car’, but that’s like describing a Tesco value cheese sandwich as a ‘decent little lunch’.

If you want one, be quick, because the Viva is facing the axe.

Citroen C1 – from £10,140

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You could buy a new Citroen C1 for a little over £10,000, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The black bumpers, 14-inch steel wheels and a heater in lieu of air conditioning all hark back to the 80s or 90s.

And if you want to relive the 80s or 90s dream in a Citroen, may we suggest buying a ZX or Xsara? Both are cheap as chips and unlikely to depreciate.

Fiat Panda – from £10,080

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We love the Fiat Panda. It’s the car we’d like to hire when in Rome. And it puts us in mind of Giugiaro’s classic. But this isn’t Rome and a lot of acqua has passed under the ponte since the Italian maestro penned the original.

The zero-star Euro NCAP rating makes it hard to recommend the Panda, especially in light of more contemporary, not to mention cheaper, rivals.

Volkswagen Up – from £10,080

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The Volkswagen Up is a good case in point. Even in the basic Take Up spec, with three doors rather than five, the Up is a spacious, well packaged and fun-to-drive city car that’s as good outside the city as in it.

Furthermore, because it has a Volkswagen badge, it holds its value better than its Skoda- and Seat-badged siblings.

Mitsubishi Mirage – from £9,999

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Goodness, is that the time? We need to crack on… 

Dacia Duster – from £9,995

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Perhaps predictably, Dacia dominates the second half of this feature – the Renault-owned company has cornered the market formerly occupied by the likes of Kia and Hyundai.

In Access trim, the Duster is lacking in glamour, but even the Essential trim costs less than the price of an entry-level Corsa. The cheapest four-wheel-drive variant costs a bargain £13,710.

Kia Picanto – from £9,895

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Kia secured a foothold in the UK thanks to a range of budget-led hatchbacks and SUVs, but the Korean company has its eyes on the premium establishment.

The Rio costs upwards of £12,495, while the cheapest Picanto city car sneaks below the £10k mark. You get a seven-year warranty, but don’t expect it to look as snazzy as the car in the photo. 

Toyota Aygo – from £9,825

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The Toyota Aygo is based on the same platform as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but it has a snazzier face. At the time of writing, the entry-level Aygo X is available with a £300 saving, taking the list price down to £9,495.

Alternatively, a £2,000 scrappage discount is available on all except the X trim level.

Peugeot 108 – from £9,695

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Peugeot doesn’t want to sell you a basic 108, which is why its website shows £11,935 as the lowest price. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find the basic Access trim, complete with 14-inch steel wheels and a £9,695 price tag.

There’s no air conditioning, but you do get a… multi-speed heater fan. 

MG3 – from £9,495

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We like the MG3, even if the nod to the brand’s heritage feels a bit disingenuous. Even at £9,495, the entry-level Explore trim is best avoided, so we’d upgrade to the £11,395 Excite or £12,795 Exclusive.

Both models undercut the cheapest Ford Fiesta and you get a seven-year warranty as part of the deal.

Hyundai i10 – from £9,200

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Hyundai was one of the companies to gain the most out of the original ‘scrappage’ scheme of 2009, with many motorists ‘trading up’ to an i10. Today’s i10 isn’t the bargain city car it once was and the entry-level S model is a little short of toys.

The Premium is the range sweet-spot, with a generous level of standard equipment and prices ranging from £12,000 to £13,000.

Dacia Sandero Stepway – from £9,195

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We’re cheating a little bit here because although Dacia positions the Sandero Stepway as a separate model, in reality, it’s a Sandero with quasi-SUV styling and a raised ride height.

Having said that, it does look more premium than the Sandero, and the £11,195 Comfort trim is well equipped.

Suzuki Celerio – from £8,999

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The list price for the entry-level Suzuki Celerio SZ2 is £8,999, but at the time of writing it’s available with a £1,000 discount. However, we’d recommend opting for the SZ3, which is on sale for £8,999 after a £1,500 discount.

It’s not the last word in excitement, but Suzuki has a solid reputation for reliability and good dealers. Note: the Suzuki Baleno is available with a £3,250 discount, taking the price down to £9,999.

Skoda Citigo – from £8,890

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The entry-level Skoda Citigo S costs £8,890, but aside from a parking ticket holder on the windscreen, there’s little in the way of pizazz.

We’d recommend upgrading to the SE for alloy wheels, air conditioning and a 60:40 folding rear seat. Not bad for an additional £250.

Dacia Logan MCV – from £8,495

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Britain’s cheapest estate car has a 573-litre boot and an £8,495 price tag. You’ll have to decide if you can live with the basic Access trim level for the entire duration of a three-year PCP deal, but even the Comfort trim isn’t going to break the bank at £10,495.

The Dacia Logan MCV is also available in Stepway guise, with prices starting from £12,695.

Dacia Sandero – from £6,995

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The Sandero arrived in the UK with a headline-grabbing £5,995 price tag, helping the Dacia to corner the budget end of the market. Today, you’ll pay £6,995 for the basic Access model, making it the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. Or is it?

The UK’s cheapest new car: Renault Twizy – from £6,690

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Technically, the Renault Twizy is a quadricycle, but it has the same number of seats as the Smart Fortwo, so we’re happy to include it here. It’s electric, which makes it as current as a Sam Fender song, and prices start at £6,690.

Note: you need to consider the cost of battery hire, which starts at £45 a month.

Should I buy a petrol, diesel or hybrid car?

petrol diesel or hybrid

In the past, deciding the fuel type of your new car was far simpler. Diesels were workhorses that sounded like black cabs, hybrids were the choice of the open-minded or open toe-sandaled, and petrol was for pure performance.

But those lines have become increasingly blurred. Most buyers can now opt for their preferred fuel, without compromising much on the car, or its performance out on the road. That said, you’re almost certainly better-suited to one fuel type over another, depending on your own driving habits, your budget and how eco-conscious you are, as our guide below explains in more detail.

Painting an honest picture of your own motoring mannerisms from the outset will really help narrow down your choices. Even in the hybrid category, there’s an engine set up to suit almost every occasion; with the battery pack taking on more or less of the responsibility for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. And while none have the range restrictions of a pure electric car, these inevitably suit some drivers better than others.

Suzuki Ignis SHVS badge

The Suzuki Ignis SHVS, for example, simply recovers, stores and recycles brake energy in the battery, and uses this to boost power and engine efficiency. All that technology enhances performance without increasing fuel consumption or emissions. Hybrids like the Toyota Prius use a similar system, but can also run in electric-only mode for a mile or two.

An increasingly popular line up of plug-in hybrid vehicles (commonly called PHEVs) such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, however, can be charged from a socket and will cover around 30 miles before the internal combustion engine kicks in. Finally, the recently deleted BMW i3 is essentially a full electric vehicle but uses a small motorcycle engine as an emergency back-up to get you home if the batteries die. This type of car is known as a range extender.

Which new car fuel should I buy?

With so many options, which fuel type should you choose? To help you make your mind up, here are a few key points worth bearing in mind before you buy.

Cost

the cost of fuel

Unless you’ve got a limitless budget, the cost of your car is going to be high up on your list of priorities. And that can vary enormously within one model range, depending on the type of fuel used to power it.

As a general rule of thumb, the more advanced or economical the car’s powertrain becomes, the more expensive the vehicle will be to buy. So a diesel-powered vehicle will cost more to buy than its petrol-engine equivalent, and the advanced technology behind a hybrid is likely to cost you more still. But the expense doesn’t end there, of course.

Fuel economy

While you’re weighing up list prices on the dealer forecourts, you also need to seriously consider how many miles you’re really going to travel each month. Fuel consumption can obviously vary enormously: with a diesel typically around 30 percent more economical to run than a petrol-engine vehicle, while a hybrid can be even more thrifty – with claims of up to 200mpg under official laboratory tests. But owners often find that these figures are radically different out on the road.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance

The fuel itself differs in price, too – with petrol currently costing almost 10p per litre less than diesel at the pumps. So you need to gauge your likely usage first. Better still, come up with an annual cost comparison, as we’ve done below with three derivatives of the Volkswagen Golf:

 VW Golf petrol: 1.4 TSI (5dr) DSG SE NavVW Golf diesel: 2.0 TDI (5dr) DSG SE NavVW Golf GTE hybrid: 1.4 TSI (5dr) DSG Advance
List price£22,865£25,515£32,600
Average fuel cost*120.6 per litre130.0 per litre120.6 per litre
Combined mpg54.3mpg64.2mpg156.9mpg
Annual fuel cost (10,000 miles)£1,009.68£920.55£349.43

* Based on average fuel prices (March 2019)

This illustrates that the diesel-powered Golf will only save you around £90 a year in fuel, assuming like-for-like driving styles over 10,000. Given that the car itself cost £2,650 more to buy, it’s going to take nearly 30 years, clocking up average mileage, to claw back that initial outlay.

By contrast, the Hybrid costs nearly £10,000 more than the petrol to buy, but it (theoretically) uses around one-third of the fuel. With around a £660 annual saving at the pumps, that it will take you just over 15 years to break even – less than half the time. That said, if you plug the car in to charge every day, use it for short commuting hops and only the occasional long journey, then you could easily exceed the claimed economy and you’ll recoup the extra outlay much sooner.

Of course, buyers aren’t only interested in saving money, when they opt for alternative fuelled cars, but these sums are worth calculating ahead of any new car purchase.

Driving habits

diesel filler cap

The type of miles you’re likely to be clocking up counts too. Are you going to be pottering around town, or steaming up and down the motorway all week? That’s relevant because some fuel types – namely diesel – are better-suited to driving long distances. That’s partly why they’re usually the fuel of choice of sales reps. Although the price per litre of fuel, and your initial outlay for the car itself, will be higher than a petrol-engine equivalent, if you’re putting enough miles on the clock, you should still be better off over a lease term.

A diesel will almost certainly deliver better fuel mileage and lower CO2 than a hybrid in such intensive driving circumstances – meaning diesel remains the eco-friendly choice for high-mileage motorists.

By contrast, if you only ever cover short distances each day, then you could find you have enough battery life between charges in a plug-in hybrid, and therefore rarely need to fill up all. More generally, petrol-fuelled cars are better in stop-start situations and are the best choice if you mainly drive in the city.

Longevity

plug-in hybrid charging

Technology is developing fast in the motor industry, in a bid to create safer and increasingly eco-friendly cars. But is this technology built to last? That’s of particular concern to buyers looking at electric-only or hybrid vehicles, which place huge reliance on the car’s battery power. How long will the cell last? And how much will it cost to replace?

Some manufacturers, such as Renault and Nissan, have introduced battery leasing schemes, to help alleviate those concerns. So if the cell fails, owners can automatically swap it for a new one. Other brands cover the hybrid and battery components under a separate warranty (typically five to eight years). Even so, buyers understandably feel like they’re stepping into unknown territory.

As for traditional fuel types, diesels have always been regarded as being more durable. But in fact, all modern engines should be capable of clocking up at least 200,000 miles, if serviced regularly. And in reality, it’s corrosion and the failure of high-cost parts that usually ends an old vehicle’s life.

Tax

CO2 emissions

Road tax has been dictated almost entirely by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 2001. For all cars registered since then, the more your car pollutes the environment, the higher the tax you pay; with electric cars and hybrids enjoying a zero-rate. So for motorists on a budget, it’s made sense to bear that extra duty in mind, if they’re opting for a fuel type that’s heavily taxed.

But the current Vehicle Excise Duty rules have reduced the impact of emissions on road tax. These state that cars registered from April 2017 will only be taxed based on their CO2 emissions for their first 12 months – which is always included in the dealer’s ‘on the road’ list price anyway. Thereafter, owners will pay a flat rate of £140 per year. Only zero emissions, electric-only cars will remain tax-free. While alternative fuel vehicles – namely, hybrids – incur a slightly cheaper fee, at £130.

The environment

The most recent, advanced technology is almost certainly going to be the eco-friendliest. But the Government’s ever-changing stance on what’s bad for the environment, and the levies that accompany that, make the decision over what to buy increasingly difficult for motorists. Also, even plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles aren’t totally in the clear, as the electricity used to charge their batteries usually comes from polluting power stations.

JATO CO2 emissions

Petrol power has for a long time been considered the bad boy of the fuel pumps; slammed for its high levels of carbon emissions. So businesses were once actually incentivised to stock their fleets with diesels. However, diesel cars have been stripped of their eco-credentials recently, and governments and local authorities are considering ways to cut the use of diesels in urban areas.

Carmakers are at pains, however, to stress that the latest Euro 6 diesels are virtually as clean as petrol cars in all measurable tailpipe emissions. Older diesels pollute more, but new diesels do not – so you can buy a brand new diesel safe in the knowledge its exhaust emissions are ultra-clean.

Admittedly, changing current public perceptions to stress that showroom-fresh new diesels are not ‘bad’ may take some time in the current climate…

How to save money on a new car

Engine start buttonHaggling may not be your forte. But if the list price of your favourite new car is beyond your budget, don’t panic. There are plenty of other ways to keep costs down – especially if you’re prepared to do a bit of research, buy at the optimum time, and be flexible about the car’s final specification.

Our guide should arm you with all the tricks of the trade – and help you save money on your next car.

Buy an outgoing model

 

Last season’s clothes, mobile phones and even cars are often offered at a discounted price, to make room for new ranges about to be launched. Sales reps will therefore offer the best deals on a model that is set to be replaced, or even just updated, to buyers prepared to miss out on some of the latest gadgets.

Porsche showroom

Opting for the older version won’t necessarily mean driving home an ageing model, either. A facelift can sometimes mean little more than a new bumper or light cluster arrangement – something worth forgoing to shave a few thousand pounds off the price tag.

To take advantage of this discount window, you need to know when those new models are likely to be launched. Keeping your eye on the motoring press and websites is the best way to do this. Your local dealer may also be prepared to give you an idea of launch dates, if he/she thinks you’re planning to buy the latest model. So don’t be afraid to ask the question next time you’re in the showroom.

Buy at the end of the month

 

All dealers have sales targets. They’re usually incentivised to sell a certain number of cars each month, and those deadlines tend to come at month-end. So if you’re prepared to time your new car shopping until a day or two before, staff will be much more open to negotiating a discount to get that vital last-minute sale.

Car showroom

Consider a pre-registered car

Another way that dealers manage to their hit sales targets, is to buy unsold stock themselves, and register the cars in the dealer’s name. Any interested buyer would then effectively become the second owner, which could impact slightly on the future resale price. You’ll also lose a small portion of your warranty, as the clock starts ticking on that manufacturer guarantee the moment the car is registered.

However, if you’re prepared to stomach these minor inconveniences, you could save thousands on the list price of what is technically a used car, but effectively still brand-new, with just a few miles on the clock.

Don’t be too picky

If you’re hoping to bag a bargain, it’s worth relaxing any wish-list you have about your dream car’s final specification. A pre-registered car, for example, is one you’ll be buying off the shelf, and will therefore already be specced-up by the dealer. Yet many franchises will have car parks full of unregistered stock, which they’ll be keen to shift to make more room. So while you might have wanted gold metallic paint and a sunroof, is it enough of a deal-breaker to turn down a blue version without the skylight, in order to save a grand or two?

Car showroom

Don’t forget, you could also be save yourself months of waiting for the factory to produce the exact car you’re after.

Haggle on your trade-in

Negotiating a better deal on your own outgoing car is another easy way to reduce costs when swapping into a new model. This may simply be a question of researching your used car’s value thoroughly before you set foot on the dealer forecourt. Equally, don’t take the first estimate; get quotes from a number of dealers, then use the best price as a bargaining tool.

You could also consider selling your car privately first, as that’s likely to get you the best price, then using that extra cash on the deposit for your new car.

Car showroom

Shop around

Don’t assume that all franchised dealers will price their new models exactly the same. Sometimes it’s worth travelling beyond your doorstep for a better deal. For instance, larger forecourts out of town are likely to have a bigger pool of stock floating around, which makes it easier to pick up a bargain.

If you don’t want to travel, pick up the phone and chat to the sales staff of far-flung franchises – you’ll be surprised at the discount you can negotiate without even setting foot in a showroom.

Use online car brokers

If you really can’t stand the thought of haggling, let someone else do it for you! Online car brokers are meant to be experts in negotiating on your behalf. In reality, it’s the promise of attracting lots of new customers to dealers that enables the broker to get rock-bottom rates on your behalf.

New cars

Personalised brokers will take your wish list and use their contacts and industry know-how to try and find you a perfect match for the right price. Bigger brokerage firms, meanwhile, will take orders and ask a wide group of dealers to bid for your business. Those prepared to offer the lowest prices win. Either way, you shouldn’t have to pay a fee for the privilege. Reputable brokers will charge dealerships a small fee for bringing them customers.

Research the best finance deal

If you’ve decided to spread the cost of your new car, take some time to consider what type of finance contract you want. Most importantly, pay attention to the interest rates on offer – in particular the comparable APR, or annual percentage rate.

Manufacturers are increasingly advertising their new cars with the monthly payments to drive one home on a PCP (personal contract purchase) deal. But don’t be tempted to adopt the same mindset – in fact, never tell sales staff how much you’re hoping to spend each month! That’s because two cars attracting the same £250 monthly payment could represent very different value for money, if one is based on a low rate, and the other isn’t. Instead, say you’re looking for the lowest interest rates, and see which cars attract them.

Ferrari 488 Spider

Franchised dealers are likely to offer the lowest PCP rates – many even offer zero per cent deals -– as the credit is usually supplied by the finance arm of the car manufacturer. Independent dealers outsource their credit contracts to banks and supermarkets, whose rates tend to be higher. In both cases, the bigger your deposit, and the better your credit rating, the more competitive the rate will be.

Don’t forget to compare the PCP cost with a simple bank loan, too. While the rates may be higher, the car is yours from the outset, with no restrictions on mileage or wear and tear to worry about.

Downsize your car

Be honest. Do you really need a car that can wade waist-high in water and seat seven? If so, fine. But chances are, you simply haven’t stopped to question the groundswell of public opinion that big is best, when it comes to buying a car – or indeed a burger.

Car showroom

Consider instead that the next model lower down the range might not only be a better match with your lifestyle and needs, but also easier on the wallet. Smaller cars don’t just come with a more modest price tag. They tend to be lighter, too, and therefore better for the environment, as they boast lower CO2 emissions. They also need smaller engines to achieve the same performance, making them more efficient. So you’ll spend fewer pounds at the pumps. And if that doesn’t convince you, just think how much easier it’ll be to park if you live in town, or manoeuvre around those country lanes if you don’t.

You won’t necessarily have to forgo your luxuries either. In fact, it’s definitely worth considering the trade-off that comes with swapping an entry-level executive car, for a top-of-the-range family hatchback. Think of all the options you can tick…

Haggle for extras

Car showroom

If all else fails, and you haven’t managed to slice any money off the list price, don’t panic. You can always resort to nit-picking over the dealer-fit accessories. It may seem petty to scan the room frantically looking for goodies. But little optional extras like a set of floor mats, a boot liner or a European car kit are actually incredibly useful, and their cost can otherwise really add up.

So, ask the dealer to throw a few of these accessories in with the car. It’s an easy concession for the sales rep to make, if they want to seal the deal. And it has the added bonus of leaving you feeling slightly smug about your negotiation skills.

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The summer’s hottest new car deals

Summer 2018 special offers: the hottest new car deals

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Thanks to Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deals, it’s never been easier – or cheaper – to get your hands on a new car. If you fancy driving away in a new car this summer, here are some of the offers being offered by manufacturers, including test drive incentives, deposit contributions and straightforward discounts.

SEAT Ibiza: £1,500 deposit contribution plus an extra £500

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The SEAT Ibiza is relatively new to the market, so it’s surprising to see such a generous discount on the ‘Spanish Polo’. Take a test drive between now and the end of September and you’ll receive a £500 discount should you make a purchase. This is in addition to a £1,500 deposit contribution and one year’s free insurance. Monthly payments start from £199.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio: £3,500 deposit contribution

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If you fancy a SUV, but don’t fancy following the crowd, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio might be the car for you. Right now, if you order a 2.2-litre turbodiesel Q4 Speciale on a PCP plan, Alfa Romeo will add £3,500 to your deposit of £6,995. The monthly payment is £426 spread over four years, but the package includes a five-year warranty, free servicing for three years and breakdown cover for five years.

Audi A7 Sportback S Line: £5,700 deposit contribution

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Another relatively new car, but Audi isn’t shy about coming forward with a hefty deposit contribution. Order an A7 Sportback S Line on a PCP deal and Audi will contribute £5,700 towards your deposit. In common with many of the offers, finance is subject to status and available to motorists aged 18 and over.

Fiat Panda Pop: £2,015 customer saving

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In its basic Pop form, the Fiat Panda features body-coloured bumpers, four airbags, Uconnect, Bluetooth, USB and central locking. At £9,510, it’s rather expensive for a long in the tooth city car, but a £2,015 discount equates to a more reasonable £7,495.

Suzuki Baleno: save up to £2,500

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The Suzuki Baleno is a great value and practical hatchback, which is also surprisingly good to drive when powered by the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. Right now, Suzuki is offering a £2,500 discount on SZ-T and SZ5 models, or £2,000 off the price of the entry-level SZ3. This means the range starts from £10,999.

Skoda Fabia: £2,000 deposit contribution and 3.9% APR

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There’s an updated Skoda Fabia on the way in September, so dealers will be keen to shift stock of the outgoing model. Even before you start haggling, Skoda will contribute £2,000 towards the finance deposit, leaving you to pay £1,497.17, followed by 47 monthly payments of £179.

Fiat Tipo S-Design: £2,330 customer saving

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The Fiat Tipo S-Design features 18-inch diamond alloys, bi-xenon headlights, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view camera, automatic climate control and Uconnect 7-inch touchscreen. Not bad in a car costing £18,150. Even better when Fiat removes £2,330 from the price.

Audi A6: £6,150 deposit contribution

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Audi is being extremely generous with its deposit contributions. For example, you can claim £6,150 on an A6 saloon or Avant, or as much as £7,500 off the price of an A6 Allroad. Opt for the recently released A8 and the deposit contribution is a massive £8,875.

Mazda CX-3: £1,750 deposit contribution

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The Mazda CX-3 is a stylish crossover that’s also great to drive. Order a CX-3 SE Nav on a PCP deal and Mazda will contribute £1,750, leaving you to find £3,001.50 and 42 payments of £199. Alternatively, if you’re after a 0% APR deal, Mazda will remove the deposit contribution, leaving you to pay £2,909 up front and £289 a month over two years.

Renault Captur: an extra £1,000 trade in

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Order a Captur between now and the end of the month and Renault will offer an extra £1,000 discount when you trade in your old car. On a four-year PCP deal, there’s no interest to pay, a low £199 deposit and monthly payments of £199.

Suzuki Ignis: save up to £2,000

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Until the new Jimny arrives in 2019, the Ignis remains the cutest and most desirable new Suzuki you can buy. It features more retro touches than you could shake a pogo stick at and more charm than Nigel Havers. Right now, Suzuki is offering a £2,000 discount on SZ-T and SZ5 models, or £1,500 off the SZ3.

Hyundai i10: £795 customer saving

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Buy a Hyundai i10 SE or Go SE on a PCP deal and you’ll receive a £795 deposit contribution. Alternatively, order the entry-level i10 S and the contribution drops to £700. The range starts from a little over £9,000.

Honda CR-V: £1,000 test-drive incentive and £1,000 deposit contribution

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If you were thinking of buying a Honda CR-V I-VTEC SE Plus Navi before taking a test drive, stop what you’re doing. That’s because Honda will knock £1,000 off the price if you take a test-drive, along with a £1,000 deposit contribution. You can also add a five-year servicing package for £599.

Toyota Verso Icon: £2,590 customer saving

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The trusty MPV is facing a fight for survival, but the Toyota Verso proves that there’s life in the old people carrier yet. Toyota is offering a £2,590 customer saving on the Verso Icon, which takes the price down to £18,030. The Icon features Toyota’s excellent Safety Sense package, a seven-inch touchscreen, dual-zone air conditioning and a reversing camera.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace: £2,500 deposit contribution and £500 test-drive incentive

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The Allspace is a more practical version of the Tiguan with the option of a third row of seats. Volkswagen will contribute £2,500 towards the cost of a four-year PCP deal, leaving you to find £6,106.76 and £265 a month. You can also save an additional £500 when you test-drive any Volkswagen SUV.

SEAT Leon: £2,250 deposit contribution and £500 test-drive incentive

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Remember that summer scorcher on the SEAT Ibiza? The discount on the Leon is even hotter. Not only will SEAT give you £2,250 towards the cost of your deposit, there’s an extra £500 discount when you take a test drive. Scorchio.

Nissan X-Trail: £4,250 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

You’ll need to find £4,589.14 for the deposit on a Nissan X-Trail N-Connecta dCi 130, but Nissan will add £4,250 to the mix. All of which means you’ll pay £356.14 a month for three years, with an optional final payment of £11,424.52. At least it’s not yet another Nissan Qashqai.

Jeep Cherokee: £8,050 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

With a deposit contribution this generous, Jeep might need to dress up as Father Christmas. Order a Cherokee Limited 2.2 on a 36-month PCP deal and Jeep will contribute £8,050 to the deal. There is a one catch: you’ll need to find £7,899 up front.

Honda Jazz: £1,000 test-drive incentive and £750 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

These test drive incentives sound like a good deal. In exchange for 60 minutes behind the wheel – and listening to a salesperson waffle on while you drive – manufacturers will shave a few quid off the price of a new car. In the case of the Honda Jazz, it’s a £1,000 discount, along with a £750 deposit contribution.

MG GS Excite: £1,000 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Order an MG GS Excite between now and the end of September and you’ll receive £1,000 towards the cost of the deposit. This leaves you to find £1,305 up front and 47 monthly payments of £249. The total amount payable is £19,966.74 and you’re restricted to a paltry 6,000 miles per annum.

Suzuki Celerio: save £500

The summer’s hottest new car deals

The Suzuki Celerio is already one of Britain’s cheapest new cars, but that hasn’t stopped Suzuki taking £500 off the list price. It means that you can drive away in an entry-level SZ2 for £7,499, an SZ3 for £9,649, or an SZ4 for £10,949.

Lexus: £2,000 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Lexus is offering a £2,000 deposit contribution across most of the range, with the exception of the LC and LS models. Cars must be registered and financed by 30 September on a 42-month Lexus Connect PCP plan.

Subaru XV: £1,000 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

The new Subaru XV is a far better prospect than the old model, so there’s never been a better time to buy this off-roader. Subaru is offering a £1,000 deposit contribution across the range, with monthly payments starting from £325.

Volvo: servicing offer

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Along with a range of standard PCP deals, Volvo is offering two servicing packs across the range. A three-year servicing deal costs £399, while five years will set you back £599. Vehicles must be ordered by the end of September.

Peugeot: two services for £99

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Meanwhile, Peugeot is offering two scheduled services for just £99. Peugeot’s excellent ‘Just add Fuel’ offer is also available.

Nissan GT-R: £5,000 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

This one might be a tad niche, but it’s good to know that you can claim a £5,000 deposit contribution on a Nissan GT-R. You’ll need to find £17,758.49 up front and 36 monthly payments of £699. A bold choice.

Jeep Grand Cherokee: £7,250 deposit contribution

The summer’s hottest new car deals

Finally, this offer is similar to that of the Jeep Cherokee, albeit with a less grand deposit contribution. Jeep will contribute £7,250 to the cost of a Grand Cherokee, leaving you to find £9,074 and £399 per month. All offers available at the time of writing and are subject to status.

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Why are car V5 registration documents being sold online?

Why are car V5 registration documents being sold online?

Why are car V5 registration documents being sold online?

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds a register of all vehicles on UK roads. Each car has an individual logbook (also known as the V5 or V5C) which contains an extract of the information the DVLA has about that vehicle – such as its original registration date, colour and the address of the current registered keeper.

Although the V5C is not proof of ownership per se, you should insist on seeing one when buying a secondhand car. The seller will then notify the DVLA that they’ve sold the car so the registered keeper can be changed to you – updating the DVLA’s records.

When you scrap a car, you must inform the DVLA by filling in the V5C/3 part of the V5C. Alternatively, you can notify the DVLA online – but you must destroy the V5C when you do so.

Unfortunately, it seems to be becoming increasingly popular for drivers to sell the V5C rather than destroying it when they scrap a car. This process isn’t illegal in itself – although there are no ethical reasons why anyone would want to buy a V5C, despite a search of online auction websites revealing there’s clearly a market for them.

“The registration certificate (V5C) is not intended to have any intrinsic value,” a DVLA spokesperson told Motoring Research. “It is an extract of the information that is held by DVLA.”

Fake identity

Fake identity

The main reason people want to buy a V5C is so that they can use the identity of the scrapped car on another vehicle. This might be because the new car has been written off and can’t legally be returned to the road, or because it’s a classic car and the identity from an older vehicle will give it tax or MOT exempt status.

It could also be used for something more sinister, such as to help hide the identity of a stolen car. By changing the number plates on a stolen vehicle to match the details of a V5C bought online, an unsuspecting buyer could easily be fooled into buying a car they believe is legitimate.

The DVLA added: “When a vehicle is sold it is the responsibility of the registered keeper at the time to inform the DVLA, by completing the details of the new keeper in section six of the V5C and returning it to the address on the V5C. This allows the register to be updated with the revised information and a new document issued.

“It is an offence if the registered keeper fails to notify DVLA of these changes mentioned above.”

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New diesel car tax rules: everything you need to know

New diesel car tax rules come into force: everything you need to know

New diesel car tax rules: everything you need to know

New vehicle excise duty (VED, or car tax) rules have now come into force that could cost you as much as £500 – yet a survey has revealed that nearly nine out of 10 drivers still don’t know about the changes.

The revised system, introduced at the beginning of April, is based on new ‘real driving emissions’ tests. This means if you buy any new Euro 6 diesel that emits more than 120mg/km of NOx (nitrogen oxides), you’ll be forced to pay more for road tax in the first year.

Currently, all diesel cars on the market exceed this figure, meaning they’ll all move up a band under the new VED rules. This means a Nissan Qashqai 1.5-litre dCi 110, for example, which emits 99g/km CO2, will now cost £145 to tax for the first year – up from £125 currently.

At the other end of the scale, a Mitsubishi Shogun will cost a hefty £2,070 to tax for the first year – an increase of £370.

Under new regulations introduced in 2017, all new petrol and diesel cars costing less than £40,000 are charged a first year tax rate based on CO2 emissions. This is followed by a flat rate of £140 every year, plus an extra £310 supplement for five years for cars costing more than £40,000.

First year VED rates 2018-2019
CO2 emissions (g/km)Petrol carsDiesel cars
0£0£0
1-50£10£25
51-75£25£105
76-90£105£125
91-100£125£140
101-110£145£165
111-130£165£205
131-150£205£515
151-170£515£830
171-190£830£1,240
191-225£1,240£1,760
226-255£1,760£2,070
More than 255£2,070£2,070

Although the premium is small for cleaner diesels, high-emitting diesels could face an increase of more than £500 in their first year.

In reality, most diesel car buyers won’t notice a huge difference, as the first year’s road tax is lumped into the on-the-road price of a new car. However, it’s another in a series of anti-diesel messages which nearly half of drivers say are confusing, according to the survey by Confused.com.

“Drivers are clearly confused about the messaging around diesel vehicles,” said the website’s motoring editor, Amanda Stretton. “It’s no wonder motorists are not up to speed with the latest laws.

“As we head towards 2040, when the sale of new diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned, we expect drivers will see numerous incentives and penalties being introduced. Whether such measures will encourage take up of more environmentally friendly car-types remains to be seen.”

The number of new diesel cars being registered continues to plummet, as Confused.com’s research reveals that 60 percent of drivers say they wouldn’t consider a diesel for their new car.

Speaking earlier this month, the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Although the new car market has dipped, it remains at a good level despite the drop in demand for diesel. Consumers should be reassured, however, that the latest cars are the cleanest in history and can help address air quality issues, which is why they are econxempt from any restrictions.”

2018 car tax changes: Q&A

New diesel car tax rules: everything you need to know

Is tax for petrol cars going up?

Yes – but only by a small amount. Petrol cars emitting 99g/km CO2 will now be charged £105 in VED compared to £100. A car producing more than 255g/km CO2 will now be taxed £2,070 in the first year compared to £2,000.

Can I negotiate money off a new car to drop it below the £40,000 threshold?

No. The VED is based on a car’s list price including options as well as fuel, number plates and a delivery charge.

Are electric cars cheap to tax?

Yes and no. Zero-emission cars with a list price below £40,000 are free to tax, while hybrids are taxed on emissions, like petrol and diesel cars (albeit slightly cheaper). Even electric or hybrid cars with a list price of more than £40,000 attract the £310 premium for years two to six on top of the standard VED rate.

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Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40: how to buy 2018’s must-have SUV

Volvo XC40The XC40 is a good car. That’s a given. A very worthy magazine has already handed the new Volvo its Car of the Year trophy and, more to the point, MR’s very own Andrew Brady awarded it five stars. Cards on the table, if we were shopping for a compact SUV with a premium twist, this is what we’d go for. So, let’s assume that you want one. Here’s all the essential buying info you need.

We’ve also put together a brief video with the XC40 and its big brother, the XC60. Click below to see how they compare for performance, fuel economy, size and price.

Video: Volvo XC40 and XC60 compared

 

Which engine should I go for?

Volvo XC40

The XC40 comes with a choice of five engines: 150hp D3 and 190hp D4 diesels, plus 156hp T3, 190hp T4 and 247hp T5 petrols.

Despite the hysterical headlines, diesel still makes plenty of sense for SUVs – particularly for higher-mileage drivers. Volvo expects 60% of buyers to choose the D3 diesel and it’s also our pick of the range – chiefly thanks to 58.9mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 127g/km (£160 first-year car tax) in 2WD guise. For reference, the 4WD-only D4 manages 56.5mpg and 131g/km (£200 first-year car tax). 

If you prefer petrol, the forthcoming three-cylinder T3 may be worth a look, although claimed economy of 42.8mpg is scarcely better than the T4 (40.9mpg) or T5 (39.8mpg). We’d wait for the hybrid petrol/electric version, due in 2019. A fully-electric XC40 EV is in development, too.

For early adopters buying an XC40 First Edition – the initial batch of cars for the UK – choice is limited to the range-topping D4 or T5.

Do I need four-wheel drive?

Volvo XC40

The short answer here is ‘probably not’. Unless you live in Snowdonia or the Scottish Highlands, 4WD is rarely necessary in the UK. But your choice of front- or four-wheel drive is largely governed by which engine you go for.

Indeed, the D3 diesel is the only engine offered with both. The D3 FWD returns 58.9mpg, while the D3 4WD manages just 52.3mpg (both figures based on a manual gearbox) – so there’s a significant penalty for that enhanced all-weather traction. The entry-level T3 petrol is FWD-only, while the D4, T4 and T5 are only available with 4WD.

Likewise, the D3 is the only XC40 that can be ordered with a manual or automatic gearbox. The T3 is manual-only, and the D4, T4 and T5 are auto-only. Choosing an auto ‘box for the D3 has a 2-3mpg impact on fuel economy. However, automatic versions are nicer to drive, so we’d take the hit and go for the self-shifter.

Talk to me about trim levels

Volvo XC40

There are six trim levels offered: Momentum, Momentum Pro, R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and (you guessed it) Inscription Pro.

Standard equipment on the Momentum is generous, including a nine-inch touchscreen, sat-nav with full European mapping and lifetime updates, climate control air-con, 18-inch alloys, cruise control, rear parking sensors and automatic emergency braking. Upgrading to Pro adds active bending headlights, electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, heated front seats and a heated windscreen.

R-Design offers a more ‘dynamic’ look and – sports suspension aside – the changes are essentially cosmetic. There’s a black roof, plenty of gloss-black detailing and dual exhaust pipes. Going for the Pro version adds the same equipment as for Momentum, but with 20-inch alloy wheels.

The fully-loaded Inscription comes with metallic paint, leather upholstery, front parking sensors, front and rear skidplates, a powered tailgate and ‘Drift Wood’ interior trim. If that’s still not sufficient, going Pro adds the same again, plus 19-inch alloys and an electric front passenger seat.

We reckon Momentum Pro is the sweet-spot of the range (the heated seats and screen are invaluable in winter), although we’d understand if you were swayed by the sportier style of R-Design. Avoid the 20-inch alloys, though: they do ride comfort no favours.

Which optional extras are worth having?

Volvo XC40

Many XC40 extras are grouped together into option packs, which offer better value for money than specifying items separately.

The one we’d consider essential is the Intellisafe Pro pack (£1,400), which adds adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist self-steering to keep you in lane, blind-spot warnings in the door mirrors and Cross-Traffic Alert. The latter can detect cars approaching at a perpendicular angle (e.g. in a car park) and hit the brakes. The XC40 is already a safe car, but this suite of features makes it even safer.

If you haven’t upgraded to Pro spec, the Winter pack (£500) adds heated front seats, a heated windscreen and headlight washers, while the Convenience pack (£350) includes family-friendly features such as a flexible boot floor and power-folding rear seats.

The other options worth having are smartphone integration for Apple Carplay and Android Auto (£300) and power child locks (£85). If funds allowed, we’d also stretch to the excellent 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system (£550) and one of Volvo’s very stylish roof boxes (from £530). Oh – and Lava Orange carpets, please (£175). Just us?

How much does a new XC40 cost?

Volvo XC40

The XC40 is on sale now, with deliveries expected in March 2018 for First Edition cars and May 2018 for the rest of the range.

You’ll pay from £27,905 for a T3 FWD manual in Momentum spec and £28,965 for the equivalent D3 diesel. Our pick of the bunch, a D3 FWD auto Momentum Pro, is £32,105.

At the opposite end of the scale, the D4 and T5 First Editions are £39,305 and £40,055 respectively. Expect these models to be highly sought-after when they hit the second-hand market.

What about finance payment options?

Volvo XC40

Strong demand means that, unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect a big discount on a new XC40. On the plus side, the Volvo outperforms its German rivals for predicted resale values, which should equate to competitive finance and leasing deals – at least once the mainstream models arrive.

At present, Volvo has only published offers for the pricey First Editions. A D4, for example is available to lease for £389 a month over two years with an initial payment of £2,334. If you want the option to buy, £4,857 upfront gets you the same car for £379 a month over two years with an optional final payment of £17,100.

If you live within the M25, you could also consider the new Care by Volvo package. This bundles up use of the car, insurance, maintenance, breakdown cover, a concierge service and access to another Volvo for 14 days a year – everything apart from fuel, essentially. It’s not cheap, at £779 a month for a D4 or T5 First Edition, but promises to be hassle-free. Volvo plans to roll the scheme out nationwide eventually.

Any rival cars that I should also consider?

Volvo XC40 rivals

The world has gone mad for small SUVs, so Volvo’s first entrant into this sector faces plenty of rivals.

The Range Rover Evoque is the best-seller, but feeling its age now (a new Evoque arrives in 2019). There are question marks over Land Rover reliability, too. Audi’s Q3 is also looking old, especially alongside the recently updated BMW X1 and Volkswagen Tiguan. The BMW wins for driver appeal, while the Volkswagen majors on value for money – partly due to its not-quite-premium badge. 

However, as we mentioned at the very beginning, the well-rounded, practical and safe Volvo XC40 is our top choice here.

Counterpoint: should I buy a Volvo XC60 instead?

Volvo XC40 and XC60

By Andrew Brady

Volvo’s carried out a masterstroke. No other manufacturer – and I’m including the premium German brands here – has a range as consistently impressive and up-to-date as Volvo’s current SUV line-up.

The second-generation XC90 arrived in 2015 as a Range Rover rival and preview of things to come with Volvo. The Audi Q5-rivalling XC60 followed in 2017, while the new, smaller XC40 goes on sale this year.

Although deciding which Volvo SUV suits you might seem fairly simple (how much money do you want to spend and would you like a small, medium or large SUV?), there is a degree of overlap. As Tim’s mentioned above, the XC40 First Edition costs from £39,305 – that’s well into XC60 territory, which starts at £36,405. And, as you’ll see in the picture above – the size difference isn’t as big as you’d think.

So how do the XC40 and XC60 compare? From a purely subjective point of view, the XC40 certainly feels the newer car, even though it’s only a year fresher than the XC60. You get the impression that its design team was let off the reigns a little with the XC40: it’s a funky crossover, an Audi Q2 competitor intended to reach a market that hasn’t traditionally bought Volvos.

Both cars have brilliant interiors, although the XC60 feels more grown-up. The seats are more supportive for longer journeys, and there’s more room in the rear if you carry back-seat passengers.

To drive, we’ve not exactly carried out a fair comparison: pitching a T5 petrol XC40 against a D5 diesel. Again, the XC60 feels more mature – better on the motorway and more relaxing, while the XC40 is better suited to urban driving (although not, by any means, out of its depth on the motorway).

Which one would we go for? It depends what you’re looking for. Both are really good cars, and the XC60 is obviously going to be the better option for those with a family to transport or with regular long journeys to cover. For us, though, the clever design of the XC40 makes it marginally more desirable.

 Volvo XC40Volvo XC60
Width1,863mm1,891mm
Height1,658mm1,713mm
Length4,425mm4,644mm
Boot432 litres495 litres

 

In pictures: Volvo XC40 T5 First Edition

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Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Used SUVs for less than £200 a monthAuto Trader has launched a new online tool, allowing car buyers to search for their next car based on their ideal monthly budget. Given the popularity of PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) plans, this should benefit the majority of people who visit the classifieds website. With this in mind, we’ve been on the hunt for SUVs and crossovers for less than £200 a month.

To focus the results, we narrowed the search to cars up to five years old with no more than 100,000 miles on the clock. We also used a range of deposit options, from zero to £2,500.

£0 deposit: Nissan Juke

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Once upon a time, an SUV meant tank-like styling and driving dynamics, four-wheel drive, and running costs to rival the national debt. Today, the lines between SUVs, crossovers and hatchbacks have become rather blurred, but to keep things simple we’ve used Auto Trader’s own filters to find a selection of SUVs for £200 a month. Like this Nissan Juke, which could be yours for £173.33 a month, with no deposit and an optional final payment of £3,474.58.

£0 deposit: Kia Sportage

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

This one-owner Kia Sportage has covered 49,100 miles and is on sale for £9,779. Alternatively, you can drive away with no deposit and £199.74 a month over three years. The optional final payment is £4,471.50, with a fixed rate of interest of 3.97%.

£500 deposit: Hyundai ix35

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Increasing the size of the deposit from zero to £500 should, in theory, either lower your monthly payments or allow you to purchase a newer vehicle. This 2014 Hyundai ix35 has covered just 13,061 and is up for £9,950. With a £500 deposit, that works out at £199.97 a month, with an optional final payment of £4,649. You’ll pay nearly £2,400 in interest, mind.

£500 deposit: Dacia Duster

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

The Dacia Duster is a refreshingly honest SUV, and this 2014 example even benefits from four-wheel drive. The 1.5-litre dCi engine delivers a reasonable amount of poke and low running costs, while the black lower bumpers and steel wheels mean you won’t cringe when you hit the odd rock or tree stump. Yours for £199.77 a month, with an optional final payment of £2,655.

£1,000 deposit: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Remember, these examples are for illustrative purposes only, and you can spend a few minutes fine-tuning your search criteria. If you fancy a shorter term and a larger deposit, simply adjust the settings. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a popular new car, so used examples are likely to be in-demand. Up the deposit to £1,000 and you can drive away in the plug-in hybrid SUV for £199.93 a month, with an optional final payment of £6,335.

£1,000 deposit: Volkswagen Tiguan

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Such is the popularity of the Volkswagen Tiguan, we doubt this 2013 example will be available for long. The S trim is hardly lavish, but this one-owner example does benefit from 4Motion four-wheel drive and that all-important VW badge. Pay £1,000 and it’s yours for £199.55 a month, with an optional final payment of £4,331.50.

£1,500 deposit: Jeep Renegade

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Increasing the deposit to £1,500 opens up a new world of opportunities, including some much newer vehicles. The Jeep badge gives the Renegade justification for the ‘SUV’ tag, even if this 2016 example is front-wheel drive. You’ll pay £199.98 a month, with an optional final payment of £6,075.

£1,500 deposit: BMW X1

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

Given the choice between spending £200 a month on a brand new supermini or a used BMW crossover, many will be lured by the premium badge of the X1. This front-wheel drive example dates from 2013 and has 47,688 miles on the clock. The monthly repayments are £184.05 after a £1,500 deposit. You’ll need to find £4,680 if you decide to keep it in 2021.

£2,000 deposit: Peugeot 2008

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

We’ve upped the deposit again, this time to £2,000, which is enough to secure this 2016 Peugeot 2008 with 9,100 miles on the clock. The spec includes cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors, while the monthly payments are £199.98. Optional final payment: £5,310.

£2,000 deposit: Vauxhall Mokka X

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

With just 7,702 miles on the clock, this 2017 Vauxhall Mokka X is practically new and benefits from a 7-inch touchscreen, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control and dual-zone climate control. You’ll pay £199.95 a month, with an optional final payment of £6,231.39.

£2,500 deposit: Nissan Qashqai

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

With 4,092 miles on the clock, this Nissan Qashqai is practically brand new, even though it was registered in 2015. It begs the question: what has it been doing for the best part of three years? Predictably, it looks blemish-free, and it could be yours for bang on £200 a month. The optional final payment is £7,022.75.

£2,500 deposit: Audi Q3

Used SUVs for less than £200 a month

We conclude with this 2014 Audi Q3 SE Quattro with 19,000 miles on the clock. Spend £2,500 on a deposit and you’ll pay £199.63 a month, with an optional final payment of £8,142.73. Contact the local dealers to discover more about the cars mentioned here, and be sure to take a test drive before signing up for a PCP deal.

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January sales: deals on the UK’s best-selling cars

January sales: deals on the UK’s best-selling cars

Overall new car sales fell in 2017, for the first time in six years, but 2.5 million registrations remains an impressive figure in a troubled market. The slump in demand should result in a plethora of new car deals, as manufacturers fight even harder to grab a slice of our household budget. We’ve been on the hunt for offers on the best-selling cars of 2017. Photos used are for illustrative purposes only.

Ford Fiesta

More than one in every 10 cars sold in 2017 was a Ford, and 94,533 of them were Fiestas. Unsurprisingly, then, it’s not hard to find a good deal on a new Ford Fiesta, with Lookers offering discounts on Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line models. A 1.1-litre Fiesta Zetec in Frozen White and with B&O Play audio system is available with for £199 per month with a £199 deposit.

Alternatively, Arnold Clark is offering the same £199 deposit and £199 per month deal, but this time on a superior Fiesta ST-Line X powered by the excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The deal includes a £2,000 Ford Scrappage discount, contributing to a saving of £3,216 off the list price.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf performed brilliantly in 2017, with 74,605 units registered over the course of 12 months. Fancy an electric Golf? Right now, Volkswagen is offering the e-Golf for £309 a month on a three-year deal, with a £1,000 deposit contribution. This is after the government’s £4,500 plug-in car grant, and you’ll need to find £7,418.86 for the deposit.

At the opposite end of the Golf spectrum, Arnold Clark is offering a 67-plate Golf R with a £3,495 discount, which takes the price down to £31,295. On a four-year PCP deal, this equates to £349 a month after a £3,842.10 deposit.

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus faded a little in 2017, which is hardly surprising given that there’s an all-new model arriving in 2018. Bristol Street Motors is offering some tempting discounts between now and 29 January, including the Focus ST-Line with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine for £275 a month.

Meanwhile, Chambers Ford is offering the 1.0-litre Zetec Edition with a £4,471.75 discount, taking the cash price down to £16,163.25. You’ll pay a £259 deposit followed by 38 monthly payments of £259, but the mileage is limited to just 6,000 per annum.

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai remains Britain’s most popular crossover, even in the face of some serious competition. Discounts certainly help, such as the offer on the generously-equipped Qashqai DiG-T 115 N-Connecta. If you can restrict yourself to just 5,000 miles, the crossover is available for 49 monthly payments of £259, after a deposit of £2,949.

Alternatively, South West Nissan is offering a Qashqai 1.2 Acenta for £199 a month after a £3,988.20 deposit. The Acenta trim is less generous than the N-Connecta, but does include dual-zone climate control, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Vauxhall Corsa

By historical standards, Vauxhall endured a miserable 2017, but the Corsa still managed to secure fifth place on the list of best-sellers. It’s not a bad car, but it looks increasingly dated, especially in light of the fresh Fiesta. Evans Halshaw is offering a 67-plate Corsa Sting 1.4 for just £8,491, with a tiny £137.58 deposit and 47 monthly payments of £138.

If the Sting trim is too basic for you, FG Barnes is offering a great deal on the Corsa Energy 1.4, which includes air conditioning, IntelliLink, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a host of other upgrades. You’ll pay a £699 deposit followed by 47 monthly payments of £200.

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra

Once upon a time, the Astra played second fiddle to the Focus, but now it finds itself behind the Golf, too. Which means deals are available, such as £199 per month on an Astra 1.4 SRi at Peter Vardy. The deal includes two years free servicing, £2,500 towards your finance and a £1,000 ‘swappage’ allowance.

Without wishing to damn it with faint praise, the Astra is a fine family hatchback. Evans Halshaw is offering the Astra 1.4 SRi for £13,991, based on a four-year PCP deal at £223.31 a month. Contract mileage is 8,000 per annum.

Volkswagen Polo

Fancy a minty-fresh Polo? The new version is available direct from Volkswagen for as little as £139 per month, with the manufacturer contributing £500 towards the deposit. VW will also include one year of insurance at no extra cost. Various options and trim levels are available.

Alternatively, if you don’t mind ‘slumming it’ with the old model, the Polo Match Edition is available from £149 per month. Spec includes front and rear parking sensors, air conditioning, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and smartphone mirroring.

Mini

There’s no shortage of offers available on the Mini, with monthly payments starting from £189. This is based on a Mini Cooper three-door hatchback with a four-year contract mileage of 40,000 and a £2,244.62 deposit.

On the other hand, you could go all out and opt for the Mini John Cooper Works. Increase the monthly payment to £279 and the deposit to £3,341.42, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged JCW could be yours. Standard spec includes air conditioning, front and rear LED lights, DAB radio and 17-inch John Cooper Works alloy wheels.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

There’s only one four-door saloon in the top 10, meaning there’s no place for the BMW 3 Series. Or, indeed, the Ford Mondeo, which just goes to prove how much the market has changed. Opt for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200d in entry-level SE trim, and you’ll pay £299 a month after a £5,999 deposit. The contract is based on 48 months at 10,000 miles per annum.

The same deal is available on the E-Class Estate, or you could upgrade to the Sport trim for an extra £50 a month. Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension, LED headlights, heated front seats, Garmin sat-nav and active park assist.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

A new A-Class is on the way this year, but this didn’t dent its popularity in 2017, as the Mercedes grabs a place in the top 10 at the expense of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The entry-level 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine found in the A 160 isn’t going to set many pulses racing, but if you must have the right badge on your hatchback, £199 per month for a Sport model will be tempting. The deposit is £3,999 and the payments are spread over four years.

Alternatively, BuyaCar is offering an A 200 AMG Line for £23,200 or £346 a month. There are 101 miles on the clock, and the spec includes AMG bodystyling, 18-inch alloy wheels, flat-bottomed steering wheel and sports seats. As with all deals here, details are correct at the time of writing.

Kia Sportage

In terms of sales, the Kia Sportage is the Qashqai’s closest challenger, with just shy of 40,000 registrations in 2017. There’s a choice of offers available on the Sportage, including a 4.9 percent APR PCP deal, free servicing for three years, or £500 off when you trade-in a Kia.

Ford Kuga

Ford Kuga

You can order a Kuga ST-Line 2.0 TDCi on a Ford Options two-year plan for £239 per month, following a deposit of £9,378. The ST-Line is well-equipped, featuring an 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system, 18-inch dark machined alloy wheels, ST-Line seats, gear knob and steering wheel, park assist and sports suspension. The deposit is a tad meaty, mind.

Nissan Juke

Many new compact crossovers have gone on sale since the Nissan Juke arrived in 2010, and yet it still manages to secure a top 20 position. Nissan is offering zero percent finance on the Juke DiG-T Acenta, with 36 monthly payments of £169 after a £4,742.71 deposit. The deal also includes free servicing for two years.

Audi A3

The Audi A3 remains incredibly popular, not least because it’s available in so many body styles. The cheapest monthly payment available direct from Audi is £249 for the A3 Sport 1.5 TFSI. This is based on a four-year, 10,000-mile per annum contract, with a customer deposit of £6,283.19.

Vauxhall Mokka X

Vauxhall Mokka X

Fancy a Vauxhall Mokka X? Evans Halshaw is offering a 1.4 Active for £231.93 a month after a deposit of just £232. The on-the-road price of £14,991 represents a saving of £6,579 on the recommended retail price. Seems like a good deal, especially as the 8,000 mileage limit isn’t particularly restrictive.

BMW 3 Series

The current BMW 3 Series is another car that’s set to be replaced in 2018, so it will be interesting to see if it can overtake the C-Class by the end of the year. PCP finance offers start from £269 for a 320d M Sport, or £289 on a 320d M Sport Touring.

BMW 1 Series

For a similar monthly payment to the Vauxhall Mokka X, you could get behind the wheel of a five-door BMW 118d Sport. The catch? You’ll have to find £4,499 for the deposit, but at least BMW will contribute a further £3,971.04. This is based on a four-year and 40,000-mile contract.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is well-equipped, looks good and comes complete with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. So it’s hardly surprising to see it finishing in the top 20 best-sellers of 2017. Hyundai is offering a choice of offers on the Tucson, including £1,010 off the Sport Edition 1.6 T-GDi, plus PCP deals from £179 a month.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is incredibly popular across Europe, and the new, more practical Allspace version should see it knocking on the door of the top 10 in 2018. In the meantime, the standard Tiguan is available from £265 per month, with Volkswagen chipping in with £2,000 towards the deposit.

Toyota Yaris

There are many offers available on the Toyota Yaris, including £500 off the Active Hybrid, £300 off the Active, or finance deals from £169 per month. Business users can opt for the Hybrid Icon Tech for £199 plus VAT per month, after an initial rental of £1,194 plus VAT.

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Black Friday car deals

The best Black Friday car deals

Black Friday car dealsLove it or hate it, Black Friday is here to stay. If you’re prepared to brave getting punched by a customer in a supermarket, as folk tussle over a half-price television, there are some great deals to be had. But Black Friday is more than just household appliances and early Christmas presents. Here are some Black Friday deals we found on the web.

Alfa Romeo, Thames Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Thames Motor Group is offering what it calls “incredible savings on delivery mileage Alfa Romeo cars this Black Friday weekend” in its ‘Cost Price Plus £1 Sale Event’. This includes a £17,504 discount on the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, which brings the price down to just under £45,000. The discounts are available from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Alfa Romeo, Swansway

Not to be outdone, Swansway is offering Black Friday discounts at Chester Alfa Romeo. Deals include free metallic paint and £1,000 off any new Alfa Romeo. Purchase a used car between 24 and 27 November and you’ll also receive a free service.

Click here for details of the offer.

Audi, ListersBlack Friday car deals

The Listers Group operates Audi dealers in Birmingham, Coventry, Stratford and Worcester, and this weekend it’s offering an extra £500 off all published prices. Deals include £11,125 off the price of a new A6, £18,910 off an A7 and £10,930 off an A5. The Black November Event is available until the end of the month.

Click here for details of the offer.

BMW, Bowker Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Bowker Motor Group is offering 0% finance on all BMW 1 Series models until the end of November, with the five-door 118i Sport available from £259 per month. Even more tempting is the M140i for just £359 per month.

Click here for details of the offer.

CitroenBlack Friday car deals

Citroen isn’t giving much away on its website, but is inviting customers to contact their local dealer to find the best Black November deals. The new C3 is available from £159 per month on a personal lease. The Black November offers are available until 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Fiat, Thames Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Thames Motor Group is offering delivery mileage cars at cost price plus £1 in its Black Friday event. For example, the Fiat 500C 60th Anniversary is available for £15,896, which represents a discount of £3,489. The event runs from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Ford, Evans HalshawBlack Friday car deals

Up to £10,360 discount is available at all Evans Halshaw Ford dealers in the Black Friday event. The maximum discount applies to the Ford Transit, but the best car deals include £5,539 off the price of an Edge and £5,277 off a C-Max. Offers valid from 24 to 30 November.

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Jaguar, Lloyd Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Lloyd Motor Group operates Jaguar dealers in Carlisle and Kelso, where you can find some incredible Black Friday deals this weekend. Up to £12,088 is available off the price of an XJ, or £6,400 off an XF Sportbrake when buying on PCP. With every new vehicle purchased, customers will be given a £100 voucher to spend on ‘lifestyle’ items. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Jaguar, Matford

It’s a similar story at the Jaguar dealer in Exeter, with some meaty deposit contributions available to customers buying on finance. The amounts vary, but include up to £6,500 off the price of an F-Type and a £3,500 discount on an F-Pace. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Land RoverBlack Friday car deals

Land Rover is offering up to £6,500 deposit contributions as part of its Black Friday event. The maximum discount is available on a Range Rover, but you’ll also get £4,500 off the price of a Range Rover Sport, £5,000 off an Evoque, £4,500 off a Discovery Sport, £2,000 off a Velar and £1,500 off a new Discovery. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

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Land Rover, Pentland

Land Rover’s Black Friday discounts are a manufacturer-led initiative, so it’s no surprise to find the discounts advertised on dealer websites. It’s worth pointing out that you’ll also get 20% off Land Rover accessories, and a £100 lifestyle collection voucher when you buy a new car.

Click here for details of the offer.

Kia, Evans HalshawBlack Friday car deals

Evans Halshaw is offering up to £1,969 off the price of a new Kia, along with a chance to win a PlayStation 4 in a prize draw. There are no specific details yet, but there will be discounts available on the new Stonic and the popular Sportage.The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Lexus, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

The Sytner Group is advertising a £500 finance deposit allowance on pre-registered and ex-demonstrator vehicles, up to £4,000 hybrid finance deposit allowance, and finance rates from just 1.9% APR. These deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Mazda, FurrowsBlack Friday car deals

Furrows of Shrewsbury is offering up to £2,559 off the price of a new Mazda. The maximum discount applies to the CX-5 Sport Nav, but savings are also available on the 2, 3, 6, CX-3 and MX-5. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

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Mercedes-Benz, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

Head to the Sytner website and you can download a £500 voucher to put towards the cost of a new Mercedes-Benz. But that’s not all, because customers are invited to take a look at the windscreens of the cars available in the Black Friday event. Multiply the voucher by the number shown and you could save up to £10,000. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

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Mitsubishi, Birchwood GroupBlack Friday car deals

Take a test drive in an Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Sussex-based Birchwood Mitsubishi between 24 and 27 November, and you’ll get an extra £1,000 off the price. This is on top of Mitsubishi’s £2,750 deposit contribution and the £2,500 government plug-in car grant. Birchwood will also throw in a free service plan worth £525.

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PeugeotBlack Friday car deals

Peugeot isn’t giving much away, but is promising an “exciting new offer” at its Black Friday event. The offer applies to the 108 city car, which is all we can tell you at the moment.

Click here for details of the offer.

Skoda, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

The Sytner Group is the place to go if you’re looking to buy a new Skoda in North Wales. As part of the Black Friday event, you can get deposit contributions of between £1,250 and £3,750 towards the cost of a Citigo, Fabia, Octavia and Superb. Sytner is also offering a £750 deposit contribution on selected 17-plate models and a £300 Black Friday Bonus when you trade in any Skoda, SEAT or Volkswagen. Offers end 26 November.

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Skoda, Wings of Peterborough

Meanwhile, Wings of Peterborough claims to be “super excited” about the prospect of holding its first Black Friday event. Vouchers will be available to download from 24 to 27 November, offering “genuine savings which have never been offered before”. Exciting.

Click here for details of the offer.

Smart, SytnerBlack Friday car deals

Sytner’s Smart Black Friday event mirrors its Mercedes offer. Download a £500 voucher to put towards the cost of a new Smart, then multiply the voucher by the number shown on a windscreen and you could save up to £10,000. The deals are available from 24 to 26 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Snows Motor GroupBlack Friday car deals

The Snows Motor Group is offering Black Friday discounts on all its brands and at all its dealers across the south. These brands include Abarth, Lexus, Lotus, MINI and Volvo, so its worth registering on the Snows website.

Click here for details of the offer.

Suzuki, Littlewick GreenBlack Friday car deals

Littlewick Green of Maidenhead is offering “massive savings” across the weekend, with brand new Suzukis available at cost price. Selected cars are also available with zero deposit and 0% finance. Black Friday deals are available by pre-booked appointment only from 8am Friday 24 November to 4pm Sunday 26 November.

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Vauxhall, PlatinumBlack Friday car deals

“Get that Vauxhall you’ve always wanted,” promises Platinum Vauxhall, but we couldn’t find a 1969 Viva GT or a ‘Droopsnoot’ Firenza on its website. On the plus side, new Vauxhalls are available for a “truly unmissable Black Friday price”, along with £500 spending money and 25% off accessories.

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Vauxhall, Peter Vardy

Peter Vardy is offering a £500 gift card with every brand new car purchased during its Black Friday event, with up to £3,000 towards a finance deal. The dealer group is also offering the gift card on used cars, along with nothing to pay until Easter 2018, up to £1,000 towards a finance deal, and a free holiday stay abroad. But no cuddly toy.

Click here for details of the offer.

Vauxhall, Go Vauxhall

‘Go Vauxhall’ might have been something your father shouted as he attempted to cold-start his Cavalier in the 1980s, but it’s also the name of a dealer. There are many Black Friday offers available, including £500 cashback, up to £3,000 towards a deposit and £1,000 minimum part-exchange.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, JohnsonsBlack Friday car deals

Had your fill of Black Friday deals? Don’t worry, we’re nearly done. West Midlands-based Johnsons Cars is offering up to £7,297 off the price of a new Volkswagen and a number of deals on the outgoing Polo.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, Lookers

It’s a similar story at Lookers, where you’ll find up to £7,000 off list price and up to £2,000 towards your finance deposit. Offers available 24 to 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Volkswagen, Robinsons Motor Group

The Robinsons Motor Group of Norfolk is offering £500 off the cost of a current or ex-demonstrator. The car must be purchased before 27 November.

Click here for details of the offer.

Westover GroupBlack Friday car deals

All 16 franchises in the Westover Group will be offering Black Friday discounts, including the ‘Cost Price + £1’ deal, which is available on selected brands. Westover is also offering free paint on certain models.

Click here for details of the offer.

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