Best new car deals 2014
Looking for great new car offers? 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: 19/12/14)
We’ve only just driven the off-road-ready SEAT Leon X-Perience, but already SEAT is offering £1,000 off the list price of the car, with interest-free credit and £500 worth of TRIUK (the world's largest online Triathlon store) vouchers if you’re one of the first 100 to snap up the deal. The need to pay a 50% deposit (amounting to £11,325) is the only catch, while the remainder of the price is covered by 36 monthly instalments of £335. Those TRIUK vouchers tells us that SEAT expects the X-Perience to appeal to outdoorsy types, and we’d agree – four-wheel drive and raised suspension means the car can venture off the beaten track, while it 587-litre boot should swallow all the kit you need for variety of outdoor activities.
If you can’t rise to the price of a Golf GTI, then the Volkswagen Scirocco looks like a tempting proposition, with VW currently offering a £1,500 discount off the price of the car. Taking the 1.4-litre TSI petrol Scirocco as an example, the saving means you pay a deposit of £2,258, then 35 monthly instalments of £335 and can buy the car outright at the end of the agreement for a further £10,180. In this specification, the Scirocco can’t match the GTI's pace, but it has more striking looks, while still offering four usable seats and the potential to return fuel economy of nearly 50mpg.
More thrills for less dosh come courtesy of the Ford Fiesta ST1, which has had £750 taken off its £17,250 list price. It can be parked outside your house for a one-off payment of £189, plus a deposit of £4,066 and then 23 monthly instalments of £179. The Fiesta scooped Carbuyer's 2014 Hot Hatchback of the Year award thanks to its potent 180bhp turbocharged petrol engine and superb handling. Its mesh grille, unique alloy wheels and sporty body kit give it just the right amount of visual appeal.
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UK car sales are the strongest they’ve been in a decade, which means the competition between manufacturers to sell you a car has never been stiffer.
You should capitalise on this when you’re hunting for your next car, because there are literally thousands of new-car deals offering everything from low monthly payments to interest-free credit, free equipment upgrades and big discounts. Keep reading for the best deals straight from the manufacturers.
Alfa Romeo deals
It's not a class leader, but the Alfa Romeo MiTo has distinctive looks and low running costs, which make it appealing to younger drivers. It should be even more attractive now the company is offering it with interest-free credit and zero deposit. So for the Alfa Romeo MiTo TB TwinAir 105bhp Sprint, you simply pay 35 monthly instalments of £438. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta isn’t a class leader either, but it shares the MiTo's distinctive looks. Alfa will pay £1,000 towards the price of the Giulietta 1.4 TB 120bhp Progression, leaving you to stump up a £2,464 deposit and pay 48 monthly instalments of £209.
Audi is very keen to sell you a new Audi A7 Sportback five-door coupe and has slashed £8,000 off the price of the car in the form of a dealer contribution. That means the 3.0-litre Ultra model – which is both fast and economical – can now be yours for a deposit of £9,232 and 35 monthly instalments of £449. You have the option to buy the car for £18,693 at the end of the agreement. If you’re looking for something more practical, Audi has also lowered the price of the four-wheel-drive Audi A4 Allroad Quattro estate by £4,300. You pay a deposit of £5,692 followed by 35 monthly payments of £339 and an optional final amount of £15,531 to take ownership of the car.
Huge discounts usually highlight that a model's not selling as well as hoped, so it's interesting to see BMW offering money off across the BMW 3 Series range. There are savings of between £1,500 and more than £2,000 on the BMW 3 Series Touring estate, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo five-door hatchback and BMW 3 Series saloon. The estate offers the biggest discount – for the 318d diesel, you pay a deposit of £4,299 and the dealer makes a contribution of £2,059. Then you have 48 monthly instalments of £299 and an optional final payment of £10,080 if you want to buy the car outright.
Much like its rival, the Alfa Romeo MiTo, the Chrysler Ypsilon looks stylish but falls behind rivals in other areas. You may find it even more appealing when you learn it's currently being offered with interest-free credit. For the Ypsilon 1.2-litre Silver five-door, you’ll pay no deposit and 60 monthly instalments of £167. The spacious but somewhat dated Chrysler Grand Voyager can be yours for £16,610 paid over 24 months, with the option to buy the car at the end of that period for an interest-free payment of £11,700.
The Citroen DS4 was meant to take on premium models such as the BMW 1 Series and MINI Countryman, but it's struggled against the competition so much that Citroen has now slashed £4,500 off the list price. For the DS4 e-HDi 115 diesel DStyle, you pay a deposit of £3,625 and 36 monthly instalments of £229. At the end of the deal, you can buy the car for an optional final instalment of £7,145. Citroen is offering deals on most of its range, including £250 off the new Citroen C1 and the new C4 Cactus PureTech for £189 a month.
If you’re looking for a cheekily styled small car with five-door practicality and a stylish interior, then you’re in luck – Fiat has reduced the price of the Fiat Panda by £1,400. That means the Panda Pop 1.2-litre petrol can be yours for £7,645. You pay a deposit of £89 and 38 monthly instalment of the same amount. If you need a budget off-roader, then you can also save £1,400 on the Panda 4x4, while there's a £500 saving on the retro-styled Fiat 500 at the moment, too.
Much of Ford's line-up is in the process of being replaced, but that's good news for bargain-hunters as dealers slash the price of the current stock to make way. The Ford Mondeo is still one of our favourite large family hatchbacks and it's being offered with a £1,500 discount – as is the excellent Ford S-MAX MPV. In the case of the Mondeo Zetec Business Edition 2.0-litre diesel you pay a deposit of £5,360, a single payment of £309, 23 instalments of £299 and an optional final payment of £9,021 to buy the car outright.
Hyundai may have the perfect deal if you’re looking for a large SUV but have no savings or trade-in vehicle. The seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe is available with zero deposit and interest-free credit, so you only need to pay 36 monthly instalments of £570. Deals at the other end of the Hyundai range include a £2,210 discount on the Hyundai i30. Standard features include a Bluetooth phone connection, LED daytime running lights, front foglights and electric windows.
Estate cars don’t get much better looking than the Jaguar XF Sportback, which is available with a £3,785 discount. You pay a deposit of £8,499, followed by 36 monthly instalments of £329 and an optional final payment of £14,109. Go for the saloon and you stand to make a saving of £3,424, while the flagship Jaguar XJ saloon is currently being offered with £12,900 off when the car is bought using Jaguar finance.
The new Jeep Cherokee is a rare sight on UK roads, which could explain the savings currently being offered. Turn up at a Jeep showroom and they’ll knock £2,000 off the price of the Cherokee before offering you interest-free credit. The offer breaks down into a deposit of £2,543 followed by 36 instalments of £582. If you need more space, the bigger Grand Cherokee also has £2,000 off and interest-free credit.
The Picanto was one of the brand's first class leaders, but it's getting on a bit now. So to keep sales healthy, Kia has reduced the price of the well equipped Kia Picanto VR7 by £750 – it now costs £9,095. Equipment includes reversing sensors, alloy wheels and a Bluetooth phone connection. Go for the larger Kia Rio VR7 and you stand to save £1,000. It also has rear parking sensors, a Bluetooth phone connection and air-conditioning for £9,495.
Land Rover deals
When the Range Rover Evoque was launched in 2011, it looked like a concept car for the road, but newer rivals such as the Lexus NX are even more eye-catching. To help boost the Evoque's appeal, Land Rover is offering the car with a £1,500 discount when bought using Land Rover finance. You pay a deposit of £9,690 and 36 monthly instalments of £399. The less glamorous Land Rover Freelander is being offered with £2,000 off. You pay a deposit of £6,860 and 36 monthly instalments of £299.
Mazda has launched some excellent new models over the past few years, and is offering interest-free credit and no-deposit deals on the entire range bar the Mazda CX-5 at the moment. In the case of the Mazda6 you also make a £1,000 saving, so there are 42 monthly instalments of £340 and an optional final payment of £6,466. The interest-free credit deal means the Mazda3 SE with a 118bhp petrol engine can be bought for zero deposit and 42 monthly payments of £277.
If you rack up a lot of miles and need a comfortable large saloon car, the Mercedes E-Class is a perfect choice thanks to its cushioning ride, economical diesel engine and smooth seven-speed automatic gearbox. Buy the car through Mercedes Personal Finance and the company will reduce the price by £3,884, leaving you to pay a deposit of £4,999 and 36 monthly instalments of £355. The Mercedes B-Class offers MPV-like practicality and is being offered with £1,636 off the list price in a similar deal.
The Mitsubishi Shogun has seemingly stood still while its rivals have steadily improved or been replaced, so Mitsubishi is offering discounts of between £3,900 and £5,000 on the dependable off-roader. The Mitsubishi L200 is also being offered with a £2,000 saving across the entire range. It helped spar growth in UK pick-up sales and could be perfect if you have a job or hobby that requires carrying around a lot of kit.
If you’ve been considering an electric car, then now might be the time to take the plunge, as Nissan is offering £3,200 off the Nissan Leaf EV on top of the £5,000 government grant. The deal means you pay a deposit of £2,844, 25 monthly instalments of £169 and an optional final payment of £11,389. A more conventional option comes in the form of the Nissan Micra, which is being offered with a £1,000 saving and interest-free credit. For the Acenta 1.2-litre petrol, you pay a deposit of £2,992 followed by 25 monthly instalments of £119 and an optional final payment of £5,096.
The Ford Fiesta ST is still our favourite small hot hatchback thanks to its entertaining driving experience and excellent value for money, but Peugeot has struck back by reducing the price of the Peugeot 208 GTI by £1,500. The GTI now costs £17,400 – about the same as the entry-level Fiesta ST1, which is slower and less well equipped. Peugeot has also reduced the price of the practical Peugeot 308 SW estate by £650. The top-of-the-range Feline model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a reversing camera.
The deal being offered on the SEAT Leon FR hot hatch is even more appealing. SEAT has not only reduced the price by £1,000, but also thrown in the £1,930 technology pack for free. That includes sat nav, full LED headlights and a DAB digital radio. The SEAT Leon X-Perience four-wheel-drive estate has also been reduced by £1,000. Buy the car on SEAT Finance and you pay a deposit of £11,325 followed by 36 monthly instalments of £335.
The Skoda Superb estate has loads of rear passenger space and a huge boot that makes it a perfect family car. Its price has just been reduced by £1,500, too. Use Skoda finance to buy the car and you’ll pay a deposit of £5,153 followed by 36 monthly payments of £169 and an optional final payment of £7,247. The Skoda Citigo, meanwhile, can be yours for just £65 per month over three years. You pay a deposit of £2,526 at the start of the agreement and have the option to buy the car at the end for £4,259.
The Skoda Citigo is our top city car, but the Smart ForTwo is arguably more appealing to younger drivers and even better suited to life in the city. The Smart ForTwo Grandstyle is even better looking than the standard car thanks to its all-black finish and it comes with a dealer contribution of £936. That leaves you to pay a deposit of £1,599 and 36 monthly instalments of £99. The Smart ForTwo cabrio, meanwhile, could be yours for £119 a month.
Suzuki is trying to encourage more people behind the wheel of the Suzuki Swift by taking the equivalent of VAT off its list price. In the top-specification Suzuki Swift SZ4 three-door, that equates to an impressive saving of £2,340. It's packed with equipment, including air-conditioning, electric rear windows, keyless entry, cruise control, sat nav and a DAB digital radio. The same VAT offer has been applied to the four-wheel-drive Suzuki SX4 1.6-litre petrol SZ5, dropping its price by £2,650 to £13,249.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is perfect for city driving thanks to its rock-bottom running costs and compact dimensions. It can also be bought on interest-free credit. You pay a deposit of £1,000 followed by 35 monthly instalments of £189. Toyota has also cut the cost of the excellent Toyota GT86 sports coupe by £1,000 if you buy it using Toyota Finance, which offers APR of 4.9%.
The Vauxhall Adam can now be bought for a £1,340 deposit if you go through Vauxhall Finance. The Vauxhall Adam Jam 1.2-litre petrol could be on your driveway for a deposit of £2,295 and 23 monthly instalments of £99. It has alloy wheels and a choice of contrasting colour schemes. The Vauxhall Astra GTC three-door has also been discounted by up to £1,500. That means you can get a GTC Sri for a deposit of £6,185 and 60 monthly payments of £259.
If you need a big estate car that's also very efficient, then the Volvo V60 D2 is worth looking at. It's being offered with a £500 deposit contribution from Volvo and a £4,000 discount from the dealer. You pay a deposit of £6,039 and 36 monthly payments of £299, with an optional final payment of £10,550. Volvo is also offering five years' servicing for a cost of £500 on all models except the brand new XC90. That means a saving of up to £1,000 depending on model and engine size.