If you’re in the market for a new car then you might be tempted by the cut-price deals on offer for the latest economy hatchback, or dull as ditchwater saloon. It will have that shiny new car smell, but once that fades you’ll be left with a heavily depreciating reminder that life could be so much more fun.
So why not think differently? Why not go for a slightly used luxury car that has taken its first big hit of depreciation, or even its second or third? A well-maintained, used luxury car can be had for less than the price of an entry-level hatchback and it will put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel.
Here are just a few suggestions for a luxury used car for the budget conscious buyer.
2010 Mercedes S Class
The flagbearer for affordable luxury costs an eye-watering £55,000 new, but the 2010 model can now be had for the right side of £20,000 for a solid example of the S320 CDi. That’s the power of depreciation for you.
From massage seats through to a seven speed automatic gearbox and ride quality that feels like pure velvet, there is simply nothing that looks outdated on this car and it can hold its own with the latest cars on the style stakes too.
2009 Range Rover Sport
The 2009 Turbodiesel V6 Range Rover Sport costs less than £20,000 now and it’s a stone-cold bargain at that price. It’s every bit as impressive as the day it left the production line. Range Rovers have been known to go forever, it’s part of their USP, and the casual observer struggles to tell the latest model from the older variants.
2013 Audi A5
The big Audi coupe is an imposing car that looks like it costs serious money, but you can easily get change from £20,000 for a car that is just a few years old. The 2-litre diesel will also return more than 65mpg, despite its sporting looks, and it comes with the Audi hallmark build quality, so will not show its age.