Leasing comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In fact, we’ve written at length about the benefits of leasing, as well as the reasons why buying outright could be a better option for you. But for those buyers for whom leasing a car represents good value, we have teamed up with leading leasing firm Select Car Leasing to bring exclusive weekly deals to registered Telegraph readers. By leasing a car using the links below, you’ll be eligible for a £100 discount on the standard arrangement fee on the cost of a lease. The Telegraph motoring team independently hand picks these cars every week – so check back in a few days if nothing takes your fancy – based on our experiences with the... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Exclusive car leasing deals – £100 off hand-picked models for Telegraph readers
Undoubtedly, the highlight of the late 20th century for enthusiasts of old cars and motorcycles was the 1995 Budget announcement that vehicles constructed more than 25 years ago would be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Better still, this new “historic” classification would apply on a rolling basis, so every January a fresh crop of elderly motors would qualify. Enthusiasts were amazed, because the big scare story circulating immediately before philanthropic VERA (Vehicle Excise and Registration Act) showed up was that all cars more than 10 years old would be banned, in the interests of planet-saving and safety. The perceived threat was so great that the mighty (Austin) Allegro Club International had staged an extraordinary meeting at the Gaydon Heritage Centre. Quite why or how old vehicles suddenly changed from being a public enemy into the Chancellor’s tax-free darling is not clear, but we can probably thank the efforts of the Federation of British Historic … [Read more...] about Taxing times: what you need to know about VED and MoT requirements for historic vehicles
I looked online and found the Ford Edge has over 300 brake problems, some of which match the description of mine. What should I do? Q. The brake pedal of my 2013 Ford Edge will sometimes go to the floor. After the first time, I had the brake power booster replaced under a recall in late 2016. In 2017, I had the same problem, and they replaced the power booster again. Now, about six months later, the same thing happened, and the dealer tested the car but couldn’t find any problems. I know it is not the master brake cylinder because they would have noticed leakage when they changed the booster. I looked online and found the Ford Edge has over 300 brake problems, some of which match the description of mine. What should I do? A. The brake booster was replaced due to a tear in the diaphragm, which initially causes a low pedal and worsens to a hard pedal. I’m not convinced the master cylinder is not faulty, but it is possible that the seals are leaking internally and causing the … [Read more...] about Why does my brake pedal touch the floor?
Jeep boss, Jeff Hines, has confirmed more details about the company’s small, urban-SUV. This city-oriented Jeep will be here by 2022 and, according to Hines, “will be the best off-road in the class." This entry-level Jeep will sit below the Renegade and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur, Nissan Juke and Seat Arona, but is likely to be slightly more expensive. “There’s clear space in that class for us,” says Hines. "Clearly, it’s not going to be as good an off-roader as something like Wrangler, but we will offer four-wheel drive even if it won’t be for everyone.” The baby Jeep will also have electric engine options. It was confirmed earlier this year that Jeep will be expanding its range and introducing electric powertrains – a new plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler will be one of the first electric models in the American brand’s range when it arrives in 2019, although Hines wouldn’t be drawn on the details of … [Read more...] about ‘There’s clear space in that class for us’ – Jeep boss confirms micro urban 4×4 for 2022
5 What is the best handling front-wheel-drive car ever produced? The Peugeot 205 GTi, possibly? The Renaultsport Clio 182 Trophy? Or perhaps it is this: the Honda Integra Type R. There are plenty of people who’d vote for it, not least the team behind Evo magazine circa 2006, which after pitching the Honda against 14 other front-wheel-drive greats concluded there was simply nothing better. So what’s all the fuss about? Not the styling, certainly, which aside from the picnic bench-sized rear wing and small front splitter is entirely forgettable. Same goes for the interior which with its black plastic facia and basic controls is pure 1990s Honda. But then you climb in and start to appreciate the details, such as the close embrace of the Recaro seats, the stubby titanium gear lever, and a rev counter that reads up to 10,000rpm. The car we are driving today now serves in Honda UK’s heritage collection. Its condition is thus as immaculate as you’d expect, … [Read more...] about Honda Integra Type R: the greatest front-wheel-drive car ever?
Honda rings the changes as a four-door Civic saloon touches down in UK BelfastTelegraph.co.uk For as long as anyone can remember, the hugely-popular Honda Civic has been a five-door hatchback. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/honda-rings-the-changes-as-a-fourdoor-civic-saloon-touches-down-in-uk-37137996.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37137993.ece/1526e/AUTOCROP/h342/1558423_Civic%20four%20door%20%203.jpg Email For as long as anyone can remember, the hugely-popular Honda Civic has been a five-door hatchback. All that changes next month, however, when a four-door Civic goes on sale in forecourts across the UK. The four-door car is more of a saloon than a hatchback, which will appeal to people who want a more family-car feel about the car. This week, Honda announced the UK price and specification of the new Civic saloon. As expected, there is a slight price premium over the standard Civic hatchback. The entry-level SE petrol model with manual … [Read more...] about Honda rings the changes as a four-door Civic saloon touches down in UK
The Kia Niro EV goes on sale today in South Korea following over 5,000 pre-orders in its domestic market since order books opened in February. A close cousin of the Hyundai Kona EV that was unveiled in February, the Niro EV sits alongside the existing Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the B-segment crossover, of which more than 200,000 units have been sold globally since 2016. Of the total, 65,000 units were sold in Europe, where the Niro EV will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, ahead of a year-end market launch. Kia’s second global electric car after the Soul EV is powered by a 204 PS/395 Nm motor, juiced by a 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. It’s capable of a 450 km range on a single charge, and recharging to 80% via a 100 kW fast charger takes 54 minutes. A less powerful, more affordable version uses a 39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery for a 300 km range – it will be available later. The Niro EV does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.8 seconds, … [Read more...] about Kia Niro EV goes on sale in Korea, Europe end-2018
The Mazda CX-8 went on sale earlier this month in Australia, and it has now been awarded a five-star rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). For the Australian market, the three-row SUV is available in three variants, with prices starting from AUD42,490 (RM127,186). The CX-8 is among the first (the other being the Volvo XC40) to be tested according to ANCAP’s latest and most stringent 2018 assessment protocols, which largely mimics those of its European counterparts like active safety systems and wider test scope (whiplash test for rear passengers, full-width front test, oblique side test and updated pedestrian and side impact tests). Referring to the ANCAP report, the Mazda SUV scored 96% in the Adult Occupant Protection category with the passenger compartment remaining stable in the frontal offset test. In other tests, the CX-8 managed ‘Adequate’ and ‘Good’ ratings when it comes to protecting passengers. In the Child Occupant … [Read more...] about Mazda CX-8 awarded five-star safety rating by ANCAP
Aspiring upstart brand Lynk & Co has released the first official “spyshots” of the 03 sedan, the company’s third model after the 01 and 02 crossovers, as seen on Autocar. The car was previewed by a concept at the Shanghai Motor Show last year, and despite still wearing plenty of camouflage, we can see that the design of the soon-to-be-finished product stays relatively faithful, as we’ve seen in previous spy photos. Unlike what is becoming the norm these days, the 03 doesn’t adopt the trendy four-door “coupé” bodystyle, sticking to a traditional three-box look. At the front, you’ll find the brand’s signature dual-tier headlights with “dual-claw” LED daytime running lights up top, with the larger lower units integrated into the grille. Moving over to the side, the chrome window trim runs into the rear windscreen, while the rear sports L-shaped tail lights also seen on the 01 and 02. Also evident is the sportier … [Read more...] about Lynk & Co 03 sedan – first official “spyshots” revealed
We’re only halfway through the 2018 Formula One World Championship, but Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has already confirmed its driver line-up for the 2019 season. Shortly after securing Lewis Hamilton’s services until end 2020, Valtteri Bottas has now signed a one-year contract extension with the team, with the option for a further year in 2020. Since joining Mercedes in 2017, Bottas has secured three Grand Prix wins and various podium finishes helped the team to a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship. Bottas was previously part of the Williams F1 team, which adopted Mercedes engines from the 2014 season. “It is great news that I will be racing for Mercedes in 2019 and it is nice to announce it here in Hockenheim – not just the home race for Mercedes but also the circuit where I took my first ever single-seater wins back in 2007. This year, with a full winter of preparation, I have been able to make a good step forward – and I believe … [Read more...] about Valtteri Bottas to race for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2019, option for a further year in 2020