NEW Volkswagen Tiguan

VW Tiguan

Sales Executives Mike Stoppard and Brendan Cole went all the way to Portugal to test drive and become familiar with the New Tiguan. Available to order now at Esplanade we are confident that this up to date SUV will not only be a hit with those already in the ‘Tiguan Club’ but also with others who wish to own the most superior SUV available in the market.

In summary the VW Tiguan is a five seater family friendly car. Mike and Brendan test drove it at great length around Portugal and found that it had an excellent ride quality, great refinement, spacious and a very high standard of finish inside and out. They also felt that the updated exterior of the car has made it a good-looking vehicle.

Whilst in Portugal Volkswagen also invited Mike and Brendan to test drive the competition, to demonstrate just how confident they are with the New Tiguan. Both of them agreed that without a doubt the Tiguan is better in every area against the competition. In summary, Brendan Cole says ‘it is the most complete car in the segment.’

The New Volkswagen Tiguan is available to order now with prices beginning from £25,530.

Esplanade is ‘On Board’ to support young sailors

sponsorship of £2,500 to Gurnard Sailing Club

Esplanade is pleased to be able to give sponsorship of £2,500 to Gurnard Sailing Club. The local club is run by volunteers and has played a key part in bringing through and supporting young sailing talent for many years. The Club has been established since the early 1930’s and is located on shore next to Gurnard Bay which has excellent and challenging sailing conditions which make for first-class sailing.

Esplanade wishes Gurnard Sailing Club all the best in its growth of new sailors in the hope that they produce more Olympians as they have done in the past.

Wear It Pink at Esplanade

Wear It Pink

On Friday 23rd October all of the staff at Esplanade took part in Wear It Pink to raise funds as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, a cause close to many people hearts. Staff raised money by dressing in pink for the day, bringing in cakes to sell to and holding a raffle.

£252.19 was raised by staff and this amount was kindly matched by the company making the total raised £504.38. Fun was had by all and some ate slightly more cake than they should have – but it was for a good cause!


Twenty years young:

New Volkswagen Sharan available to order




Open for order for the new Sharan MPV, ahead of first UK deliveries in October.

The seven-seat people-carrier, the first generation of which was unveiled in 1995, has been refreshed and now features improved specification as well as a range of engines which all meet EU6 standards and are up to 15 per cent more efficient than those they replace.

The current model went on sale in November 2010, and was the first Sharan to benefit from an all-new EasyFold seating concept and side sliding doors.  Both of these key user-friendly features are carried over to the new model, along with a host of other changes.

Inside, the new Sharan gets a boost in the form of new upholsteries, new steering wheels and the brand new second generation colour touchscreen MIB infotainment systems across the range of S, SE and SEL models.  Also standard across the range are an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Bluetooth phone connection and three-zone Climatronic air conditioning. 

SE trim gains chrome roof rails and tinted rear glass, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control among other items, while the range-topping SEL trim now features Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, panoramic sunroof, Alcantara upholstery and Discover Navigation with CarNet Guide and Inform. 

Four engines are available in the new Sharan: one petrol and three diesel, ranging in power from 115 to 184 PS.  All are EU6 compliant, more efficient and have improved CO2 emissions.  The entry-level is a 2.0-litre TDI with 115 PS which is available in S trim only.  Moving up the range customers have the choice of a 1.4-litre TSI and a 2.0-litre TDI, both with 150 PS; while at the top is a 2.0-litre TDI with 184 PS.  All apart from the 115 PS TDI are available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes.

Contact us today to arrange your test drive...

Call 01983 523232


The New Passat is 'Car Of The Year 2015'

Volkswagen Passat

Europe's “Car of the Year 2015” is a Volkswagen: the new Passat wins the prestigious award, which is presented every year by the international “Car of the Year” jury. The winner was announced on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show.

“We are extremely proud of this accolade,” explained Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, at the prize-giving ceremony in Geneva. “In the new Passat, we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality. This honour is a tremendous confirmation for the work of our engineers, designers and the entire team. The new Passat shows that the Volkswagen brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time.”

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division, received the award for the new Passat: “We are delighted by the honour of “Car of the Year 2015”. This accolade has a very special significance for us because it is awarded by independent international trade journalists. In addition, the honour is known to have a high standing for our customers.”

One of the oldest and most well-known awards in Europe, “Car of the Year” has been honouring the best new releases in the car industry every year since 1964. The jury, consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final. In the preceding months, these candidates had undergone detailed testing, comparisons and evaluations based on criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress. In the 52nd edition of the traditional competition, the new Passat clearly triumphed over its six rivals in the final with a total score of 340 points. Two current Volkswagen models have already received the coveted award in the past, namely the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013. In addition to the “Golden Steering Wheel 2014” and “Auto Trophy 2014”, the top position as “Car of the Year” was preceded by several accolades at home and abroad.

The new Passat, in all its versions, is one of the most successful mid-class cars in the world and with 1.1 million units (in 2014) one of the highest-volume series of the Volkswagen Group worldwide. Now in its eighth generation, the best-seller is regarded as one of the most innovative cars in its class. Thanks to advanced engineering methods, it was possible to introduce a significantly more dynamic design (including lower body, longer wheelbase, larger wheels). Despite the unaltered length in the interior dimensions, the new Passat has still expanded considerably. At the same time the latest technologies have been added: they include systems such as Active Info Display (a completely digital instrument cluster), extendable head-up display, and also systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablets, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring as well as three further global firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist. The new Passat is available with ten direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines which cover a power range from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS.

The Passat GTE* – the first Passat to feature a plug-in hybrid drive – will arrive at dealerships beginning in late summer of this year. The 1.4-litre TSI engine develops a power of 115 kW / 156 PS; the electric motor produces 85 kW / 115 PS, while the maximum torque of the plug-in hybrid drive system is 400 Newton metres. Its power and torque are utilised in an extremely eco-friendly and efficient way. The car's NEDC fuel consumption (for hybrid vehicles) is less than 2.0 l/100 km and 13.0 kWh/100 km; these values equate to CO2 emissions of less than 45 g/km. In combination with the TSI, this results in a driving range of over 1,000 kilometres with a full 50-litre tank and fully charged battery.

Did you know the new Smart ForFour's interior is long enough to fit a 2.22m surfboard?

Our favourite quirky car is back and this time it’s had a facelift and an extension!

Still available as the more familiar updated ForFwo (two seater) there is now also the long awaited return of the Smart ForFour, not seen since 2004. A completely new four door, four-seat version. Surprisingly spacious for four adults and with good boot space (rear seats fold down too). This fun addition to the smart range is sure to be a hit around the Island.

smart forfour

Billed as perfect for the city we think that it is also perfect for the Island. This agile little car will happily nip along all the small island roads providing all the comfort and safety you would want from a small car. Its new high-strength steel chassis has also proved to be as strong and as safe as a Mercedes C-Class in frontal collisions. We find that it with a tight 8.65m turning circle it is incredibly manoeuvrable, making parking a doddle.

With lots of options on interior and exterior colours you can make this car your own. On the road prices begin from £11,620 and can be yours on smart finance from as little as £149 a month.

Contact us today to arrange your test drive.

Call 01983 523232


The New C-Class Estate

Head-turning looks. Cutting-edge technology. Refined performance. Effortless practicality. The new C-Class Estate excels in every department.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

It’s longer and wider than its predecessor, with an increased load capacity of 490 litres (seats up) and 1510 litres (seats down). It’s also significantly lighter, and remarkably efficient: up to 65.7 mpg* combined, with CO2 emissions as low as 108 g/km. Yet it still packs a punch, with the C 250 BlueTEC reaching 0–62 mph in only 6.9 seconds.

Reflecting this performance, exterior styling is more dynamic than ever, while the sophisticated interior showcases Mercedes-Benz quality at its best. Innovative on-board technology ranges from the intuitive new Touchpad control to the optional Heads-up Display. 

Also included, Agility Select, which lets you tailor the drive experience to suit your tastes. And there’s a debut too for Connect Me, our new suite of online services that helps maximise safety, reliability and convenience. 

The New C-Class Saloon

Eye-catching looks. Innovative technology. Extraordinary comfort. Remarkable efficiency. The new C-Class Saloon combines all these and more to provide an exceptional driving experience.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon

Brimming with cutting-edge systems and equipment, it includes the intuitive new touchpad control and Agility Select, which lets you instantly adapt the car’s driving characteristics to suit your tastes. Options include the ingenious heads-up display, which makes accessing information at a glance easier than ever.

Exterior styling is muscular and powerful, while the interior features a wealth of high-end materials and finishes to create a refined driving environment. Once you’re behind the wheel, you won’t want the journey to end.

Significantly lighter than its predecessor, the new C-Class also offers superb handling and outstanding performance. Engines include the C220 BlueTEC, which can return up to 70.6 mpg* combined, and the C250 BlueTEC, capable of 0 – 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds.

Available to test drive now.

On the road price from £26,855.

MOT Price Freeze for 2015 - Just £39!


Here at Esplanade we are delighted to announce that once again prices of MOT's have been frozen at just £39!

We are able to MOT any make or model of car in our VOSA (Vehicle & Operators Service Agency) approved testing facility. You are welcome to come sit and relax with a cup of tea or coffee whilst the MOT is being carried out.

Book your MOT Test call 01983 523232 or click here. 

If your MOT is not due yet but you would like a reminder contact us to register your details and we will send you a reminder when it is time.

Volkswagen Golf GTE: The plug-in hybrid with GTI dynamics

Volkswagen has unveiled the first pictures of the Golf GTE – a new plug-in hybrid version of the multi-award-winning Golf hatchback that combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI.

Volkswagen Golf GTE

The Golf GTE is due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.  It provides the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf, which is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas (not in the UK), electric and hybrid power.  The name of the Golf GTE reflects its position in the line-up alongside the iconic petrol-powered GTI and the diesel GTD.  Where ‘GT’ stands for ‘Gran Tourismo’, ‘I’ stands for ‘Injection’, ‘D’ for Diesel and ‘E’ for Electricity. 

The Golf GTE is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor.  Together, they combine to produce power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of around 580 miles.  Using the electric motor alone, the GTE is capable of speeds of 81 mph.  With the TSI engine as well, the Golf GTE can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds and on to 135 mph.  Torque is a remarkable 350 Nm (258 lbs ft).  Alongside this impressive performance, the Golf GTE offers impressive fuel efficiency, with a combined cycle figure of 188 mpg* and CO2 emissions of 35 g/km* (*provisional data). In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles, depending on conditions, and the electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone.  The 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in around three and a half hours from a domestic mains outlet, or two and a half hours from a domestic wallbox.  The battery weighs 120 kg, giving the GTE a total kerbweight of 1,520 kg. 

The Golf GTE uses a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles.  The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing, while further hybrid components include power electronics and a charger.  An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor make for energy-efficient braking and air conditioning.

Visually, the Golf GTE combines elements of the look of the e-Golf and the GTI.  The front bumper features C-shaped LED daytime running lights, like those on the e-Golf, as well as aerodynamic horizontal ‘fins’, like those on the GTI.  Where the GTI features red, the GTE has blue accents, including across the radiator grille and into the headlights.  The headlights, along with all lights on the GTE, are LED.  In the UK, 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels will be standard.  The Golf GTE is available in five-door bodystyle only.
Inside as on the outside, the Golf GTE features blue highlights where the GTI has red.  This includes stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and seats, and a blue stripe in the tartan pattern on the sports seats.  The 8-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system with DAB radio and Bluetooth is standard, and includes bespoke functions for electric vehicles, including the ability to identify potential destinations on electric range, and electric charging points.

The GTE will also feature an e-manager which allows the driver to preset vehicle charging, as well as interior cooling or heating.  These functions can also be operated remotely using the Volkswagen Car-Net app on a smartphone: a three-year subscription will be included in the UK. 

The vehicle speedometer and tachometer are familiar, and the latter is supplemented by a power meter in the central display, which shows the status of the battery, whether or not power is being used and the intensity of any regeneration.

Full details including pricing will be available when the new Golf GTE opens for ordering in the UK in late August.  First deliveries are expected before the end of the year.