More Carbuyer Awards

Ford are having a bit of joy now at the the CarBuyers awards and have won the Best Hot Hatch award which is prestigious thanks to the popularity of the hot hatch category. We weren’t too taken aback when we heard the Focus was the manufacturer’s 1st win at the CarBuyer awards, it was hardly going to be the Ford C-Max was it… Seriously. Specifically the car that has taken the best hot hatch award is the Ford Focus ST.

Other cars that are having joy are the BMW 5 Series which we have mentioned before, the Mercedes Benz S-Class which has taken the award for the best luxury car, the Hyundai i10 which has taken the car of the year award as well as the best city car of the year, one that shocked us was in the best convertible category which saw the Volkswagen Golf cabriolet take the award when there’s cars like the Mercedes Benz SL Class around.

Anyway here is the full list of winners at the CarBuyer awards.

 

  • Car of the Year: Hyundai i10
  • Best City Car: Hyundai i10
  • Best Small Car: Ford Fiesta
  • Best Hybrid / Electric Car: BMW i3
  • Best Small SUV: Dacia Duster
  • Best Large SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Best Family Car: SEAT Leon
  • Best Large Family Car: Mazda6  
  • Best Estate Car: Skoda Octavia estate
  • Best MPV: SEAT Alhambra
  • Best Coupe: Toyota GT-86
  • Best Executive Car: BMW 3 Series
  • Best Large Executive Car: BMW 5 Series
  • Best Hot Hatch: Ford Fiesta ST
  • Best Convertible: Volkswagen Golf cabriolet
  • Best Luxury Car: Mercedes S-Class
  • Buyer’s Award: Kia seven-year warranty

 

 

CarBuyer Used Car of the Year

What do you think of when you consider used cars and what makes a good one? Obviously one huge reason to buy a used car is to save some money, which seems worth it when you consider how much a car depreciates buy after just one year? Many people are willing to sacrifice the novelty of having a new car when they can have a car which is pretty much the same that has had a huge chunk of the price knocked off.

For example buy a new BMW 5 Series and for the standard entry level model you are looking at at least £30,265. Meanwhile if you get a model that is just one year old, from 2014, you could get a second hand BMW 5 Series 520d M Sport 5dr Step Auto which will save you around £3,500, for the sake of say 7,000 miles. Wen paying 10s of thousands for a car in the first place you may think £3,500 is insignificant. So what makes a good used car option? Well CarBuyer have today announced that the second generation Kia Cee’d takes that prize when it comes to the best used car, and with good reason. First and foremost the Cee’d has a seven year warranty which gives it an immediate advantage, as it eliminates some of the risk that is often associated with buying a new car, as you will be covered. It also doesn’t hurt that Kia has such a good reputation when it comes to reliability, Kia has won awards for CarSite in the past.

So there you have it, if you are after a good used car, you might want to consider a second hand Kia Ceed, this is what Carbuyer seem to think and honestly, if you are after a good hatchback, then we tend to agree.

New Car Registrations in Feb

February 2015 has seen further growth by 12.0% in new car registrations meaning the UK is currently enjoying its largest ever period of growth which has been going on for 36 months now which is a new record, the previous record was 26 months and that was set in the late 80s. We reckon the main reason behind this is the amount of finance deals that are now available.

Registrations of fleet and business cars have outpaced the private market in February, reflecting the increased business confidence across the UK. With most fleet car buyers on a three-year replacement cycle, many of those cars purchased at the beginning of the current growth period are now due for replacement. Over the course of 2015, however, we are expecting a more stable market to emerge given there has already been an extended period of consistent growth.

There aren’t too many surprises in the list of best sellers that the SMMT published, the Ford Fiesta tops the list though we were somewhat surprised Mercedes Benz C Class. Interestingly enough, the best selling car of the last boom in the 80s was the Ford Escort, so it’s clear that Ford know how to make a popular car.

Best sellers February Year-to-date
1 Ford Fiesta 4,096 1 Ford Fiesta 12,770
2 Volkswagen Golf 3,177 2 Vauxhall Corsa 9,709
3 Vauxhall Corsa 2,830 3 Volkswagen Golf 7,564
4 Vauxhall Astra 2,396 4 Ford Focus 6,845
5 Ford Focus 2,021 5 Nissan Qashqai 6,476
6 Nissan Qashqai 1,800 6 Vauxhall Astra 5,392
7 Vauxhall Insignia 1,797 7 Audi A3 5,257
8 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 1,686 8 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 5,220
9 Audi A3 1,609 9 Volkswagen Polo 4,783
10 Fiat 500 1,436 10 Fiat 500 4,581