Renault Ireland is offering a ‘VATback’ discount of up to €1,500 on new petrol and diesel models, up to 31 March, writes Brian Byrne.

The idea is to soften the price blow with the return to the 23pc VAT rate on cars, lowered last year with the advent of the pandemic.

In detail, the offer provides for €1,500 off the Kadjar SUV, the 7-seater Grand Scenic and the Koleos SUV; €1,250 from the Mégane range; and €1,000 off the Clio and Captur. Renault Ireland is also increasing the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value in a PCP agreement on a new Clio, because the pandemic has reduced the amount people are driving.

The company’s three months Deferred Payments plan is also still in place.