This week we’re being sensible, with a round-up of some of the best supermini deals out there.
The new Fiesta is fresh in the showrooms, but the previous generation has always been a solid secondhand buy.
Behind the dull design it’s great to drive, running costs are low and it’s mechanically tough. We found an 05-reg 1.4 Flame 3dr with air-con, a full service history and 33,000 miles for £4300.
If you’ve got a bigger budget then buying nearly-new is a great way to save a few quid. The current Renault Clio is a cracking car, but used values are weakening as more come onto the market.
After a bit of digging we tracked down this 57-plate 1.2 Dynamique 5dr with 14,500 miles on the clock. It’s wearing an £8K pricetag, a £3300 saving on its new price, with two years warranty remaining.
The Peugeot 207 isn’t the sportiest of drives, but it’s popularity as a new buy means that values of used versions are starting to slide. We found this 07-plate 1.4-litre Sport 3dr with 8000 miles and aircon - a bargain at just £6500.
There are fewer toys on this 15,000-mile 57-plate Skoda Fabia 1.2 ‘1’ 5-dr, but at £5800 it looks like spectacularly good value, especially as that’s buying the (slightly) more powerful 70bhp version of the 1.2-litre engine and it comes with air-con.
Or, if you want the latest reg plate, it’s still possible to carve a chunk off one of the best superminis out there, the new Vauxhall Corsa.
Going through a broker trims £1800 from the list price of this 58-plate 1.4-litre Design Auto, backed with three years of manufacturer warranty.