Bag yourself a great deal with a new '58' registered car
29 August 2008

With manufacturers fighting the credit crunch, there are some spectacular deals for the new ‘58’ plate registration, which comes in on the 1st September. Here are our top picks:

Vauxhall Astra VXR (£19,995)

Vauxhall’s generous four-year zero percent finance is being offered on most of the model range – including the Astra VXR. If you can stump up a £6000 deposit, that means an effective saving of over £2000 on this fire-breathing hot hatch.

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 170 SEL (£19,990)

You can save a massive £4360 on the top-spec 168bhp diesel Passat saloon. Inchcape Altrincham is offering the deal, and the car has leather, parking sensors and Bluetooth.

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 1.6 HDI VTR+ (£15,482)

Buying through a broker could save you over £3,000 on this UK-supplied Citroen C4 Grand Picasso. That’s a bargain for seven-seat practicality and generous spec.

Fiat Bravo 1.9 Multijet 150 Sport (£12,995)

The Bravo might not be a dynamic match for the Focus, but it’s handsome, well-equipped and – with the diesel engine – powerful and frugal. Perrys of Aylesbury has slashed nearly £3,500 off this top-spec version – and it comes with a five-year warranty.

Ford Focus 1.6 Style 3dr (£10,595)

There are great bargains to be had across the Ford range, but this is the best. You can get nearly a third off the excellent 1.6-litre Focus Style – normally £14,495 – and it comes with the all-important aircon.

Skoda Roomster(From £10,055)

Skoda is offering a spec upgrade on the quirky, but capable mini-MPV, meaning that if you pay for a Roomster 1 you get a Roomster 2. And if you pay for a 2 you get a 3, meaning a panoramic sunroof, bigger 16-inch wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Citroen C1 1.0 Vibe (£6095)

Stepping into the breach recently vacated by the outgoing Ford Ka – the C1 is set to become Britain’s best value city car. Boggo Vibe spec means steel wheels and keep-fit windows – but for six grand (after cashback) you can’t really argue.

Hyundai Getz 1.1 GSI (£5995)

Will shortly be replaced by the new Hyundai i20, but if you want the latest reg plate and aircon, this is about the cheapest way to do it. Amazing value.

Ian Tonkin

Our Verdict

Ford Focus 2011-2014

Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?

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