April 2013 offers great new car discounts on the most desirable cars
(PRWEB UK) 5 April 2013
Volkswagen Golf – Save £2,578
The Golf has been class-leader for the past decade and rightly so. The latest, seventh generation, car continues Volkswagen’s dominant trend, too, with more options as standard and lower running costs.
Apart from an all-round nip and tuck, the new design is predictably restrained, with the major changes all sitting under the skin. The Golf is built on VW’s new modular MQB platform, which contributes to an average weight saving of 100kg, whilst carbon dioxide emissions fall by 13.4% and the 1.6-litre diesel promises a combined 74.3mpg.
SEAT Leon – Save £1,828
SEAT has always been Volkswagen’s lesser cousin, but the latest Leon has caused a bit of tension at HQ, with rumours that VW is unhappy about how good it looks. That the man who designed the Leon has ‘Lamborghini’ on his CV isn’t hard to believe, either. Right now only the 5-door Leon is available, but this summer the sporty 3-door Leon SC arrives.
Where the new Leon excels is in the quality of its materials. The interior, closely modeled on the new Golf, features soft-touch plastics and expensive panels. It has also been on something of a diet, which has boosted economy, and combined with a relatively low starting price represents excellent value for money. The new Leon is, without doubt, the closest SEAT has ever been to VW.
Volvo V40 – Save £2,508
The new V40 sees Volvo hitting a rich vein of form. Aside from striking aesthetics, almost unrivaled efficiency and low running costs, the V40 continues Volvo’s tradition of safety innovation. As part of attaining a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the V40 scored 98% for adult occupant safety and features City Safety, which prevents low-speed accidents, as standard.
The most powerful model is the T5, which develops over 250bhp. That’s a huge amount of power, but if efficiency is the aim then the D2 returns combined fuel economy of 78.5mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 94g/km.
Mercedes A-Class – Save £1,379
There may be a fire-breathing AMG variant of Mercedes’ reinvented A-Class due later this year, but for now the range starts with the 109bhp A180 CDI and tops out with the A250 ‘Engineered by AMG’ model.
The A-Class is a departure from Mercedes’ normal waftability, and offers a sporting and firmer ride. The smart interior is also more contemporary, featuring plenty of perforated leather and woven synthetics. As hatchbacks go, the A-Class is hugely desirable.
One drawback is the options list. The smallest Mercedes is fairly ill equipped as standard, and it’s not hard to total £30,000.
Audi A3 – Save £2,143
Before the new A-Class and, arguably, the Volvo V40 came along, Audi’s A3 was the most premium contender on the hatchback block. Now, however, it has its work cut out.
Luckily, Audi are on form. The A3 may not be quite as fun loving as some of its rivals, but a beautiful interior, cosseting ride and low running costs help raise it above most of the competition. Practicality is also high on the agenda, with a spacious boot and rear, and combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg for the 2.0 TDI is very competitive.