The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas, with the hatch still leading the family class
The Volkswagen Passat offers a very competent package with premium badge appeal
The Insignia is a very compelling package
The Mazda 6 offers a family car with an injection of style for around the £19k mark
The Hyundai i40 offers a roomy, well-finished cabin and in estate form it's an excellent work horse
Skoda's Superb offers German levels of quality for Czech levels of pricing
Autocar has rounded up the best new car deals found in the family car sector this week.
This segment is currently very hotly contested. Models like the Ford Mondeo, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has recently benefitted from both a £2000 price cut and two new models, struggles to maintain its supremacy alongside rivals from the likes of Skoda, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.
The smart shopper can save time, and money, by heading to the showroom armed with the numbers to get dealers sweating. To save you the legwork, though, here are Autocar's top new car purchase discounts and leasing deals if you're in the market for a family holdall.
The Ford Mondeo has been a staple family saloon for generations. As Ford has recently introduced two new special editions to take the model through to its regeneration in 2015, there are plenty of deals on the older model to take advantage of. On UK-car-discount.co.uk we found an equipment-packed five-door Business Edition Mondeo, with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine for £15,771 - a saving of £4224 over the list price.
If you're after some badge class then Volkswagen's Passat offers performance and luxury without breaking the bank. Our research resulted in us finding a 1.4-litre TSI Bluemotion Tech S 5-door petrol estate model on Orangewheels.co.uk for just £16,912 - a saving of £4428 from the list price.
Hyundai's i40 tourer offers plenty of kit at a relatively low price, and some fast internet deal hunting can turn up real gems on Hyundai's first foray into the family-oriented D segment. Take the offer we found from buyacar.co.uk as an example - at £15,464 the 5-door 1.7-litre CRDi diesel in Blue Drive Active trim is well below the £18,515 recommended retail price.
The Skoda Superb offers levels of driving refinement and build quality to more than match its German rivals, but benefits from Czech pricing structures. A current deal on Autoebid.com allows you to drive away a 1.6-litre TDI CR Elegance Greenline 5-door model for £21,566 - a saving of £2292 over the £23,860 list price.
The Mazda 6 earned its place on our list of the top five family saloons with its alluring mix of style and technology. We've found some good deals online, but this leasing option from South West Vehicle Contracts is hard to beat. The offer is for £240 a month over three years with an initial payment of £1440, and you get a 2.2-litre diesel five-door model in Business Line trim - which includes satellite navigation and Bluetooth. Maintenance isn't included, however, and there's an annual cap of 10,000 miles.
Deal of the week
A recent facelift for the stylish and flexible Vauxhall Insignia means that dealers will be looking to shift their pre-facelift models. Try haggling with the knowledge that we found a 2.0-litre CDTi Tech Line 5-door Auto model for £18,800 here. That's a saving of £4864 over the list price.
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