With 2022 fast approaching, so too comes the change in number plate that tempts many to trade up to a newer car. Ahead of the arrival of the first 221-registered cars, we're taking a look at all the car brands in Ireland offering finance deals on 221 models and in-coming models to look forward to.
Citroen is offering 1.9 per cent APR financing on all passenger cars, with a five-year warranty and three years' roadside assistance. Included in those offers are the C5 Aircross and the all-electric e-C4 crossover.
Upcoming models: three new or upgraded models are expected to hit Irish roads in the second quarter of next year including a facelifted C5 Aircross, a new flagship model called the C5 X (also available as a hybrid) and the little electric Ami microcar.
All Cupra models will be available with 2.9 per cent PCP finance with a complimentary Cupra Care Pack that includes a three-year service plan, a complimentary courtesy car, complimentary collection/delivery of buyers' own cars and a complimentary clean.
Upcoming models: we've already driven Cupra's electric hot hatch, the Born, which is due to arrive in the spring of 2022 with prices starting from €31,440.
Dacia is offering a 4.9 per cent APR across its entire range which, considering the relative affordability of the company's cars, works out at some incredibly low weekly payments. The 221 Dacia Sandero can be driven for as low as €30 per week, the crossover-styled Sandero Stepway (the most popular Sandero in the Irish market) for €35 per week, while the Duster SUV will cost €45 per week. That works out at €195 per month for a well-equipped family SUV or just €130 per month for a brand new Sandero.
Upcoming models: due next year is the Dacia Jogger seven-seat MPV set to replace the Dacia Logan MCV. It'll get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and, though there's no word yet on Irish pricing, expect something north of the Logan MCV's €16,000 given that the Jogger is a seven-seater.
A 3.9 per cent APR offer on PCP deals is available across the DS range, which currently consists of the DS 3 Crossback and DS 7 Crossback.
Upcoming models: the next-generation DS 4 is due "very soon" according to the company, so we expect it to arrive in early 2022 and to feature petrol and hybrid powertrains. The handsome DS 9 saloon won't follow too long after.
Fiat is currently running a number of promotional offers for 221 models based on a 48-month PCP deal with a deposit contribution from Fiat.
500 (outgoing model) - €195/month
Panda (hybrid) - €152/month
500X - €282/month
500L - €282/month
Tipo (saloon and hatchback) - €238/month
Upcoming models: the first new Fiat to arrive here next year will be the new electric 500, though whether we'll see both the Long Range and City versions (with 320km and 185km of range, respectively) remains to be seen.
A 2.9 per cent APR and a deposit contribution of up to €1,500 on certain models is Ford's way of tempting buyers into showrooms for 221. The offer stands on all Fiesta, Puma, Focus, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy models, though not on the new electric Mustang Mach-E.
Upcoming models: there'll be a facelifted Fiesta, Focus and Tourneo Connect arriving in early 2022 with upgraded tech and more extensive mild-hybrid powertrain options.
Hyundai Tucson buyers can avail of either a 3.9 per cent APR on a PCP deal or five years' free servicing. All models ordered for 221 will receive five years' AA roadside assistance, a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and five years' complimentary health checks. For electrified models, there's a warranty of eight years or 160,000km on the battery packs.
Upcoming models: one car expected to launch in 2022 (though it probably won't hit Irish roads until 2023) is the Hyundai Ioniq 6, an all-electric saloon and the second entry in Hyundai's reinvention of its electric Ioniq sub-brand following the introduction of the Ioniq 5. Other Ioniq models including a seven-seat SUV are expected further down the line.
Jeep is running a promotional offer on Renegade models only (though not the plug-in hybrid 4xe) with a 5.9 per cent APR on PCP deals and 48 monthly payments of €325 per month with a deposit contribution from Jeep of up to €1,302.
Upcoming models: a new Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected in 2022 but it's unclear yet as to when it'll make it to Ireland.
As well as hire purchase deals starting at zero per cent APR, Kia is offering 3.9 per cent PCP deals across its entire range as well as, for all models ordered before December 23, a €500 SuperValu gift card to seal the deal. These offers are applicable across the whole Kia range that includes a number of hybrid and electric models. For some of those electrified models - the all-electric e-Soul and e-Niro models as well as the Ceed SW, XCeed and Niro plug-in hybrids, Kia will throw in a free home charger.
Upcoming models: arriving early next year is the new Kia Sportage SUV that should prove a hit with Irish buyers and includes a total change of style, a raft of tech and a plug-in hybrid option.
Lexus is offering a 3.9 per cent APR PCP deal on its UX and NX crossovers, as well as on its ES saloon. UX buyers who register their new car before February 28 will receive a choice of that 3.9 per cent APR or a €2,000 hybrid trade-in allowance.
Upcoming models: next year will see the convertible version of the phenomenal-looking LC 500 coupe hitting Irish showrooms. Already sold for some years in other markets, it's the first time we're getting it here.
Across Mazda2, 3, 6, CX-30 and CX-5 models, Mazda is offering a 4.9 per cent APR PCP deal. For Mazda3 and CX-30 models ordered in the higher-spec Homura grade, a 3.9 per cent APR will apply, though Homura models are slightly more expensive on the whole. Buyers of the electric MX-30 can choose from either the standard 5.9 per cent APR with a free wallbox or just opt for a 3.9 per cent rate without the charging box.
Upcoming models: Mazda2, 3, CX-30, CX-5 and MX-5 models have all received light updates for 2022. The company plans to launch a large SUV later in 2022 as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the MX-30, which should help dispel qualms about its notably short battery range.
Not specific to 221, but Mercedes is currently offering a 3.9 per cent APR on its A-Class and C-Class models meaning that buyers can expect to pay from €341 and €445 per month, respectively. Across the rest of the range (that is, in this case: B-Class, CLA, CLS, E-Class, GLA, GLB, GLC and S-Class) a 4.9 per cent PCP rate will apply.
Upcoming models: Mercedes is really going on the offensive in 2022 with an enormous number of models due to arrive in Ireland. On the all-electric front, first up in the first quarter of the year is the luxury electric S-Class equivalent, the EQS, followed shortly after by the EQB SUV. After that, the E-Class alternative, the EQE, is due as well as, later in the year, two AMG-tuned versions of the same car. Speaking of AMG performance, there'll also be the new SL sports car, as well as an updated AMG GT four-door coupe.
The whole MG range will see a low 2.9 per cent APR on 221 PCP deals, as well as a free home charging point for all plug-in models. The newly refreshed electric ZS SUV is available at a 1.9 per cent APR with a free home charge point for a limited time (while stocks last, according to MG). All models come with a seven-year warranty.
Upcoming models: MG says it will launch a smaller full-electric vehicle in late 2022 in addition to others planned over the next few years.
MINI is currently offering the Clubman Cooper model at 2.9 per cent APR in Sport and Exclusive specs with monthly payments starting from €277. Elsewhere in the range, a 3.9 per cent PCP rate applies on all models including the MINI Electric and Countryman plug-in hybrid, which can be had from €346 and €500 per month, respectively. The lower-than-usual PCP rates apply to all cars registered before the end of June 2022.
Upcoming models: not much is expected in 2022, but 2023 will see the launch of a new small electric crossover, a bigger replacement for the current Countryman and a smaller replacement for the MINI Hatch.
Nissan is offering a 3.9 per cent APR on PCP financing across its entire range for 221 models including the all-electric Leaf and new mild-hybrid Qashqai, based on a 36-month contract and a 10,000km per year limit. The 40kW version of the Leaf XE can be driven for payments of €270 per month.
Upcoming models: the Nissan Ariya electric SUV is due to hit our roads in early to mid-2022 to challenge the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. Some models are capable of over 450km of range between charges. The Ariya is based on the same EV-only platform as the upcoming Renault Megane E-Tech Electric and, likely, the next-gen Nissan Leaf.
Peugeot is making the choice of switching to an electric vehicle even more attractive with 2.9 per cent APR hire purchase and PCP deals on its e-208 and e-2008 models. Elsewhere in the range, the outgoing 308 can be bought with a 3.9 per cent APR though for the rest of the Peugeot range a 4.9 per cent rate applies. All models come with a five-year warranty and scrappage options of up to €4,000.
Upcoming models: the new 308 is set to arrive in Irish showrooms soon and, while it'll initially be available in petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid form, an all-electric version should follow either late in 2022 or in 2023.
Renault is offering its electric Zoe supermini with a zero per cent APR PCP deal meaning that it can be driven from €189 per month. A 4.9 per cent APR applies across the rest of the range that includes hybrid versions of the Arkana and Clio as well as plug-in hybrid versions of the Captur and Megane.
Upcoming models: the big news is that the Megane E-Tech Electric is due to arrive in March with an electric range of up to 470km.
SEAT has geared up for the 221 period with the launch of updated Ibiza and Arona models. PCP offers start with a 1.9 per cent APR on Ibiza, Arona, Leon and Ateca, while a 2.9 per cent rate applies on the Tarraco and Leon e-Hybrid. A three-year service plan can be optioned for €9.99 per month.
Upcoming models: the Ibiza and Arona models have just been given a light refresh with some styling updates and enhanced tech. The company says it intends to expand its plug-in hybrid offerings, the next of which, the Tarraco e-Hybrid, will arrive towards the end of the first quarter in 2022.
As there's a new Fabia due, Skoda is currently offering its smallest model on a zero per cent APR PCP deal with payments starting from €169 per month and three years' servicing. Skoda's Scala is also available at zero per cent APR, though for other cars in the company's range (Octavia, Superb, Karoq and Kamiq) a 3.9 per cent rate applies. Further up the price scale, the large Kodiaq SUV and electric Enyaq iV are both being offered at a 4.9 per cent rate. Three years' servicing is offered across the board.
Upcoming models: the new Fabia is expected in February and a facelifted version of the mid-sized Karoq SUV is coming in April. May will see the arrival of the Enyaq coupe, a rival for its Volkswagen Group stablemate, the Volkswagen ID.5.
On Yaris Hybrid, Corolla, CH-R, RAV4 plug-in hybrid and Hilux models for 221, Toyota is offering a PCP deal with a 3.9 per cent APR. Yaris, Yaris Cross, Camry, RAV4, Highlander and Prius models all come on the higher 4.9 per cent rate. Corolla, CH-R and Highlander models all get a trade-in booster or finance contribution from Toyota of up to €2,500. Three years' servicing comes as standard across the range.
Upcoming models: two new models are definitely slated for next year: the crossover-styled supermini called the Aygo X and the pure-electric bZ4X SUV. With a 71.4kWh battery, the bZ4X is expected to deliver around 450km between charges. Both single-motor, front-wheel-drive and twin-motor, all-wheel-drive versions will be available.
PCP finance at a 1.9 per cent APR is available on ID.3, ID.4 and T-Cross models as well as the upcoming Taigo coupe-SUV. For Volkswagen's current electric ID models, that means monthly payments of €319 and €459 for the ID.3 and ID.4, respectively. The APR is tiered going up the range, so Polo, Golf and Tiguan models for 221 are offered at 2.9 per cent APR while T-Roc, Passat, Arteon and Touareg get a 3.9 per cent rate. At the top of the PCP tree, the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid is available at 4.9 per cent.
Upcoming models: first to arrive will be the Taigo coupe-SUV. Spring of 2022 will see a facelifted T-Roc with refreshed styling and tech while the middle of the year will also see the launch of another coupe-SUV, this time the pure-electric ID.5, which will feature a 77kWh battery pack and a range of up to 520km. As well as those three main launches, there'll be the addition of plug-in hybrid options across much of the VW range.
Volvo's compact XC40 SUV is being offered with a zero per cent APR PCP plan on both plug-in hybrid and internal combustion-engined models in R-Design and Inscription trim levels. For Momentum and Inscription Expression models, Volvo is offering a 1.9 per cent rate, while the battery-electric XC40 is available at a heftier 4.9 per cent APR. The V60 estate is also being offered at zero per cent APR for 221 while XC90 and XC60 are available at a 2.9 per cent rate.
As well as financing offers, Volvo is offering discounted pricing on some of its optional extra packages. In the XC90, for example, the addition of a Lounge Pack for €1,299 adds a tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, an upgraded sound system, four-zone climate control and a 360-degree parking camera. A similar pack at the same price is offered in the XC60, while the Driver Assist pack adds a sunroof and driver assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, to the XC40.
Upcoming models: deliveries for the new pure-electric Volvo C40 Recharge will begin early in 2022.