Forget the chaos of traveling on roads, railways and airports.
With the UK weather forecast looking bright, if you’re chilling at home this holiday weekend, it’s the perfect time to check out some new Easter bonnets.
By that I mean thinking about the potential cars you’d like to own – and maybe a few you’d like, if only you could afford them.
Frugal: Citroën has released a new hatchback trim level in the basement – the C3 YOU! – costs £12,995 on the road
Because the beginning of spring is the time when car manufacturers add new variants to their ranges.
They’re also unveiling new value-priced packages and deals designed to entice hesitant buyers back into the market.
Good French deal
As the cost of living crisis begins to bite for most of us, Citroën has released a new inexpensive hatchback trim level – the C3 YOU! – costing £12,995 on the road.
Dubbed “a new car at second-hand prices”, it is now the cheapest new conventional Citroën on the market.
Promising generous levels of standard equipment and safety features, it follows the withdrawal of the Citroën C1 city car from the range earlier this year.
It’s powered by a PureTech 83 three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine and offers a frugal 54 mpg along with a 300-litre boot, which expands to 992 liters with the rear seat folded down.
Standard equipment on the YOU! features LED headlights, body-coloured bumpers and door handles, Bluetooth connectivity, five-inch central touchscreen and DAB digital radio.
The C3 YOU! is powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and delivers 54 mpg along with a 300-litre boot, which expands to 992 liters with the rear seat folded down
Safety equipment includes hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, a video lane departure warning system and speed sign recognition.
It is also equipped with cruise control and a speed limiter, as well as a “coffee break alert” function to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone on board on long journeys.
Citroën UK Managing Director Eurig Druce enthused: “This is an all-new five-door city car at used-car price.”
It comes standard with a Soft Sand metallic paint. Five additional body colors are available at extra cost, including Elixir Red premium metallic paint, priced at £695.
Previously, the most affordable C3 in the UK range came in a ‘Sense’ version with the same PureTech 83 petrol engine – priced at £16,260.
However, the versions of the new Citroen C3 YOU! are only available through the Citroën online store, which allows customers to configure their vehicle from the comfort of their own home.
Toyota, Renault, Vauxhall and Suzuki are among the automakers announcing new Easter deals.
Five tips for spring
New Toyota GR86 and more: As order books open this week for the race-inspired Toyota GR86 (from £29,995), there are spring finance deals on other Toyotas, including the Yaris hybrid and the new battery-electric SUV bZ4X Motion (toyota.co. fr/offers-in-progress).
Renault Clio & Captur: Renault is offering new versions of its Clio and Captur SUVs and finance deals including a Clio Evolution TCe 90 from £214 per month with an initial deposit of £4,044 on a two-year APR PCP at 0% (renault.co.uk).
Vauxhall Corsa & Mokka: Vauxhall has updated its Corsa and Mokka ranges with a simplified range – Design, GS Line and Ultimate – and revised prices, with the Corsa from £17,340 and the Mokka from £22,265 (vauxhall.co.uk/offers-finance).
Suzuki Across: Suzuki has announced updates for the Across plug-in hybrid, including a faster on-board 6kw AC charger plus improved LED lights and USB ports (cars.suzuki.co.uk).
New Citroën C3 YOU! : Starting at £12,995 and coming with a kit, this is the most affordable mainstream Citroen. Elixir Red premium metallic paint, pictured here, costs an additional £695.
Nothing beats an old-fashioned car catalog
Websites are fine, up to a point. But when it comes to car price guides, nothing beats the charm of a physical book you can flip through.
That’s what I found myself thinking, anyway, when a nice compact Hagerty price guide for Spring and Summer 2022 dropped into my mailbox this week from the price experts and insurers classic cars – an invaluable tool for enthusiasts.
A wealth of information: the Hagerty price guide is an invaluable tool for the classic car enthusiast
It covers an astonishing 48,432 collectible classic cars, ranging from over 99 years of the 1923 Austin Seven Chummy Tourer (£8,600-£20,800) to an original 5.0-litre Land Rover Defender for the 70th 2018-19 Anniversary (worth £125,000-£159,000).
The fastest car mentioned in the guide is the 242.96mph McLaren F1, which is valued at £19.3m, while the slowest listed is the 49mph Citroën 2CV with a small 425 engine cc, priced from £3,500 to £22,100 depending on year. , model and general condition.
I even found the first family car of my childhood – a much-loved Austin A55 Cambridge saloon, which can be had for between £3,400 and £9,600.
I can still smell the red leather and horsehair seats, and I loved the kickstarter handle that also served to lower the spare tire under the trunk.
The Hagerty Guide, which uses auction price performance, data from private sales and financial firms, insurance values and broader economic considerations, notes: “We believe that rising interest rates, Financial market uncertainties and the lingering challenges of the pandemic will continue to drive both investment and enthusiasts. purchase.’
- Hard copy Hagerty guides cost £8 each and some will soon be available for sale online (hagerty.co.uk/valuation).
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