You won’t have observed, however the MQB-based Audi A3 has grow to be a little bit lengthy within the tooth.
Launched in 2013 and refreshed in 2016, it’s simply beginning on the downhill slope in the direction of the tip of its life, with a brand new one due subsequent yr.
However though it could be getting on a bit, the A3 is not any much less of a automobile. The good, superbly constructed inside stays, as does Audi’s slick MMI infotainment system and, on later fashions, the choice to have a Digital Cockpit. As with all MQB fashions, the A3 is a cracking factor to drive, too, with crisp dealing with and a cushty trip, and it’s spacious.
What’s extra, it appears to be like like its age is now inflicting barely larger first-year depreciation, with the end result that almost new A3s are beginning to look very tempting certainly.
Take the one pictured under. It’s a 2018 automobile in fascinating Sport trim with simply 1600 miles on the clock – briefly, all however a brand-new automobile. Below the bonnet sits a 1.Zero-litre TFSI turbo petrol engine, which, whereas hardly a ball of fireplace, is pokey sufficient and may provide diesel-like gasoline financial system with out the potential for nasty congestion costs that could be coming down the road.
But the Audi franchise promoting the automobile is asking simply £18,362 for it – a hefty saving over the £23,000-odd a brand-new instance would value you. What’s extra, you don’t have to attend for it as you’ll with a brand new automobile. You’ll be able to stroll in off the road and drive it away. Not unhealthy for a automobile that, regardless of its age, stays one of many smartest and most fascinating premium hatchbacks on the market.
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BMW 645Ci £5995
That styling remains to be controversial, however the second-generation 6 Collection’ appears to be like actually seem to have mellowed with time. Or is it familiarity? Both method, you’ll be able to’t fault a correct BMW grand tourer with a thumping 328bhp V8 petrol engine – particularly at lower than six grand.
Maserati GranTurismo £24,990
In case you fancy a grand tourer with a little bit of Italian panache, you’ll need to pay a little bit extra. This Granturismo’s £24,990 worth reveals values are nonetheless fairly agency, however in any other case it appears to be like simply the ticket in silver over pink and with a full yr’s MOT. No point out of historical past, thoughts, which is a priority.
Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi £4995
Proof that there are nonetheless sensibly priced 1980s classics available comes within the type of this Peugeot 1.6 205 GTi. It includes a folder of historical past and a recent MOT, and it appears to be like to be in good, if not immaculate, nick, that means you gained’t be afraid to make use of it.
Fiat Coupé Turbo £450
A barely plausible worth for this Coupé Turbo, however there’s a catch: it wants a brand new clutch, the mileage is excessive and the roof requires paint. Ah. Nonetheless, with good ones fetching 10 occasions this worth, it may very well be price a punt for somebody who is aware of what they’re doing.
Public sale watch:
Ford Escort RS1600i
Can a Mk3 Escort ever be price £46,200? Effectively, regardless of what you would possibly suppose, the reply is, in truth, sure. As a result of that’s how a lot this RS1600i went for at Traditional Automobile Auctions’ newest sale. Ouch.
Causes embody the Turbo Technics equipment fitted by the supplying vendor – a semi-official conversion provided on many quick Fords of the 1980s – and a ridiculously low mileage of simply 8000 that can make it a sure-fire collector’s piece. Proof optimistic that quick Fords merely don’t lose their attract – and that even those you’ll be able to’t think about will go mad price-wise ultimately do.
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Citroën Berlingo Multispace – Value new £20,065. Value now £14,660
We’re huge followers of the Berlingo Multispace. Its humble van-based origins imply that it presents the type of area and practicality few different automobiles of its dimension – or worth – can muster. And it’s surprisingly nice to drive, with comfortable suspension for a comfortable trip and equally squidgy seats. Now that the brand new one’s firmly on its method, look out for terrific offers on the final of the older fashions. This top-spec Aptitude has solely simply ticked over 1000 miles but it’ll set you again lower than £15okay, saving you greater than 1 / 4 of its value when model new.
Conflict of the classifieds:
Temporary: Discover me a reliable small automobile for £2000 – however, crucially, I need one which gained’t bore me to dying.
Mini Cooper S £1700
Below £2k: examine. Enjoyable: Zero-62mph in simply over 7sec, entertaining dealing with and a 135mph high pace, so, examine. Small: principally. Sure, I feel this Mini Cooper S with solely 89,000 miles on it and different luxuries comparable to a leather-based inside and a glass sunroof make it a significantly better guess than Mark’s worthy however finally boring Civic. A tidy Cooper S at this worth level is unlikely to depreciate a lot additional, which suggests you’ll actually solely be paying for gasoline and upkeep. An ideal used banger, in different phrases. Max Adams
Honda Civic Kind S £1995
Some issues you’ll be able to take without any consideration: the hardness of diamond, the passing of the seasons and the fantastic thing about the harmonic sequence. It’s also possible to take without any consideration the truth that if you’d like a reliable previous automobile for banger cash, it’s best to select one which was properly made within the first place, therefore this fascinating one-lady-owner Civic Kind S. Assume punchy VTEC efficiency, keen dealing with, Kind R-style appears to be like and, in fact, that legendary reliability. Add in a full service historical past and a yr’s MOT and also you’ve obtained your self a £2k winner. MARK PEARSON
Mark’s Civic ought to be devoted, however its 111,000 mileage places me off. I’ll take Max’s much less leggy Mini – although it won’t be as dependable. ALEX ROBBINS
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