March is the perfect time to buy a car. With strong targets for dealers based on the new registration plate change, many manufacturers are offering tempting deals on new cars.
With PCP financing the majority of new car purchases, most of the offers we’ve found focus on deposit contributions – with some as generous as £27,000.
Not all offers are quite so good, and not all are based on PCP deals. Read on if you want to grab a bargain this March…
Alfa Romeo Stelvio: up to £4,500 off
Seeing as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is still a fairly new car – and arguably one of the most desirable SUVs on the market – it’s surprising to see Alfa lopping money off it already. Buy a 210hp diesel Stelvio in Speciale guise on PCP and the manufacturer will stump up £3,000 towards the deposit, and an extra £1,000 just for taking a test-drive. The dealer will add an extra £500, meaning you can drive a Stelvio diesel for £465 per month following a £4,999 deposit.
Audi A6: £6,150 deposit contribution
There’s a new Audi A6 set to be revealed at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, so there are some cracking deals to be had on the outgoing model. Buy a 190hp 2.0-litre TDI Ultra S Line on a four-year PCP deal and Audi will contribute £6,150 towards a deposit. That leaves you with £5,333 to find for the rest of the deposit, followed by 47 monthly payments of £339.
We’re also due a new Audi A1, so it’s no surprise that there’s £900 to be had towards a current-gen 1.4 TFSI Sport Nav on a four-year PCP. Meanwhile, Audi’s offering £1,300 towards an A3 and £2,000 off a Q7.
BMW M6: massive savings and 0% finance
The BMW M6 is a few years old, and it risks being overshadowed by the M8 concept that’s expected to make its debut at Geneva next week. It doesn’t compare to the 911 in terms of driving dynamics, either, but don’t let us put you off. BMW’s offering a huge £27,305 deposit contribution towards a convertible, and £27,050 towards a Gran Coupe, along with zero percent interest. That leaves you to find a deposit of £12,774 or £15,632 respectively, followed by £629 or £559 a month for two years.
The interest-free PCP deal also stretches to the hybrid BMW i8, which’ll cost you £879 a month following a deposit of slightly more than £11,000 and a deposit contribution of £15,000 from BMW.
Citroen C4 Cactus: £1,900 deposit contribution
The Citroen C4 has recently been facelifted, with its popular ‘Airbumps’ being scaled down in the process. This PCP offer appears to be on the pre-facelift version, however, so get your order in soon if you want to save money on the outgoing model. Splash out less than £500 on a deposit for a 1.2 Puretech Flair and Citroen will chuck £1,900 into the pot, leaving you with £400 a month to pay over two years. That’s a zero percent deal, with mileage limited to 6,000 a year.
Dacia Duster: £500 deposit contribution
Budget brand Dacia doesn’t really go big on offers, but we have found £500 towards a two-wheel-drive Duster Ambience on its website. That’s following a very reasonable customer deposit of £830, while monthly payments will set you back an equally reasonable £159 over three years.
DS 4: £2,800 deposit contribution
The DS 4 isn’t the best car from Citroen’s premium brand, but you could get some big discounts if you haggle hard this March. It’s offering a deposit contribution of £2,800 towards a 1.2 Puretech on PCP. You’ll need to stump up £305 a month for 36 months, while there’s an optional final payment of £7,244 if you wish to keep it at the end of the deal.
Fiat 500 Mirror: £139 a month on PCH
If you’re not looking to keep a car for a long period of time, personal contract hire (PCH) might work out cheaper than a PCP. Fiat’s new 500 Mirror special edition comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and costs just £139 a month. That’s following an initial rental of £3,058.
Ford Fiesta: 0% finance
Ford is offering zero percent finance across a number of its models, from the new Fiesta to the mighty Mustang. We’d be quite tempted by a PCP on the former, which is available in stylish three-door ST-Line guise for £145 a month over two years. You’ll need to pay a deposit of £5,401, while there’s an optional payment of £8,209 if you want to keep the car after two years.
Honda Civic: £750 off when you test drive
Would you buy a new car without test driving it? Doing so is increasingly common, apparently, but there’s an extra incentive in the form of £750 if you trial a new Civic. That means you can drive a 1.0-litre petrol for £219 a month over 36 months, following a deposit of £5,444. You can also take out five years’ servicing for £599.
Hyundai Santa Fe: £5,000 deposit contribution
We’re expecting to see a new Hyundai Santa Fe at Geneva, but that doesn’t make the current Santa Fe any less appealing. It’s one of the best value SUVs on the market, we reckon, and £5,000 deposit contribution from Hyundai means you can pick up a five-seat Santa Fe Premium for £222 a month. Admittedly, the near-£10,000 deposit does sting a tad…
Infiniti Q30: £2,250 deposit contribution
The Infiniti Q30 is a leftfield alternative to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 from Nissan’s premium brand. If you can afford a £4,412 deposit, Infiniti will add £2,250 to that, leaving you with £199 to pay every month for two years. That’s based on a 1.6 Luxe model, with an optional final payment of just under £7,000 should you wish to keep the car.
Jaguar XF: £4,160 deposit contribution
We rate the XF as a British rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Opt for 180hp 2.0-litre diesel in R-Sport trim on a three-year PCP deal, and Jaguar will give you £4,160 towards a deposit. That’ll leave you with £359 a month to pay, and a £16,105 optional final payment. If you’d prefer a 3 Series-sized car, the Jaguar XE is available with a £3,790 deposit contribution.
Jeep Cherokee: £8,500 deposit contribution
The Jeep Cherokee Limited 2.2 Multijet has a list price of a hefty £40,085 – but that drops quite significantly by the time the manufacturer has provided £8,500 towards a finance deposit. Monthly payments work out at £349 over two years, with interest at 3.9% APR.
Kia Picanto and Rio: £2,000 off when you trade in your old car
Kia’s continues to offer its scrappage scheme, with £2,000 off a new Picanto or Rio available when you trade in your old car. That’s as long as it was registered before March 2011 and you’ve owned it for at least three months.
Lexus NX: £2,000 deposit contribution
Lexus is offering £2,000 towards a PCP deposit on a number of its models, including one of our favourites: the NX SUV. That results in a monthly payment of £339, provided you’re able to pay a deposit of more than £9,000.
Mazda MX-5: 0% finance when you pay a 50% deposit
Got enough cash for half an MX-5? Mazda will offer you zero percent finance on the rest over three years. That means, for the very sweet 1.5 SE, you’ll pay just £269 per month.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class: £199 a month
Want a cheap way into owning a new Mercedes-Benz? This is about as cheap as it’ll get: a Mercedes-Benz A160 Sport for £199 a month on PCP or PCH. The former is with a £3,999 deposit; the latter with a £4,667 advanced rental. Both are over four years.
MG ZS: £179 a month and 0% APR
Frankly, there are better small SUVs than the MG ZS. Still a brand new, family-sized car for £179 and 0% APR is quite appealing – especially when it has a seven-year/80,000-mile warranty. Stump up a £3,255 deposit and the car will be yours after 60 months.
Mini Cooper: £259 a month
Paying £259 a month doesn’t seem to arduous when you get to drive a Mini Cooper every day. This effervescent hot hatch is fast enough to be fun, yet frugal enough to keep costs under control. The deal is spread over 48 months with no deposit required.
Mitsubishi: 0% finance on hire purchase
Monthly payments of £661.25 on an Outlander PHEV are steep, but think of the low, electric-enhanced running costs. And note this is a hire purchase deal, so you’ll own the car fully after 36 months. You’ll need a £10,000 deposit, to which the government adds a further £2,500 in the form of the Plug-In Car Grant. This big SUV only makes sense if you do lots of relatively short journeys, though.
Nissan Qashqai: 0% finance and £199 a month
The Qashqai is one of Britain’s most popular family cars – and for good reason. So a 0% finance offer on the sensible 110hp diesel in N-Connecta spec, plus a £1,000 deposit contribution from Nissan, sounds very, er… sensible. The catch? You’ll need to find £6,975 for the deposit.
Peugeot 208: £199 a month
A monthly payment of £199 may sound quite a lot for a 208 with a 1.2-litre engine, but this is Peugeot’s ‘Just Add Fuel’ deal, which includes insurance, tax and maintenance. As the name suggests, all you pay for on top is petrol. The car is Allure spec, which means a panoramic sunroof, matt-black alloys and a reversing camera.
Renaultsport Clio: 0% APR and £89 a month
The Renaultsport Clio has lived most of its life in the shadow of the brilliant Ford Fiesta ST. However, the ST is gone, and the new, three-cylinder one is still an unknown quantity. All of which makes a new Clio rather more tempting – especially with 0% finance and monthly payments of just £89 if you can stump up a hefty £8,307 deposit. Stretch to the Trophy version if you can.
Seat: download a voucher
To celebrate Seat’s success at the recent What Car? Car of the Year awards, the Spanish company is offering buyers the chance to download a voucher, which can be exchanged for an extra £1,000 off the price of a new car. The vouchers are valid until 6 March, so be quick. Seat is also offering a £1,500 deposit contribution on the Ibiza and Ateca.
Skoda Superb: £4,000 deposit contribution
The Skoda Superb is the kind of car you could buy today and spend the rest of your life enjoying motoring bliss. It offers a huge amount of interior space and a generous level of equipment for some incredibly low prices. Buy a Superb Estate Sportline 2.0 TDI on PCP and Skoda will contribute £4,000 towards the deposit and chuck in two free services as part of the deal. You can pay as little as £439 for a deposit, with 47 monthly payments of £439. Be warned: come 2022, you won’t want to hand it back.
Smart Fortwo: £159 a month
The Smart Fortwo shares its platform with the Renault Twingo, but offers something completely different. This strikes us a good deal: Smart will pay the £1,028 deposit on a Fortwo Passion, leaving you to find £159 a month over four years. The optional final payment is £3,830. Upgrade to the Prime for an extra £9 a month.
Ssangyong Tivoli: £149 a month
We like the SsangYong Tivoli, which provides a generous level of kit as standard, with prices ranging from just £13,495 to £20,945. SsangYong is offering zero percent finance across the Tivoli range with monthly payments starting from £149 for the entry-level SE petrol. We’d spend a bit extra on an EX or ELX model, but you’ll need to find a larger deposit and a higher monthly payment.
Subaru Outback: £1,000 deposit contribution
Fancy a car capable of dealing with the current winter weather? Look no further than the Subaru Outback, which offers go-anywhere functionality and an impressive level of standard specification. Subaru will contribute £1,000 to the deposit on an Outback 2.5i SE Premium Lineartronic, leaving you to find a further £7,058. You’ll pay £379 a month for four years, with an optional final payment of £11,838. As offers go, it’s not the most compelling, which might explain why Subaru only managed to sell 475 Outbacks in 2017.
Suzuki Ignis: £159 a month
The Adventure is the latest trim level to be added to the Suzuki Ignis range and features styling upgrades to match its fun-size SUV characteristics. Side decals, a rear spoiler, side mouldings and front and rear skid plates are just part of its armoury. After a deposit of £2,216, you’ll pay 41 monthly payments of £159, with an optional final payment of £5,106. Alternatively, pay no deposit and £211.74 a month.
Toyota Aygo: £129 a month
If you squint really hard, the Toyota Aygo X-press looks like a miniature Yaris GRMN. Even if you don’t buy into this tenuous link to Toyota’s bonkers hot hatch, the Aygo X-press seems an appealing prospect. It’s loaded with 15-inch alloys, DAB radio, reversing camera, air conditioning and auto lights, not to mention those cosmetic upgrades. It’s yours for £129 after a £2,199 deposit.
Vauxhall Corsa: £149 a month
Vauxhall dealers will be eager to do a deal on the slow-selling Corsa, so be prepared to drive out of the showroom loaded with options and accessories… stopping just short of a cuddly toy. Right now, the Corsa Energy is available for 47 monthly payments of £149 after an initial rental of just £149. Not bad, for a thoroughly decent supermini with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and heated windscreen, seats and steering wheel. You’ll be glad of those if this cold weather keeps up.
Volkswagen Tiguan: £2,000 deposit contribution
Volkswagen sold nearly 700,000 Tiguans in 2017, making it the eighth best-selling car in the world. If you fancy following the crowd, Volkswagen is offering a £2,000 deposit contribution on the SE Nav 2.0 TDI. You’ll pay £265 a month for four years, with an optional payment of £10,997.10, should you decide to keep the car.
Volvo V40: £199 a month
The new XC60 and XC40 might be grabbing the headlines, but to dismiss the ageing V40 would be a mistake. It still cuts a mean figure in the five-door hatchback segment, and while its interior isn’t a patch on those you’d find in Volvo’s latest models, it does feel typically Swedish. You can drive away in a V40 T2 R-Design Nav Plus for just £199 a month after an initial rental of £2,500. You’re limited to 8,000 miles a year, but that should be enough if you’re buying a petrol-engined car.