Best new car deals 2015
This week's update looks at deals and offers on three 2015 Carbuyer award winners
There has never been more choice for people looking to buy a new car and the quality of what's on offer is unprecedented too. With such strong competition between manufacturers, there are plenty of offers around 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.
Best new car deals – weekly (updated: 29/05/15)
Those of our readers currently looking for a good price on a new family hatchback may be interested to read the news that Skoda has reduced the price of all models in the new Rapid Spaceback range.
The cheapest version of the car, the 89bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol model in entry-level S trim, is now just £13,500 – that's £1,355 less than before. All other models have at least the same amount knocked off their previous price, with the biggest saving of £1,905 to be had on the mid-range SE Tech 123bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol DSG model, which is priced at £16,390.
There has been no change to equipment levels on the three trim levels available, so buyers get just as much kit as before, and several Rapid Spaceback models offer tax-free motoring thanks to their low CO2 outputs. If you’re looking for a car in this class, you’ll want to consider rivals such as the Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 before you buy, but the Skoda does now look like particularly good value. The revised price structure applies to all new orders for the new Rapid Spaceback, which is known as the 2016 model year car.
Back in March of this year we named our winning cars in various categories in the Carbuyer Best Car Awards 2015. This week we've found three of the winners on finance deals - all of them are excellent choices if you're looking for a car in their respective classes.
The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso won Carbuyer's Best Seven Seater award for 2015 and if it's a car that interests you, Citroen is currently offering the e-HDi 90 diesel model in VTR trim for monthly payments of £255 per month. Citroen will contribute £1,500 to the cost of the deposit, leaving you with £5,124 to pay at the start of the deal.
The diesel engine is capable of 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 95g/km, so you’ll pay nothing in tax for the car. Inside, the C4 Picasso is practical, flexible and comfortable, so an excellent proposition for buyers with large families to ferry around. An optional payment of £8,473 is available at the end of the three-year deal, or you can return the car to Citroen or part-exchange it for a new model.
Another of our award winners in 2015 was the SEAT Leon, which was named Carbuyer's Best Family Car. The five-door 1.2-litre petrol model in SE trim is currently available on a four-year PCP deal that means it will cost you £169 per month. SEAT contributes £1,000 towards the deposit, leaving you with a fairly large £4,942 to pay up front. The Leon is still good value though, with space, practicality and performance all impressive.
If you’re looking for a car of similar size to the Leon but with a more upmarket image, the Audi A3 was our Best Small Luxury Car in the 2015 awards. Audi isn’t renowned for massive discounts on its cars but it does offer plenty of its models on finance packages. If you’re interested in the 1.6-litre diesel model in well-equipped SE Technik trim, you can get it on a PCP for £249 per month for three years. You’ll need another relatively large deposit of £4,465 but that gets you a comfortable, refined car with a beautiful interior and impressive economy figures.
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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 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.
A relatively inexpensive of way of getting into SUV ownership is the Dacia Duster. Dacia is currently offering its compact SUV for monthly payments of £179 after a deposit of £592, with an option to buy the car for £4,066 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, like a radio/CD player, split-folding rear seats and upgraded steel wheels.
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 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.