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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.