#6 Awesome 2nd hand cars you could buy instead of a new Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta sits atop the UK best sellers list for quite a few years, for many, it's a great car; practical, stylish, economical, easy to park and alright behind the wheel. However I can't help but hate it, to me it's the automotive equivalent of taking the basic corporate job, getting married and wearing the same blue shirt and black trousers every day, waiting for the sweet release of death...
So for this weeks 'autotrader picks' I decided to scour the site for 2nd hand cars that cost as much as a new Fiesta but are more exciting to look at, drive and live with, cars that will make you and people around you appreciate them for more than just a 'sensible' choice.
Here are some basic rules, it has to be £15,000 or less (price of a new Fiesta with few add-ons), be usable as a daily driver and most of all be exciting
#1 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde
This has to be one of if not the most exciting and exhilarating brands this side of a Ferrari. The stunning looks and a power-train from the Alfa Romeo 4C, the 1.75 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder sending 240ps to the front wheels via 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. In truth it's a more of a GT car, rather than a hot-hatch like a Focus St or Golf GTI, it's rather soft suspension and trouble putting down all that power efficiently leaves a lot to be desired in performance department.
But who cares when it looks like that, it's also now slouch in straight line with launch control on it will hit 62mph in 6 seconds flat and go onto 152mph top speed. It's gorgeous, practical exciting and fast this is the closest a hatchback can get to a true Grand Tourer. You can pick this 2015 model for just 14,995 with only 25,000 miles on the clock with full service history and 12 months MOT.
Marcuses Alternative: Volkswagen Golf GTI
His first choice is excellent if not a little oblivious... never the less at just under 15 grand this 14 plate GTI with just 27,000 miles on the clock is a real bang for your buck. If the Golf's image became a little stale to you, the GTI will keep you smiling almost no matter what, either thanks to it's gorgeous tartan finished interior or to it's excellent engine and handling set-up.
#2 Practically new Mazda 3
I mentioned the 3 in one of my previous pieces so I will be short and sweet with it here, Mazda 3 is the absolutely the best 'regular' hatchback out there and I will take no argument for that. It's got the looks to rival that of the Alfa, its SkyActiv 2.0 petrol is one of if not the most efficient out there being able to deliver 50mpg on the run, while capable of hitting mph in well under 10 seconds, combined with best in class handling.
This is the ultimate car lovers daily; fun, practical cheap to run and buy, like really cheap to buy for #15,000 you can have this model with just 1201 miles on the clock. Inside you have two-zone climate control, 7-inch infotainment screen, cruise control automatic most things and whole bunch of other gadgets.
Marcuses alternative: Porsche Cayman
Uh yeah so there was some sort of communication error between me and Marcus here, you see I asked for fun practical daily's that are exciting, seems like Marcus only heard the fun and exciting... Can't say I blame him for 15k this 08 Cayman with 68miles on the clock is on the more than a little used side but still excellent value offering some of the best handling performance for the price. The 2.7 litre flat-6 sounds great and delivers 245bhp to the rear wheels getting from 0-62 in 6.1 seconds.
While the availability of both a trunk and frunk make for a decent practicality argument, well that if you never carry more than 1 passenger that is.
#3 A Year Old Fiesta-ST
So remember all the stuff I've said about Fiesta? Well ST is a bit different, ST is like the initial feeling of happiness and success when you get your first corporate paycheck and before you feel totally burned out..
This example hast covered just over 7000 miles and at #14,500 you will genuinely struggle to find a competent rival of the same age and mileage to the ST.
Marcuses alternative: Jaguar XF V6 Diesel
Marcus.. what are you doing? Marcus Staph! Okay just kidding, but it seems that he struggled with the brief a little. Never the less this choice while quite out of the box is both interesting and somewhat fitting at ( at least in price ). Once again he goes for an older and more used up car a 2013 Jaguar XF V6 Diesel with 50,000 miles on the clock.
While it's suitability might be dubious it's difficult to argue with the value offered by this luxurious estate, the interior is clad in beige leather with electric and automatic everything.