The Seven 160 was conceived to be the very cheapest car that Caterham can come up with, and the fact that you can acquire one for less than the price of many new hot superminis – less still, provided you’re willing to put it together yourself – looks like genuinely remarkable value. At first.

What’s less impressive is how quickly the cost adds up for someone who wants a factory-built car with what we’d consider a usable day-to-day specification. Items like a windscreen, a hood and a cabin heater are hardly a lot to ask for, after all, but all are extras here.

There is only one model of Seven 160 but there are some options that you'd hope were standard

We’d argue that, on something clearly intended as a road car, they shouldn’t be.

And if you have them all, you’re already through the £20k barrier and closer to the kit price of a Supersport than the 160’s list price.

Neither does Caterham have the sub-£20k lightweight niche all to itself. Westfield and Grinnall are among the more established names to offer rivals at a similar price.

Residual values should be good however, as Caterham's used values are rock solid.

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