Volkswagen reveal cross up!

Volkswagen has released full specifications and images of the all new cross up! ahead of the model’s debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The cross up! is a mini SUV version of the original Volkswagen up! city car. It sports roof rails, 16 inch alloy wheels and larger bumpers than its older brother, as well as black body cladding for the wheel arches and side sills.13547_1_l

There are many similarities with the Fiat Panda 4×4, itself a crossover version of the Fiat Panda city car. However, the cross up! is only available as a front-wheel drive, unlike the Panda 4×4 which can be purchased as a rear-wheel drive.

The same two engines fitted to the standard up! are available for the cross up! – two 1.0 litre three-cylinder offerings. Buyers can choose between the 59bhp and the 74bhp.
With the current state of the UK climate, Volkswagen really couldn’t have pitched the timing of the cross up!’s release any better. Snow continues to fall in many areas leaving standard city cars struggling. The cross up! should be much more accomplished at tackling the white stuff. Consequently it is safe to say servicing costs will be cheaper on the whole.

Additions to the cabin include new upholstery and floor mats, while the instrument panel has been updated and there is more chrome trim.
There is just one issue hanging in the balance however – Volkswagen has still not decided whether the cross up! will be offered for sale in the UK. More information should be available next month when it is officially unveiled in Geneva.13547_4_l

How Cheap Is Cheap?

At a time when the economic climate of the UK is in a state of recession, saving money is more important than ever. Driving has never been a cheap aspect of life, and unfortunately it’s probably at its most expensive currently in terms of fuelling and servicing and MOT costs.

Used cars always have been and always will be the cheapest option, but the fact of the matter is that many people just won’t go for it – they favour a brand new automobile, regardless of the added expense and diminished residuals.

However, buying a new vehicle outright is not a viable option for many, and so financing is becoming ever more popular. So what is the cheapest you can pay to finance a car?

Well, as the automotive industry has found out over the past 12 months or so, Dacia is single-handedly redefining the concept of budget motoring. And guess what? The Dacia Sandero is now the cheapest car to finance in the UK.dacia-sandero_l

It is available at the incredibly affordable price of just £69 a month, for 48 months, with a deposit of £1,845. There is also the option of paying £99 a month for the same period with a deposit of just £600.

At £69 the Sandero represents a bill of little more than most people pay for their mobile phones. Similar deals are offered on the Duster SUV, which is available from £99 per month.dacia-sandero

Both models are due for availability in the UK in early 2013 and come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty as standard.