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If you are considering purchasing a new small family car this year, there are some exciting new models expected to make their debut in 2013, which promise the very latest in style, drive capability and equipment.
With the small family car sector becoming one of the most popular choices of car in recent years, the competition is fierce, and there is a lot of fantastic deals to be had on new and used small family cars, providing you shop around and do your homework before you enter the showroom.
Peugeot 308: Priced from approx £16,000
One of the latest small family cars expected to make its debut in winter 2013 is the Peugeot 308 which promises to be a chunkier, lighter replacement for the existing model. The new Peugeot 308 will be based on the Peugeot 208 in that it will offer a lower kerbweight as well as producing variations on the existing three-cylinder petrol engines from the Peugeot 208 range. We have been led to believe that the profile of this new car will be more boxy, and that the hatchback car will be offered as a 5-door only. The new 308 is also hotly tipped to be receiving a new petrol-electric hybrid engine which is currently being developed for the Chinese market.
Skoda Rapid Spaceback: Priced from approx £13,000
There is news that a new Skoda Rapid model is set to go on sale in the autumn of this year which will provide competition for other small family cars such as the Hyundai i30 and the Kia Ceed. Like the current Skoda Rapid which has only recently gone on sale, the new model will be a hatchback. The difference is that it will sport an entirely different rear end whose styling will provide the Rapid with a sportier look. Its styling will be not too dissimilar from the new Skoda Octavia and will be based on Skoda’s Vision D concept. Most mechanical parts and engines will be the same as the existing Rapid, the new Skoda Rapid Spaceback will offer sportier trims and there is the possibility of a new hot hatch vRS in the pipeline. The competitive pricing of the new Spaceback is likely to be the key to this new car’s appeal.
Nissan Leaf: Priced from approx £23,000
The Nissan Leaf will not offer us anything new other than its price tag which is due to become more affordable now that the electric hatchback will be manufactured in Nissan’s Sunderland plant. This means it will no longer be affected by transport costs and fluctuating exchange rates. It is set to go on sale in the UK in April this year, and due to flexibility in the production schedule, there will now be a choice of trim levels offered for the first time in the UK. This is predicted to include a new entry-level model which will have more basic kit and subsequently a lower price tag.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA will join Mercedes’ family of small compact cars and will be available to buy in the UK from autumn this year. The CLA is tipped to stay similar to that of the Concept Style Coupe which was first unveiled at the 2012 Beijing motor show. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA will be a four-door saloon with stylish coupe looks not too dissimilar from the existing larger CLS. Under the bonnet, the car’s make up will be the same as the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Mercedes-Benz B-Class models. Most new CLA cars will have front-wheel drive, but the top of the range model will offer four wheel drive from a petrol engine capable of producing around 325bhp.The trim level will also be similar to the A-Class but with just four seats.