New Prices: Merc E-Class, Citroen DS3 Cabrio, Peugeot 208 GTI

A host of significant new and updated models are appearing over the next few months, and the first pricing details are starting to emerge.

We've previewed each of the following vehicles before, so all that's left is to give you the lowdown on pricing - from a swanky convertible, through an executive saloon and estate, to one of this year's most eagerly-awaited hot hatchbacks.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon Estate

Mercedes has freshened up the E-Class range. The distinctive twin headlamps arrangement may have disappeared, but the model benefits as a whole, with new equipment across the board.
The COMAND infotainment system is now standard across the range, and trim levels have been streamlined to SE and AMG Sport, replacing the old SE, Avantgarde and Sport trims. Both get specification increases to significant add value over the increase in purchase price.
Bigger alloy wheels, LED headlamps, improved safety kit and parking assist systems are all standard across the revised range.
On-the-road pricing starts from 32,400 for an E220 CDI in manual, SE trim (autos start at33,920). The basic E200 petrol SE is a little more at 33,980, and the range-topping E300 BlueTEC Hybrid costs 39,530 in SE trim.
AMG Sport models cost a little more, kicking off at 34,895 and 36,535 for manual and auto versions of the E220 CDI. The punchy E350 BlueTEC diesel will set you back 40,900, and the hybrid 42,025.
The E63 AMG is a hefty 73,720, but almost certainly worth it!
Estate models range from 34,310 for the E220 CDI SE with the manual 'box, to 43,815 for the BlueTEC Hybrid AMG Sport. The full-fat E63 AMG Estate goes for 75,510.

Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

We've already road-tested the Citroen DS3 cabriolet, and found it a compelling MINI rival. It's well-made, pretty, and feels like a quality product.
Citroen has now announced full pricing for the model, which starts at a thoroughly acceptable 15,045 for the VTi 82 DSign. It'll be cheap to run too, with CO2 emissions of only 112 g/km.
Equipment levels are nothing to sniff at either, with cruise control, electric mirrors, LED rear lights, dark tinted rear windows, sport suspension and rear parking sensors all standard fitment on the DSign.
DStyle and DSport models offer even more, with air conditioning, mood lighting 16-inch alloys (17 on DSport) and more.
A VTi 120 in DStyle spec retails for 17,425, while the top-end 1.6-litre turbocharged DSport nips in just shy of twenty grand, at 19,675 on the road.
All engines are petrol at present, but diesels should join the range later on. You can pre-order the DS3 Cabriolet now, with deliveries starting March 1.

Peugeot 208 GTI

Peugeot 208 GTI

Comparing its new hot hatchback with the legendary 205 GTI might be a bit risky for Peugeot, but we like to think there's something special hidden up their elegant French sleeves.
We'll know that when the first reviews come in - and when we get to drive the GTI ourselves - but in the meantime, Peugeot has released pricing and on-sale details for the hottest 208.
Available only as a three-door model, the 208 GTI will start at 18,895 when it hits dealerships on the 18th April.
GTI models get unique touches over the standard 208 THP, including 17-inch 'Carbone' alloy wheels, twin chrome exhausts, red-painted brake calipers, GTI sports seats, and of course that 200-horsepower 1.6-litre engine - good for 62 mph in only 6.8 seconds.
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