They don’t get rather more center of the highway than this mid-spec Golf, however look past the overly acquainted styling and there’s actual worth right here, particularly in pre-facelift Mk7 guise at a contact over three years previous.
New, the instance we bear in mind – a one-owner 2015/15-reg automotive with 41,000 miles – would have value round £20,750 after a reduction. In order that’s £10,000 saved for a begin. And whereas the facelifted model appears to be like slightly sharper, the older one is not any totally different to the untrained eye.
Match spec is indecently good: alloy wheels, lively cruise management, air-con, 4 electrical home windows, entrance and rear parking sensors, a centre armrest and a leather-covered steering wheel. All as well as tothe Golf’s standard-fit digital radio, emergency brake help, digital parking brake and engine cease/begin.
The 1.four TSI petrol engine produces 123bhp; not loads, however in a automotive weighing lower than 1200kg, it’ll do. Extra spectacular, it develops 148lb ft from as little as 1400rpm. It’s like slightly diesel motor, solely quieter, smoother and sweeter. It’s virtually as economical too: actually within the early 50s with out a lot effort.
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There’s nothing stopping you shopping for the diesel model, in fact. Like for like, it’s about £750 cheaper. Nevertheless, the petrol appears to be like like being higher future-proofed.
Being the Match quite than the bottom S, our chosen instance has multi-link rear suspension for a good higher experience and sharper dealing with. The Mk7 could have shed weight however the doorways nonetheless thud shut, the paint is thick and the inside is rock stable. Pound to a penny, our automotive will feel and look pretty much as good because the day it left the showroom.
TVR Chimaera, £7500:
It takes a courageous soul to get into mattress with a Chimaera, however this 1998-reg four.Zero-litre with 49,000 miles appears to be like prefer it might be value a fling. The personal vendor claims it’s in good general situation with no indicators of outrigger hassle. It has “unbelievable” service historical past and – right here’s confidence – “the engine and gearbox are close to good”.
Cadillac Seville STS V8, £5995:
No straining to see round vehicles forward of you on this previous Caddy. It’s a right-hooker; an instance of the automotive maker’s short-lived flirtation with the UK. There’s a juicy four.6-litre V8 producing 300bhp – adequate for Zero-60mph in 6.5sec. It has accomplished solely 16,000 miles, has a full service historical past and is in “pristine situation”.
Dacia Sandero, £4000:
So, 4 years on, how are these Sandero values holding up? We noticed a 2014 1.2 Ambiance with 61,000 miles up for a stiff £4000. The brand new worth was £6595 and its commerce value is round £2600, so it has misplaced solely £1000 a 12 months. Assuming it stands the vendor at two-six, he’s on a pleasant margin.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo, £9999:
If it hadn’t been for its full Porsche service historical past and simply three earlier homeowners, the primary a Porsche storage the place it was a demonstrator, we’d most likely have turned the web page. Now we’re right here, this 2004 Cayenne Turbo with 97,000 miles on the clock appears to be like the enterprise in black with privateness glass and matching leather-based.
Public sale watch:
MG B: With autumn upon us, it’s time to purchase a soft-top; one thing like an MG B. Just a few shuffled by means of the auctions just lately, ranging in worth from £3180 for a Tango-orange 1980 GT with rubber bumpers to £16,122 for a 1972 V8 roadster with the right chrome jobbies.
Greatest worth seemed to be a 1972 GT with wire wheels for £6572. ‘Appeared’ as a result of you’ll be able to by no means inform with these previous ladies. Oil leaks, physique filler (take a magnet if you’re buying), a loud diff, worn kingpins, sagging doorways and bodged repairs lie in wait. Nonetheless, it ought to hold you busy throughout these lengthy autumn evenings.
Get it when you can:
Jaguar XJR 575 Worth new £93,780. Worth now £89,950:
The mighty XJR 575, all 567bhp short-wheelbase hooligan of it, is not any extra; killed off by its maker’s failure to get it by means of the brand new WLTP emissions check. The 575 was the final word XJ, with towering efficiency however an excellent experience too. A Mercedes S-Class and an Audi A8 are extra subtle however neither has the 575’s appeal. Run-out examples are uncommon however one Jag vendor is displaying a 2018/68 automotive for £3890 off the brand new checklist worth. Given they’re knocking as much as £16okay off new diesel XJs, £15okay off this magnificence ought to be the minimal.
Conflict of the classifieds:
Transient: For the image-conscious household driver, discover me a horny people-carrier for £20,000, please.
Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI SE Property £20,000:
Neglect the remainder, purchase the perfect. In the event you need to maneuver seven folks in supreme consolation and refinement in a automotive able to 144mph (and 50mpg), then this immaculate Merc with a low mileage is the one for you. You’d be a idiot to miss its splendidly competent chassis, and when you’re searching for attractive, there’s 369lb ft of torque, a three-pointed star on the grille and a low-slung driving place, in addition to a centre of gravity that can make the drivers of MPVs and SUVs weep. Mark Pearson
Ford S-Max 2.Zero TDCi 150 Zetec £18,460:
Sexiness is a sense so it’s no good quoting stats, Mark. Folks-carriers have been uninteresting to drive and boxy in form earlier than Ford threw out these dreadful conventions with the S-Max. It’s a lot sleeker than the Galaxy upon which it’s based mostly and the sensible chassis boffins from the Blue Oval have made it deal with extra like a sizzling hatch and fewer like a ship. This year-old, 11,000-mile S-Max is less expensive than that Merc, additionally guarantees 50mpg and will likely be as candy to drive. MAX ADAMS
Attractive – an property? However whereas the black S-Max is a rakish factor, the Merc makes me tingle throughout. JOHN EVANS
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