We all understand the pain of car depreciation. That’s why for many, used is the only way. Depreciation is usually unavoidable (unless you’re very fortunate), so to minimise the sting, for many a lower priced, used vehicle is the way forward.
It’s worth remembering that just because your budget is lower; it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and performance. We’ve collected together our top cars to buy for under £5000 in the UK, so take a look for yourself!
Subaru Impreza WRX Turbo, 2.0 litre – (For 2005, 110k miles – APPROX £4195)
A 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds for £4195? Sounds pretty great to us! With the Impreza’s rich rally spirit and heritage, Impreza WRXs were made for fantastically fun driving. However, be prepared that those performance figures are likely to come hand in hand with high mileage and a list of modifications – you’ll be pushed to find a standard model.
Honda Civic Type R GT, 2.0 litre (For 2007, 73k miles- APPROX £4800)
There’s a reason it’s one of Honda’s best selling cars of all time! Honda Civic Type Rs are renowned for their naturally aspirated VTEC engines, high revs and fantastic performance. With a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph, it’s a high-spirited daily drive that you’ll never get tired of. Well worth the money! Although you will want to spend a little more for the LSD.
Porsche Boxster 24v (For 2001, 98k miles – APPROX £4750)
Your eyes do not deceive you; it is possible to get your hands on a Porsche for under £5000. However, if you’re looking to drive it for anything more than a weekend pleasure car, it’s likely you’ll need to be prepared to budget for some maintenance work. So, how does the performance look? Back in 2001, the standard Boxter produced 204bhp from its 2.7litre engine, producing a 0-60 time of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. Whilst it’s not the fastest in our list, it’s still a Porsche.
Ford Focus 2.5 SIV ST-3 (For 2007, 89k miles – APPROX £4925)
The Focus ST has proven to be a massive success for Ford over the years. With its effortless handling and enthusiastic performance, the ST is a firm favourite when it comes to hot hatches – and not only because it’s fantastic value for money. Their 2.5 litre engines produced around 220 bhp when they first rolled out the factory doors and will perform 0-60 in just 6.6 seconds.
Mazda RX-8 (2006, 68k miles – APPROX £1700)
With its perfected rotary engine, the RX-8 is a car for Jap enthusiasts looking for performance plus reliability. Thanks to its 50:50 weight distribution and lightweight aluminium/plastic body, performance figures are as follows: Power = 230bhp, 0-60mph = 6.4seconds, top speed = 146mph.
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