Ever noticed that some cars appear to age at different speeds? Some cars that were released a decade ago still look fresh, yet some that were released last year are already looking dated. Most of us have limited funds, so a new car is out of the question but that shouldn’t be an issue if you choose wisely. Here are 6 great value cars that still look pretty new! Lets get started.
Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ
The new price of a GT86 (which they are still selling by the way) is around £30,000, but if you look on the used market, you can get virtually the same car for a fraction of that price. This small coupe was expertly engineered to provide maximum driving pleasure combined with everyday usability; Something that was met with universal praise from the motoring press, but the market has still always been somewhat niche for this car.
With a 4 cylinder boxer engine, £30k seems like a lot of money to pay given the competition at that price but look on the second hand market and you’ll see that you can get a Subaru BRZ or Toyota GT86 for under 10,000 pounds. For a car that’s still in production relatively unchanged, that makes a lot of sense!
BMW M3 E92
It wasn’t so long ago that all three German premium brands had V8-powered performance models in the same class. This was before naturally aspirated engines were strangled by emissions standards of course, with most of their new versions fitted with turbocharged units. If you’re looking for a proper European muscle car, look no further than the E92 generation M3 though. With a high-revving 4.0-liter V8, 414 HP on tap, a glorious soundtrack, and lightning-quick performance, its still almost as fast as the current M4 to 60. By the way, its also about four times cheaper. It may be 10 years old, but they’re still relatively modern cars in most people’s eyes. You can find perfectly good examples for around £15,000 but for bad examples prices have dropped as low as £10k!
Audi TT RS
Ten years ago, Audi`s most powerful TT, the RS model, cost almost £50,000, which was and still is an enormous sum of money for what is basically an A3 on steroids in a coupé body. Today, you can get the same 2009 TT RS model with all-wheel drive, a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and 340 HP (optional 360 HP) for around £15,000. Although the TT didn’t get much love from sports car purists, we can assure you that this is one of the fastest cars in real-world conditions. It has a cool engine noise too thanks to its 5 pot, more than enough power, and that traditional Audi well-built interior. The key thing is, it still doesn’t really look that old and some people wont even be able to tell the difference between this and the new one.
Fiat 500 Abarth
The tiny Fiat 500 Abarth is maybe down on power and engine displacement, but it is still one of the most rewarding performance cars you can own on a budget. And for around £5000, there isn’t a more dynamic and charming city car you can own. With a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and 140 HP sent to the front wheels, the 500 Abarth is an amazingly agile and dynamic little car. The whole package is well-rounded with sport suspension, performance rubber, and an optional paddle shift automatic. Still, even in base trim, the 500 Abarth is capable of lively performance and providing you with driving excitement unique to this brand. They’re still making it too!
Renault Megane RS
Any list of performance cars wouldn’t be complete without a proper hot hatch, and the Megane is one of the best around. Most of us would call the regular Megane models pretty dull but you cant say that about the 2010 to 2016 Megane Renault sport. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder under the bonnet, 250 horsepower at the front wheels, and near perfect handling, the Megane RS is a quintessential European hot hatch champion. Sadly its never been available in the USA.
Renault`s engineers didn’t go down the Ford or Audi route when beefing up their flagship hatch and just pump the Megane with insane power; they re-engineered every part of the car, creating an excellent driving machine and one of the best cars in its class. Externally, they still look very modern and prices start from well below 10k.
Probably the most tempting value for money is the mid 2000s Jaguar XK. The XK is a comfortable, elegant, and prestigious coupe grand tourer. For under £10,000, you can find the loads of XKs out there with a 4.2-liter V8 and 300 HP. Envisaged as jaguars rival to the Porsche 911, it was a successful model for the company and therefore they sold loads of them. Whilst a lot of them under £10k may be from 2006,2007, they still look surprisingly fresh and not actually that far off much more modern models. Sadly, they all came in automatic but you could argue that this suits its GT characteristics. Still, turn up at any posh event or gathering and this relatively cheap car wont look out of place amongst much newer stuff.
So there you are. Which cars should have I included? Let me know in the comments.