The New SEAT Leon – everything you need to know

The new SEAT Leon is now open for orders and available to test drive at Pulman SEAT. The all-new SEAT Leon brings with it a strong design evolution with a more determined face and smoother lines.

LIGHTING

The all-new Leon lights the way in the segment with a range of innovative lighting technologies, including wraparound interior ambient light, rear coast-to-coast light, dynamic blinkers, full LED highlights and welcome lights.

The full LED technology used in the headlights improves vision, making even the darkest road visible to the driver. Incorporating the SEAT’s signature LED lighting design. The side mirrors include integrated LED indicators, and on vehicles with the full LED option including welcome lights you will see “Hola! Projected onto the ground as you activate the vehicle.

Inside the new Leon enhances the cabin experience with a full LED wraparound ambient lighting system. The lighting sweeps around the front of the cabin, from the front doors and across the top of the dashboard.

CONNECTIVITY

The all-new SEAT Leon is even more connected to the world giving the consumer greater opportunity to take their digital lives with them into the car. At the heart of the Leon’s system is its SEAT Digital Cockpit, which offers a 10” infotainment system with voice and gesture control.  

The Full Link Technology – Android Auto and wireless access to Apple’s CarPlay, allows users to connect their mobile devices to the vehicle’s infotainment system. The online connectivity unit also has an embedded SIM meaning that the all-new Leon will never lose its connection to the digital world. Offering additional digital products and services such as eCall service, which directly contacts the emergency services should an incident occur, sending invaluable data to the emergency services such as car location, engine type and number of passengers.

Downloading the SEAT Connect app, allows users to remotely access their vehicles data: driving data, parking position, vehicles status, including doors and lights. Set up speed and anti-theft alters.

THE ENGINES

There is a fantastic suite of engines available; petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), mild-hybrid (eTSI) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) which are coming soon.

The new Leon’s petrol engines offer direct-injection, turbocharged units and power outputs between 90PS and 190PS. The 1.0 litre TSI three-cylinder units produced 90PS and 110PS, the larger 1.5 litre TSI offers 130PS and 150PS. The 2.0 litre TSI linked to the dual-clutch transmission produces 190PS.

The diesel engines have two diesel options both with 2.0 litre TDI units. 115PS is available with a manual transmission only, while the 150PS is offered with the DSG as well. The Sportstourer is also available with 150PS unit for a DSG gearbox and 4Drive system. The TDI units introduce a new twin dosing SCR system that includes dual AdBlue injection to reduce significantly NOx emissions compared to previous Leon diesel engines.

The mild hybrid (mHEV) eTSI allows the car to provide even greater efficiency levels. This system is available with the 1.0 TSI 110PS and the 1.5 litre 150PS both in combination with the DSG transmission and a 48v mild-hybrid technology.

Plug-in hybrid expands SEATs electric car option. Joining a 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine electric motor, offering six-speed DSG transmission and producing 204PS of power. It will also allow drivers to use electric only mode which gives a range of up to 60km (WLTP) using just the energy stored in the vehicles battery.

Safety is also at the heart of all-new SEAT Leon. Integrating some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available, including predictive adaptive cruise control, emergency assist and travel assist, to make it the safest car the brand has ever made!

TRIMS

The all-new Leon offers four trims from launch the SE, SE Dynamic, FR and the FR First Edition.

SE key features include 8.25” media system with Full Link technology. Cruise control and LED headlights. From £19,855.

  • 16” Urban alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Full Link smartphone integration
  • Media system: 8.25” screen, DAB and seven speakers.
  • SEAT Connect: 10-year subscription
  • Comfort seats
  • Leather flat bottomed steering wheel and leather gearstick
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Cruise control
  • KESSY Go (Keyless start)
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front assist
  • ISOFIX

 

SE Dynamic (in addition to SE trim) key features include 17” alloy wheels, Full Link technology via a 10” smart touch display. With an on-board navigation system, cruise control and Park Assist. From £20,995.

  • 17” Dynamic alloy wheels
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Digital cockpit
  • Media system plus with navigation 10” smart touch display
  • SEAT Connect plus Online Infotainment – 12 months subscription included
  • Park assist including front and rear parking sensors

 

FR (in addition to SE Dynamic trim) key features include 17” alloy wheels and full LED headlights with dynamic turning signals. Three-zone climate control and ambient lighting. From £23,185.

  • 17” Dynamic alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors (electrically adjustable, folding and heated)
  • LED headlights with dynamic turn signals and high beam assist
  • Welcome light silhouette from exterior mirrors
  • Auto high beam assist
  • LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • Rain sensors wipers
  • Separate daytime running light with automatic headline control and coming home feature
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Three zone climate control
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Front seats manual lumbar adjustment
  • Illuminated front door sill

 

FR First Edition (in addition to FR trim) key features include 18” alloy wheels, interior wrap around lighting and coast to coast lighting. From £30,040.

  • 18” Performance alloy wheels
  • Space saver spare wheel and jack
  • Wraparound lighting
  • Black interior roof
  • Dynamic and Comfort pack – front and rear shock absorption, dynamic steering, front disc brakes, adaptive chassis control
  • Rear view camera
  • Safety and driving pack: high beam control, side and exit assist, predicative and adaptive cruise control.
  • Hybrid propulsion system [eTSI]
  • KESSY Advanced

 

READ WHAT THE PRESS HAD TO SAY

AutoCar – ‘2020 SEAT Leon launched with major tech gains and hybrid power. Leon offers more rear space, new infotainment and electrified petrol engines.’

Auto Express – ‘SEAT’s engineers have also worked hard to make the Leon’s ambient lighting more than just a personalisation gimmick.’

What Car? – ‘The SEAT Leon has steadily risen to be considered among the top tier of the family hatchback class.’

The Times – ‘unsurprisingly it shares a lot of the new technology and powertrains with its best-selling sister car, the VW Golf. But while the new Golf features subtle exterior design changes, the new Leon has a much bolder look when compared to the previous model.’

 THE OFFERS

The fantastic new SEAT Leon is available to order and test drive from Pulman SEAT today. With £1,000 towards your deposit and 2 years services included with VWFS PCP finance at 4% APR Representative. If you are an existing SEAT owner, you can also benefit from an extra £500 loyalty discount with PCP finance. SEAT Finance are also offering a 3 months payment holiday. Ask for more details. *

To view all the latest new Leon offers CLICK HERE.

 

Terms and Conditions Apply:

*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle, ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle.*Acceptance fee is not required. **Payable at the end of the agreement. New models only. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Pulman SEAT is a broker not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of lenders, who may pay us for introducing you to them. Retails sales only. Excludes Motability. Offer available when ordered and delivered by Tuesday June 30th, 2020. Indemnities may be require. Offer not in conjunction with any other off and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Savings based on RRP. 2 years free of charge servicing available when purchased on SEAT Finance. Example on the Pulman SEAT website include £500 SEAT Loyalty Discount for existing SEAT customers.

Pulman showrooms have re-opened for sales, service and parts. Find out which showrooms and what to expect when visiting.

Having provided service appointments from 18th May Pulman Volkswagen Durham and Pulman SEAT Sunderland showrooms are now also open for new, used and fleet sales! Due to the success of our social distancing measures we have also opened the doors at our Pulman SKODA showrooms in Durham and Cramlington where sales, service and parts are now open too. They are all social distance ready. All safe and secure for both customers and the Pulman team.

Our phone lines have reopened alongside our contact centre however we are experiencing extremely high call volumes, please bear with us we will get back to everyone.

We thank everyone who has supported us during this time and hope to see you all in our showrooms soon where we’ll deliver a fantastic and contactless experience.

All Pulman car showrooms are open with the exception of Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland, we’re working hard to get it ready so please keep a look out on our Volkswagen website and social media channels for when this changes.

The Pulman showrooms are open for:
– Sales enquiries
– Service appointments
– Part enquiries
– Fleet enquiries

The Motability scheme remains closed to new applications, existing orders are being reviewed and prioritised for handovers if your waiting for a new vehicle a member of our team will contact you. As soon as the scheme re-opens we will update our websites and social media channels.

Pulman Volkswagen Durham

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: 8.00am – 4.00pm*
Sunday – Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SEAT

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.15am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm*
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SKODA Durham

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SKODA Cramlington

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

All Pulman showrooms are social distance ready, safe and secure. Take a look at some of the signage inside each showroom: Durham Volkswagen, SEAT, SKODA Durham, SKODA Cramlington.

Customers will find hand sanitiser on arrival and floor stickers to help guide you through the showrooms. We will also ask everyone to stay 2 metres apart as per the Government advice.

It may feel a little different to the normal handshake welcome you are used to from Pulman, but be rest assured you will still get a warm and friendly welcome, delivering a fantastic customer experience throughout.

Unfortunately, for the moment both the Pulman Café Dafte’s, which are based at the Volkswagen and SKODA Durham showrooms remain closed for food and refreshments.

For those customers who are looking for a new car, our showrooms are open for browsing, appointments, unaccompanied test drives and car handovers.

However, we also understand that some customers may feel more comfortable with searching and communicating remotely.

At Pulman we have many digital channels available to help you.

Pulman Websites

If you are looking for a new car, all the new car offers are available on the Pulman brand websites.

Pulman VolkswagenPulman SEATPulman SKODAPulman CUPRA

We have some fantastic new car offers supported by the brand, including ‘three months on us’ for a new Volkswagen and SKODA and a three months payment holiday for a new SEAT. Pulman have also enhanced new car offers with fantastic savings across the available stock cars. Visit the websites for more information.

If you are looking for a used car, you can view all of the Pulman Group Approved used cars in one place:

Pulman Used Cars

From the 1st of June we are pleased to offer live video appointments.

Benefits of live video appointments:

  • A salesperson will showcase the car live over video
  • All you need is a smartphone or a device that connects to the internet
  • Ask and have your questions answered live
  • You choose whether you want to be on the video or for just audio
  • Come and see the car without stepping foot into the showroom

 

If you would like a chance to view the car in real-time without visiting the showroom this is the perfect solution. You don’t have to be on the video, it can be two way or just audio for you to ask questions.

To book a live video appointment make a normal enquiry on a car and request this with the salesperson.

The Pulman showrooms are open and available for unaccompanied test drive appointments. To ensure social distance and safety measures are met, all cars are fully prepared for test drives beforehand.

Cars are fully sanitised:
– Dashboard surface
– Touchscreen / Infotainment interface
– Seats including headrests
– Steering wheel
– Gear lever
– All driver controls: lights, wipers and handbrakes
– Roof mounted grab handles
– Exterior door handles
– Tailgate grab handles
– Keys

Test Drives:
Pulman are offering unaccompanied test drives. With a choice of pre-defined routes to choose from and time limit between 10 and 15 minutes.

We do ask that test drives to be booked in advance to ensure we can prepare the cars fully prior to the appointment.

Customers must bring ID in order to test drive. We require a Passport and a Driving Licence photo ID.

Whilst you are on your test drive, we can also value your current car for a part exchange, just leave us the keys and of course we will follow the safety standards.

 

You have chosen your perfect car and are looking to buy. Fantastic. Customers are welcome to visit the showroom to finalise the sale. Pulman have followed the 2-metre rule between salespeople and customers. You can also bring your own pen to sign those documents.

If you feel more comfortable to complete the sale remotely, we also have a few digital options to help you do this:

Remote buying a car

Customers who visit pulmanusedcars.co.uk can:

– Reserve a car online: £250 deposit will reserve a car online straightaway.

– Build a deal: select ‘build a deal’ on a used car to personalise your finance quote. Customers can then apply for Volkswagen Group PCP finance.

– Remote car valuations: through ‘build a deal’ customers can also enter their current car details and request a car valuation before committing to the purchase of a car.

Want to learn more about ‘Build a deal’ click here.

If you would like to complete the purchase of the car and prefer not to come into the showroom to sign the documents, Pulman also have a digital process and can accept e-signatures, allowing you to only visit the Pulman showroom once to pick up your new car.

 Car handover

There is a new car handover process to ensure social distancing is adhered to. We ask that no more than two people from the same household collects the car and only one salesperson will hand over the car.

The car will be in a quarantined handover bay, these are in operation inside and outside (weather permitting). Once again, the car will be fully sanitised for you to drive away.

Live video appointments are available before and after car handover to go through the controls and any questions customers may have.

Not the usual handover experience but a fantastic and contactless experience once again from Pulman.

Contact Us:

Click on the links below:
Volkswagen 
SEAT & CUPRA
SKODA

Pulman SEAT fantastic new car offers!

We hope everyone is safe and well! We are pleased to announce that Pulman SEAT sales are open for Click and Collect.

What is Click and Collect? This allows you, to enquire remotely. Our sales team will be able to take you through the whole sales process digitally by phone or video calls. The handover experience is slightly different to normal. To follow the safety guidelines, we ask only one person attends the appointment to pick up the new car. There will be a salesperson handing over the car whilst following the 2 metres social distancing guidelines. The car will be fully valeted and sanitised before being placed in our Click and Collect zone outside the showroom.

If you are looking for a new SEAT car we have a few fantastic options available to you. You can browse through our headlines offers across the Pulman SEAT website. We also have some great campaigns available to you:

Buy now. Pay Later!

Pulman SEAT can now offer you a 3 months payment holiday on any new SEAT ordered by 30th June.  Pay nothing for the first three months! Available with SEAT finance at 5.9% APR Representative.*

Ask our sales teams for details and for bespoke holiday payment finance examples.

£500 off new cars ordered before 30th June

Get £500 off when you place an order before the 30th June. Available on all new cars except for the Mii Electric and it is not available on a new Tarraco at 0% APR. The finance examples throughout the Pulman SEAT website include this saving already.

Deposit contributions across the new car range

There is a selection of deposit contributions available across the new car range, available with SEAT PCP Finance at up to 5.9% APR Representative*.

> New Ibiza – £1,750 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New Arona – £1,500 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New Leon – £1,000 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New Ateca – £2,500 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New Tarraco – £2,500 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New Leon CUPRA – £1,750 deposit contribution – Click to view
> New CUPRA Ateca – £2,500 deposit contribution – Click to view

2 years servicing for only £149

2 years servicing is available for only £149^ across the SEAT new car range when purchased with SEAT PCP finance.

£500 existing SEAT customer loyalty bonus

If you are an existing SEAT customer and would like to upgrade your existing SEAT car, you will qualify for the £500 extra loyalty bonus. The bonus is available when purchasing a new: Ibiza, Arona, Leon, Ateca and Tarraco before 30th June 2020.

To qualify you must have your V5C (logbook) document for your existing SEAT car. A family member may also benefit from this extra bonus if they live at the same address the V5C document is logged to.

For more information please contact a member of our sales team.

The offers currently visible on Pulman SEAT website include this additional £500 loyalty bonus already.

0% finance available on SUVs

0% finance is available on a new Tarraco ordered on SEAT PCP Finance before the 30th June 2020. This 0% offer excludes the £500 additional saving,  but includes the 2 years servicing for only £149^.

Stock car savings

We have a select few new cars available in stock, which can be handed over as early as June. We are pleased to say that these cars have fantastic and huge savings! They are excluded from all other finance related offers.

> Arona SE Technology 1.0 TSI 95PS
now only £15,585 saving £3,700 – Click to view

> Leon FR 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS
now only £17,595 saving £6,000 – Click to view

> Tarraco SE Technology 2.0 TSI 150PS
now only £25,795 saving £7,000 – Click to view

All limited stock, first come first served.

Contact us

Our phone lines are still currently closed. To contact us please fill in a online form via our website on the car you are interested in.

For general enquiries click here

Alternatively email: enquiries@pulmanseat.co.uk or Direct Message us on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Thank you for your patience.

 

Terms and conditions:

* At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle.

With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. Minimum 10% deposit on Tarraco 0%. 18s+. Subject to status & availability. T&Cs apply. Offer available when ordered by 30 June 2020 and delivered by 30 December 2020. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other finance offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 05/2020. Freepost SEAT Financial Services.

** UK residents age 18+. Participants must place an order 12 May 2020 – 30 June 2020. Retail sales only. Excludes Mii electric & 0% APR Tarraco offers. May be redeemed against the on the road price of a new SEAT vehicle. Contact Pulman SEAT for further details, including details of if and how the offer may be combined with other offers. This offer may be varied or withdrawn at any time.

^ Covers first two consecutive services limited to 1 x Oil and 1 x Oil and Inspection Service.

***No ownership option.

SEAT may change RRPs at any time (this includes where there are government changes in regulation and/or legislation). There may be a delay to any RRP displaying correctly on our materials. Always obtain prices from Pulman SEAT.

Please note that some images may not reflect UK specification and some derivatives may not be available to order.

Looking after your car during lock down

At Pulman Group we hope you’re all keeping safe and well during the lock down. We took the decision to close the business on 24th March 2020 for the well being of our staff and customers; we believe this was completely the right thing to do.

Whilst our doors are closed we are able to answer sales and after sales questions during the lock down. Our online team can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

We’re sure a lot of people have been filling their days with 1 hour of exercise, maybe a bit of DIY or gardening or just a trip to the shops for essential supplies. But don’t forget your car needs some TLC too! We all need to care of our vehicles especially if they are going to be parked up for more than 2 weeks. We’ve got together 5 Pulman top tips to care for your car while its not being used as regularly.

1. Turning the car over

Leaving your car parked for a long period of time can cause the battery to run flat and potentially damage the internal mechanics.

If you can, a good way to avoid this is by starting your car and driving for about 15 minutes every 4 to 5 days, when you go and get supplies from the supermarket for example. This will prevent the battery from going flat and will help to lubricate the engine. If it’s not possible to take the car for a drive, then simply starting the engine and letting it run for 15 minutes will help to ensure the battery maintains its charge.

If you can move the car it will help the tyres by preventing flat spots and will allow the parking brake to be released regularly.

2. Parking brakes

There are three types of parking brakes on Volkswagen Group vehicles:

Traditional Handbrake

Traditional Handbrake

When parking your car place the vehicle in first gear or reverse depending on any incline or decline considerations.  Then disengage the handbrake.  This will prevent the car rolling but will also prevent the handbrake binding and causing damage. Remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car.

Electronic Handbrake

Electric Handbrake
Again when parking place the vehicle in gear, turn the auto hold function off.  Remove the keys from the ignition and the vehicle will be parked in gear without the parking brake engaged.  As with the traditional handbrake remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car and if you use the Auto Hold function, re-apply that too.

Foot Operated Parking Brake

This type of parking brake is limited to a few VWG vehicles; some older Volkswagen Touareg’s and Phaeton’s.  When parking up these cars place the automatic gear selector in Park (P) and don’t engage the foot operated parking brake.  The vehicle will be held in gear and this will prevent the parking brake binding and causing damage to your car if left standing for a prolonged period.

3. Parking indoors or covering the car

Car Covers
Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake shavings and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.

Rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft micro-fibre towel and finish with a good quality wax.

4. Protect the interior

Remember to clean the interior of your car if it’s going to be left for a long time. Organic debris such as food can rot over time, which at the very least means you’ll be returning to a bad smell, and in some extreme cases can cause damage to your car’s interior.

 

If your car has leather or coated fabrics, wipe dust away with a dry cloth regularly and for a deeper clean, use a damp cloth and gentle soap to rub the fabric down. Always soak up any leftover moisture with a dry cloth afterwards.

For other fabric seats, be sure to vacuum the material to prevent dust accumulation and never use harsh chemicals or household laundry soaps as these can cause discolouration. When getting out a stain, detergents and solvents can be used to get the mark out, but be careful to not use too much water as moisture can lead to damp and musty odours.

5. Exterior Protection

Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake deposits and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.
 
If the car has been standing make sure you tackle bird droppings quickly as the uric acid is quite high at 3.5 to 4 ph. The acidity can damage paintwork leaving unsightly rings.

Finally, rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft microfibre towel and finish with a good quality wax or polish.

These tips should help to keep your car in a sound mechanical state and protect it inside and out until you can regularly use it.  

There’s some further helpful video content available via the links below:

Volkswagen
ŠKODA
SEAT

Finally, we hope you all stay safe and we wish you and your family good health. Thank you in advance for your support over the coming weeks and we look forward welcoming you back to the Pulman family soon to Deliver a fantastic customer experience.

In the meantime remember you can contact our online team for any advice during the lock down, just visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

Please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Beat the Tax Increase on the 1st April For New Cars

Are you looking to purchase a new car? Avoid paying more for your new car as the road tax will increase from the 1st April 2020.

The Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or road fund licence is what every driver pays in the UK. The VED looks at for example the type of vehicle itself, the CO2 emissions emitted, the fuel type and the engine size, at the time of the first registration to calculate the cost of road tax.

Over the last few years the way car manufacturers test the CO2 emissions emitted has changed. Previously it was through the New European Driving Cycle test (NEDC), however due to car and technological developments it has been deemed that this test is not a true or ‘real-life driving’ reflection.

Therefore, this test is being replaced by the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Procedure (WLTP). Giving a more realistic measurement of fuel consumption, driving range and CO2 emissions.

This change of tax and introduction of WLTP testing will start from the 1st April for VED and 6th April for Company car, Benefit-in-Kind tax.

1st April 2020 Tax bands:


(Data from Gov.uk)

This increase will affect all new cars from the 1st April. This increase does not apply to used cars or cars registered in previous years.

To find out how much a new Volkswagen, SEAT, CUPRA or SKODA could increase by after the 1st April please contact us on enquiries@pulmangroup.co.uk or
call us on 0800 0720 228.

Alternatively view our fantastic range of new car offers we currently have available throughout March.

View all new Volkswagen offers

View all new SEAT offers

View all new SKODA offers

View all new CUPRA offers

WhatCar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

The Volkswagen Auto Group brands all scooped a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards 2020 which took place on 14th January 2020.

At Pulman Group we represent the Volkswagen, SKODA, SEAT and CUPRA brands, all of which took home a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards this year. Take a look at all of the trophies which were collected at the ceremony.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Polo

For the second year running the Volkswagen Polo has won the ‘Small Car of the Year’ award along with the price point award of ‘Best Small Car between £16,000 and £18,000’. The Polo comes with the latest safety technology features including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with rear view camera and more. You’re never shy on entertainment with Car-Net App-Connect, simply connect your smartphone and you can access many of your apps on the digital screen in front of you such as maps, calls and music.

View the Volkswagen Polo

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Polo

Volkswagen T-Roc R

The sporty and newly released T-Roc R trim picked up the ‘Sports SUV less than £40,000’ award and it’s not hard to see why! The 2.0 litre 300PS engine is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds which highlights the power this thrilling SUV offers. Standard equipment includes Active Info Display, Discover Navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, LED darkened rear light clusters, Lane Assist and 19″ ‘Pretoria’ alloy wheels.

View the T-Roc R

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 T-Roc R

Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran was awarded the ‘Best MPV between £22,000 and £30,000’. The Touran is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle filled with family-friendly features. Due to its size, the MPV is perfect for larger families who like to embark on road trips across the country and Europe! Features to keep all passengers entertained include Composition Colour Radio, optional Cam-Connect to keep an eye on your passengers and pets in the back, Panoramic sunroof, Discover Navigation and more.

View the Touran at Pulman Volkswagen

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Touran

Volkswagen Amarok

Overall winner of the ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the second year running, the Volkswagen Amarok was also awarded the ‘Best Pick-up more than £35,000’. The Amarok pick-up offers the comfiest ride whilst at high speeds in comparison to its rivals along with the impressive 3.0 litre V6 engine. Features even on the standard trim (Amarok Trendline) include 17” Posadas alloy wheels, App-Connect, Cruise Control System (CCS), Climatronic air conditioning system and composition Media Radio with 6.33” touchscreen.

Whatcar? car of the year award Volkswagen Amarok

SEAT

SEAT Mii Electric

It may be a small city car but the SEAT Mii Electric won a big award for ‘Small Electric Car less than £25,000’. The electric city car will offer up to 161 electric mile range (WLTP) with a top speed of 81mph. The new SEAT Mii Electric comes with new and updated features when compared to the combustion engines including heated front sports seats, LED wing mirror lights, 5” colour display and an updated dashboard design. The fully electric Mii will be coming to Pulman SEAT early 2020.

View the SEAT Mii Electric

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Mii Electric

SKODA

SKODA Scala

New in 2019, the SKODA Scala won the overall award for ‘Family Car of the Year’ along with the ‘Best Family Car for less than £20,000’. It beat off its rival scoring highly in comfort and interior space, offering a lot of rear head room and a large boot! Specification includes Cruise Control, Parking Distance Sensors, Audio Controls and much more.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Scala

SKODA Superb iV

The future is electric for SKODA with the Superb iV bringing home the ‘Plug-in Hybrid of the Year for less than £35,000’ award. The 1.4 TSI iV SE Technology engine which won the award, offers up to 34-mile electric range before the combustion engine kicks in to help. Specification includes heated front leather seats and satellite navigation. Plus the Superb iV was awarded the maximum 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating during vigorous testing.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb iV

SKODA Fabia & Fabia Estate

Both the Fabia and the Fabia Estate scooped price point awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards. The Fabia won the ‘Small Car of the Year between £14,000 and £16,000’ and the Fabia Estate was awarded the ‘Best Estate Car less than £20,000’. Both Fabia models are equipped with the latest technology and safety features and offer ample space. Learn more about each model below.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Estate

SKODA Superb & Superb Estate

The SKODA Superb wasn’t shy with awards either, with the large hatchback awarded with ‘Executive Car of the Year for less than £30,000’ and the Superb Estate winning the overall category for ‘Estate Car of the Year’ alongside ‘Estate Car of the Year between £20,000 and £30,000’. Both models are well equipped, comfortable and roomy (front, rear and boot space) in comparison to their rivals. The Superb Estate offers an incredible 1,950 litre capacity when the rear seats are folded down. Plus if you have few 6ft tall passengers in your car, there’ll be no fighting for who is ‘shotgun’ as the rear seats are spacious enough for even the tallest of passengers to sit back in comfort!

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Estate

SKODA Kamiq

The SKODA Kamiq was only released in the UK late 2019 but has picked up ‘Small SUV for less than £20,000’. The compact SUV beat off tough rivals due to its spacious interior offering a lot of rear leg room whilst still offering large boot space, as well as the interior offering higher quality plastics. The new Kamiq also does a fantastic job of smoothing out any road imperfections, making it a comfortable choice for an SUV.

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SKODA Karoq

With tough rivals to beat off, another SKODA SUV to win an award was the SKODA Karoq with ‘Family SUV between £20,000 to £30,000’. This SUV is truly known as a comfortable car with no other rivals offering such an indulgent and smooth ride. The handling of this family SUV is agile with accurate steering which makes it a fantastic drive. Add to this the practicality, there’s plenty of space options if you’re heading on a family holiday with the option of sliding the rear seats back and forth to further increase the boot space if needed.

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Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Karoq

All of the awards are well deserved for the Volkswagen brands. To find out more about the models available from Pulman, simply visit:
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*All features mentioned are trim dependant, please check with our Specialists the specifications of your preferred trim.

Driving Home For Christmas

Driving home for Christmas driving tips

Many families will take to the roads this Christmas to meet relatives. Take a look at our top tips for staying safe on the roads this festive season…

Whether you’re heading home for Christmas, visiting family members afar or spending Christmas in a holiday home, it’s important that you check over your car before heading on these journeys and stay safe on the road during the festive period. Take a look at our top tips below.

Check The Weather & Traffic Before You Set Off

Although so far the UK weather has been quite mild, there may still be some risks of black ice and flooding. Make sure you check the weather the evening before you set off so you can plan your route and drive to the conditions. If there is going to be snow or heavy rainfall, drive slower and leave a larger distance between yourself and the car in front.

It’s also wise to check the traffic before you head off on your journey in case there are any accidents, flood warnings or road closures in place. It’s best to check with your local news or input the directions into Google Maps and Google will provide you with the quickest route.

Volkswagen on snow road

Keep Your Car Maintained

To ensure your car is ready for the cold winter months why not book your car in for a Pulman Winter Health Check for £20*. Included in the check is an Express Visual Check which identifies any health issues which may need fixing immediately or in the near future. Plus take home your own Winter Care Kit which includes De-Icer, Ice-Scraper and Screenwash. After your car has had its Winter Check at Pulman, it will receive a wash and vacuum.

Make sure all of your essential fluids are topped up such as your brake fluid, oil, Screenwash and check your tyres have enough air in them. As the evenings turn darker earlier during the winter months, make sure you check your lights too.

Pulman Winter Health Check

Avoid Driver’s Fatigue

If you’re travelling far this Christmas, ensure you have had plenty of sleep the night before, and if possible, switch the dedicated driver throughout the journey. If you do come across tired and you’re the only driver, take regular breaks at service stations for a quick drink and a bite to eat; it’s also wise to turn the heating down in your car now and again so it doesn’t get too stuffy!

When you’re driving through built-up areas such as towns and villages make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. During the festive period there are a lot more people on the streets enjoying Christmas celebrations and may not be as aware as you when walking near the road!

Tower bridge car traffic in London

Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel/Electric Range

If you’re heading on a long journey to spend Christmas with relatives, don’t leave your car short on fuel as some fuel stations close during the Christmas period. There’s nothing worse than driving around a new area searching for a petrol station plus you’ll find fuel pricier if you go to a service station just off the motorway.

If you own an electric vehicle, make sure you charge your EV until you’re about to leave (if you have wallbox installed at home or charge throughout the night). If you’re unable to charge at home, find your local EV station on Zap Map and use a rapid charger.

Petrol pump

Be Careful The ‘Morning After’

Many people enjoy a couple of drinks over the festive period but on the morning after if you know you’re going to be the dedicated driver, take it easy the night before and stop drinking early on. Between Christmas and New Year the police are more prone to breathalyse you; if you are the only one driving to meet relatives or friends, wait till later in the day after a good breakfast and lunch before you head off and remember we can all still have a good time without loads of alcohol!

Breakfast

Don’t Leave Gifts On Show

If you’re quickly running to the shops or at a service station before you head on your Christmas journey, make sure you don’t leave any gifts or valuables on show. Anything which looks expensive or wrapped in Christmas paper on show in your car will attract thieves, who may try to break into your car. To avoid the potential risk, place all gifts in the boot or if there is more than one of you travelling, ask if one of the adults wouldn’t mind waiting in the car.

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Finally, from all of the team at Pulman, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Prices correct at time of article (23/12/19) and may be subject to change.

Stunning New £300,000 Refurbished Pulman SEAT Showroom With Brand New CUPRA Corner

Pulman SEAT and CUPRA team at the new refurbed launch party - October 2019

Over the last 3-months Pulman SEAT have invested over £300,000 in updating their existing SEAT showroom based in Southwick Sunderland. The site has been a SEAT showroom for over 35 years becoming part of the Pulman family in 2010. The fantastic refurbishment revitalises the interior and exterior of the showroom, and also introduces a brand new CUPRA corner.

Little over a month ago the retailer held an exclusive launch event to showcase the brand-new showroom which now includes a specialist corner for the performance sub-brand of SEAT named CUPRA. In 2018 SEAT officially announced that CUPRA, their sporty models, will be a standalone brand in its own right. Pulman are proud to be the North East only CUPRA specialist, with a dedicated area in their showroom and access to the latest CUPRA cars, including an all new CUPRA Formentor. The very first CUPRA standalone car which will be revealed next year.

new CUPRA corner at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

Pulman SEAT, or more commonly known as Pulman SEAT & CUPRA today, launched in 2010 and up until 2019 no showroom updates have ever been carried out.

A huge 6-figure investment was put into the refurbishment, but not only has the showroom had a total new look, the service area, workshop, back offices and external areas have all had a fantastic makeover too!

New exterior at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

New totem at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA in Sunderland

The updated design inside the showroom oozes a sleek and contemporary style, which matches the brand values that SEAT is heavily promoting with their 2019 rebrand. The layout of the new showroom is also based on the Avinguda Diagonal in Barcelona (SEAT’s home city), which is the widest avenue in the city which separates the hustle and bustle from the charming and exclusive neighbourhoods. To look at from a birds-eye view all of the streets surrounding this avenue are diagonal cuts, which is what the new Pulman showroom emphasises with the cars displayed in dark grey tiles in comparison to the white tiles, and the desks are all arranged in one corner in a diagonal format facing towards the main entrance.

New sales area at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA new service area at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA new waiting area at at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA

The refurbishment was completed early September 2019 and an exclusive invite-only event took place on Thursday 17th October 2019. The event had plenty of entertainment during the evening from Gordon Ramsey and Manuel lookalikes to magicians mesmerising the guests, and not to forget the live singer, Andy Barker from the North East who sang some fantastic cover music from the sixties through the years to today. No car retailer event would be complete without a driving race game, this game mimicked real car driving with the car seat and pedals. There was also a chance to ‘crack the safe’ to win a limited edition CUPRA R Estate as well as smaller prizes within the safe.

Gordon Ramsey and Manuel lookalikes at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA launch Andy Barker singer North East at Pulman SEAT and CUPRA launch

Drinks and tapas were also served which followed on after a presentation from Andrew Cross and Chris Cavanagh from SEAT UK who spoke of the new showroom and the growth of the SEAT and CUPRA brands.

SEAT UK stated, “It’s an exciting time for SEAT and CUPRA. 2020 is going to be an exciting year for us and the automotive industry in general with electric mobility, with the upcoming models including the SEAT Tarraco PHEV and CUPRA Formentor along with the SEAT Mii Electric which is now available to order. Pulman SEAT are ready for the electric vehicle revolution with products and infrastructure where two charging stations are due to be installed onsite by the end of 2019″.

Pulman SEAT & CUPRA are the only CUPRA Specialists in the North East, and only 1 of 22 across the UK. Bill Mullen, Area Sales Manager, from SEAT UK also attended the event.

Chris Slater, Head of Business at Pulman SEAT commented on the event, “It’s fantastic to see such a turnout to celebrate the re-launch of this dealership. It’s provided the staff with a fantastic environment to work in and to look after our customers.”

“Since Pulman took over the SEAT Brand in Sunderland Alex Paget, General Sales Manager and his team have grown the business in both sales and aftersales.  With the introduction and investment in the exciting new Cupra Brand plus the electric vehicles SEAT have planned for 2020 we’re truly set up to deliver a fantastic customer experience”.

If you’re yet to visit the new Pulman SEAT & CUPRA showroom, head to the dealership based on Burntland Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 2ET and speak with the multiple award-winning sales team today!

Conventional VS The Future: What Is It?

Conventional Vs. The Future cars - what is the difference?

Our latest blog explains the difference between conventional, hybrids and electric cars, read on to find out more…

The popularity of hybrids is on the increase and the future of electric cars is fast approaching, but what exactly is the difference between all of the alternative fuel vehicles which are available today? We’ve gathered the top types below explaining the main differences, pros and cons.

Conventional

These are the most popular types of cars that we currently see on the road today. A conventional car is a car which uses an internal combustion engine for power without any assistance from an electric motor or other mechanism. A conventional car operates on a variety of fuels and most cars today will run on either petrol or diesel gasolines.

Pros: greater mileage range presently, greater range of available makes and models, more cost-effective to purchase

Cons: higher fuel, running costs and road tax, releasing toxic emissions and greenhouse emissions into the environment

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New SKODA Scala at Pulman in Durham

Hybrid

In a hybrid car, also known as a HEV, both the electric motor and combustion engine work together to provide forward motion. Usually in a HEV it starts off using the electric motor, then as the load or the speed of the car increases, the gasoline engine starts.

The combustion engine is also used to recharge the cars batteries. The term ‘regenerative braking’ is widely seen and is a process where the electric motor helps to slow down the car and uses some of the energy which is normally converted to heat by the brakes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: offers less electric range than a PHEV

Coming soon to Pulman: to be announced.

Plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrids, also more commonly known as PHEVs, are cars which can be plugged in to charge its batteries. A PHEV is built the same way as a hybrid featuring an electric motor (supplied by a battery pack) and a combustion engine. The difference between a PHEV and a hybrid vehicle is that a PHEV offers a greater electric range until the combustion engine needs to kick in. The electric motor powers the car for some of its journey and in some instances the full journey, if it’s a short one; once this power runs out the combustion engine starts to run too. 

A PHEV can be charged through both regenerative brake (as explained under the hybrid section) and plug in charges; a conventional three pin plug, a wall charger or a fast charger. A wall charger usually takes between 6 and 8 hours so this option would be best overnight at home or if your place of work offers this option, during work hours. Fast chargers which are becoming increasingly popular, can charge the battery to 80% in around 3 to 4 hours. Rapid chargers which are starting to be introduced more commonly at service stations can charge the battery to 80% charge in around 30 to 45 minutes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, increased fuel economy, greater electric range than a hybrid, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: can be slightly higher priced than a hybrid due to the larger battery size

Coming soon to Pulman: Volkswagen Passat GTE, CUPRA Formentor, SEAT Tarraco PHEV, SKODA Superb iV

New SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV coming soon to Pulman SEAT in Sunderland, North East England

100% Electric

A fully electric car is what it says on the tin; its forward motion is provided by an electric motor with no gasoline engine. The car must be plugged in to a socket to recharge its batteries, if not, the car will not run once the battery loses its charge. Sometimes you may see electric vehicles written as EV or Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).

Many of the fully electric cars which are currently on the UK roads offer ranges of over 160 miles on a single charge, this will only increase in time as the technology develops for future electric cars. As electric cars are on the rise, there are more charging points being installed. As of 18th September there were 9,578 locations in the UK with charging points (Zap-Map).

Like the plug-in hybrid, there are three ways to charge fully electric cars. The first is from a standard household (120v) outlet which can take around 8 hours to charge. You usually find these at home or at your workplace. The next charging outlet provides 240v which can take up to 4 hours to charge; again, these can be found at your workplace or public charging stations. Finally, DC fast charging is currently the fastest charging solution on the market which can be found at dedicated charging stations at some supermarkets and service stations on the motorway; the battery can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes.

Pros: do not emit any harmful emissions, cost-effective to run, pay no road tax

Cons: higher priced than hybrid and plug-in hybrids

Available models from Pulman: Volkswagen e-Golf

new Volkswagen e-Golf now at Pulman across Sunderland and Durham

Coming soon: SEAT Mii Electric, CUPRA Tavascan, SKODA CITIGOe iV, Volkswagen ID.3

SEAT Mii Electric coming soon to Pulman in Sunderland

If you’d like to find out more about conventional, hybrids or electric cars from Pulman, contact our friendly specialists today who will be more than happy to help!
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Refreshed Pulman Websites: Coming Soon!

New Pulman SEAT and Pulman CUPRA websites coming to a screen near you

Drum roll please, we are proud to present our new SEAT and CUPRA websites coming to a screen near you soon!

It’s been 5 years since the Pulman Group websites were updated and now it’s time for a change. We wanted something more user-friendly, simple to navigate around and all-in-all a sleeker design, and that’s just what we’ve done!

Over the coming weeks yourself and other website visitors will be able to test out the SEAT and CUPRA websites. If you like what you see, don’t be afraid to leave us feedback when the pop-up box appears. On the other hand, if there’s something you can’t quite find or would like to see, leave us a comment and we will see what we can do before the official launch which is expected in October! 

new Pulman SEAT website

 

New Pulman CUPRA website

 

So, what’s the main differences on the new websites compared to our current sites? There’s quite a few changes which you’ll notice as soon as you enter the new website, but the main change we think is the visual aspect! Whether you access the websites on a desktop, tablet or mobile, you’ll find the navigation is very user-friendly and all of the new car offers are now available to view on one single search.

New Pulman SEAT mobile website

If you are after a specific model, you can filter on the single search page which showcases all models and offers or you can use the drop-down menu and select a model from this area. Once you’re on the selected model page there is a whole host of information available including an overview of the model, the latest offers, trims and specifications, available new car stock and used cars as well as the latest news and awards! If you like what you see you can favourite the offers and compare with others too!

New Pulman CUPRA website section

 

As well as an updated enquiry form to make it simpler for you to submit the nature of your enquiry, you can also submit your enquiry via our live chat system. You may have a general, test drive, part exchange, video request, finance or callback enquiry; whichever one it may be, we are always happy to help!

New Contact us page area on Pulman SEAT

 

We are also proud to present our new review section which showcases our Feefo feedback from our customers! The reviews and ratings are based on both the service from Pulman as well as on the cars themselves.

Plus, the excitement doesn’t stop there for our new websites! Up until now, CUPRA has always had its spot on the Pulman SEAT site, but now it showcases its own brand website, meaning you’ll learn all about the performance and sophisticated brand and the offers available on its dedicated site!

New Pulman CUPRA mobile website

 

Our Pulman Volkswagen and SKODA websites will also be going through the update during quarter 4, so look out for updates across our social channels & websites!

Pulman is about delivering a fantastic customer experience, and this is true to the online experience as well. The new websites are configured for mobile-first design, full of even more fantastic offers, a new favourite and compare system and fantastic content with even more ways to contact us.

So, after shopping around why not a pay a visit to our new SEAT and CUPRA websites and make Pulman your end destination choice.

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