Used car buying guides

Used car buying guide: Renault Twingo RS

Fettled by Renault Sport, the Twingo RS is quick, agile and fun. It’s also available from £1500 these days, which makes it a star buy

26 July 2021
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R36 Passats are rare, but they’re 10 a penny compared with the previous-generation Passat W8, a 275bhp curio of which there are only around 50 examples left in the UK
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Used car buying guide: VW Passat R36

If you want a practical and comfortable family transporter that can also entertain, we nominate this 296bhp under-the-radar version of the Passat

19 July 2021
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Hot hatch is at home. flat out on track and doing the school run
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Used car buying guide: Honda Civic Type R (FK2)

The 2015-17 Civic Type R could be the ideal hot hatch: thrilling when you want, easy-going in daily use, reliable and temptingly good value

12 July 2021
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Viewed from any angle, it could only be a 1990s car
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Used car buying guide: Ford Probe

The Probe – a Mazda MX-6 with an American accent – struggled in the UK when new so today it is rare and offers a slice of 1990s cool from just £2k

5 July 2021
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Why not bring it to the max with a small but tall Ford?
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James Ruppert: Ideal buys if your old man's a van man

If you want practicality in the city, a van-shaped MPV, Ford B-Max, is perfect

29 June 2021
10 Ferrari 458 STU 035
The 458’s design drew clear inspiration from the Enzo and the Millechili concept. It was Ferrari’s sportiest V8 model
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Used car buying guide: Ferrari 458

The 458 Italia and its siblings were among the last genuinely soulful supercars, so now is the time to swoop if you want some proper V8 goodness

28 June 2021
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If it looks like this, you’re quids in, but still check for rust
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Used car buying guide: MG F

As in fun – because that’s what the F in MGF might as well stand for. This is a sweet-handling mid-engined car priced from £500

21 June 2021
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10 Noble M400 2005 0303d
Dramatic though it looks, the M12’s rear spoiler offered zero ground-effect benefit
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Used car buying guide: Noble M12

Leicestershire’s Noble M12 went down a storm when it was launched in 2001, and it still offers a whole tonne of fun at affordable prices today

14 June 2021
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Can’t tell your B6 S4 from your B7? The B7-generation model has Audi’s trapezoidal grille
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Used car buying guide: Audi S4 (B6/B7)

You’ll simply adore the naturally aspirated V8 of a 2003-09 Audi S4 – so long as a few crucial plastic parts don’t break

7 June 2021
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1090kg: Kerb weight of the Mk3 Golf GTI, which is 183kg heavier than the Mk2
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Used car buying guide: VW Golf GTI Mk3

You won’t find a cheaper route into Golf GTI ownership than a Mk3 – and there are still plenty around priced from £1000 up

31 May 2021

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