Skoda Fabia 2018 facelift

Skoda summer 2018 special offers present Fabia dilemma

Skoda SuperbSkoda has revealed its special offers for summer 2018, with a headline £3,000 finance deposit contribution the Superb range sitting at the top of the savings. Skoda will even give you two free services, and Skoda Solutions PCP finance at 5.2 percent APR.

But it’s the deals on the Fabia supermini range that are most interesting. Do you accept a £2,000 finance deposit contribution on the current Fabia (below right), or wait for the new one (on the left – spot the difference…) and swallow a lesser £1,750 contribution?

Both are running 3.9 percent PCP finance; to perhaps help make the decision easier, Skoda adds the new Fabia doesn’t arrive until September…

It’s also offering a £1,500 deposit contribution on the Citigo, albeit at a less impressive 6.7 percent APR. There’s a £2,500 contribution to be had on the Octavia, at 5.2 percent and again with two services, while the Kodiaq offers a package of £2,000 deposit, two free services and 4.9 percent APR.

Skoda Karoq

There’s an interesting contrast promotion on the Kodiaq compact SUV (pictured above). Skoda’s offering 6.8 percent finance on both petrol and diesel engines, all with two free services.

Pick a 1.0 TSI petrol and you’ll get £1,250 towards your deposit. Prefer the more powerful 1.5 TSI and that plunges to just £600. But go for a (whisper it) diesel, and the contribution leaps up to £2,000.

Hopefully commonsense will prevail, and Karoq customers will be quids in this summer.

All deals, adds Skoda, run from now until 1 October, and all of them are subject to availability. If there’s now a run on diesel Kodiaqs, you might not be in luck…

Suzuki Swift Sport

Swift sale: Suzuki sharpens new Swift Sport offers – but be quick

Suzuki Swift SportThe new Suzuki Swift Sport has already had a launch price cut of £1,500, following the firm’s eyebrow-raising announcement that it would cost a steep £17,999 from launch on June 1.

Now, the firm is doubling down on its efforts to correct this pricing mis-step with another added incentive: zero deposit finance (either PCP or HP) with an added £750 finance deposit allowance. It’s again only on offer until the end of June, but does make the Swift Sport a much more competitive proposition.

For those choosing a four-year PCP, the Swift Sport can be had for monthly payments of £258 a month, with a final payment of just under £6,000. Again, no cash needs to change hands when doing the deal.

The payments can be chipped further, to £199 a month, for those able to add a £2,530 deposit to Suzuki’s £750. Again, the final payment is £5,943, and the APR for both deals is 5.9 percent. The annual mileage cap is 8,000 miles.

Prefer HP instead? With the £750 deposit, the price is £368 a month over four years, and the car is yours to keep at the end of it. Add in your own £2,954 deposit and prices are reduced to £299 a month.

Buyers can choose from five colours, one solid and five metallic, and all of them are free: there’s no extra cost for picking metallic. Also standard is sat nav, DAB radio, climate control, 17-inch alloys and all-round electric windows.

It’s been a bit of a drawn-out process to restore the Swift Sport’s pricing competitiveness, and there’s no promise this will continue once June is out, but it’s now more appealing than it was: if your heart is set on a new Swift Sport, do a deal in June to make sure you secure the extra-value deal it was once renowned for.

Renault Clio Urban Nav 2018

Renault Clio Urban Nav special costs from £149 a month

Renault Clio Urban Nav 2018Renault has launched a new special edition Clio called the Urban Nav. It’s based on the popular Dynamique Nav model, so includes TomTom sat nav as standard, but also adds 16-inch grey alloy wheels, full LED headlights and rear parking sensors.

The Urban Nav is finished in a special body colour called, fittingly, Urban grey.

Renault Clio Urban Nav 2018

Prices start from £16,225, which is £575 more than a Dynamique Nav – but Renault calculates the extra equipment is worth £1,265.

There’s more. Renault’s also pulled together a 0 percent finance PCP package; in return for a £5,030 deposit, customers can pay £149 a month for three years, with a final payment of £5,831. If they’re aged 21-75, they’ll also get a year’s free insurance.

The Urban Nav is available with a 0.9-litre TCe 90 turbo petrol engine for the £16,225 starter price. The 1.5-litre dCi 90 costs £17,625, and if it wasn’t for the fact it was also available with an auto (for, deep breath, £18,995), we’d question Renault’s logic in offering it at all.

Few people buy diesel superminis, yet alone in the current down-on-diesel climate. Besides, even the petrol does 60.1mpg.

Deliveries of the new Urban Nav begin in March – just in time for the new 18-plate registration.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Own a new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross from £199 a month

Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossMitsubishi has announced PCP offers for its new Eclipse Cross crossover SUV, ahead of its UK launch in January 2018. Keen buyers can pre-order the new model from £199 a month.

The three-year PCP deal commands a 5.9 percent APR interest rate, and Mitsubishi will also chuck in £750 towards the deposit. On an Eclipse Cross 2, the customer needs to find £4,550 in deposit to take up the offer; the optional final payment is £11,244.

The low monthly payments are aided by the strong retained values recently awarded to the Eclipse Cross by CAP HPI.

Business users, meanwhile, can also get an Eclipse Cross for £199 a month, plus VAT, on contract hire; again, it’s a three-year, 10,000 miles a year deal, for which the company needs to chivvy up an advance rental of nine months’ payments.

Mitsubishi’s even offering the Eclipse Cross to Motability customers from launch. Those receiving the Disability Living Allowance need to find just £399 advance payment to get into the entry-level model.

Not that the base car is stripped out, Mitsubishi is keen to stress. All models get climate control, alloys, DAB radio, LED running lights, reversing camera and a touchscreen Smartphone Display Audio that does both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating is aided by standard radar-controlled Forward Collision Mitigation and a lane departure warning system. And if that’s too basic, 3 and 4 trims are available on top of 2 grade.

The launch engine range is limited to just one motor, a 1.5-litre turbo petrol, with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed CVT auto; the latter’s offered in all-wheel drive guise as well as the regular front-drive setup. If you’re desperate for diesel, you’ve a little longer to wait; that follows later in 2018.

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New Volkswagen Polo

Free insurance offer on new Volkswagen Polo

New Volkswagen PoloWith prices starting from £13,855, the new Volkswagen Polo is now open for ordering, ahead of deliveries starting in early 2018. Impressively, the firm’s rolling it out with some added incentives, too: free insurance, a finance deposit contribution, and eligibility for the firm’s scrappage scheme.

Those aged 18 to 80 can enjoy a year’s free car insurance cover when they buy a new Polo – and if they choose to buy via a 5.9 percent Solutions PCP, they’ll get a £500 deposit contribution thrown in too.

There is some small print: buyers of the GTI have to be aged 25 or over, and those aged 18-24 buying a regular Polo must have a telematics device fitted in order to qualify. Cars must also be registered by 31 March 2018.

That’s not the only offer VW’s running, either. If they have a pre-2010 Euro 5 diesel vehicle, they can get £2,000 for it as part of the Volkswagen Scrappage Upgrade scheme. They need to have owned the car for at least six months, and must order their new car by 31 December 2017.

Buyers of the new Polo get some other added extras for free, says VW: boot space is boosted 25 percent over the old model, to 351 litres, while a 94mm longer wheelbase gives more interior space. LED running lights are standard across the range and every model, including the base S, gets an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

Motoring Research has already driven the new 2018 Volkswagen Polo. Our Peter Burgess declared it a fine new supermini that offers so much more than the car it replaces: “You could buy the Polo instead of a Golf and really not lose out very much, either in looks, practicality or the driving experience.”

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Audi Q7 Black Edition

Audi Q7 range gets extra-value editions for 2018

Audi Q7 Black EditionAudi has opened ordering for two new added-value versions of its Q7 luxury SUV range – the Black Edition, priced from £64,405, and the Vorsprung, priced from £77,905.

The Black Edition is a familiar model within the Audi range. For those who want something better than an S line (priced from £53,555), this is the next step up; only offered with the 272hp 3.0-litre TDI engine, they stand out courtesy of a black styling pack for the radiator grille, side trim strip, bumper details and door mirrors.

You can have them in black, as pictured below, if you want to. But you don’t have to. Things are literally black or white (or one of several other colours) when it comes to Black Edition Q7s.

Audi Q7 Black Edition

The wheels grow to 21-inches and, inside, there are black inlays for an interior decked out in flash Valcona leather. A full-length panoramic roof, flat-bottom steering wheel and Audi Virtual Cockpit are also included, and the fancier rear bumper is protected by a standard reverse parking camera.

But it’s not all styling stuff: listen up, enthusiasts – the new Q7 Black Edition includes adaptive air suspension ‘sport’ for the first time on a Q7 in the UK. It lowers the ride height by 15mm and features continuously adjustable adaptive damping. Making it almost certainly our Q7 of choice.

Vorsprung durch special edition

Audi SQ7 Vorsprung Edition

The new Vorsprung edition, meanwhile, is offered on both the Q7 and potent SQ7 (which is priced from £88,295). These models feature all the Black Edition enhancements – and plenty more on top.

They received, for example, 22-inch Audi Sport wheels and side running boards on the outside, and super sports seats with diamond contrast sticking on the inside. An extended leather pack clads the door handles, arm rests, lower door trim, centre console and bottom of the dash in hide. There’s an Alcantara rooflining too.

Audi Q7 Vorsprung Edition

Front heated seats are joined by hot rear seats, Vorsprung models get a head up display, and Audi includes a 3D Bose surround sound stereo that delivers “virtually cinematic sound quality”.

Want more? How about Matrix LED headlights, Level 2 partial autonomous drive, 360-degree camera and parking assistance? Makes you wonder how Audi will top it. But we’re sure it will try. Until then, head over to configure a new Q7 Black Edition or Vorsprung, to see how long it is before you top a £100,000 asking price for these two new extra value models.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be a used car star

Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossThe new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV has received an early boost from the UK automotive industry after data experts CAP HPI awarded it a glowing set of predicted retained values.

But if you’re buying a new car, what’s the big deal about how much it’s worth a few years down the line? Well, the more a car is worth, the less you have to finance on a PCP scheme – meaning deals can be sharper and monthly payments lower.  

Duly placing it “amongst the very best in its segment”, the new compact crossover SUV will, in Eclipse Cross 2 guise, retained up to 48.1 percent of its new list price after three years and 60,000 miles. Even the range-topping Eclipse Cross 4 will hold onto 46.9 percent of its new cost.

Mitsubishi says this is one of the best results of any car it’s ever sold in the UK. And when your back catalogue includes the fabled Mitsubishi Evo line, that’s significant news indeed for car buyers.

Mitsubishi Motors UK MD Lance Bradley said: “With the addition of the Eclipse Cross to our range, we are able to offer our customers even more choice, providing them with a very attractive package that not only features a comprehensive specification that combines convenience and safety, but is also highly affordable.”

Prices for the new Eclipse Cross start from £21,275, with all models including touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear-view parking camera, climate control and a forward collision mitigation system. The petrol-powered four-wheel drive automatic version is, at £25,350, the cheapest such vehicle in the compact SUV sector, reckons the firm.

As it’s duly expecting strong interest in the new model ahead of its January 2018 launch, it’s even opened up a special Eclipse Cross reservations page on its website, for those keen to get one of the very first off the boat.

The only thing we don’t yet know is exactly how keen those PCP offers are set to be – but as Mitsubishi sales have declined almost 14 percent so far this year, you can assume they’ll be keen as dealers look to start off 2018 on a more positive note. As soon as we hear more, we’ll let you know. 

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo is giving £3,000 to buy its new Stelvio on a PCP

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the high-margin SUV the Italian firm is banking its future on – and to ensure it gets off to a good start in UK dealers, the firm is rolling it out with a headline-grabbing finance deal.

Buyers of a 210hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel Stelvio Speciale are being primed with a hefty £3,000 PCP finance deposit contribution by Alfa Romeo, on a four-year, 6.5 percent APR deal.

Alfa’s striking up-front contribution means the customer needs to find a relatively attainable £6,924 deposit to take up the offer, then pay £459 a month for 48 months.

The optional final payment is £17,681, meaning the total amount paid over the four-year term is £46,178. In other words, a finance premium of around £1,000 a year. The Alfitsi may consider this a small price to pay for what’s expected to be one of the most in-demand Alfas in recent years.

Other cheaper models are also offered with deposit contributions: the 180hp Stelvio Super, which costs £36,190, has a £1,000 contribution: the customer still needs to find £6,499 – so, almost as much as for the more powerful Speciale – but the monthly payment is a (slightly) more affordable £419 a month. Pity the interest rate rises to 7.1 percent APR.

If fuel bills aren’t so much of a concern, perhaps the keenest deal is that on the 280hp Stelvio Speciale 2.0-litre turbo. This gives a £3,000 deposit contribution, asks for a £6,499 deposit and costs £469 a month for four years, at 5.8 percent APR. The ‘PCP premium’ is thus just £2,978 in interest payments.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is on sale in UK Alfa dealers now; prices start from £33,990.

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Volkswagen T-Roc 2018

Volkswagen T-Roc to cost from £175 a month

Volkswagen T-Roc 2018Volkswagen has revealed the first PCP deals and offers for the new T-Roc compact SUV, as dealers gear up for the December 2017 arrival of the standout new VW.

The headline-grabbing offer is a £175 a month deal for the entry-level 1.0 TSI 115 SE, which has a list price of £20,425. You can take £500 right off that though, as Volkswagen is throwing in a £500 deposit contribution – a surprise move for a brand new car.

For the TSI 115 SE, buyers need to find a further £5,483 themselves for the deposit, then it’s £175 a month for four years. The APR rate is 4.9 percent and the final payment is £8,391. 

The total amount payable is £22,610, for those who want to own their T-Roc outright: thanks to the deposit contribution, that’s not an outrageous sum for four years’ finance, although most will probably sign up for another PCP after that. The T-Roc’s low depreciation means there’ll be plenty of equity to get a good deal on a new car.

Volkswagen dealers will be tailoring PCP deals on other T-Rocs in the build-up to the car’s December showroom launch, and for many, this will require time with the dealer to hone the deal. Such is the configurability of the new model, and the various trim levels on offer, not many T-Roc models nor their respected PCP deals are likely to be the same. 

Check out our first drive of the new Volkswagen T-Roc, the model Volkswagen reckons will not only fill the gap between the Golf and the Tiguan, it will also become a UK top 10 best-seller as soon as next year.

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc: in pictures

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Suzuki car range 2017

Suzuki offers a new car for £89 per month

Suzuki car range 2017Suzuki’s winter 2017 special offers are out, and headlined by a PCP finance deal on the Celerio SZ2 city car that gives a monthly payment cost of just £89 a month.

A new car is cheaper than a smartphone

The four-year PCP deal attracts a 5.9 percent APR rate, but because the £7,499 price is so low, the total amount payable only goes up to £8,423 if you buy the car after four years – that’s still less than the cost of many rivals.  

For those who can’t stretch to the £1,945 deposit, Suzuki has an alternative Celerio SZ2 deal – £131 a month for four years, with just a month’s finance payment required to drive away in a new car.  

Suzuki Ignis

The funkier Ignis SZ3 SUV-style city car offers a £159 per month PCP deal with a £1,212 deposit; here, Suzuki also includes a year’s free insurance and three years’ free servicing.

Those who need more space can buy a Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T on a 0 percent APR PCP, with zero deposit, for £199 a month over four years. Also tempting is, for an extra £22 a month, the even better-equipped SZ5, which includes the SHVS mild hybrid system.

SUV fans can take a Vitara 1.6 petrol SZ-T for £199 a month, or an S-Cross crossover for £189 a moth, the latter including a £2,500 customer saving. Meanwhile, a Baleno SZ3 includes a £2,000 customer saving on a 5.9 percent APR; for an £813 deposit, it can be bought for £159 a month over four years.

Suzuki has also extended its new car scrappage scheme offer until the end of the year, with cash savings for owners of cars registered before the end of 2009. However, it cannot be combined with any of the other winter offers, which run until the end of 2017. For many, the deals offered by Suzuki elsewhere may thus actually look more tempting…

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