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MOTORING NEWS


We all like a bargain, and with the motor trade currently in a state of flux, there are some good deals to be had in way of new cars.


BMW X1


When looking around for a new vehicle don’t be afraid to haggle in order to achieve the best price. For example, if it’s a modest size premium SUV you’re after, it’s possible to save nearly £2,000 on a BMW X1 listed at £31,525. It’s a good all-rounder of a car that’s well-appointed and aimed at families wanting a compact carry-all. That will be fine for many customers, but those wanting bags more style and fizz, the coupé-inspired BMW M35i X2 will rush to 62mph in under 5 seconds. The downside is a loss of practicality and a much firmer ride. With canny bargaining it’s conceivable to get the price down to around £40,000, thus saving nearly £4,000.


When looking for a particular genre of car, don’t be blinkered into thinking there’s only one choice. While something like BMW’s new 3 Series Touring might seem to be the estate car to have, the super- comfortable Skoda Superb Estate ticks the same boxes, and offers even more cabin and luggage space as well as being considerably less expensive. With prices around £34,000 for the all-new 3 Series Touring, expect to do a deal on the Superb Estate for under £27,000.


Skoda Superb Estate


Another contender in the roomy estate car market is Audi’s A6 Avant, which has a family connection with the Superb. The Audi has that feel-good factor you’ll find with the like of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, all of which can be sought at encouraging discounts. Expect to save at least £4,500 on the £38,700-£47,580 E-Class; £5,000 on the £41,725 A6, and £3,700 on the £39,960 Sportbrake. These cars are frequently diesel powered, and with emphasis on diesel dwindling there’s an opportunity for even tougher negotiating. For something between an estate car and an SUV, an MPV might be the answer, in which case the Ford Galaxy offers much in way of space and comfort, and around a £4,000 saving on the list price.


MAZDA 2


When it comes to finding a bargain, don’t overlook small cars. It’s not everyone who wants a big or medium size vehicle, and there’s often a need for a petite second car. Pick of the bunch are the Kia Picanto at around £13,000 depending on the deal; Hyundai i10 at £12,900 to £13,700, and the chic and well-equipped Mazda 2 which undercuts Ford’s Fiesta by around £2,500.


There’s always the wildcards, such as the funky small- outside, big-inside Suzuki Ignis which can be specified with all-wheel drive and bought for around £13,000. If it’s a basic no-frills car you want, Dacia’s Sandero will cost you less than £8,700, and the versatile Duster SUV from £13,600.


Finally, pre-registered new models can be the ultimate bargains, often with delivery mileage only and a healthy chunk taken off the showroom prices. The only hitch is that you’ll be the second owner.


Malcolm Bobbitt www.wheelspinautomedia.co.uk


Suzuki Ignis INFO@COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


Photographs by: BMW, Skoda, Suzuki Press and MB


ISSUE 434 | 22 AUGUST 2019 | 34


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