New 69-plate special: the largest discounts on offer

From luxury saloons to SUVs, we've rounded up the biggest savings available through What Car?'s Target Price discounts, with an average saving of £6513 per car.....

September marks a big change in the new car world, as numberplates shift over from '19' to '69' – and that means buyers will be clamouring to get their hands on the latest registrations.

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You might think, then, that now would be a tough time to find a deal, but our latest Target Price discounts show that's not the case. In fact, if you go through What Car? New Car Buying, you could save a bundle and still end up with a 69-plate car.

Unique to What Car?, Target Price is the most you should pay for your next car. It's set by our team of mystery shoppers, who spend every day seeing how low car dealers will go. Think of it as haggling on your behalf. We then publish those prices online and in our magazine, and if you buy through What Car? New Car Buying, you're likely to save even more, because our dealers will always match or beat Target Price.

So, how much do we mean by 'thousands'? Well, here we count down the top 10 biggest percentage discounts currently available:

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10: Citroën C3

Citroën C3

Target price from: £12,105

Save up to: £3263

Saving %: 18%

Whether or not you’re a fan of its looks, you've got to admit that the latest Citroën C3 is a small car that bristles with difference from whichever angle it's observed.

10: Citroën C3 - interior

Citroën C3 - interior

It also has efficient engines on its side.

9: Mercedes SL 400 Grand Edition

Mercedes SL 400 Grand Edition

Target price: £78,465

Saving: £13,856

Saving %: 18.1%

The Mercedes SL is a luxury grand tourer that makes those long journeys down to the Riviera both exciting and comfortable. This 400 model has a V6 petrol engine that's smooth and broadly powerful right through its rev range.

9: Mercedes SL 400 Grand Edition - interior

Mercedes SL 400 Grand Edition - interior

Standard equipment is generous, too, including heated leather seats, sat-nav, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control.

8: Seat Leon ST 1.5 TSI Evo SE

Seat Leon ST 1.5 TSI Evo SE

Target price: £16,191

Saving: £3794

Saving %: 19.2%

We already think the Seat Leon is a good choice in the family car market, and the Leon ST estate version adds a load of extra space for luggage.

8: Seat Leon ST 1.5 TSI Evo SE - interior

Seat Leon ST 1.5 TSI Evo SE - interior

It's a good all-rounder, in fact, even if it's outclassed by rivals in some key areas.

7: Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI Evo SE

Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI Evo SE

Target price: £22,326

Saving: £5484

Saving %: 19.9%

Although its class crown has now been taken by the excellent Citroën Berlingo, the Volkswagen Touran is still an excellent choice in the MPV market.

7: Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI Evo SE - interior

Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI Evo SE - interior

It's good to drive and extremely well built inside. It carries a premium price tag to match its posh badge, but our huge discount solves this problem.

6: Volkswagen Sharan 1.4 TSI S

Volkswagen Sharan 1.4 TSI S

Target price: £24,222

Saving: £5783

Saving %: 20%

If you need seven seats, the Volkswagen Sharan will suit you well. It has a strong range of engines and gets you plenty of equipment for your money.

6: Volkswagen Sharan 1.4 TSI S - interior

Volkswagen Sharan 1.4 TSI S - interior

This 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine is the most refined choice on offer and by far the Sharan's quietest engine under load. It doesn't feel out of its depth when all seven seats are filled, either.

5: Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop

Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop

Target price: £8005

Saving: £2075

Saving %: 22.6%

The Fiat Panda may be a bit long in the tooth, but it's still an appealing city car, thanks to its cheap running costs, funky looks and the availability of four-wheel drive should you need it.

5: Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop - interior

Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop - interior

We think rivals such as the Kia Picanto are better all-rounders, though.

4: Mercedes S-Class S350d L AMG Line

Mercedes S-Class S350d L AMG Line

Target price: £59,441

Saving: £18,749

Saving %: 23.5%

The Mercedes S-Class remains one of the best luxury limousines you can buy, with a comfortable ride, composed handling and great refinement.

4: Mercedes S-Class S350d L AMG Line - interior

Mercedes S-Class S350d L AMG Line - interior

If you want to arrive in style or have entire countries to cross in comfort, few cars do it better.

3: Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Acenta

Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Acenta

Target price: £13,452

Saving: £4013

Saving %: 23.8%

The Juke is a popular sight on UK roads, and with good reason: after all, it's the car that kicked off the trend for jacked-up family hatchbacks.

3: Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Acenta - interior

Nissan Juke 1.6 112 Acenta - interior

It offers plenty of options for personalisation and holds its value well. An all-new version is on the way.

2: Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T

Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T

Target price: £11,244

Saving: £4005

Saving %: 27.5%

The Suzuki Baleno is cheap to buy and surprisingly spacious for such a small car, plus it performed very well in our True MPG fuel economy tests.

2: Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T - interior

Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T - interior

This 1.0-litre petrol-engined version might seem a little weedy, but it feels surprisingly sprightly in a car so light and small.

1: Fiat Tipo 1.4 Easy

Fiat Tipo 1.4 Easy

Target price: £10,795

Saving: £4110

Saving %: 29.5%

Fiat planned to take on the big-selling Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf with its Tipo family hatchback.

1: Fiat Tipo 1.4 Easy - interior

Fiat Tipo 1.4 Easy - interior

But while it impresses generous standard kit and a tempting price tag, a disappointing driving experience makes it an also-ran in this ultra-competitive class.