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UK customers are paying a lot more for most things now due to the £1 having some wobbles due to [whisper]...... b r e x i t*The UK prices are very high and overall spec' choice tends to be sold as a package, rather than as individual items. I thought the UK system was s bit like Sky TV a few years ago, where you paid for a 20 channel TV package but only really wanted 4 of them. I managed to sweet talk the salesman into allowing me to configure my cali' under their 'business customer' arrangements, which was really flexible. I took delivery in late 2017 (2018 MY).
I went for an Ocean 150 DSG 4 motion, with difflock, all season tyres, an 80 litre fuel tank, immobiliser and a detachable tow bar. Plus a few other bits & bobs. The final price at the time of order (July 2017) came to 61500 euro quids, which at the time of exchanging the money in Sept 2017 worked out at about £55,500 coin of the realm.
The killer for me was the exchange rate. In Nov' 2015, the exact same vehicle would have cost me just £43,930)!
I avoided too many electric gizmos and LED headlights, which were an astonishingly expensive option. They might 'lightup the moon' and have a claimed 'service life' of 50,000 hours, but they still only have the standard vehicle guarantee, which in Spain is 2 years. Possible repair/replacement costs at 800+ euros a side put me right off. If I 'bust a bulb' in my cali with H7's, it's 20 minutes and a tenner to fix.
I also went for the 150 because I didn't really need the extra 'oomph' as I spent a lifetime driving police traffic cars for a living so I prefer to 'pootle' nowadays. That said, I recently 'pootled' from Orange (France) to my home in Murcia in a day (Just shy of 1000 kms at an average of 39mpg loaded with roofbox and bike rack). Not a smidgin of backache either!
When I was considering the 204, the dealer shook his head and explained that future service packages on a 204 Ocean have to be charged at the 'retail customer' levels as they couldn't class it as a 'business vehicle' for service & maintenance etc.
I am really happy with my purchase. Since then, I have spent another shedload of extra cash on camping extras. Worst thing I bought with the vehicle was the 'comfort mattress' which is a pile of crap.
I don't know if costs in Spain have risen since my purchase, but the costs shown above are accurate and would suggest that UK customers are paying a lot more for their cali's.