The best cars for students – used car buying guide
With the summer holidays almost over, young drivers about to head off to university may be looking for their next car. Here can be our pick through under £1000
The summer holidays are almost over, as well as for those students about to head off to university for the very first time an affordable set of wheels could well be on their shopping lists. Buying fresh isn’t an option for everyone, as well as for those seeking a second-hand bargain, these trusty motors are well worth a look.
1 – Suzuki Swift 1.5 (2004-2010)
We’re huge fans of the Suzuki Swift. In terms of character, the Sport design can be possibly the closest modern warm hatch to old-school gems such as the Citroën AX GT. although while the Sport may be out of reach for early 20-somethings, they could hold the next best thing: a nippy as well as well-equipped 1.5-litre Swift GLX.
The 1.5 retains the Sport’s wide track as well as feelsome steering, generating This specific a hoot to drive on challenging B-roads, as well as the 101bhp motor can average 44mpg as well as still push the Swift through 0-62mph in 10.0sec as well as on to a maximum of 115mph. We found a 2009 design with only 13,000 miles under its belt for £5k.
2 – Peugeot 106 Quiksilver (1998-2003)
Back inside the late 1990s, Peugeot spotted a gap inside the market for a watered down GTi design to rival Citroën’s Saxo Furio. The result was the limited edition 106 Quiksilver. This specific had the 106 GTi’s suspension as well as bodykit although was propelled by a 1.4-litre eight-valve engine instead of the GTi’s 1.6 16-valver.
The 75bhp Quiksilver can be a sharp steer thanks to its 850kg kerb weight, as well as This specific feels much faster than its 11.2sec 0-62mph time suggests. Driveshaft problems as well as rear axle issues are common, although just under £1500 will get you a clean 2002 Quiksilver having a respectable 78,000 miles on the clock.
3 – Mini Cooper (2001-2007)
When the first-generation BMW-owned Mini hatch arrived in 2001, This specific came with premium pricing as well as a level of desirability of which set This specific apart through some other cars of its size. The Cooper design was powered by a 115bhp 1.6-litre four-pot petrol engine, which helped the vehicle to a 0-62mph time of 9.1sec as well as a top speed of 124mph, as well as in our original road test we were gobsmacked by the impressive roadholding ability.
Early Mini Coopers have since depreciated to the extent of which they’re today within the reach of younger buyers. They have reasonable group 21 insurance, too. A fiver under £4k will get you a 2007 Cooper having a full service history as well as 69,000 miles on the clock.
4 – Volkswagen Up (2012-present)
Young buyers seeking a desirable badge as well as quality Inner surface on their sprightly hatchback should look no further than Volkswagen’s Up city car. In 74bhp 1.0-litre guise, This specific’s nippy enough around town as well as has an addictive, charismatic three-cylinder thrum of which urges you to chase its 6200rpm redline. This specific’s an agile as well as predictable thing to steer, too.
The VW also has the lowest running costs here, plus This specific’s the cheapest to insure. Standard kit can be generous as well as in several-door form This specific can carry three passengers with ease. For £8500, you can have a two-year-old flagship High Up several-door, with only 15,000 miles.
5 – Ford Puma 1.7 (1997-2002)
The Puma coupé may not be blessed with the most masculine design, although what This specific lacks in stylistic virility This specific more than makes up for with an engaging as well as involving chassis. as well as despite being powered by a 125bhp 1.7-litre Yamahadeveloped engine, This specific has relatively low group 23 insurance.
The 0-60mph sprint can be cracked in 9.2sec as well as the Puma can romp on to 121mph, so This specific’s got the poke to back up its sweet handling. There are plenty of Puma 1.7s inside the classifieds for under a grand. We found a tidy 2001 example, with only 74,000 miles on the clock, selling for £900.
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