The UK's most heavily-discounted cars
Which models could give you the healthiest discount if you buy today?...
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Our mystery shoppers found a number of models available with savings between 10% and 30% off list price during the past month. Its data suggests that it’s a pretty good time to buy car, with plenty of tempting offers out there, especially if you’re interested in an estate car, MPV, or luxury model.
But which models offer the biggest discounts right now? Here’s our guide to Britain’s 10 most discounted cars:
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10: Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T
On the road price: £15,249
What Car? Target Price: £12,744
The Suzuki Baleno is not the cheapest or most premium feeling supermini, but it is frugal, well equipped and very spacious.
The 1.0-litre boosterjet engine is the only engine available in this entry-level SZ-T trim, not that this is a problem. There’s plenty of power, and that helps make the Baleno feel surprisingly brisk, yet it also proves economical when driven carefully.
10: Suzuki Baleno 1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T - interior
As with most three-cylinder engines, there are some vibrations through the controls, but this is no worse than in some of its rivals.
The SZ-T variant may be the entry-point of the range, but Suzuki hasn’t scrimped on standard equipment, which includes air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth and even sat-nav.
But the Baleno has some big–hitting rivals in the shape of the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa, so discounts are out there to help fight the Baleno’s corner.
9: Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI SCR 150 SE Nav
On the road price: £34,945
What Car? Target Price: £29,059
The Volkswagen Sharan is a premium seven-seat MPV that’s well equipped and good to drive. But it’s a bit dowdy to look at, is long-in-the-tooth on the market, and in an unfashionable car class now.
9: Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI SCR 150 SE Nav - interior
All of which means that VW dealers will greet your interest positively, with some nice savings whether you buy on finance or in cash.
8: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI Evo SE
On the road price: £18,685
What Car? Target Price: £15,243
The Leon is an interesting alternative to the class leaders, but lacks behind them in some areas. Equipment levels are generous however, and the 1.5-litre TSi petrol engine is smooth and economical.
8: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI Evo SE - interior
But the Leon, like its VW Golf sister car, is about to be replaced. Many would-be buyers are waiting for the new one, or holding out for a nice price-cut to get the existing (perfectly decent) model.
7: Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 75 Energy 3dr
On the road price: £14,825
What Car? Target Price: £12,061
The Vauxhall Corsa is keenly priced if you choose carefully, but it's outclassed by newer rivals in most other areas. The Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza are the most rounded small cars on the market, but if you want something that's great fun to drive, it's also worth considering the Ford Fiesta.
7: Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 75 Energy 3dr - interior
This Energy trim offers alloy wheels, a 7.0in infotainment system and air conditioning. We reckon it's the pick of the Corsa range.
The fact is that this model hasn’t been substantially updated since 2006, and many would-be buyers will be hanging on for an all-new Corsa arriving later in 2019.
6: Nissan Juke 112 Ascenta
On the road price: £17,465
What Car? Target Price: £14,090
The Juke is easy to drive with good visbility. This version comes with useful kit including Bluetooth and USB connectivity, climate control, foglights, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, and cruise control. It’s reasonable value for money.
6: Nissan Juke 112 Ascenta - interior
But the model’s been on the market for nine years now, and its age means most rivals are more practical and better to drive – and you should secure a good deal if you want one.
5: Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 S
On the road price: £26,450
What Car? Target Price: £21,317
The VW Touran is roomy, practical, extremely well built and good to drive. It's a bit more expensive than the Citroen C4 Grand Spacetourer, but worth the extra – especially when you factor in the huge discounts that are available.
5: Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI 115 S - interior
The 1.6-litre TDI is a solid engine choice to go for, but we suggest going for the SE or SE Family trim and not S as they’re not much more expensive but you get plenty more useful equipment.
4: Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite
On the road price: £25,145
What Car? Target Price: £20,052
The Vauxhall Mokka X is stylish and well equipped, but rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc have it beaten in most areas.
If you’re tempted, the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol on this model is the one to go for. It delivers its shove over a sufficiently wide range of revs, so the Mokka X feels as comfortable around town as it does on cross-country drives.
4: Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4T Ecotec Elite - interior
This Elite trim level brings decent equipment levels including a leather interior, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and privacy glass.
3: Vauxhall Astra 1.0T Ecotec SRi
On the road price: £21,765
What Car? Target Price: £17,209
The Vauxhall Astra is a well-rounded, good-value family hatch that offers plenty of room at an affordable price. But it’s overshadowed by the quality of the VW Golf and the dynamic nature of the Ford Focus.
3: Vauxhall Astra 1.0T Ecotec SRi - interior
The engine may be smaller than the 1.4i but a turbocharger means it’s more powerful with 104bhp. It’s a more flexible unit that’s also cheaper to run; it’s well worth the relatively small extra cost it demands. An automatic gearbox is optional and makes it even cheaper to run.
The SRi comes with 17in wheels, front foglights, a leather steering wheel, sports seats, a front armrest, auto wipers, a six-speaker stereo with OnStar, auto-dimming rear mirror and auto braking.
2: Mercedes-Benz SL 400 AMG Line Premium
On the road price: £78,385
What Car? Target Price: £61,085
The Mercedes SL’s rivals may be sharper to drive, but none are quite as adaptable to any situation. This twin-turbocharged is found in the SL 400 and offers the best mix of performance and running costs. It makes a decent noise, too.
2: Mercedes-Benz SL 400 AMG Line Premium - interior
AMG Line models may be the entry point to the range, but they’re well equipped. You get heated leather seats, a DAB radio, sat-nav, rear parking sensors, LED lights, 19in wheels and dual-zone climate control. You won’t need to add too many options to that.
The market for this class of car is fast-shrinking, and despite the SL’s prestige it needs discounts to shift cars from forecourts.
1: Volkswagen Passat GTE 1.5 TSI Evo 150
On the road price: £25,495
What Car? Target Price: £19,728
Classy, comfortable and refined, the Passat is a genuine rival to the established executive cars. This GTE version has a 31 mile range for electric-only operation.
1: Volkswagen Passat GTE 1.5 TSI Evo 150 - interior
This version includes air-con, 16in alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, colour touch-screen, digital radio, Bluetooth and a USB input, but it’s still worth the extra needed to jump up to more lavishly equipped SE version.
Large saloons are out of favour right now, with would-be buyers of large family cars increasingly buying SUVs instead. Hence it’s a buyers market if you do want to go this route route nonetheless.