Revealed: the premium cars you can buy for Ford Focus money
The latest new car registration figures reveal that registrations of diesel cars continue to fall - meaning now could be a good time to get an excellent deal.
Approved dealers are registering new cars in a bid to meet targets, before slashing the price and selling 'as-new' models with as little as 10 miles on the clock. The practice, known as pre-registering, is particularly prevalent ahead of the number plate changing in September.
While diesel cars don't suit everyone, if you cover high miles (more than 12,000 a year) and regularly drive at motorway speeds for extended periods (30 minutes or more), they still make sense.
The latest Euro6 diesels are much less polluting than older models, meaning they're still allowed within Ultra Low Emission Zones being rolled out across UK cities.
We found pre-registered diesel examples of the Volvo V90 R-Design - one of our favourite premium estate cars - for as little as £26,695, representing a saving or more than £16,000 over the list price.
An Audi A6 can be picked up for £25,990, meanwhile - a saving of around £12,500.
If you'd prefer a smaller executive car, a Jaguar XE 2.0D Prestige can be bought for £21,795 - less than a new Ford Focus ST-Line.
The Volvo V90 is a left-field premium estate car with a huge boot, Ikea-esque interior and bags of appeal. We found a D4 R-Design for £26,695, representing a saving of more than £16,000 off list price.
The latest Audi A6 is a relatively new model, meaning the deals on offer are surprising. Loaded with technology and with a superb interior, the A6 could be a great buy.
Looking for a car that's great to drive? The Jaguar XE is even more fun than long-standing competitors like the BMW 3 Series, and we found as-new examples for less than £22,000.
BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series has just been replaced. This is the old model, but it's still a very good car, and there are some strong deals to be had. How does a saving of around £13,000 for a high-spec example sound?
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact executive car, yet feels just as upmarket as some of the bigger cars featured here. Its interior is a fine place to be if you cover high miles.