Buying cheap new cars: biggest discounts on offer

You could save almost £9,000 when buying your next car according to the mystery shoppers at WhatCar?.

Dealerships are looking to make up for lost time from the various lockdowns by getting deals over the line, and they are more than happy to offer some stunning discounts in order to do so.

But what are the best bargains to be had?

The experts at WhatCar? have produced a ‘target price’ for all new vehicles, set by its team of mystery shoppers who spend their days haggling with dealerships to see just how low they are willing to go.

And those target prices can represent absolutely enormous reductions from the list price. Here are the biggest discounts it reckons you can enjoy at the moment if you’re one of the first to head back to the dealerships.

10 ‒ Seat Tarraco

The Tarraco is a cracking choice in the SUV market, with the WhatCar? team highlighting its composed handling and a “punchy” petrol engine.

You can slice a meaty 15.1% off the list price too, bagging it for £24,835. That’s a saving of £4,320.

9 ‒ Seat Ibiza

You can shave a significant £2,480 off the list price of the Ibiza, and land one for £13,970, according to WhatCar?, which is a saving of 15.3%.

It’s well worth it too, standing out as one of the best all-round small cars on the market.

8 ‒ Vauxhall Grandland X

Drivers can help themselves to an even bigger saving on the Grandland X from Vauxhall. Go for 1.6 Hybrid Elite five door and you can pick it up for £34,839, a massive £6,531 off the RRP. That’s a saving of 16.1%.

The Grandland is described by WhatCar? as practical, efficient and cheap to own, sharing traits with the Peugeot 3008.

7 ‒ Nissan Micra

The Micra may not be the best motor around ‒ the reviewers point out that it’s rivals are cheaper and better to drive ‒ but it is nonetheless well equipped with a decent motor and interior.

The biggest saving is found on the 1.0 IG-T 92 Acenta model, with shoppers able to snap it up at 16.9% off the list price, a saving of £2,662.

6 ‒ Citroen C3 Aircross

The Aircross is well-liked by the WhatCar? team, winning praise for being practical, well-priced and “eye-catchingly styled”. 

The WhatCar? team found that the biggest percentage saving comes on the 1.5 BlueHDi Shine model, which you can pick up for 17% off the list price. That works out at a saving of £3,378 ‒ not bad!

5 ‒ Renault Kadjar

Drivers picking up a Kadjar can enjoy a massive 18.5% discount off the list price, which works out at a whopping £4,492, leaving a target price of £20,708.

It’s a stonking choice too ‒ the WhatCar? team reckons it is a great all-rounder that matches the class leaders on virtually every front.

4 ‒ Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai is available at a big discount, according to WhatCar? (Image; Shutterstock)

The Qashqai is a popular car ‒ and with good reason. The WhatCar? team reckons it’s an “easy to live with” family SUV, which is practical, fun to drive and economical to own. 

You can negotiate a massive saving to boot, shaving 19.2% off the asking price ‒ the equivalent of £4,824 ‒ to land one for £20,606.

3 ‒ Volkswagen Touran

The Touran is WhatCar’s favourite people carrier, boasting the combination of “superb” space and practicality, as well as being great to drive.

You can benefit from a massive £5,574 saving ‒ a whopping 19.8% ‒ off the list price of £23,541.

2 ‒ Volkswagen Passat

Another Volkswagen, the Passat, can be purchased at an even bigger discount. Motorists can pick one up for £21,731, a saving of £5,868, or 22%.

WhatCar? reckons it is worth the premium compared to its rivals, as it’s classy, comfortable and roomy.

1 ‒ Mercedes C Class

However, the biggest discount of all comes from the C Class. 

With the C200 AMG Line Edition, smart negotiators can knock an extraordinary £8,998 off the list price and bag one for £28,832. That’s a massive 24.7% discount.

It wins praise for its smart interior and plenty of standard kit, though it’s worth noting that the reviewers point out its rivals are better to drive and come with larger boots.

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