10 interesting used cars for under £5k we found this week
Got 5,000 British pounds and no time to browse the classifieds? Here’s what you could have
Fiat Panda 4x4
Turns out you can get a lot of Fiat Panda for your £5k these days, with low mileage versions available and 1.2-litre engines that only command £35 per year in road tax. And yet, the one you really want is the 4x4. Who knows when you might need to cross a slippery field or a very small stream? Best to be prepared for every eventuality.Advertisement - Page continues below
Want something a little hotter from the same stable? Early examples of the modern-day Abarth 500 have dipped comfortably below the £5,000 mark. Has anything this small ever made quite so much noise?
Volvo 850R Saloon
Weren’t expecting that, were you? Yes, we love fast Volvo estates here at TG, but nobody wants to sound like a broken record just recommending the same thing over and over again do they?
So why not try something completely different… a fast Volvo saloon. The R replaced the T-5R and for one year only a manual gearbox and slightly more powerful (250bhp rather than 240bhp) 2.3-litre five-cylinder engine were available.Advertisement - Page continues below
Smart Roadster Coupe
The Smart Roadster Coupe was based on a stretched ForTwo platform, was powered by an 81bhp 698cc three-cylinder and used a clunky six-speed automated manual gearbox, but is there a cheaper way into proper breadvan ownership? We’re not sure there is now that Polo Breadvan prices have taken off.
We did say these were going to be interesting used cars. They don’t come much more interesting than the Nissan Cube in this price range, and the one we’ve found is a corker…
Citroen Saxo VTR
The Saxo was common as muck on UK roads in the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, but most have either rusted to dust or been wrapped around trees by teenagers in the years since.
Saab 9000 Aero
Look! Three-spoke alloy wheels! Today is a good day.Advertisement - Page continues below
Toyota Corolla T-Sport
Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division might be churning out some impressive road cars at the moment, but it hasn’t come out of nowhere. Previously its T-Sport versions of the Yaris and Corolla were buzzy and interesting hot hatches. Reliable too.
EP3 Honda Civic Type R
If it’s a 2000s hot hatch you’re looking for though, could you really turn down the chance of buying an EP3 Type R? Rumour has it some are still wearing their original rear tyres thanks to a complete lack of contact with tarmac.Advertisement - Page continues below
Mini Countryman Cooper S
Need something with a similar vibe but easier to get in and out of? The early Mini Countryman in Cooper S spec could be had with 181bhp and a manual gearbox. Nice.