Thank you to our personal contract hire customer for collecting their vehicle from the CarLease UK premises! Say hello to the micro-SUV which is the Jaguar E-Pace.
The smaller version to the F-pace, this little beauty is a great alternative for those customers looking at the Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes GLA or Audi Q2 or Audi Q3, which is arguably one of the most competitive classes of vehicles in the UK automotive industry.
The phenomenal growth in SUVs has taking many of us by surprise, as car buying/leasing habits have completely changed over the last 5 years, with almost seismic shifts in the last 6-12 months.
The push towards an SUV is a practical and logical one – these cars offer more room, a higher driving position and are more aesthetically pleasing than an MPV. With the growing costs associated in running a vehicle (insurance/fuel/servicing) gone are the days where a family could effectively run a fleet.
Most families need to have a car which effectively “does all” and the SUV just fits the bill.
The only small complication within this is the recent confusion on what fuel choice a customer should go for. Many customers are now asking the question – should I buy/lease a petrol or diesel vehicle? To answer very simply, and directly, contrary to some poor information in the public domain, including a poor approach by the UK Government, it is still possible to choose between both of these fuel types.
As to which fuel choice is the right one for you is simply a question of suitability.
If you are a high-mileage driver covering in excess of 20,000 miles per annum, particularly on the motorway, the diesel engine is still the most apt fuel choice. Recent developments in electric and PHEV vehicles may seem like a good idea but as this technology is still relatively new, these are not a clear choice as some would believe.
On the other hand, if you are covering less than 10,000 miles per annum, a low-mileage user, and you do mainly stop/start driving, then a petrol engine is your choice. Due to the way a diesel engine operates, the driving style and behaviour would simply be unworkable. Added to that is that petrol engines are now more efficient (and petrol is cheaper) so for small journeys a petrol will be the right way forwards.
In some cases, a fully-electric vehicle could be considered for ultra-low journeys, particularly where you are in and out of a city which charges for emissions.
While some of this was relevant within this transaction, as the E-Pace is available as both diesel and petrol, one of the more relevant points was that of age. As the customer (without giving too much away) was older than 70, there was a question as to whether or not you can be too old to lease a vehicle? There is NO maximum age to lease car. As contract hire is a credit-based product, this is one of the main considerations which you must first review before making a decision.
For some older-customers, as many are retired, they may have paid off a mortgage or, instead of receiving a salary, they now receive a pension.
Out of interest, just get an Experian report first and this should help you understand your credit position.
The other consideration for elderly customers arises out of “treating customers fairly” in particular any customer who is considered vulnerable. An older customer can be considered vulnerable and credit brokers, like us, will often inform the customer that they need to ensure they review the quotes carefully with a trusted friend, relative or independent party.
In addition, there should be no pressure placed on the customer during the course of the transaction .
In terms of the car shown here, the JAGUAR E-PACE DIESEL ESTATE 2.0d  R-Dynamic SE 5dr Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Metallic – Borasco grey
· Grained leather – Ebony with Reims stitching
· Ebony/Ebony Interior
· 19″ 5 spoke alloy wheels with satin dark grey finish – Style 5049
· Black exterior pack – E-Pace
· 14 way electric adjustable heated front seats with memory function
· Privacy Glass – Dealer Fit
As standard the car includes 14-way electric adjustable seats, rear view camera, leather upholstery, meridian 380W sound system, 19” alloys, LED headlights, heated front and rear windows, rain sensing wipers, all surface progress control, emergency brake assist, hill start assist, voice control system, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, InContol touch pro navigation, push button starter, auto dimming mirror, electric folding and heated door mirrors (with signature approach lamp), body coloured externals, auto headlights, fog lights, climate control, LED lighting in console, connect pro pack, drive pack, parking pack, smartphone pack and sport seats. In terms of additional factory option on the E-Pace, consider the heated front seats, privacy glass and black exterior pack for the perfect car.
On the technical-side, company car and business drivers can note the P11d at £37,720.00 and CO2 at 159g/km for BiK (company car tax). The 1999CC 9 speed auto engine delivers 47.21 combined MPG, 180ps and 0-62 times of 8.6 seconds. Service intervals on a diesel E-Pace are every 24 months or 21,000 miles (long-life).
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