MotorEasy Reading: Our Favourite New Cars
Want a new car? Want it for the track and the shops? There aren't many cheap options out there, but you might like what we have on offer. Or would a hot saloon be a better alternative? Vauxhall badging their models as Griffins seems to have made them more appealing. And, as we're focusing on speed, SEAT have a new "go faster" model for you.
The Brand New Mercedes AMG GT PRO
So you're looking for a racing car that you can drive to shops and around Brands Hatch, that would be the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT PRO which starts at just £188,345.
OK, so it uses a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine with an output of 585 hp and 700 Nm of torque and it can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 198 mph. The question is though, can you fit the family inside?
Want A More Practical New Car?
Then you might like the look of the more practical Mercedes A 35 4MATIC Saloon. It offers sportiness combined with a comfortable amount of space for passengers and luggage. An acceleration time of 4.8 seconds for 0-62 mph and the top speed of 155 mph isn’t that far off the AMG GT PRO is it? Also, the saloon will be cheaper, but no prices yet from Mercedes. Will be a great value buy in the future.
The Brand New Vauxhall Griffin Range
Vauxhall know their customers well and what they want is value, hence the success of the Griffin models, which has now been extended across the range. You can buy a Mokka X Plus, Astra, Corsa and ADAM with prices starting for the Corsa at £10,735 and the ADAM at £13,490.
For instance, the Corsa Griffin has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, air con, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Customers can select any of four Corsa Griffin models, either in three or five door body style, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine. meanwhile the ADAM is kitted out with plenty of standard features including sports suspension, cruise control, 17-inch black alloy wheels, a 7-inch colour touchscreen and satellite navigation.
So in a few years time finding a Griffin spec Vauxhall is a guarantee that you will get all the essential kit. Remember to protect it with a MotorEasy car warranty.
Looking For A Fast Family Car?
Fancy a faster SEAT, well there's a limited edition Leon Cupra R ST for £37,975, which seems cheap at the price. Only 150 of the hot Leon CUPRA R ST special editions will be available in the UK market, and for just £500 customers can upgrade to 370PS with the addition of an ABT tuning pack, it will reduce the 0-62mph figure to 4.5 seconds.
Performance SEATs have an enthusiastic following, not least because they are often more exciting than the Volkswagens they are based on, plus they are cheaper. A few years down the line, this Leon will look like even better value and most importantly, be very affordable indeed. Be patient.