Best new car discounts: June 2024

Want to save big money on your next car? Well, you can get almost 15% off the list price with our Target Price discounts, available on everything from estates to SUVs...

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Published09 June 2024

If you're worried about negotiating a discount on your next new car, then fear not – our monthly Target Price deals are here to help.

Target Price is unique to What Car? and represents the most we think you should pay for any given car. Our team spends all day haggling with car makers on your behalf, and the best prices they can achieve are printed online and in What Car? magazine.

Volvo XC60 with Target Price logo

Most of the dealers on our free New Car Deals platform will match Target Price, and if they don't, we'll highlight it to them and to you. In some cases, you could save even more than the Target Price, so it's always worth checking.

Here, we're highlighting the 10 best Target Price savings for March by percentage – so if you're looking to save a bundle on your next car, read on. 

Our pick: 198kW Select 72kWh RWD 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 7.4 sec
CO2 emissions: 0g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 402 litres
Insurance group: 37E
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Strengths

  • Generous amount of standard equipment
  • Extended Range versions have a very long range
  • Good infotainment system

Weaknesses

  • Average ride
  • Inconsistent handling
  • So-so build quality for the class

Model Select | List price £50,830 | Target Price £43,330 | Saving £7500 | Percentage discount 14.8%

The Mustang Mach-E is a great electric SUV if you're looking for something that's well equipped and reliable. Indeed, this entry-level Select version offers features such as wireless phone-charging and a 360-degree camera as standard. Plus, it score a perfect 100% reliability rating in our 2023 Reliability Survey, with not a single owner reporting an issue with their car during the first two years of ownership.

Other strengths of the Mach-E include a competitive official range; this Select version delivers 292 miles between charges, which is farther than a BMW iX3 can travel. If you go for the Premium model, you a bigger battery and a longer official range of 372 miles, but that version is a bit more expensive – even with our Target Price discount factored in.

Read our in-depth Ford Mustang Mach-E review

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Strengths

  • Elegant and high-quality interior
  • Superb driving position
  • Lots of standard kit

Weaknesses

  • Its best rivals are even quieter
  • No sliding or reclining rear seats
  • Uninspiring handling

Model 2.0 B5P Core | List price £47,615 | Target Price £41,615 | Saving £6000 | Percentage discount 12.6%

When it comes to interior quality, the Volvo XC60 is among the best in the family SUV class. The design is classy and elegant, while the extensive use of soft-touch plastics and metal finishes give it a luxurious feel. Standard kit is generous, too, with the entry-level Core trim offering leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic lights and wipers as standard. The B5 mild hybrid petrol engine, meanwhile, is smooth and relatively quick, achieving a 0-60mph time of 7.8 seconds in our tests.

Read our in-depth Volvo XC60 review

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Strengths

  • Has a high-quality interior
  • Offers generous rear legroom
  • Cheaper as a company car than the Citroën C5 X

Weaknesses

  • The boot size is fairly average
  • Rear headroom is tight for tall adults
  • Not as comfortable as a Citroën C5 X

Model 1.2 PureTech Allure | List price £31,970 | Target Price £28,606 | Saving £3364 | Percentage discount 10.5%

The Peugeot 408 does a good job of pampering its occupants with its high-quality interior and generous rear leg room. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is a good performer, too, and that's despite its small size. It pulls this large car strongly and, according to official figures, should achieve more than 40mpg on average. Allure trim is fairly well equipped, offering LED headlights, a digital driver's display and driver's seat lumbar adjustment as standard.

Read our in-depth Peugeot 408 review

Our pick: 1.2 PureTech [130] Plus 5dr

0-62mph: 8.9 sec
MPG/range: 54.7mpg
CO2 emissions: 122g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 380 litres
Insurance group: 19E
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Strengths

  • Comfortable ride
  • Little wind or road noise
  • Well priced

Weaknesses

  • Body lean in bends
  • Boot is on the small side
  • No alarm on entry-level model

Model 1.2 PureTech 130 Plus | List price £23,755 | Target Price £21,352 | Saving £2403 | Percentage discount 10.12%

For the money, the Citroën C4 is extremely comfortable; it offers a super-soft suspension set-up and minimal wind noise thanks to its sleek shape. The 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine is a great match for it, too, with 0-62mph taking 8.9 seconds. To get this engine, you have to go for the mid-level Plus trim over entry-level You spec, but that's no bad thing because it comes with some useful extra kit, such as built-in sat-nav, a head-up display and a rear-view camera.

Read our in-depth Citroën C4 review

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Strengths

  • Great to drive
  • Loads of space in the back
  • Well equipped

Weaknesses

  • Firm ride on FR models
  • Road noise
  • Fiddly infotainment system

Model 1.0 TSI EVO FR | List price £27,390 | Target Price £24,623 | Saving £2767 | Percentage discount 10.10%

The Seat Leon is a great buy if you’re looking for a fun yet practical family car. It offers well-weighted steering, tidy handling and a surprisingly spacious interior, plus this entry-level 109bhp engine pulls well enough from low revs and doesn’t struggle to keep up with faster-moving traffic. It takes a respectable 10.8 seconds to get from 0-62mph. FR trim gives you sports suspension and sharper styling, as well useful features such as wireless phone-charging, a larger 10.0in infotainment screen and digital instruments as standard.

Read our in-depth Seat Leon review

Our pick: E-Tech Full Hybrid Techno 5dr Auto

0-62mph: 8.4 sec
MPG/range: 60.1mpg
CO2 emissions: 104g/km
Seats: 5
Boot: 487 litres
Insurance group: 21E
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Strengths

  • Strong fuel economy
  • Lower company car tax than rivals
  • Comes with sliding rear seats

Weaknesses

  • Punishing ride in top spec
  • A bit noisy at speed
  • Some rivals have more practical boots

Model E-Tech Hybrid Techno | List price £34,695 | Target Price £31,404 | Saving £3291 | Percentage discount 9.5%

The Renault Austral is one of the more fuel efficient family SUVs, having achieved an impressive average of 49.4mpg during our real-world tests. That's partly thanks to its 1.7kWh battery (which is bigger than what you get in a Honda ZR-V), which means it can travel a reasonable distance on electric-only power at low speeds. Other positives including a smart interior and flexible rear seating, but rivals beat it for comfort and refinement. Techno trim is well equipped for the money, and offers features such as a rear-view camera, keyless entry, adaptive LED headlights and an eight-speaker Arkamys stereo as standard.

Read our in-depth Renault Austral review

Our pick: 420i M Sport 2dr Step Auto

0-62mph: 8.2 sec
MPG/range: 41.5mpg
CO2 emissions: 154g/km
Seats: 4
Boot: 385 litres
Insurance group: 32E
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Strengths

  • Range-topping M440i is seriously rapid
  • More fun to drive than direct rivals
  • More room in the back than you might imagine

Weaknesses

  • Some wind and tyre noise
  • Back seats don't split and fold down
  • Divisive looks

Model 420i M Sport | List price £51,280 | Target Price £47,553 | Saving £3727 | Percentage discount 7.3%

Our 2024 Convertible of the Year is an impressive all-rounder; it’s fun to drive, smart inside and even surprisingly practical. While the 369bhp BMW M440i is quick and sounds great, we think the 181bhp 420i is better for everyday use. It's brisk enough for most needs and its happy to rev, with 0-62mph taking 8.2 seconds. The entry-level M Sport trim offers plenty of standard kit, too, such as 18in alloy wheels, leather seats (heated in the front), cruise control and three-zone climate control.

Read our in-depth BMW 4 Series Convertible review

Our pick: 1.0 VVT-i Edge 5dr

0-62mph: 14.9 sec
MPG/range: 58.9mpg
CO2 emissions: 110g/km
Seats: 4
Boot: 226 litres
Insurance group: 6A
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Strengths

  • Cheap to run
  • Good level of safety kit
  • Warranty of up to 10 years

Weaknesses

  • Cramped in the back
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Lacklustre performance

Model 1.0 VVT-i Edge | List price £17,180 | Target Price £15,965 | Saving £1215 | Percentage discount 7.1%

The Toyota Aygo X is one of the more recent additions to the small car class, and it brings rugged looks and a long list of standard safety kit to the table; all versions come with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist and traffic-sign recognition as standard. Along with those factors, the Aygo X is good to drive, with a tight turning circle that makes low-speed manoeuvres easy. Other positives include impressive fuel economy, although the 71bhp 1.0-litre engine is a bit gutless, so you do have to work the gearbox quite hard a higher speeds.

Read our in-depth Toyota Aygo X review

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Strengths

  • Incredible point-to-point pace
  • Comfortable and refined
  • Outstanding interior quality

Weaknesses

  • Not as entertaining as a BMW M3 Touring
  • Distracting infotainment system
  • Automatic gearbox not as sharp as rivals'

Model TFSI Quattro Performance | List price £115,620 | Target Price £110,578 | Saving £5042 | Percentage discount 4.4%

Looking for a powerful performance car? If you are, the Audi RS6 could be the car for you. It's powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine that delivers 621bhp, which means it can dash from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds. Meanwhile, the Performance edition – which recently replaced the regular version – adds four-wheel steering and a new differential for even more fun in the corners. Being an estate car, there’s plenty of room for your family (and dog) to enjoy the fun, too.

Read our in-depth Audi RS6 review

Our pick: 1.5 C Classic 3dr Auto

0-62mph: 7.7 sec
MPG/range: 47.9mpg
CO2 emissions: 133g/km
Seats: 4
Boot: 210 litres
Insurance group: 21E
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Strengths

  • Nippy acceleration
  • Grippy handling
  • Relatively slow predicted depreciation

Weaknesses

  • Range of Cooper E variant isn't great
  • Not very practical
  • So-so charging speeds

Model SE Exclusive | List price £36,700 | Target Price £35,228 | Saving £1472 | Percentage discount 4.0%

Mini has just launched an all-new version of the Cooper Electric, and you can already get a good discount on one with our Target Price deals. With our favourite version – the Cooper SE – you get an official range of 250 miles, which is more than the Fiat 500 Electric and similar to the Peugeot e-208. This version has a punchy 215bhp electric motor, too, which means it can go from 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds. Standard kit is very generous with the SE, with features such as wireless phone-charging, heated front seats and a head-up display offered as standard.

Read our in-depth Mini Cooper Electric review

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FAQs

What is the cheapest month to buy a new car?

Generally speaking, discounts are at their highest in January and February, since these are typically slow months for new car sales, meaning car makers will offer larger discounts to tempt buyers through the door.

Depending on what sort of car you're looking for, though, the answer could change. If you're in the market for a convertible, for example, you could save more by buying one out of season, in the winter.

It's also worth keeping an eye on March and September, since these months are when the number plates given to new cars update – and some car makers will offer discounts related to getting the 'new registration'.

What is the cheapest way to buy a new car in the UK?

You can buy a new car with cash, by leasing, by using hire-purchase or on a PCP finance deal. Which version is best for you will ultimately depend on your individual circumstances, but there's a good reason why more than 80% of new car sales in the UK are made using PCP – doing so gets you into a new car for a low monthly price.

PCP works by only making the buyer finance a proportion of the car's total value – in this case, the value it's likely to lose during the duration of your contract. At the end of your PCP agreement, you can opt to buy the rest of your car outright, or you can hand it back to the dealer and take out a new contract.

What cars are offering zero percent financing?

Car manufacturers regularly rotate their best offers, making it hard to pinpoint those car makers who regularly offer such deals. They're tempting, though – a 0% finance deal can save you thousands over the cost of a typical four-year contract.

What is the best day to buy a new car?

This is tricky to narrow down, but Fridays are generally good bets for high discounts – especially if you're also timing your purchase to coincide with the end of the month, or the end of a sales quarter. Typically speaking, dealers will be happy to offer larger discounts if it helps them to meet their sales target.

Conversely, since Saturday and Sundays typically yield the highest footfall for dealers thanks to weekend buyers, these typically aren't the best days to go searching for a higher-than-average new car discount.