2016 Renault Twingo - £7,100/£126 per month
The world is a complex place right now. So surely what we all crave is a bit of simplicity, something that strips out the unnecessary to focus on purity. A bright colour, to liven things up and put a smile on everyone’s faces? Why, that’s a lovely bonus. Ticking all of those boxes is the Renault Twingo, an eminently cheery take on the titchy city car that’s precisely half the price of anything similarly sized on the new car market. Renault doesn’t even sell these new anymore, for shame, meaning it could even – albeit rather loosely – be considered a minor cult classic…Advertisement - Page continues below
2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 S - £78,450/£1,215 per
A Bentley? That’s a bargain? Don’t worry, there's no taking leave of our senses or mislaying any grasp of the English language, here. But a Bentley of this stature and power can be had for for under eighty grand, so is actually something of a half-price hero, given the Crewe firm has just unveiled its latest Continental GT V8 S at well over twice the cost. Depreciation is still alive and very much thriving in the posh car market. And doesn’t the car still look brilliant?
2016 Hyundai ix35 - £10,950/£221 per month
Okay, so the glamour has dipped a little here. But a car like this is precisely what people want. The ix35’s successor, the Hyundai Tucson, is one of the biggest selling cars in Europe right now, its edgy design language marking it out from its vast swathes of mid-sized SUV rivals. The ix35 isn’t quite as boldly put together, but if you’re after a crossover that gets on with the job of family transport without discombobulating you every morning with a Starship Enterprise cabin atmosphere, then the ix35 is bang on for the job. And a bargain while it’s at it.Advertisement - Page continues below
2016 Lotus Evora - £53,950/£795 per month
It can’t have escaped your notice that the Lotus Emira is flavour of the month right now, the Norfolk sports car company putting out its final ever petrol-powered car to some pretty positive reviews. But – whisper it – one could pop that big balloon of hype. Because the Evora that went before it effectively uses the same 3.5-litre V6 engine, only it adds a pair of rear seats (albeit small ones) and will save you a small fortune if you go for this menacing black example wearing less than 15,000 miles.
2016 Tesla Model S - £37,450/£832 per month
‘Big car for small car money!’ is a classic trope in lists like this. And it may (or may not) please you to know that it’s not going away as the age of the electric car advances. What you’re looking at here is Tesla’s bigger Model S saloon, in dual motor and thus all-wheel drive form, available for roughly what a base Model 3 costs new.
2016 Ford Grand Tourneo Connect - £16,200/£240 per month
Seven-seat options are dwindling on the new car market. Unless you happen to have a vast budget to snare yourself a bit premium SUV, anyway, where there’s more than a slim chance you’ll be deciding between kids and baggage on a big trip. Slum it in a van with windows instead and you’ll get tons more space. Especially when the kids are otherwise-engaged and you can remove the rear seats entirely in order to treat your former van as an actual van for those vital tip runs. And who makes vans better than the guys who gave us the mighty Transit?
2020 Honda Civic Type R - £32,200/£480 per month
One can happily concede that a Honda Civic priced around £32,000 doesn’t immediately scream ‘bargain!’. But then the styling of this particular Civic definitely screams something. The outgoing Type R is one of more visually loud cars on sale well, ever. But worry not, because its powertrain and handling more than live up to the big promises its brash bodykit lays out. Production of this car recently halted and values have stayed steadfast since – so while it doesn’t look outrageously cheap, it should keep a grip of your money rather nicely.Advertisement - Page continues below
2018 Vauxhall Astra VXR - £17,850/£302 per month
For those who prefer their wildly grippy hot hatchback to be a bit more subtly styled, then solace comes in perhaps an unexpected place. Chiefly Vauxhall. Yep, the days of outlandishly modified Novas with underbody neons are firmly a thing of the past, and the slenderly styled VXR is a far classier affair, looking subtly brilliant while also still being a proper thriller to drive. And actually getting on for half the price of that Civic, too.
5 Lexus IS300h– £17,400/£380 per month
Lexus has opted not to bring the latest IS sports saloon to the UK, those pesky Audi, BMW and Mercedes dealers proving simply too adept at drawing buyers away from a more esoteric choice in this part of the world. Which given the current demand for hybrid cars – something Lexus has been doing far longer than all of its key rivals – seems something of a shame. Fair play, then, to the person who not only ignored the German marques when they bought this car new, but ignored the resale-friendly silvers and greys, too…Advertisement - Page continues below
2017 Nissan Leaf - £14,700/£231 per
Electric car sales may have soared through the roof but buying one new just got trickier. The government grant to help buyers of more affordable EVs has been stuck off without notice, while parts-supply issues mean you’ll be waiting an awfully long time for most models. So skip the queue and shrug off any woes about absent discounts with a bargain used example of the greatest selling EV of all time, the tried and trusted Nissan Leaf.