Saturday 20 January 2018

So what's the big deal with all these new 132-reg cars?

Mercedes S-Class
Mercedes S-Class

Olive Keogh

CARMAKERS are competing fiercely for your money this July as they strive to get you to buy a mid-summer 'New-Year' 132 car – for the first time in our history.

From extra equipment, to refreshed models, finance deals and lower prices, most are trying everything to boost sales and market share.

We haven't had anything like it before. It's a buyers' market and there are some serious deals – if you know where to look. But there's so much on offer out there it can be confusing.

Fear not. Motoring writer Olive Keogh has done the legwork for you and now reveals what each marque is offering in detail.

We hope it helps.

Alfa Romeo

No offers.

Audi

New Personal Contract Plan (PCP) for existing and prospective customers, across its A1, A3, A4, A6 and Q3 models for a limited period. It's on selected newly registered vehicles from a starting monthly payment of €219 depending on the model. The A4, for example, will cost €369 a month while the Q3 costs €379. The APR is 3.9pc. You must book your new car before July 31. Incidentally, in the first five months of the year, Audi's finance arm has done €30m worth of finance package deals – 65pc for new car purchases.

BMW

Has additional spec and equipment across the range from July 1 to end of August. For example, the 1-Series gets complementary leather, Driver Comfort Pack and BMW service inclusive – it claims this is a saving of €2,770. There's a similar offer on X1 models. On the 3-Series saloon and Touring both leather and service-inclusive offers come with the addition of iDrive Controller, hands-free Bluetooth and alloys. The 5-Series gets complementary automatic transmission and BMW service inclusive (a claimed saving of €2,800) plus more standard kit, including Xenon headlights and rear-park distance control. The X3 gets automatic transmission, service inclusive, leather upholstery and front and rear park distance control.

Chrysler

No offers.

Citroen

Rolls out its 'ELECT 3' finance packages (a new PCP from Citroen Financial Services). Also offers three years' free servicing across the passenger range. Other focus for 132 is the arrival of the revised C3 (See report elsewhere in Supplement).

Dacia

No offers.

Fiat

If you register a new 500L in July you'll get a free upgrade to a contrasting colour roof worth a claimed €800. Also has a finance rate of 3.9pc APR on a three-year PCP on 500 and 500L models. On all other cars the offer is 5.9pc APR on both 3-year PCP finance and 5-year hire purchase deals. Also offering a €750 "swappage" bonus if you trade in a pre-2004 Fiat to buy a new one this month or in July.

Ford

Has new 'registration packs' for bestsellers worth up to €1,079 for 132. Features vary but, for example, on a Fiesta Zetec they include SYNC (music streaming from a smartphone or mp3 device and incorporates Bluetooth voice control and text message readout) and air con. B-Max models get SYNC, alloys, front fogs and floor mats while Focus Edge get all those and a premium centre console and floor mats. C-MAX gets rear parking sensors and electric/folding mirrors. Price of Focus Edge 1.6-litre diesel reduced by more than €1,200 to €22,265.

Honda

Has a 6pc finance deal which means the Civic costs from €249 per month.

Hyundai

Has unveiled its 'Big Brand – Tiny Deposit' campaign to mark 132-reg. This means you need a deposit of €329 to buy an ix20, €339 for an i30 hatchback, €379 for a Veloster coupe and €399 for an i30 Tourer.

Jaguar

No offers.

Jeep

No offers.

Kia

Its 132-reg push is on finance: 3.9pc on Picanto, Rio, Venga and the cee'd range and 5.9pc on the Sportage, Carens and Optima.

Land Rover

No offers.

Lexus

No offers.

Mazda

Majoring on finance offers and spec upgrade for CX-5 for the start of the 132 plate. Mazda6 saloon deal means a €750 deposit and monthly repayments from €267 (APR of 6.99pc). On the CX-5 it comes to €267 per month.

Mercedes

No specific 132-related offers, but they will be stressing that the new E-Class has €7,000 worth of stuff as standard that was extra on the previous model – such as full leather upholstery, 'parktronic' with park assist, heated front seats and full anti-theft package.

Mitsubishi

Range of finance offers across new car line-up. Examples – new Space Star from €42 a week with an eight-year warranty. For July only, they have one year's free road tax with the new ASX Crossover at participating dealers.

Nissan

Has a number of dealer-specific offers. On a national level, they have finance deals across the range. A Micra will cost from €149 a month, a Note from €189, the Juke at €199, and €249 a month for the Qashqai. All under the Nissan Go finance plan with an APR of 7.9pc.

Opel

Its Summer Fest offer ended on June 22 but is being reintroduced for a while in July. It includes a five-year warranty, free five-year service deal and a 5,000km fuel voucher. It applies to most cars and there's finance available – Corsa from €175 a month, Astra from €245, Insignia from €299, Meriva from €275 (all 4.9pc APR), Zafira Tourer €390 (7.9pc APR).

Peugeot

Finance offer covers 107, 208, 308, 508 and 3008 models. For a limited period, a new 107 will cost from €149 per month, a new 208 from €199, a 308 from €229, a 3008 from €279 and a 508 from €299. Also one year's free road tax and a €300 fuel voucher for those models – and that will include 5008 and RCZ models registered up to July 31.

Renault

Has six months' free finance on new Clio, Megane and Fluence. A new 132 Fluence costs from €199 a month for 36 months. If you go for the offer, Renault will make an additional contribution of six monthly payments. Its finance arm has loaned more than €75m here in just over a year. There is an 80pc approval rate for car deals.

SEAT

Has a 0pc finance deal from July 1, for a limited period, across its cars including the new Leon Sports Coupe. It is also offering a three-year servicing plan for €199 – Seat claims that's a saving of more than €400.

Skoda

This carmaker says it has "unprecedented trade-in allowances" during this month and July as well as finance rates of 3.9pc APR.

Subaru

No offers.

Suzuki

3,500km of free fuel and three years' free servicing on new Alto, Splash and Swift 3r. The 5dr Swift and the SX4 1.5-litre petrol get 10,000km of free fuel and three years' free servicing. The SX4 iAWD gets the same allowances and a finance offer of 4.9pc. New Grand Vitara qualifies for 10,000km of free fuel. On models other than the SX4 iAWD, you can choose between free fuel and the 4.9pc finance offer. All offers will apply for July only.

Toyota

No offers.

Volkswagen

Is introducing a 1.32pc APR finance package and improving the spec levels on some models. Polo, for example, gets a leather multi-function steering wheel as standard on Trendline and BlueMotion versions. Beetle gets Bluetooth as standard in Design and Sport grades. Jetta gets tinted rear windows. Significant changes to the Tiguan range. Also improvements to Passat BlueMotion spec and extras for the CC include park distance control and leather seats.

Volvo

0pc finance on current S60/V60 D2 SE versions and V40 ES and SE versions. Also introducing a PCP Finance for the first time on certain models and a fixed-price service plan.

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