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New or used? Vauxhall v Peugeot - Your Guide to Small Family Cars

Oct 29, 2007
If you are looking for a small family car then chances are you will have been to the local car dealership to look at the latest offerings from Peugeot and Vauxhall. Both manufacturers have a long history of providing reliable vehicles to this segment of the market. The new Peugeot 308 and new Vauxhall Astra have built upon past success. So is it worth going new or should you opt for a used version of these classics?

The Peugeot 308

In September 2007 Peugeot released the Peugeot 308 under the tagline 'The drive of your life'. It was built on the success of its predecessor the 307. The designers have managed to incorporate high standards of safety equipment and excellent road handling into the new model. It provides a spacious interior and greater carrying capacity which can be expanded to 1,398 litres when the seats are folded. The Peugeot 308 boasts class leading aerodynamics that helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.4 VTi 95bhp with 5-spd manual gearbox retails at Peugeot dealers in the UK from GBP11995. The 1.6 HDi 90 bhp 5-spd manual gearbox can cost as little as GBP13295. The car performs well with the 1.6 THP 150 bhp version reaching 0-60 mph in just 8.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 132 mph. The 1.6 HDi 110 bhp version boasts 60.1 miles per gallon consumption rate.

Vauxhall Astra

Designed to 'match the energy of your life' the Vauxhall Astra provides innovative features to provide flexible space alongside safety and security. The Astra comes with twin front airbags, front seat side impact airbags, Anti-locking breaking system (ABS) and Electro-Hydraulic Power-assisted Steering. The Astra provides a flexible 60/40 or 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and a vertical load restraining net to help maximise the spacious interior. The 1.4i 16v Manual can be purchased for as little as GBP12915 with the 1.3CDTi 16v (90PS) Manual diesel retailing from GBP14500 at Vauxhall dealerships. The Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6 16v 115 Life 5dr can achieve 0-60 in 11.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 115 mph. It has a four star rating from What car?

A new car will benefit from your exact specifications and buying new can be extremely fulfilling. It is however worth considering that depreciation is the biggest cost when running a car. It may be worth buying a used vehicle. The biggest drop in value happens within the first 12 months and you can save a lot of money buying second hand. This might not mean you have to miss out on a warranty with many reputable dealers offering 12 months on used vehicles and there is always the option to take out your own policy with an independent provider. But the main benefit to a used vehicle is the price. Here is a brief introduction to the used versions of the Peugeot and Vauxhall small family cars.

Peugeot 307 (2001-)

The Peugeot 307 benefits from a stylish design and is packed full of safety equipment. Criticisms have been made of the cars handling and it also has one of the smaller rear spaces on the market. The used version has demonstrated some problems with the suspension and head gasket so it is beneficial to expect and scrutinise service history. There are so many on the market that they can be picked up for as little as GBP2595 to GBP12570 and can provide you with a bargain.

Vauxhall Astra (2004-)

The used Vauxhall Astra from the same supple ride composed handling and strong engine as its younger sibling. It is important to check for signs of crash damage and uneven tyre wear. It is advisable to shop around to make sure you find the right one for you and to expect a full service history. It is a very reliable vehicle made popular because of a reputation for its tough durable motor and therefore represents a good option for buying used. It is the fifth choice in what car? recommended used car buying guide. It will set you back between GBP5435 and GBP11720.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been researching the car retail industry for some time now. To search for a new or used car at a reputable Peugeot and Vauxhall Dealers visit http://www.dickensgroup.com.
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