Best new car deals 2014
Look no further than our detailed run-down for all the best new car deals in 2014
Manufacturers are keen for you to buy one of their cars and they’re offering a host of amazing deals to get you behind the wheel. They cover everything from interest-free credit to discounts, additional equipment at no extra cost, and free trim upgrades, all of which could save you thousands of pounds. Keep reading for the best new car deals available today.
Best new car deals – weekly (updated: 26/09/14)
Every once in a while a car comes along that takes us all by surprise – that's exactly what the Mazda6 did when it replaced the lacklustre old model. Its elegant styling and great drive mean that it's a worthy rival for upmarket cars such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, even if the Mazda's interior isn’t quite up to the same standard. The Mazda6 is well equipped, too – the SE-L Nav model comes with air conditioning, cruise control, sat-nav, autonomous braking, front and rear parking sensors, and all round electric windows. The car can be had with interest-free credit and an £1,000 saving from Mazda. That translates into 42 monthly payments of £332 and no deposit, with full ownership coming after one final (optional) payment of £6,169.
More convertibles are sold in the UK than in any other European country, despite a climate that's less suited to top-down motoring. Good news for those UK buyers comes from Peugeot, which is offering some impressive deals on its range of convertibles. Take the Peugeot 207CC Active, which right now can be had with an £1,000 saving. Its folding hardtop roof means the CC feels like a normal hatchback when the weather's miserable and the roof is up.
If you’re looking to enter the world of budget motoring then you could do a lot worse than the Hyundai i20, which has been reduced by £1,400 meaning the basic i20 Classic now retails for £8,780. That might be significantly more than the £5,995 Dacia Sandero but the Hyundai is cheaper to run and better equipped. It comes fitted with air-conditioning, electric front windows, remote central locking, and a USB plug for your smartphone, while the Dacia doesn’t even get a stereo. Factor in the Hyundai's five-year/100,000 mile warranty, five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, plus its added desirability and the Hyundai starts to look like the better choice.
Best new car deals – quarterly
Car builders usually update their new car deals for every quarter of the year. We’ve hunted down the best offers, running from July to October.
Alfa Romeo deals
If you want a stylish alternative to the VW Golf and Ford Focus then we should point you in the direction of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Alfa is offering the Giulietta Progression with interest-free finance and a £500 price drop. The offer translates into a deposit of £2,499 and monthly payments of £209.
There are deals to be had from across the Audi range – even on the Audi R8 supercar – but the Audi A5 Cabriolet S line seems to offer the best value. It can be had with a £6,000 saving, so you pay 36 monthly instalments of £399 and a deposit of £7,935. There's the option to buy the car for £15,338 at the end of the contract. The same amount on the huge Audi Q7 SUV. That converts into 36 monthly instalments of £559, a deposit of £559, and an optional final payment of £15,338.
The BMW 3 Series is our favourite upmarket saloon so it is good to see the company knock nearly £4,500 off the BMW 318d Sport. The savings come in the form of a dealer contribution of £1,969 and £2,500 contribution direct from BMW. The deal means you pay a deposit of £2,500 followed by 48 monthly instalments of £289. A similar arrangement means you can have the excellent BMW 5 Series 520d SE for a deposit of £4,559 and 38 monthly payments of £315.
The quirky little Chrysler Ypsilon might be some way off the best in class, but it might appeal if you want something less obvious than a Ford Fiesta. In fact, the deal may be more tempting than the car – it requires no deposit and is also interest-free. That leaves you to make 60 instalments of £166. The capacious Grand Voyager can also be had with interest-free credit, although it can only be recommended if you value space above almost everything else.
The Citroen C4 is one of the comfiest hatchbacks on sale and there's money to be saved if you buy a one before September. Until then, Citroen is offering up to three years’ interest free credit across the C4 range if you pay a deposit of 10 per cent or more. If you need something more practical, the Citroen C5 Tourer is available with three year's interest free credit and no deposit.
The Fiat Panda might not be as good as the Skoda Citigo, but it is still one of our favourite small cars. It has cheeky looks and five doors, plus Fiat has reduced the price of a Fiat Panda POP 1.2-litre petrol by £1,450. You make 48 monthly payments of £119, a deposit of the same amount, and have the option to buy the car with a final payment of £119. The 1.2-litre Fiat 500 Pop might be much cooler, but it is also more expensive to buy. Fiat will only give you a £500 saving on the retro-styled hatchback, which equates to 37 monthly payments of £129, a deposit of £1,349, and an optional final payment of £5,038.
There are big savings to be made on the Ford Focus as the company makes way in the showrooms for the new model. That means the Zetec Navigator model can be had with a saving of £2,402. The deal means you pay a deposit of £2,844, one payment of £209, and 35 monthly instalments of £199. The current Focus is relatively old, but it's still one of the best cars to drive in the class, and the Zetec Navigator comes packed full of kit. That includes sat-nav, a quick-clear windscreen, air-conditioning and alloy wheels. See more Ford deals on our dedicated Ford deals page.
Excellent value has always been a Hyundai strongpoint. You wont see a better example of this than in the Hyundai i10 our Car of the Year can if offered with interest free credit. That means the Hyundai i10 SE, which comes with air-conditioning and stability control, can be yours for a deposit of £4,644 and 35 payments of £129. Interest-free credit is available on the Hyundai i40 Active Tourer, requiring a deposit of £10,311 and 36 monthly payments of £279.
The Jaguar XJ is still one of our favourite luxury saloons, so it is a surprise to see Jaguar offering a £12,400 discount on the car. The deal means you pay a deposit of £9,999 and 36 monthly payments of £599 for a Jaguar XJ 3.0-litre petrol. Jaguar is also offering a free upgrade from XJ Premium to XJ Portfolio on the XJ. That gives £7,200-worth of equipment for free, including ventilated and cooled seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, a premium stereo, and bi-xenon headlights.
The new Jeep Cherokee is already being offered with interest-free credit and a relatively small customer deposit of £2,527. That leaves you to pay 36 monthly instalments of £638. If you need more space, the Grand Cherokee is being offered under the same interest-free deal. For it you pay a deposit of £3,793, followed by 36 monthly payments of £942.
Kia is offering interest-free credit on the Kia Picanto VR7, Kia Rio VR7 and Kia Cee’d VR7. All cars come with rear parking sensors, a Bluetooth phone connection, and a USB plug for your smartphone. The Picanto is cheapest of all with payments that break down into a deposit of £2,696 and 24 monthly instalments of £75. The Rio requires a deposit of £3,179 and 24 monthly payments of £85, while the Cee’d gets instalments of £119 over the same period and a deposit of £4,272.
Land Rover deals
With the new Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery flying off the shelves, you’ll be hard pressed to get a tempting deal on a Land Rover. Some of the new-car shine has come of the Range Rover Evoque, so the car can now be yours with £1,500 knocked off the price. It means you pay a deposit of £7,025 and 36 monthly payments of £399.
Mazda is offering interest-free credit on the Mazda2 and the Mazda MX-5 sports car. On the Mazda2, which is due for replacement next year, Mazda will also pay £500 towards the cost of the car. You pay no deposit and 42 monthly payments of £173. The MX-5 can also be yours for no deposit, followed by 42 monthly payments of £289, while Mazda will make a generous £2,000 contribution to the cost of the car.
To make a decent saving on a new Mercedes you need to spend big on the £72,500 Mercedes SL400 AMG Sport convertible. The company is offering that model with interest-free credit and a £4,427 contribution to the cost of the car. The deal means you pay a deposit of £7,309 and 36 monthly instalments of £749. The car's yours with an optional final payment of £33,800.
The Mitsubishi Shogun is outclassed by cars such as the Land Rover Discovery, but if you want a dependable off-roader it still makes a lot of sense. Mitsubishi is offering discounts across the range spanning from the basic three-door Shogun SG2 manual (£3,900) to the top-of-the-range five-door Shogun SG4 auto (£5,000). The company has also taken £2,000 off the list price of all Mitsubishi L200 pick-ups.
Nissan is obviously keeping tabs on the competition at Mitsubishi, because it too has knocked £2,000 off the price of the Nissan Navara Visia 2.5-litre DCI diesel pick-up. Buy it on Nissan credit and you’ll pay 48 monthly instalments of £299 as well as a deposit of £6,948. At the other end of the scale, the company will make a £1,000 contribution to the price of the Nissan Micra, so you pay 37 monthly instalments of £119 and a deposit of £2,670. Similar money can be saved on the Nissan Note small MPV and the stylish Nissan 370Z coupe.
With summer in full swing a visit to your local Peugeot showroom should be on the cards if you are looking for a deal on a new convertible. Both the Peugeot 207 CC convertible and the Peugeot 308 CC convertible are being offered with £1,000 off the price. The Peugeot 208, meanwhile, is part of the company's Just Add Fuel scheme. As the name implies, the scheme rolls all the costs of the car, including insurance, into one monthly payment, leaving only the extra cost of fuel. Taking the Peugeot 208 Active Puretech 1.0-litre petrol as an example, you would pay 35 monthly payments of £195. You can choose to buy the car at the end of the period for an additional £5194.
The winner of our Best Family Car of the Year, the SEAT Leon, can currently be had with SEAT's Technology Pack (worth £1,930) absolutely free. It brings useful additions such as sat-nav, full-LED headlights, and a DAB digital radio making our favourite hatchback even more appealing. The company is also offering the SEAT Mii with interest-free credit. In the case of the SEAT Mii Toca you also get sat-nav fitted as standard. For it you pay a deposit of £2,885, followed by 36 monthly instalments of £75, and have the option to buy the car for £4,485.
Skoda is currently offering £1,500 off the price of the Skoda Superb. Combine that with interest-free credit and one of favourite family cars looks very tempting indeed. The deal means the Superb hatchback 1.4-litre TSI petrol is yours for a deposit of £5,079 and 36 monthly payments of £199. Interest-free credit and £2,000 off the list price can also be had on the Skoda Rapid. That means you pay £119 monthly instalments for 36 months and a deposit of £3,288.
Interest-free credit can also be had on the Smart ForTwo Cabrio. That means you pay a deposit of £1,593 and 36 monthly instalments of £119. You can buy the car at the end of the agreement for a further £5,100. The two-door coupe is cheaper still. It's yours for a deposit of £595 and 36 monthly payments of £99.
Suzuki is offering VAT-free deals on numerous models including the Suzuki SX4 crossover and the Suzuki Swift hatchback. On the former ‘no VAT’ translates into a £2,100 saving. Go for a top-of-the-range Suzuki Swift SZ4 and you stand to make an even more useful saving of £2,340.
The Toyota Yaris has just been facelifted and Toyota has knocked £750 off the price to get you behind the wheel of the revised model. Throw in interest-free credit and you can have the Yaris 1.0-litre VVT for a deposit of £2,989 and 25 monthly instalments of just under £100. The Hybrid model, meanwhile, will set you back a deposit of £2,989 and 35 monthly payments of £189.
The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best models in the current Vauxhall range and company has taken £1,645 off the price of the well-equipped Astra Tech Line. It now costs £14,995 and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav, a premium stereo, digital radio, Bluetooth phone connection, and a sports steering wheel. The Vauxhall Insignia has just been given a number of revisions and is offered with interest-free credit. On the Vauxhall Insignia 1.8-litre Energy you’ll pay 60 monthly instalments of £249 and a deposit of £5,049.
There's a new Volvo XC90 on the way so it is clear Volvo is keen to sell on the model to make way for new stock. That's good news if you are looking for a comfortable and well-built SUV that's also very safe. You can make a £7,000 saving on the price of the Volvo XC90 D5 ES and get it with interest-free credit. That all means you pay 24 monthly instalments of £219 and a deposit of £10,507. The smaller Volvo XC60 one of the first truly economical SUVs and the model has just been revised to include Volvo's excellent D4 diesel engine. Go for the Volvo XC60 R-Design and Volvo will pay £3,750 towards the price. The offer means you pay a deposit of £6,136 and 36 monthly instalments of £329.