Top ten: unusual used cars

Top ten: unusual used cars
Top ten: unusual used cars

These rare sub-£10k cars are worth seeking out

Saab 9-5 Turbo 4 Aero (2010-2012)

From: £4700-£12,500 Aim for: £8500
Short-lived, final Saab 9-5 executive saloon had mixed reviews and couldn’t match the BMW 5 Series, but five years on it has taken on a handsome and distinguished vibe. The Swedish Government-run Saab Parts ‘Orio’ operation usually gets parts to Britain in a day, which makes it a practical ownership proposition, too. Continuous software updates means it’s even better now than it was when new.

Alfa Romeo 159 (2006-2011)

Alfa Romeo 159 JTD

From: £1500-£13,000 Aim for: £6000
Traditional reliability and service network woes initially blighted the fine-looking Alfa 159, and it was heavier than the 156, but the later cars are better for everyday motoring. The costly 1750 TBi is the model of choice.

Honda CR-Z (2010-2013)

Honda CRZ

From: £4000-£10,500 Aim for: £5000
CRX coupé-inspired Honda CR-Z hybrid was originally perceived as lacking in performance, so was a flop at first, but not it looks cute. And while it’s not quite as edgy as that coupé ancestor, values will rise.

Honda Legend (2006-2009)

Honda Legend

From: £3650-£12,000 Aim for: £7000
With self steering and autonomous braking systems, the range-topping Honda Legend from the late-2000s was way ahead of the game. It’s as below the radar now as it was when it was launched, but it has a great kit count, is reliable and looks better than its predecessors.

Infiniti FX (2009-2013)

Infiniti FX

From: £8000-£30,000 Aim for: £10,000
Petrol-powered versions of the Infinity FX SUV sound good, are nicely styled and come with loads of kit. You’ll get a high-miler within budget, which means plenty for your money. Just avoid the slightly uncouth diesel…

Maserati 3200 GT (1999-2002)

From: £9000-£20,000 Aim for: £10,000
Maserati 3200 coupé is quick enough to make you beam, and has Italian prestige, too. Don’t ponder why it is that you can buy one for less than £10,000, just enjoy the ownership experience – and be prepared for fierce running costs.

MG ZT 260 V8 (2003-2005)

MG ZT

From: £5500-£14,000 Aim for: £8500
Longitudinally engine, rear-drive MG ZT V8 makes for an entertaining drive – even if it was originally designed as a transverse-engined, front-drive car. A wise investment, too, as only 883 saloons and estates were built.

Peugeot 407 Coupe V6 HDI GT (2006-2010)

Peugeot 406 Coupe

From: £1600-£4000 Aim for: £3000
The great value, strongly built Peugeot 407 Coupe grand tourer is at its best with the 2.7-litre HDI V6. Ignore the clumsy styling and a dull cabin – and try to hold out for the lovely Integral leather option.

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nürburgring (2012-2014)

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring

From: £6500-£10,500 Aim for: £8000
Vauxhall Corsa VXR lifts the hot hatch game with plenty of fun and enjoyment behind the wheel; Nürburgring model’s nicely tactile drive enhances the experience.

Vauxhall Ampera (2012-2015)

Vauxhall Ampera

From: £6500-£10,500 Aim for: £8000-£15,000
The Vauxhall Ampera was the less successful stablemate of the range-extender electric Chevrolet Volt. Price was a major factor, but this isn’t such an issue on the used market. You can buy this surprisingly endearing model for less than the cost of a new Corsa.

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