With a flurry of brand new cars always coming to market, a great way to save money is to look at an outgoing version instead.
You might not get the latest design or technology, but many of these cars are still more than up the job.
So with a range of next-generation cars arriving in showrooms in 2021, we look at some great nearly-new options you can buy today.
BMW 4 Series Convertible
The latest BMW 4 Series has been causing quite the debate with its controversial styling – noticeably an enormous front grille – and while you can already buy a new Coupe, you’ll have to wait until next March before the Convertible reaches showrooms.
So if you prefer your drop-top 4 Series to be more understated, it’s worth looking at the outgoing model, which remains great to drive and has a high-quality interior laden with kit. Of course, the other big advantage of going with an outgoing car is the money you’ll save. While the new 2021 model costs £45,785 even in entry-level form, you can pick up a 2020 example of the outgoing car for £31,000 – a huge saving.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson represents quite the departure from its predecessor – both in terms of design and technology. But if you value practicality and ease of use, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the outgoing version of this popular SUV.
Prices for the new Tucson are likely to start from around £25,000, but with 2020-registered examples of the outgoing car available from around £17,000, you can make a huge saving by going with this outgoing car. Choose a mid-spec SE Nav and you’ll get 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera. It’s also comfortable, while a 513-litre boot makes it one of the most spacious cars in its class.
For many years, saloon cars were Jaguar’s bread and butter. These days, it’s the British firm’s SUVs that are the most popular, but Jaguar certainly still knows how to make a good four-door car. And with the arrival of a heavily-updated XF salon, big savings can be had on nearly-new models.
We spotted 2020 XF models for as little as £25,000, which gets you an excellent executive car for the same price as a mid-spec family hatchback. While pre-facelifted examples of this Jaguar don’t get the cutting-edge tech of new models, they remain luxurious and well-equipped.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
If you’re looking for a fun, practical and high-quality hot hatch, it’s hard to go wrong with a Volkswagen Golf GTI. For generations, this sporty number has been a big hit and its popularity continues today. And with Volkswagen’s latest eighth-generation GTI just arriving in dealers, you could bag yourself quite the saving by looking for a nearly-new model instead.
Although you won’t get the modern digitalised interior found on the most recent cars, you’re unlikely to be disappointed with the outgoing version of this hot hatch – known as the ‘7.5’. That’s because it still gets a large touchscreen and digital dials, and feels equally well-built. And if you pick a ‘Performance’ version, you’ll get the exact same 242bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine as the latest Golf GTI. Expect to pay £25,000 for a 2020 car – a significant saving on the £33,460 price of a new model.
The Sorento is Kia’s flagship model in the UK, and with its fourth generation, Kia have aimed to move it upmarket. And while it might look more premium inside and outside, this seven-seat SUV now has a price to match – with models now costing a steep £38,885 new.
But if you don’t fancy paying those prices, you should take a look at nearly-new models of the outgoing Sorento – a car that still offers handsome looks, loads of standard kit and a very roomy interior. Expect to pay less than £30,000 for a well-specced KX-2 or KX-3 car.