If you’re thinking of getting a fresh set of wheels for 2013, here are four new cars to look out for, from the cheap ‘n’ cheerful to the downright outrageously expensive, and with a couple of reasonably priced performers nestled in the middle. It’s going to be a good year for car fans.
You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Dacia, the value brand from Renault, but they’ll be hitting the UK hard in 2013.
Dacia has nailed the marketing strategy for their new Sandero supermini – a car to compete with the Ford Fiesta – in the most popular segment of the UK market. Dacia is calling their Sandero the UK’s most affordable new car; it’ll be priced from £5,995 when it goes on sale late January. That’s around £3,800 cheaper than the entry level Fiesta.
Of course, the Fiesta will most likely outperform the Sandero in almost every area of driving dynamics, chassis composure and top level electronics, but for new car buyers who have tightened their belts to bursting point, a brand new car at this price, backed up by a three year / 60,000 mile warranty, could be very attractive.
The VW Golf needs no introduction. This is the long time leader of the hatchback market segment – although the Ford Focus outsells it in the UK, the Golf has been a massive seller all over the world – and the latest incarnation looks to approach automotive perfection.
The new Golf, which comes to VW dealers in late January, is bigger, wider and lighter than the car it replaces, but actually cheaper. Sounds good, right? VW has recently perfected a new manufacturing process that has saved them money and they say they’re going to pass these savings on to customers. Sounds even better!
The system, called MQB in its German abbreviation, is basically a multi-platform system that standardises many parts of new VW models. The more parts and processes new models share, the cheaper they are.
Expect interior quality to continue to climb and the driving experience to continue to please. Better and better, the way only a Golf can.
The all-new Ford Mondeo comes to market in the spring, and as a top seller, Ford and customers alike are expecting big things from the new larger family and company car favourite.
The new Mondeo will feature Ford’s new design language; a style that could be best described as more upmarket, with a large chrome front grille, aggressive headlights and squared off bodylines.
The new model has just gone on sale in America and while the same Mondeo will for the first time be sold globally, it will be tuned for the UK. The good news is that reviews from the US are positive, with reviewers noting great interior space and a responsive and reassured chassis. Let’s hope it doesn’t change too much when it comes here.
With prices starting from £80,000 in the spring, it’s probably fair to say that the new Range Rover is out of the reach of mere mortals, with footballers, sheikhs and the Queen signing up for a brand new Range long before the average buyer could. Unless, of course, that average buyer uses a hire purchase plan from carshop.co.uk to buy a nearly new model later in the year.
While this all-new Range Rover is around £10,000 more expensive than the car it replaces, it’s packed with the latest technology and the finest of luxury. Made almost entirely from lightweight aluminium, the new Range is bigger and more spacious than the outgoing model, while still being lighter, faster and more economical. Clever stuff.
Expect the interior to take leather and wood craftsmanship to the next level, with endless options for customer customisation, and the sort of opulence to make a Bentley wince!
Engines? The bigger the better! The new Range Rover will come with two large V8s – one diesel turbocharged, one petrol supercharged. Both of these mighty powerplants will have enough torque to tug the moon out of orbit and more than enough hustle to embarrass some pretty serious sportscars.