Best new car deals 2015
This week's update looks at large family cars currently on offer, plus the rest of the best deals
Spring is here, apparently, and the world's car manufacturers would like nothing more than for you to spend a mild, sunny weekend absorbing Vitamin D on one of their dealership forecourts while choosing a new car. Naturally they don't just rely on good weather - there are plenty of offers to tempt you into parting with your hard-earned cash.
The deals cover everything from interest-free credit to money off the list price, 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, or visit our best cars section to check out the top models on the market in 2015.
This week's update focuses largely on MPVs - cars fit for buyers with large families. Hopefully we can help those of you currently considering a car of this size.
Best new car deals – weekly (updated: 17/04/15)
Kia currently has deals on all the cars in its current range, with every model available on a 4.9% finance deal. It's worth remembering that all Kia cars come with a seven-year warranty too.
The amount Kia will contribute towards a deposit varies from model to model. For example, it will stump up £350 towards the deposit for a three-door Kia Rio SR7 with a 1.25-litre petrol engine. That leaves you with £1,919 to pay, followed by 36 monthly payments of £145. At the end of the three year plan you can hand the car back to Kia or buy it outright for a final payment of £4,313. Equipment with the car includes reversing sensors, DAB radio, 15-inch alloy wheels and air-conditioning.
If you need something bigger, all models of the latest seven-seat Kia Carens can be had on PCP finance. If you choose the same SR7 trim level, Kia will contribute £750 towards the deposit, leaving you with an initial deposit of £4,207. Monthly payments of £245 follow for three years, after which you can choose to buy the car for £5,733 or return it to Kia.
Another offer that might be tempting to car buyers with families is the excellent Seat Alhambra in ITECH 2.0-litre TDI Ecomotive form. SEAT is willing to contribute £2,000 towards a deposit if you fancy the car on its 5.7% PCP deal. That leaves you with £6,282 to pay up front, followed by monthly payments of £315 for four years. This Alhambra model is the most economical in the range, returning 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
A smaller, less expensive choice for families is the Ford B-Max. Ford is currently offering the impressively equipped Titanium model with its excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine on Ford Personal Lease. That means you pay a deposit of £4,598 followed by monthly payments of £209 for three years, before handing the car back to Ford. The Titanium model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a DAB radio, climate control, cruise control and heated front seats. It's worth bearing in mind that lease may not be suitable for buyers envisaging high mileage over the three years, as there is an excess charge if you do more than 9,000 miles per year.
Best new car deals – quarterly
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 plenty 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, or visit our best cars section to check out the top models on the market today.
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 £9,000 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. You pay a deposit of £5,777 followed by 35 monthly payments of £329 and an optional final amount of £17,957 to take ownership of the car.
Huge discounts usually highlight that a model isn't selling as well as hoped, so it's interesting to see BMW offering money off across the BMW 3 Series range. There are big savings to be had on the BMW 3 Series Touring estate, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo five-door hatchback and BMW 3 Series saloon. The estate comes with the biggest discount – for the 318d diesel in M Sport trim, you pay a deposit of £5,399 and the dealer makes a contribution of £1,789. Then you have 48 monthly instalments of £309 and an optional final payment of £11,362 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 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 £2,474 and 36 monthly instalments of £249. At the end of the deal, you can buy the car for an optional final instalment of £7,286.
At the cheaper end of the scale is the Dacia Duster. Dacia is currently offering its compact SUV for monthly payments of £179 after a deposit of £676, with an option to buy the car for £3,957 at the end of the four-year finance plan. The Ambiance dCi 110 model comes with front-wheel drive, a punchy 1.5-litre diesel engine and the basic essentials that the entry-level Access trim doesn't have.
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 £109 and 38 monthly instalment of the same amount.
Hyundai may have the perfect deal if you're looking for a large SUV but have no money up front 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 £574.
Estate cars don't get much better looking than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. The current offer means you pay a deposit of £8,499, followed by 36 monthly instalments of £335 and an optional final payment of £14,726. Go for the saloon and you stand to make a saving of £3,300, while the flagship Jaguar XJ saloon is currently being offered with £11,885 off when the car is bought through 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 £2,750 off the price of the Cherokee before offering you interest-free credit on some models. The offer breaks down to a deposit of £3,999 followed by 42 instalments of £299 on the 2.0-litre 140 Limited model with 4x4. If you need more space, the bigger Grand Cherokee also has £2,000 off and interest-free credit.
The Picanto was one of Kia'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
The Range Rover Evoque is actually four years old now, but the design has aged well and is still a good proposition for those taking their first step onto the ladder of Range Rover ownership. Range Rover is currently offering the 2.2-litre SD4 Dynamic auto model for £399 per month if you can stump up a deposit of £8,470. At the end of three years, you can return the car to Range Rover or pay £22,342 to own the car outright. The 2.2-litre SD4 is fitted with the manufacturer's new nine-speed automatic gearbox, making the driving experience is as good as the car's luxurious interior.
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 £2,000 saving, so there are 42 monthly instalments of £340 and an optional final payment of £6,678. 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 £269.
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 spur 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 second-generation Nissan Qashqai is one of the best crossover models on the market and you can currently get the n-tec DIG-T 115 version for £209 per month on a PCP finance deal. Nissan will contribute £1,000 towards the cost of the car, meaning you can secure the monthly payments for a deposit of £5,042.
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. It 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 DAB digital radio. The SEAT Leon X-Perience four-wheel-drive estate has also been reduced by £1,000. Buy the car through 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 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 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 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.