August is a great time to consider getting a new car. You have the start of the new school year approaching in September, so a new car for the school run may be in order. You may be a student recently passed their driving test and needing a new car to take back to university with you. In truth, during the summer months, there are sufficient reasons why you may need a new car.
However, you may be unsure which cars to choose from. Hippo Leasing has several deals available for this month, which may inspire you to lease a new car.
My sister-in-law recently bought this car on PCP for the sole reason of it being excellent for a small family. It comes with rubber protectors on the doors to prevent it being damaged if a child excitedly opens it too far and hits a wall. It has 36 combinations of contrasting exterior colour with my nephew choosing white and red option.
Citroen offers a choice of engines to go under the C3 bonnet. Three variations of petrol engines and two diesel varieties. The cheapest engine is the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 67 bhp. It doesn’t come with a turbocharger, but it does produce a fuel economy of 60 mpg, which means you will be saving plenty on monthly fuel costs.
The mid-range C3 is the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine throwing out 81 bhp. This model hits 0-60 mph in 12.8 seconds, which is a few seconds quicker than the basic model. The best overall model for quickness and fuel economy is the 1.2-litre engine developing 109 bhp. It delivers 61 mpg, but also comes with a turbocharger allowing it to surge from 0-60 mph in 9.3 seconds.
The best thing about the C3 is the interior. It doesn’t feel like a car inside. The controls are minimalist thanks to the infotainment touchscreen in the centre console that features both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This allows you to use your phone, hands-free whilst driving by using voice controls. The materials used are well-put together and there is plenty of splashes of colour all around.
The Citroen C3 is spacious with bountiful amounts of headroom and legroom for adults in both the front and the back. The boot offers 300-litres, which will increase when those rear seats fall.
BMW 3 Series
BMW has long has the monopoly on the great compact saloon on the market with the 3 Series and that doesn’t look like it is going to change. This car is perfect for both the family and the business use. Drop the kids off at school and head straight over to your earliest business meeting. Its closest rival is also on the list and is the Audi A4 saloon.
BMW has always had some of the best interiors on the market, but in the 3 Series, BMW hasn't followed the minimalist, modern look of its rivals. It has stuck with the familiar design that 3 Series drivers have loved in the past. The plastics used are of superb quality and the dashboard is angled towards the driver for easy use whilst driving.
Space wise, the 3 Series is incredibly spacious now. The legroom offered for drivers and passengers is excellent and the headroom in the saloon is great. It is also good for those parents with young children, because like the Citroen C3, it takes a child seat with clearly marked Isofix points. It comes with a 480-litre boot capacity.
BMW built excellent engines for their 3 Series, all of which deliver either great fuel economy of fun levels of speed. Each model of 3 Series achieves a certain aspect and you can browse through the engines on offer until you find the one to suit your needs.
Audi A4 Saloon
If you are looking for an executive saloon to use the Audi A4 is another excellent one to consider. It is the direct rival of the BMW 3 Series but is, in fact, more updated than the BMW. The interior is a minimalist modern feel to it. It doesn’t bombard you with buttons and switches and instead replaces many of those with touchscreen infotainment systems.
Under the bonnet of the A4, you have a huge amount of choice with both petrol and diesel options. The first petrol engine is the 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 148 bhp and is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. It produces a fuel economy of 53.3 mpg.
The most popular choice is the 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 250 bhp. This one delivers a fuel economy of 47.9 mpg. On the diesel side, the choice of engines really is the 2.0-litre diesel engine either producing 150 bhp and 190 bhp. These two engines offer higher fuel economies than the petrol models with the 150 bhp model delivering 74.3 mpg and the 190 bhp bringing 72.4 mpg to the party.
This car is perfect for students who are off to university and need a small car to get around their new cities in. This city car is available with either three doors or five doors and stands out from many of its rivals thanks to its funky design. IT is also lively to drive, holding tight in the corners and quick on the straights.
The current Toyota Aygo has a high-quality interior compared with the older model. The dashboard looks great with its shiny plastics and bold coloured strip across the dashboard. The dashboard strip usually matches the exterior colour (bright orange not always the best choice).
Space inside is good enough as you might expect from a city car and the five door model offers easier access to get in and out of the car. It has a small boot of 168-litre available, but if you drop those rear seats, that will increase.
The Aygo model comes with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 68 bhp and runs from 0-60 mph in 13.9 seconds. However, if you are travelling a lot to university and back, you may need to be concerned about fuel efficiency. The fuel economy on this car is 70 mpg.
If you are looking for a new car for whatever reason, we have plenty of cars available for your consideration. If you do see a car you like, enquire with us and our dedicated team will find you the right lease deal for your chosen car.