Best new car deals 2014
Look no further than our detailed run-down for all the best new car deals in 2014
New-car sales hit a ten-year peak in March thanks to rising consumer confidence and some of the competitive deals being offered in the showrooms.
All the deals we have highlighted come direct from the manufacturers, but there's nothing to say you can’t do even better by sourcing a car from a well-researched third party.
Finally, always remember to haggle – the car industry may be doing relatively well, but that doesn’t mean dealers won’t make concessions to get your cash.
For all the best offers available today, keep reading the Carbuyer guide to new-car deals.
Alfa Romeo deals
Head to an Alfa Romeo dealership and you should find the staff in a celebratory mood as the firm marks the 60th anniversary of the Giulietta name – by offering a Alfa Romeo Giulietta Progression with zero-per-cent finance and £1,250 knocked off the price. That means you pay a deposit of under £2,000 followed by 48 monthly payments of £209, and an optional final payment of £5,793. Alfa will also contribute £750 to the price of an Alfa Romeo MiTo Sportiva, but the deal does not include interest-free credit.
Audi is offering to make a £4,000 contribution to the cost of an Audi A6 Saloon 2.0TDI Ultra S line S-tronic, which roughly pays for the credit. It means you pay a deposit of just over £6,300, 36 monthly payments of £389, and an optional final payment of around £14,300. If you fancy catching some sun, Audi will also make a £6,000 contribution to the cost of the fast Audi RS5 Cabriolet. The deal means you pay a deposit of about £13,600, 36 monthly instalments of £779, and an optional final payment of nearly £27,600.
If you are on the look out for a small city car then a visit to your Chrysler dealer might be in order. The Chrysler Ypsilon can currently be had with no deposit and 60 monthly payments of £179. The Chrysler Voyager MPV is also being offered with interest-free credit. You pay a deposit of £16,177 followed by an optional final payment of £12,133 24 months later.
The Citroen C1 can currently be had with interest-free credit, as Citroen gears up for the arrival of the new model. The deal means you pay 36 monthly payments of £99, a deposit of £2,689, and an optional final payment of £3,537. The company has also chopped nearly £5,000 off the list price of the Citroen C-Zero city car, which has been struggling to sell.
The Fiat 500L – the five-door version of the cheeky Fiat 500 – is currently being offered with zero-per-cent finance and £500 off the price. Customers pay Fiat a deposit of £4,744 and 36 monthly payments of £271. The Fiat Panda 4x4 Antarctica 0.9 Twinair is also being offered with very low APR (annual percentage rate), which means you pay just £800 on £14,616 worth of credit over 48 months.
Ford will make a £1,950 contribution to the cost of a Ford Focus Studio. That means you pay 23 monthly payments of £149, a deposit of £13,995, and have the option to make a final payment of £6,381. Go for the company's mid-sized SUV – the Ford Kuga – and the firm will make a £1,500 contribution to the car's cost. The payments work out into 23 monthly instalments of £229, a customer deposit of £5,223, and an optional final lump sum of £13,700.
Right now Honda is offering zero-per-cent finance across most of its range. That includes the new Honda Civic Tourer estate, which has the biggest boot in its class. The Honda Insight Hybrid is another example of a model that can be had with interest free credit – and the company will also give you £1,300 worth of services for £500. The interest-free-credit deal works out into a deposit of about £7,190 and 36 monthly payments of £369.
It's a tale of two halves over at Hyundai where the company is selling both the new and old models of Hyundai i10. The new car took the 2014 Carbuyer Car of the Year award and can be had with a contribution of £250 from Hyundai. The deal means you pay a deposit of just over £2,213, 24 monthly payments of £99, and an optional final payment of £5,400. The old car is getting on a bit now, but Hyundai will make a £1,400 contribution to the cost of the model, and it comes with standard-fit air conditioning and an Electronic Stability Programme.
Jaguar is currently offering three-years’ free servicing with the Jaguar XF, as well as a £3,124 contribution to the cost of the car. The deal means you pay a deposit of £6,999, 36 monthly payments of £329 and a final payment of £13,714. The company is also offering a free upgrade from Premium spec to Portfolio spec for Jaguar XJ buyers. That deal represents a saving of £7,200 and gets you lots of extra kit including ventilated front seats with a massage function, 20-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, and a premium 825W Meridian stereo.
Buy a Jeep Cherokee on higher purchase and Jeep will give you interest free credit, three-years free servicing and three-years free roadside assistance. The on-the-road price of the car is £37,705, which is broken up into a deposit of £3,793 and 36 monthly payments of £942. Jeep will also give you zero-per-cent finance on the Jeep Compass, which costs £18,470. The deal means you pay a deposit of £11,833 and, 24 months later, have the option to make a final payment of £6,637.
Kia is making contributions to the cost of three of its models – the Kia Picanto, Kia Rio, and Kia cee’d. On the Picanto GR7, you stand to save £750, pay 36 monthly instalments of £116, and a deposit of just over £1,850. The company will also make a £750 contribution to the cost of the Kia Rio, but the biggest savings of the trio are to be made on the Kia cee’d. On it, Kia will make a £1,000 contribution to the cost of the car, so you pay a deposit of just over £3,638 and 36 monthly payments of £132.
Land Rover deals
The best Land Rover deals can be found on the firm's smaller models. The company will pay £1,500 towards the price of a Range Rover Evoque if you buy it using the company's finance. That translates into a deposit of £7,025, 36 monthly payments of £399, and a final payment of just under £23,000. Meanwhile, the Land Rover Freelander can be had with zero-per-cent finance. That deal means you pay a deposit of £6,995, 23 monthly instalments of £299, and a final payment of £13,585.
Mazda is offering its Mazda2 small hatchback with zero-per-cent finance. That means you pay a deposit of £400, 42 monthly payments of £175, and an optional final payment of £3,445. Deals on the excellent Mazda6 look even more appealing. It's available with zero-per-cent, too, but Mazda will also make a £1,500 contribution to the cost of the car. Best of all is the deal being offered on the Mazda MX5 because the company's currently offering it with zero-per-cent finance and a £2,500 contribution to the car's cost. It means you pay no deposit, but 41 monthly payments of £275 and an optional final payment of £4,692.
You’ll have to spend a lot of money to get a decent deal out of Mercedes, with the most eye-catching offers only available on the top-of-the-range models. The company's massive Mercedes CL coupe, for example, can be had with interest-free credit and the firm will also make a huge contribution of more than £14,400 to the cost of the car. That means you make a deposit of £9,999, 36 monthly payments of £1,105 and have the option to buy the car for a further £31,350.
There are still big savings to be made if you fancy buying the rugged Mitsubishi off-roader – the Mitsubishi Shogun. Discounts range from £3,900 (for the three-door SG2 manual Shogun) to £5,000 for the five-door SG2 auto. The Mitsubishi L200 pick-up, meanwhile, can be had with zero-per-cent finance. Although, the loan period only runs for one year, so you’ll pay 12 instalments of just under £737, and a deposit of £8,839. The L200 now also comes with a five-year/125,000 mile warranty.
Nissan has knocked £4,000 off the price of the Nissan Pathfinder Acenta 2.5DCI. The deal means you pay 37 monthly instalments of £439, a deposit of around £6,728, and can make an optional final payment of £9,746. The company is also offering £1,200 off the price of the Nissan Micra, so you pay 37 monthly payments of £89, a deposit of just under £2,874, and can make an optional final payment of £3,785.
In an admirable attempt to get you in the mood for summer, Peugeot has knocked £1,000 off various models from the Peugeot 207CC and Peugeot 308CC convertible ranges. The company is also offering various models with up to four years’ zero-per-cent finance. The Peugeot 508 SW estate, for example, can be had with a deposit of £4,119 and 48 monthly payments £343.
SEAT is currently trying to tempt families into their SEAT Alhamba MPV with the offer of five years’ interest-free finance. Crunching the numbers reveals you’ll pay £270 a month for five years, as well as a deposit of £9,145. Order a new Leon before 30 June and the company will throw in the Technology Package for free. It brings kit such as an infotainment system and full LED headlights, which require no maintenance. Finally, the SEAT Mii micro car can be had for as little as £65 per month, with a deposit of a touch over £2,211.
Skoda has numerous deals on its website at the moment, and one of them comes in the form of the Skoda Rapid Sport. It is based on the Skoda Rapid SE and costs the same, but gets extras including sports seats and pedals, black door mirrors, rear spoiler, front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a small leather pack, and tinted windows. It costs £15,630. Meanwhile, the Skoda Roomster SE 1.2-litre, which should cost around £14,000, can currently be had for less than £10k.
The Smart Fortwo 71bhp is being offered by Smart with interest-free credit, via a deposit of £1,499, 36 monthly payments of £99, and a dealer contribution of £777. Opt for the Cabriolet version and Smart will make an £850 contribution to the cost of the car, while interest-free credit means you’ll pay a deposit of just over £1,500 and 36 monthly instalments of £119.
SsangYong recently knocked about £3,000 off the price of a Ssangyong Korando and the company is now also offering a range of competitive finance deals. That means you could have the top-spec Ssangyong Korando ELX4 for 35 payments of £279 per month, a deposit of just over £5,541, and an optional final payment £8,675.
Suzuki has taken the cost of VAT off its Suzuki Alto city car. That means you stand to save up to £1,724 on models ranging from the Alto 1.0 SZ to the Alto 1.0 SZ4 automatic. The Suzuki SX4 can also be had VAT free for savings of up to £2,650, and the same VAT-free deal also operates for the Suzuki Splash and the Suzuki Swift.
Toyota is offering a number of tempting deals from across its range. The Toyota Aygo, which is due to be replaced later this year, can currently be had with no deposit, a £500 contribution from the dealer, and zero-per-cent finance. That means you make 35 monthly payments of around £150, and get a guaranteed future value of £2,728. The Toyota Auris hatchback, meanwhile, can be had with a £900 saving. Again, it can be had with no deposit, a £1000 contribution from Toyota, and 36 monthly payments of around £235.
If you’re after a relatively small but practical family hatchback, Vauxhall has just dropped the price of the high-spec Vauxhall Meriva Tech Line by £1,500 to £12,495. The car comes stacked with goodies covering everything from 17-inch alloy wheels, to heated seats and steering wheel, as well as air-conditioning and cruise control. Models such as the Vauxhall Agila, Vauxhall Adam, and Vauxhall Antara are also available with interest-free credit.
Volkswagen is offering a range of attractive deals across its line-up. The biggest savings are to be made at the top of the range with the slow-selling Volkswagen Phaeton being offered with £7,000 taken off the price, while the rugged Volkswagen Tourag SUV can be had with a £5,000 discount. There are also savings to be made on the Volkswagen Passat CC (£4,000), Volkswagen Scirocco coupe (£2,000), and the Volkswagen EOS convertible (£1,000).