15 Oct
2013

BMW 4 Series Convertible

The first official images of the new BMW 4 Series cabriolet have been released, ahead of the model’s debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.

The 4 Series Convertible will go on sale in the UK next March, and will replace the current 3 Series Convertible in the BMW line-up. It will be larger in size than the 3 Series and feature a new hard-top roof design.

From launch, buyers will be able to choose between two petrol engines – a 2.0-litre unit and 3.0-litre turbocharged offering – and one 2.0-litre diesel engine.

bmw 4 seriesThere will be five trim levels available, all of which come with a fairly impressive amount of standard kit. Even entry-level models come equipped with dual-zone air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control. They also come with BMW’s ‘Air Breathers and Air Curtains’ which are designed to reduce turbulence and aerodynamic drag around the front wheels, maximising efficiency.

Prices for the BMW 4 Series Convertible will start from £35,650, with the range-topping model costing £44,970. The entry-level Convertible costs £4,075 more than the coupe. Full pricing and performance details for the 4 Series Coupe can be found at CarSite.co.uk.

15 Feb
2013

Top 5: depreciating cars from 2009

Do you love to throw money down the toiled by buying a new car!? Well the error of your ways will be realised if you are looking to sell it a few years down the line, and you will make a used car buyer somewhere very happy, offering them a painfully small price for essentially the same car that you spent up to 70% more for. Here are the top 5 worst cars depreciation wise, or the top c5 best cars for used buyer bargains!

Peugeot 206

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The Peugeot 206 is an incredibly popular car on UK roads, unfortunately however, it popularity comes at a price, and it is usually paid by the owner (if they bought the 206 new). This is because the popularity of the model lead to there being too many on the used car market, which in turn caused a 63.5% drop in value since 2009!  This makes the used Peugeot 206 a very attractive option.

Mazda 6

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The Mazda 6 has always struggled with depreciation, and the 2009 model is no different. Over the 4 years between 2009 and now, the Mazda 6’s value is said to have fallen by 63.8%! So if you fancy a used four door saloon, you know where to look.

Ferrari 599

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Now this is an odd one, as whatever way you look at it, the Ferrari 599 is a pretty pointless car to feature on the list, but you can’t argue with facts! It is pointless because a Ferrari owner probably wouldn’t care, and someone with the budget to even consider a 599 probably doesn’t need to buy used. Nevertheless, buying a 2009 reg 599 now would cost you £112,125 less than the mug you’re buying it off paid for it…. They paid around £207,075.

Jaguar XJ

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Has much really changed since 2009? It has if you are a fan of the XJ, because you can now get it for just over £19,000! Pretty good when compared to the person who spent £43,752 on the same car in 2009. I mean sure you might miss out on a few new car parts, but the underlying luxury feel is still there, and it still looks great.

Renault Megane

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After being voted one of Europe’s most unreliable cars in 2012, can things get much worse for Megane owners? Yes! They also own one of the worst cars for depreciation. So not only will they have to shell out more money at servicing garages, but when they decide to sell their £17,135 2009 model, they will only get £7,255 back! That’s a kick in the teeth if I’ve ever seen one.

15 Feb
2013

Renault Clio 200 Turbo

The Renault Clio’s sportier brother, the ‘Renaultsport’ has a new incarnation… the Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo!

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Full UK specification details have been revealed for the new Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo and it has us buzzing at the AEF HQ. It has followed the direction of many a new car, and has essentially downsized, and added a turbocharger.

It will feature a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine petrol engine and an EDC six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Thanks to the Turbocharged engine, the new Renaultsport Clio can generate a strong 197bhp and it produces 18lb-ft more torque than its predecessor. This means that 0-62mph will take 6.7 seconds, and a top speed of 143mph can be achieved.

The new Renaultsport Clio will do 44.8mpg and emissions have fell, giving the car better green credentials. The Renaultsport Clio hasn’t got the best history in terms of quality and reliability, though it hasn’t been terrible either, mechanical reliability should be good and regular servicing should keep it to a high standard.

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