Best and worst… discounts - Open-tops to luxury cars

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Fiat dealers won't be quick to discount the 500 convertible – if at all – but there's a little to be had off Minis and a lot off the Jaguar XKR Convertible.
Smallest cash discount: from £455 on a Mini One Convertible at £15,345
Biggest cash discount: up to £7661 on a Jaguar XKR Convertible at £76,239

Performance car
Mercedes-Benz tops and tails this class with one car twice the price of the other but showing a saving that's 12 times the size of the smaller car's discount. You've no chance of a saving on an Audi R8 or Nissan GT-R, but it's a different story with the Mercedes S65L AMG.
Smallest cash discount: from £,077 on a Mercedes E63 AMG at £72,338
Biggest cash discount: up to £12,554 on a Mercedes S65L AMG at £151,026

Crossover
No discounts on the new Mini Countryman yet, but plenty off a Volvo in this varied sector.
Smallest cash discount: from £505 on a Fiat Seidici 1.6 Dynamic at £11,590
Biggest cash discount: up to £3176 on a Volvo XC70 2.0 D3 DRIVe SE Lux at £29,969

4x4
The new BMW X3 is much better than the old one and prices remain close to the list price for the time being. The Volvo XC90 is old, but it's still a good car.
Smallest cash discount: from £296 on a BMW X3 xDrive20d SE at £30,839
Biggest cash discount: up to £7784 on a Volvo XC90 2.4 D5 200 Executive at £36,446

Compact executive
Alfa Romeo reports the smallest cash discounts with the 159, a relative newcomer to the sector, while a high list price turns into a big discount on a hot BMW 335d M Sport.
Smallest cash discount: from £1334 on a Alfa Romeo 159 2.0 JTDm 136 Turismo at £21,161
Biggest cash discount: up to £2969 on a BMW 335d M Sport at £35,966

Executive
Expect discounts across the board in this class. We predict the savings on the Saab 9-5 will get bigger as time goes by, but at the moment dealers are most stingy with this model. The biggest savings can be found on the extremely costly 5.0-litre V8 Jaguar XF.
Smallest cash discount: from £898 on a Saab 9-5 2.0 TiD Vector SE at £26,097
Biggest cash discount: up to £4903 on a Jaguar 5.0 V8 Portfolio at £47,997

Luxury
Jaguar might have the biggest discount in the executive sector, but it posts the smallest in the luxury class. Another big, high-powered petrol tops the table of biggest discounts, this time with a Mercedes badge on the front.
Smallest cash discount: from £3342 on a Jaguar XJ 3.0D V6 Luxury at £52,158
Biggest cash discount: up to £8717 on a Mercedes S600L at £105,358

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