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Summary: When buying a new or used car, many people overlook one key aspect of a car’s appeal: its potential for being a future classic.

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When buying a new or used car, many people overlook one key aspect of a car’s appeal: its potential for being a future classic. The most obvious benefit of gaining the title of ‘classic’ is that a car will hold its value excellently, and may in some cases even increase in value. So, what makes a car a classic? There’s no solid definition, but the general consensus is that a classic car is an older vehicle with enough of a history that it is considered worth collecting and restoring as it ages. A car that is over a hundred years old will typically be considered an antique, and will be incredibly desirable to collectors.

Another important factor in determining a car’s likelihood to become a future classic is the amount of acclaim the car has received in classic car magazines. While there is no single authority able to dictate what a classic car is, these magazines are trusted voices on the issue, and any car they throw their weight behind will usually find its selling price staying extremely strong.

Many people in the UK spend time purchasing cars that are currently unpopular albeit unique, in the hopes that as the years roll by, the price tag will roll up. For example, a well looked after, high-end trim of a car with a value impacted by high running costs would be a likely candidate for eventual classic status. In these situations, it’s best to purchase the car while it is new and affordable, then to wait until they become older, rarer, and more collectible. In many respects, it’s a well-informed venture: buying the right car and playing the waiting game.

So which cars should you be looking at? Across various classic car publications, there is some shared agreement on cars which are likely to hold/increase in value in the not-so-distant future. Here are a handful of examples to give you an idea of the kind of cars you should be looking into.

Mazda MX5

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The MX5 should by rights be a classic already, owing to its sterling reputation and its rave reviews from critics and fans alike. However, high production numbers means that the price does not yet reflect the car’s high status. Over the next few years, as more models are retired, it’s highly possible we will see the price rise as classic status creeps in.

Ford Capri

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If you see one of these going for a good price, don’t hesitate to snap it up. The endlessly cool Capri was all the rage throughout the 70’s, but production had petered out by 1986 due to a change in the style of the time. There are only several hundred left on the UK’s roads today, and, while still comparatively wallet-friendly, their value has almost doubled in the past 18 months alone. Is it any surprise when they just look so… awesome?

Peugeot 205 GTi

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Well maintained 205 GTi’s are already seeing their value slowly creep higher, making it a strong contender for future classic car status. The 205 has been showered with critical acclaim since its initial production, having been declared ‘Car of the Decade’ by CAR Magazine in 1990. The GTi version was arguably Peugeot’s most successful GTi of all time – and they’re still reasonably affordable.

Renaultsport Clio 182 ‘Trophy’

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The 182 Trophy may look like your average Clio at a glance, but don’t be fooled: only 500 were ever produced for the UK, and it is widely considered one of the greatest hot hatches of all time.  These are two reasons why the 182 Trophy seems destined for a place on the classic car podium.

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA

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The 3.2-litre Busso V6 engine and the stunning exteriors of the 156 meant that it was snapped up by car enthusiasts as soon as it went on sale. This typically means low mileage units are fairly easy to find, which can work wonders in helping a car become a future classic.

Author: Fusion

Title: Five Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

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Summary: Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

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Is there any better feeling than driving home in a brand new car?

The beauty of buying new is the huge potential for customisation that’s available to you. As well as choosing the make and manufacturer, you have the opportunity to choose the colour, trim and which features you’d like added – everything from the finish to the on board tech.

As well as allowing you to choose a make and model that fits your exact needs, buying a new car can be more affordable than you might think too. Today’s new cars come with a variety of financing options, from contract purchase, to leasing, to hire purchase, all of which allow you to split the cost of a car into affordable chunks. That means that if you’ve been thinking you can’t afford a brand new car, you might very well be wrong.

With all that in mind, we’ve put together a few points it’s good to have a think about if you’re looking for a new car.

  1. What will you be using the car for?

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It may seem a silly question, but the car you need will depend entirely on your lifestyle, and your driving habits. Do you spend hours a day commuting to work down the motorway? Do you spend your mornings taking the kids to school? Do you navigate traffic packed city streets on a daily basis? The type of use the car will be getting can dictate everything you need, from the engine capacity to whether it’s a manual or automatic, to insurance and finance costs.

Luckily, buying new means having a huge range of vehicles to choose from, with options almost tailored to your exact needs. At Bristol Street Motors, we have a wide selection of new cars from 15 manufacturers each selling models to suit a range of lifestyle and needs, whether you’re a new buyer searching for low insurance and the latest tech, or a family wanting to upgrade to a roomier model.

Once you’ve decided your needs, you can begin to get an idea of the class of car you’ll be looking at. Which brings us to our next point…

  1. How much space do you need?

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Depending on your situation, you may need a car offering more of less space. A businessperson may be perfectly happy with a two seater roadster, however this car may not be the best choice for the school run. Similarly, if you are a constantly heading out of weekends away, a generous boot space should be high up your list of priorities.

Roof racks and folding seats can have a big impact on a car’s storage capabilities, too. Some cars may seem small at a glance, but a genius seating arrangement can mean that they appear much larger on the inside.

Manufacturers today recognise the range of space requirements that different customers are looking for, and accommodate for this in new models and trims. That’s why when looking at new cars on sale today, you’ll find a wider selection of space options on display than ever before.

  1. Are you comfortable in the car?

Comfort is crucial, especially if you regularly drive long distances, and a large contributor to this is how well the car suits your driving style.

Even if you love the car’s exterior, it’s important to make sure that you’re happy with how your new feels to drive. This is especially true if you’re thinking of buying a class or manufacturer you’ve not previously driven, so when choosing a new car we’d recommend heading out for a test drive before making any final decisions. That way, you can make sure that you’re not just happy with how your new car looks, you’re happy with how it feels too.

  1. Do you need the latest tech?

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One of the main advantages of buying a new car is the host of innovative in car tech you’ll receive. A huge number of cars on the market today come with built in infotainment systems, Sat-Nav, and more, with tech designed to make the driving experience easier, more comfortable, safer, or just more interesting!

When looking for a new car, it’s worth getting to grips with new technology you might not be familiar with, and deciding exactly what kind of tech you need in your car. It’s likely that this will be dependent mostly on your personal driving tastes, but budget is also a factor to consider, as some models with the latest technology may come at a slightly higher price points.

Perhaps you prefer driving simplistic and stripped back, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the convenience of gadgets such as reversing cameras, power folding mirrors, and autonomous emergency braking systems. Some in-car tech can add a dash of luxury, too, such as heated steering wheels and memory seats, so think about what tech is important to you.

  1. Does the car suit your style?

After spending so much time considering the practicalities of your new dream car, it’s worth remembering that you may be driving around in it for the next few years. With that in mind, it quickly becomes clear how important it is to purchase a car that you love the look of. The finish, the colour, the bodywork, the alloys and wheel arches: every car is different, and everyone has differing tastes.

You will be spending a large amount of time in your car once purchased, and therefore it’s well worth taking the extra time to find a car that has you brimming with pride when you see it. Whether that means looking for exec style leather interiors, hunting a model with the latest ’66 plates, or picking a colour that reflects your personality is up to you.

For the latest offers, and to start your search for new car that suits you today, check out the manufacturers and models we have on offer here.

Author: Fusion

Title: The UK’s Best Selling Cars 2015

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Summary: The UK automotive industry is booming, seeing 38 consecutive months of growth with overall sales increasing year on year. Which makes and models are spearheading this success?

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In 2014, Great Britain recorded its best year for new car sales in a decade, with 2,476,435 registrations recorded. In spite of such a challenging total, 2015 is already delivering favourable results and the automotive industry has now enjoyed 38 consecutive months of growth. But what makes and models are spearheading this success?

To find out, we’ve generated a list of the UK’s top 10 Best Selling Cars of 2015 so far, based on the most up to date figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Take a look at the top 8 best-sellers below, all available to view new and used on the Bristol Street Motors site right now.

  1. Ford Fiesta – 80,494 registrations

The undisputed king of UK car sales for quite some time, the Ford Fiesta’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Not only is the Fiesta the best selling car of 2015 so far, it’s also Britain’s best selling car of all time, clocking in at over 4,115,000 sales and counting since it launched in 1976.

Providing great value for money, superb practicality and consistent build quality we’ve come to expect from Ford, there’s a good reason that the Fiesta has become a stalwart of Britain’s roads.

  1. Vauxhall Corsa – 55,011 registrations

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If any car stood a chance of challenging the Ford Fiesta, it could well be the latest Vauxhall Corsa, which has recorded strong sales since launching last year. Since 1983, the model – then under the Nova guise pictured above – has been a favourite amongst families and young drivers alike, with a popularity that spans across generations.

With a design not too different from the previous incarnation, the new Vauxhall Corsa arguably offers a more comfortable drive quality and better fuel economy than its predecessors.

  1. Ford Focus – 52,122 registrations

Yet another well-established and perhaps unsurprising mainstay, the Ford Focus manages to tempt buyers into a purchase with its efficient range of engines and practical yet sleek styling.

The Focus isn’t just popular amongst British motorists either. When attending official events, Pope Francis has been known to ditch the traditional “Popemobile” in preference for a spot in the back seat of a Ford Focus. With the range of great interiors the Focus now offers, we don’t blame him.

  1. Volkswagen Golf – 43,141 registrations

For over 40 years, the Volkswagen Golf has arguably been one of the most celebrated modern hatchbacks on the market, being voted both European car of the year and World car of the year twice.

Its desirability obviously remains today, and the latest model boasts a refined cabin as well as a range of punchy petrol and diesel engines to choose from.

  1. Nissan Qashqai – 38,290 registrations

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The Nissan Qashqai’s SUV styling and hatchback running costs have obviously resonated with motorists up and down Great Britain. Not only has the Nissan Qashqai and the new range of Nissan crossovers revolutionised how the nation views “big” cars, it’s popularity is also a testament to good old British manufacturing; since 2007, the model has been assembled in Sunderland.

Although the only car of its class on the list, top five popularity proves that crossovers could soon be ruling our roads in the years to come.

  1. Vauxhall Astra – 33,153 registrations

If we’ve learned anything from this list, it’s that predictability, affordability, and family friendly styling are all viewed in good stead by British motorists. The Vauxhall Astra is a devotee to those three tenets, being a frequent flier in best seller lists since its launch in 1979. Not only is it the 6th bestselling car of 2015 so far, it’s also the 4th bestselling car in the UK of all time, with around 2,845,357 sales.

As it stands, the Astra might also be one of the cheapest cars to both buy and run too, with excellent fuel economy, a low insurance band, and a highly affordable initial asking price.

  1. Volkswagen Polo – 32,600 registrations

Volkswagen Polo

It’s safe to say that this list is turning out to be pretty hatchback heavy. But with excellent refinement, an unmatched ride quality, and consistently well rounded looks, it’s not hard to see why the Polo has made it into the best-sellers list.

The Polo is a super-mini with style, offering upmarket leather interiors alongside affordability and sensible running costs. Although the Polo has traditionally struggled to crack the top 10 list, it looks like things might be about to change.

  1. Audi A3 – 29,496 registrations

The Audi A3 is built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf, something which perhaps explains some of its popularity amongst British drivers. However, it’s also the manufacturer’s willingness to innovate that has proved a winner, producing the A3 in a range of trims that must surely appeal to drivers of all ages and tastes.

As with all Audi cars, you know you’re purchasing comfort and excellent interior design when you invest in an A3. Although we don’t have new models in stock at Bristol Street Motors, we do have a selection of excellent and affordable used Audi A3 cars for sale, getting you a top car for a top price.

With several of these makes and models available new and used from Bristol Street Motors dealerships up and down the UK, you too could soon be driving one of the UK’s best selling cars in no time at all. Just take a look at the new and used cars we have online, give us a visit at a relevant dealership in your area, or just give us a call and let the team know what you’re looking for.

Author: Tom

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Summary: Low initial purchase, fuel efficiency, and insurance costs are the key priorities for young drivers looking into the car market. But, with so many different cars to choose from - along with fuel types, insurance groups, and tax bands – picking the right one for you might not always seem easy.

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Young Driver

Low initial purchase, fuel efficiency, and insurance costs are the key priorities for young drivers looking into the car market. But, with so many different cars to choose from – along with fuel types, insurance groups, and tax bands – picking the right one for you might not always seem easy.

So, we’ve put together a handy guide for young drivers. If you’re unsure of what you should be looking out for to guarantee you a great deal on a new car, take a look below.

Insurance groups

A car’s insurance group is an important consideration for young drivers. It can often be the case that young drivers set their heart on a specific car, only to find that their car insurance quote is above and beyond what they can realistically afford. To save yourself any hassle, you should look for cars that are in a low insurance group, to keep costs as low as possible.

Car insurance groups are rated from 1 – 50 with 1 being the cheapest and 50 the most expensive. In general, a car’s insurance group is determined by the price of the vehicle, engine size, fuel type, age, and desirability. For example, cars that sit in insurance group 1 include the Seat Mii S 1.0, Skoda Citigo SE 1.0 GreenTech, and Hyundai i10 1.0 S, three city cars with small engines, a low spec, and low cost.

At the other end of the scale are cars that sit in insurance group 50, such as the Jaguar F-Type, with larger engines and a “performance” focus. Though attractive, these will be difficult to insure within your first few years on the road. Don’t worry about insurance groups cramping your style though – there are plenty of fantastic cars for young drivers in low insurance groups.

Car tax

Car tax is another important consideration when looking for the best car for young drivers. Vehicles registered after the 1st March 2001 are taxed based on their CO2 emissions, whilst vehicles registered prior to the 21st March 2001 are taxed based on engine size only. Unless you want an older car, it is recommended that you pursue the purchase of a car which was registered after the 1st March if you’re a young driver, because it was at this stage in time when efficiency started to play a pivotal role in car manufacturing. In other words, you can expect a like-for-like car registered after the 1st March 2001 to be more fuel efficient.

Cars with CO2 emissions lower than 100 g/km are exempt from annual car tax in tax band A. Cars in tax band B cost £20 annually whilst cars in tax band C cost £30 annually.

Fuel type

It’s also important to consider fuel type in your search for a new car. Modern petrol engines and modern diesel engines are both super efficient and offer a smooth drive, but each fuel type is better suited to different needs.

Diesel-powered cars are the better choice for high mileage drivers. If you commute or work away from home and spend considerable time on the motorway, then a diesel car is going to be better suited to your needs, as diesel cars are more fuel efficient on longer journeys. Petrol engines, meanwhile, are fine for any young driver who is going to cover less than 15,000 miles per year.

Best cars for young drivers

Here’s a list of the best cars for young drivers. We’ve attempted to include a good mix of vehicles here, so chances are there will be a car that stands out for your needs.

SEAT Mii 1.0 i Tech 3dr

The Seat Mii 1.0 i Tech 3dr sits in insurance group 3E and emits 105 g/km of CO2, which translates to annual road tax of £20. Sportier to drive than the S and SE model, the Seat Mii Tech looks great and has plenty of equipment as standard, including air conditioning, electric heated mirrors, alloy wheels, front fog lights, and satellite navigation.

The potential economy of 62.8 miles per gallon combined further sweetens the deal.

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec S 125

If you want a bit of performance to go with your economy, then the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec S 125 might be the ideal car for you. This car will return 65.7 miles per gallon on a combined cycle with start/stop technology with a 99 g/km CO2 rating, which translates to £0 annual car tax. Zetec trim includes air con, electric heated mirrors, Bluetooth, and alloy wheels as standard.

Because it’s turbocharged, this Fiesta is spritely to drive and it also has great handling.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Sting 3dr

When it comes to cars for young drivers, the Vauxhall Corsa is a time tested favourite. It’s not hard to see why either, as with the 1.2 Sting model you’ll get an annual road tax of just £110. Alongside a decent fuel economy of 53.3 mpg, a 2E insurance group rating, and low Co2 emissions, the Corsa has pretty much all the features that young drivers should be looking for in a vehicle.

The Corsa 1.2 Sting doesn’t just excel when it comes to figures too, as the sleek looks and sporty colorways mean that it stands out on the aesthetic front too.

Renault Clio 1.5 Dci 90 Expression + Energy

This Clio is amongst the best diesel superminis you can buy, with the potential to return 83.1 miles per gallon with a super-low CO2 rating of 90 g/km, which means £0 annual car tax. It sits in insurance group 12E, which puts it just within the reach of young drivers, but you get a lot of equipment including cruise control, air conditioning, heated electric mirrors, and Bluetooth.

This car is recommend for young drivers who spend lots of time on the motorway.

Whether you’re looking for your first car, or just a great car that is affordable to purchase and run, we hope this guide has given you an idea of what to look for. If you’d like more information on the best cars for young drivers, feel free to get in touch with a Bristol Street Motors dealership in your area.

*Disclaimer: MPG figures are obtained from laboratory testing, in accordance with 2004/3/EC and intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results.

Author: Tom

Title: Should I Buy or Lease a Car?

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Summary: New car sales and registrations are as high as they’ve ever been. According to new car registration figures collected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, by January 2015, 164,856 new cars were registered compared to 154,562 new car registrations in January 2013.

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Buy or Lease

New car sales and registrations are as high as they’ve ever been. According to new car registration figures collected by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, by January 2015, 164,856 new cars were registered compared to 154,562 new car registrations in January 2013. That’s a relatively large increase of 6.66%, which is to say that the UK car market is currently booming.

If you’re considering a new car, then you’re obviously not alone. It’s important to note however that while buying your next car will help the wider economy, this isn’t the only way to get a new car. With personal contract hire, business contract hire, and of course purchasing, there are several ways to access, register, and drive away in the car you want.

If you’re unsure of whether to buy or lease a car, then take a look at the key advantages and differences of the two below.

Leasing

When you lease a car through personal contract or business contract hire, you buy into a long-term agreement similar to rental. The agreement offers you exclusive use of the vehicle for a set period of time for a non-refundable deposit and fixed monthly price. That price factors in the cost of the vehicle, depreciation, and lease profit. It may also factor in maintenance costs, servicing, and MOTs, meaning you won’t have to worry about shelling out for these.

Just as buying can work out cheaper than leasing, leasing can work out cheaper than buying. For many people, leasing can provide the opportunity to access a vehicle that they may not have had the budget to purchase. This is because rather than paying out for the full cost of a vehicle in one lump sum, or repaying the entirety of the cost of a car over many years, leasing a vehicle can allow you to spread out the cost of a luxury vehicle over a limited period of time.

Most lease contracts run for around 3 years, after which the car is free to be handed. For many, the option to get a brand new car every few years, and the flexibility this brings, is the most attractive prospect of contract hire.

Buying

The simplest way of purchasing a car is to pay the entire cost of the vehicle in one sum. However, many people now choose to take out a vehicle finance option like personal contract payment, allowing them to repay the cost of the vehicle over a set amount of time. The initial high purchase price of a vehicle can lead some people to choose this way of purchasing, as for many paying in regular monthly payments is a more manageable. The monthly repayment costs are usually more expensive than a regular lease payment, and will be spread out over a longer period.

Buying a car outright can work out cheaper over a three year period than leasing. This is because over a three year period, a car will naturally depreciate, but you will be able to get back a high percentage of the initial purchase price when you resell.

Buying vs. Leasing

When it comes down to deciding on whether to buy or lease a car, you’re going to have to do some sums to work out which is going to be cheaper. Whatever the case, the cost of leasing versus buying varies massively depending on the car you choose.

The greatest cost of buying a car is depreciation. Many cars lose half their value after the first three years of ownership, and some can lose 5 percent or more simply by driving off the forecourt. Because of this, when working out whether it is cheaper to buy or lease, you must get a predicted resale value after three years/ 36,000 miles on the vehicle. A predicted resale value of 55% or more after three years is considered good.

If you’re thinking of purchasing a car, you can work out the cost over three years by the taking the price you’d pay for the car and taking away the predicted resale value – this is the total cost of the car over three years/ 36,000 miles.

When you lease a car, it’s a little tougher to work out the cost over three years, but not impossible. The best way to do it is to take your deposit and take the leasing cost per month, and multiply this by 36. Coupled with personal factors like flexibility of choosing a vehicle and willingness to invest in capital, if you work out both the cost of leasing and purchasing over 3 years, you can work out the best route to take when looking for a new car.

Important things to consider:

  • Depreciation is the greatest cost when buying or leasing a car
  • The predicted resale value and the price you pay for a car are the two most important figures when working out the cost over three years
  • Fuel, servicing, car tax, and insurance costs will be the same whether you lease or buy a car.

If you’d like more information on whether buying or leasing is best for your situation, why not compare the contract hire deals and new cars for sale on our site. Or, just get in touch with a dealership near you, and talk to a member of the team about the options that are best for you.

Author: Tom

Title: What is a Crossover Car?

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Summary: In November 2014, it was announced that the Nissan Qashqai had broken British records. Over 2 million units of the car have been made in Britain since production started in 2006, and in 2010 the Qashqai became the 10th bestselling new car in Britain; the first Nissan to make the top 10 since 1983.

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In November 2014, it was announced that the Nissan Qashqai had broken British records. Over 2 million units of the car have been made in Britain since production started in 2006, and in 2010 the Qashqai became the 10th bestselling new car in Britain; the first Nissan to make the top 10 since 1983.

Whilst representing an upsurge in British vehicle production, the hasty production of the Qashqai also indicates another thing; the increasing popularity of the crossover car. Often regarded as a relatively new body style to the British market, crossovers have been popular in the U.S.A for a while. In fact, the popularity of the crossover even served to lift automotive sales out of the dip caused by the recession.

However, many British consumers may be unfamiliar with the term, and what it actually means. Luckily, we’ve put together a guide to some common crossover features, and set out what differs them from other types of cars.

So, what is a crossover?

How is a crossover different to an SUV?

SUV’s, or sports utility vehicles, are large 4 wheel drive cars like Land Rovers, Range Rovers, and Jeeps, that may have the capacity to drive off road. With this in mind, the simplest way to describe a crossover has often been as a car that functions and drives like an SUV, but with the smaller build typical of an estate or hatchback.

However, this description doesn’t quite take in the exact qualities that crossovers can have. Crossovers aren’t simply small SUV’s or 4×4’s, as it’s possible to buy them in rear, front, and four wheel drives. Some crossovers come with the 5 seater capacity typical of a hatchback, saloon or estate, whilst some have a capacity more expected of a people carrier or SUV, seating up to 8 people. With such variable features, how is it that crossover cars have been identified as a distinct category?

Well, despite their visual differences, crossovers do share common manufacturing, build, and running similarities. One of these is the low running cost when compared to traditional 4×4’s and SUV’s. Crossovers have a much lower fuel consumption than these cars, meaning they cost less to run and produce fewer emissions than cars of their size traditionally would.

Again, while SUV’s have a body on frame build, crossover vehicles are generally made from a unibody construction. This means that the frame and body of the car are manufactured and constructed as a single unit, rather than a body and frame being manufactured and joined together separately. This works to make crossovers an affordable choice when compared to SUV’s, as the less intensive manufacturing process works to trickle down into their market price.

Why should I buy a crossover car?

Part of the attraction of crossovers lies in their body style bridging qualities; their “crossover” nature.

If you’re looking for a car with the power, driving feel and capacity of an SUV, without the fuel consumption, a crossover might be the car for you. Most SUV’s are designed to be able to tackle off-road driving, a feature that it’s safe to say may be largely unused by the general car buying public; after all, what use is off-road drive when you’re stuck in midweek motorway traffic? However, most crossovers don’t incorporate off-road drive as a main feature, and are designed to handle day to day urban driving.

Crossovers have lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, and larger focus on everyday drivability and functionality than traditional SUV’s. As such, they’re the ideal option for a family wanting something a little larger and meatier than a hatchback or estate, without having to resort to buying a people carrier or SUV.

Which crossover car should I buy?

The specification of crossover cars currently on the market differs substantially from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. To help you choose that car that’s right for you, we’ve put together a showcase of a few models that we think illustrate the different takes manufacturers have on crossovers.

Ford EcoSport

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Ford’s latest foray into crossover territory is the Ecosport. Coming with front wheel drive, and with a build and looks transplanted from the Ford Fiesta, the EcoSport lies at the large hatchback end of the crossover spectrum. Initially created to cope with driving conditions in developing countries such as India and Brazil, the car’s chunky features and hard wearing specifications make it ideal for those wanting a slightly larger car that’s still suited to urban UK settings.

Citroen C4-Cactus

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With its unique build, the C4-Cactus certainly stands out when on the road. Another crossover with an urban mind-set, the side panels of this Citroen are padded with “airbumps”, designed to protect the car from the scrapes and nudges that are often a common problem of city driving. As expected from a crossover, the C4-Cactus has the interior space of an SUV without the fuel usage, with a weight starting from only 965kg.

Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka

 

Branded as a compact crossover, the Mokka is perhaps the smallest car on our list. However, this doesn’t mean that it lacks the punch expected of a crossover. Though it might not first appear so, the Mokka is significantly larger than its relatives the Adam and the Astra, with all models coming with 5 wide opening doors and more luggage space. The Mokka is also more powerful, with each model holding the capacity to safely tow a 1200kg trailer.

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke

Launching in 2010, the Nissan Juke has arguably proved even more successful than its predecessor the Qashqai. With a sturdy build and quirky looks, the Juke is one of the most distinctive crossovers available on the market at the moment. Folding rear seats and a 354 litre boot capacity have made the Juke a favourite with families, providing something with a little more punch than your average hatchback. However, this isn’t just a run-around, as the range of powerful engines make the Nissan Juke an attractive option for both petrol heads and drivers looking for a utilitarian option.

If you’d like to know more about crossover cars, or would like to see the full range of crossovers we stock, why not get in contact with your local Bristol Street Motors dealership to see what we can do for you.

Author: Tom

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Summary: For over a decade, the annual mileage of the average British driver has been dropping steadily year on year, due to factors like rising fuel costs, changes in shopping habits, and increased congestion. The most recent 2013 survey showed an average mileage of just 7900 miles per vehicle, a 1200 miles reduction from 11 years previous.

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For over a decade, the annual mileage of the average British driver has been dropping steadily year on year, due to factors like rising fuel costs, changes in shopping habits, and increased congestion. The most recent 2013 survey showed an average mileage of just 7900 miles per vehicle, a 1200 miles reduction from 11 years previous.

However, it’s perhaps safe to say that the taxi driver isn’t exactly the “average British driver”. In fact, whereas mileage for the general population dropped, surveys show that a vast majority of taxi drivers cover over 10,000 miles in a working year, with over a quarter exceeding the 30,000 miles mark.

When your car is your livelihood, a focus of fuel economy should be key, whether you’re concerned with saving money, the environment, or simply want to minimise trips to the petrol station. To help you choose the car that’s right for you, we’ve put together a guide to some of the most economical taxis on the market.

SEAT Toledo 1.6 TDi Ecomotive Diesel

Seat Toledo Taxi

CO2 (g/km): 104

MPG: 72.4

Road Tax: £20

Proving that fuel economy doesn’t have to mean loss of power is the SEAT Toledo, a medium sized 5 door with a lot to offer. Whilst the Toledo may look like a compact saloon, it’s actually a roomy hatchback, crated and marketed as a competitor to the Ford Focus. However, don’t let this lull you into thinking that the Toledo skimps on luggage space, as the car comes with a 500 litre boot, more than enough for suitcases, shopping, or whatever your passengers might be carrying.

However, it’s the Ecomotive engine that really makes the Toledo a stand out taxi choice. With the 1.6 litre diesel model, the Toledo averages around 104g/km, putting at the lower end of the emissions spectrum and meaning you’ll only need to pay £20 annual road tax. Versatile, functional, and economical, the SEAT Toledo has everything you could need from a taxi.

Find more information on the car here.

Citroen Berlingo Multispace Diesel

Citroen Berlingo Multispace Taxi

CO2 (g/km): 115

MPG: 64.2

Road Tax: £30

Coming with 5 seats and spacious legroom as standard, the Berlingo has an advantage in its large storage capacity, with a 675 litre boot capacity. With a fold of the rear two seats, you’ll increase this to a 3000 litre space, easily allowing for passenger luggage. Don’t think that the Berlingo’s bulky looks bode for an awkward driving experience either, as this Citroen offering has a surprising agility, tackling city driving with ease.

If you’re thinking that the Berlingo must be a bit of a gas guzzler with all of this space, you’d be wrong. Boasting a CO2 rating of just 115g/km, the Berlingo lies at the lower end of the emissions spectrum, meaning you’ll only have to pay £30 annual road tax. Plus, with 64.2 MPG, if you’re looking for a big taxi that’s cheap to run, you might find your answer in this Citroen.

Find more information on the car here. 

Ford Mondeo Style 1.6 Diesel

Ford Mondeo Style Taxi

CO2 (g/km): 94

MPG: 78.5

Road Tax: £0

Ford’s reliability, affordability and “blank slate” nature has always meant that their vehicles have transferred well to the private hire and fleet car market. With the Ford Mondeo Style 1.6, you’ll find all the same features we’ve grown to expect from the Mondeo, alongside a refined focus on styling and of course, fuel economy. Coming with 5 doors, a streamlined almost Germanic exterior, and comfortable interior, Ford have shown that the Mondeo can bring a little luxury at affordable prices.

Of course, what really makes the Mondeo Style 1.6 Diesel a stand out option for a taxi is its fuel economy. With the Mondeo’s Econetic engine producing emissions of just 94g/km, you’ll pay £0 road tax saving you money from the off. You’ll need to refuel less frequently too, as the Ford Mondeo Style 1.6 diesel has an MPG of 78.5.

Find more information on the car here. 

Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 Ecoflex Diesel

Vauxhall Insignia Taxi

CO2 (g/km): 94

MPG: 76.3

Road Tax: £0

The insignia has been one of the most popular taxi and company car choices of recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. Combining affordability and drivability with crowd pleasing styling, the Insignia is a car built to be on its feet (or wheels) all day.

The Insignia comes with all the standard features of a larger hatchback, Vauxhall have also packed in a few extra perks that seem built specifically with the taxi driver in mind. One of these is stop/start technology, helping to save fuel depending on how you’re using the car. Alongside Vauxhall’s Ecoflex diesel engine, the Insignia only puts out 94g/km of Co2 emissions, meaning that you’ll pay £0 road tax. Alongside 140 BPH and 76.3 MPG, this is a taxi that manages to combine fuel economy with admirable power.

Find more information on the car here. 

All of the taxis listed above are available from The Taxi Centre, plus many more, so if you’d like any further information on any of these vehicles just get in touch. We’d also be happy to tell you about any other vehicles we have in stock, and even give you some advice on how to drive your taxi economically. We hope this guide has given you a good insight into just some of the many fuel economical taxis available.

Author: Tom