Fiesta to get a Hot Hatch Makeover?

The automotive industry was stunned when the new Ford Focus RS was unleashed in 2016, as the impressive compact car packed a serious punch and delivered excellent statistics. The 345bhp four-wheel drive hot hatchback ticked all of the boxes that a hot hatch fan could want, and many motorists were thrilled to learn that it also had an affordable price-tag.

Rumblings of a Fiesta RS

With the success of the vehicle, there have since been persistent rumblings of Ford’s Performance division turning their attention to the Fiesta and giving it the RS makeover. Ford reported that their sales for hot hatches soared by 21% in September 2016, plus they also recently unveiled the Mk7 Ford Fiesta – this seems to suggest that the Fiesta RS could be just around the corner.

Clues from Ford

Furthering the case for the Fiesta RS is the fact that executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service hinted that Ford was planning to make more use of the coveted RS badge. Steve Odell stated “the RS brand is really valuable. People race it. People collect it. I believe there is room to expand”. The rumours started back in 2015, when Ford’s senior vehicle engineer stated that the current Fiesta had another two and a half years before it was replaced and that there “could be something else” after this.

Estimated Specs

It is reported that the vehicle is currently in development stage, but some people believe that they have figured out the specifications of the highly-anticipated automobile. It is thought that the Fiesta RS could get as much as 250bhp, which would be a considerable amount more than the Fiesta ST (178bhp). It could also feature four-wheel drive as this is something that they have tried to roll out into other models.

Whilst you Wait

It seems that a Fiesta RS certainly is on the horizon, but those in the market right now for a new car will not want to wait as it is only a rumour right now. The current Fiesta is definitely worth considering and it is Britain’s best-selling car of all-time. You can find affordable used Fiestas and different models at reputable car supermarket websites e.g. Motorpoint.

The success of the Ford Focus RS in 2016 and constant rumours of a Fiesta RS has the hot hatch community on high alert – it seems only a matter of time until Ford make the announcement that the Performance division will be working their magic once again.

Rent a Supercar

Have you ever dreamed of driving a Lamborghini or Ferrari? Well now you can, and not just for a few laps around a track. With specialist supercar hire firms you can rent out a supercar for an entire day, weekend or week.

A short 10 minutes of form filling and payment of the applicable fee and you are free to drive away your supercar of choice.  You can even have your chosen car delivered to your door, anywhere in the UK, such as your place of work, home or airport.

Here are 3 exciting Hybrid supercars of the moment which you can rent short or long term.

BMW i8 Hybrid

With a price range starting from £750.00 per day, experience the first supercar with the consumption and emission values of a small family car. The i8 brings comfort, style, economy and power all in one. Apart from drawing stares, the i8 means business on the race track.

BMW i8

BMW i8

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

The Porsche 918 Spyder is an awe-inspiring mid-engined plug-in hybrid supercar completely in a class of its own due to Porsches racing and economy pedigree. Did you know that the 918 Spyder is the second plug-in hybrid from Porsche after the Panamera S E-Hybrid? Get behind the wheel for £2200.00 per day

porsche 918 spyder hybrid

Porsche 918 spyder hybrid

McLaren P1 Hybrid

The McLaren P1 is a plug-in hybrid supercar built in limited numbers. McLaren’s F1 background has made a dramatic impact on the evolution of Hybrid Supercars. Being the successor to the F1, it utilizes hybrid power and Formula 1 technology to the extreme. All yours to enjoy for £2200.00 per day.

Mclaren P1 hybrid

First-Time Car Buyer Guide

A Brief Guide for a First-Time Car Buyer

For a first-time buyer, the prospect of buying a car can be daunting. With so much choice on the market and many finance options to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start when buying your first car.

We understand that a car can be a big expense, so here are three things you should consider before making your purchase.

New or Used?

The first thing you should think about is whether you want a new or used car. Used cars are often the more affordable choice for first-time buyers, but it depends what you’re looking for in a car. Consider what you’ll be using your new purchase for and whether cost or reliability is the most important factor for you.

Don’t write off the option of a new car. Although you many think they aren’t financially valuable, if you do your research, you will be likely to find low-rate finance deals that could be within your budget.

With a new car, you won’t have to experience roadside breakdowns or costly repair bills. Many also have improved safety features that can aid you with driving, such as electronic stability control, back-up cameras and sensors, park assist and lane departure warnings.

How to Pay

Many people choose to buy a used car so they can pay for it outright, which is perhaps the most cost-effective way to buy a car. However, if you can’t afford to do this then there are many finance options available, such as hire purchase or a car lease, which allow you to make fixed monthly payments on your car.

Put some research into the finance options available and weigh up the pros and cons of each to decide which is best for your financial situation.

Find the Best Deal

Research has shown that different seasons can affect the price of a car. The best deals are often found at the end of the year, during the festive season. This period is in the middle of registration plate changes and it is also the best time to negotiate a good deal as car dealers will be trying to reach their quarterly sales targets.

Don’t forget to look online when you’re searching for the best deals on your new car. Dealers such as Unbeatable Car have an extensive collection of new and used cars that can be viewed online and you can also check whether you are eligible for finance on their website.

By following our three tips, you can take your first step on your journey to buying your first car. Whether you decide to buy a new or used car, you will be able to find a good deal if you take your time to put in the research and consider the season that you make your purchase.

Looking Back at the Best Cars of 2016

2016 may have been a bad year for many things, but one area that hasn’t felt its icy touch is the auto industry. We’ve put together a list of a few of the best vehicles to hit the road this year and why we think they’re worth looking at if you’re in the market for something new.

Audi A5 Sportback

A compact executive saloon that’s stylish enough to impress at both business and social occasions with a lush interior and improved fuel efficiency? Sign us up. With performance on top of that in the form of a smooth, refined ride and monstrous acceleration this is a definite buy, and if the £38,000 plus price tag is a little outside of your price range it won’t be too long before dealers like AA Cars are wheeling out this newest model at a fraction of the price.

Honda Fit

Considering all the bells and whistles it comes with, the Fit’s price of just under £20,000 feels fair. As well as a rear view camera, this stylish subcompact is surprisingly spacious for how little space it takes up on the road. Not to mention, it handles like a dream and gets fuel economy, making it a great option for first-timers.

Hyundai i10

Coming in at under £11,000 is What Car?’s winner of the best city car of the year, the i10. It’s roomy enough for any task you turn it to, its fuel economy is through the roof, and it looks good to boot, making it a great car for any driver.

Skoda Superb

Once upon a time they were the butt of many a joke, but since VW took ownership of Skoda they’ve really turned things around and this year’s Superb is the culmination of all that effort. It’s comfortable, powerful, economical to run and even cheap to buy—affordability has never stopped being a priority for this brand.

Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE

Speaking of VW, their showing is perhaps the best electric car of the year. The distance it can cover on electricity alone is an impressive twenty miles and the space and handling it provides means it makes a great family or business car.

The UK’s Worst Places to get a Taxi

We’ve all been there, stood in the taxi queue after a night out waiting in the cold for what seems to be hours clutching our takeaway and hoping to be next in the queue soon. Not being able to get a taxi is generally worse on an evening but day in day out, people struggle to catch a lift throughout the UK. Research by Cab Direct has found that some places in the UK it can be more difficult than others, here’s an overview of the worst places to catch a ride:

Swansea

Coming out worst in the polls was Swansea, where the ratio of people per taxi was significantly low. The Welsh town is the second largest city in Wales, so should have a much higher ratio than the shocking 439 people per taxi that is available. It looks like if you’re heading to Swansea this weekend you need to be prepared to hop on the bus or stay somewhere in walking distance of the city.

Darlington

If you’re needing a taxi in the North East, you’ll be waiting a while. Disabled travellers needing a wheelchair accessible cab in the Darlington area were found having to wait the longest for a vehicle with there only being 1 taxi available for every 11,694 people, making the odds of people being able to catch a cab when they want one significantly low. However, for people wanting to catch a standard taxi the chance of hopping in a cab when you need one are much higher with a ratio of 229 people per taxi.

York

The charming cobbles of York are walked far more often than residents would like thanks to a ratio of only 1 taxi per 349 residents, making jumping in a taxi a rarity. In such a popular tourist destination, this is quite surprising considering how many people visit the popular city year upon year, there’s clearly an opening for potential taxi firms with so many tourists and students in heading into the city.

Unsurprisingly, the places that came up trumps were the UKs biggest cities where the ratio of taxis to people was much more even with London leading the way. Closely behind were the northern cities of Manchester, Newcastle, and Liverpool where taxis arrived much more often meaning that residents and visitors alike had a good chance of getting both a wheelchair friendly taxi and a standard taxi exactly when they wanted one.

Getting a Cab in the UK

Getting a Cab in the UK