The Ford Ranger has been available in the UK since 2011 after being successful in the states since 1983 by Ford Motor Company. The Ranger is a monster that is classed as a mid-size pickup truck. The truck can come with either a two door single cab, a two door extended cab or a four door double cab. There are three different engines available, a 2.5 litre Duratec 25 l4 petrol, a 2.2 litre Duratorq l4 diesel or a 3.2 litre Duratorq l5 diesel. In terms of transmission there are both manual and automatic options. You also get the choice of rear wheel drive or a 4×4. The Ford Ranger is supposedly going to have a face lift this year which may well include the introduction of a new ‘panther’ engine.
Price of a new Ford Ranger: £18,670.00 to £30,024.00
Price of a second hand Ford Ranger: £2,000-£32,394
The Volvo V50 was put into production in 2004 and it lasted until 2012 when it was replaced by the Volvo V40, which is also the Volvo that was the V50’s predecessor. It is officially classed as a small family car though it probably isn’t a car that you would immediately associate with the word small thanks to it’s 178 inch length. It comes in one body style which is a 5-door estate, the engines available are plentiful, there is 6 different petrol options and 4 different diesel options. You can get the Volvo V50 five speed automatic or a five and six speed manual.
Price of a new Volvo V50: Not applicable
Price of a second hand Volvo V50: £1,795 – £15,995
The Lexus CT, also know as the CT 200h, came into the spotlight on the early 2011 and it is still being produced today. It is related to the Corolla and Toyota Auris and is Lexus’ contribution to the compact executive car class and it comes in a 5-door hatchback bodystyle. It was introduced to the UK by Kylie Minogue who also featured in the TV advertisement and she also was sponsored by the Lexus CT for her Aphrodite World Tour in the UK. It won the best small car award for the over $35,000 category in Australia 2011. There is only one engine available and it’s a good one; a 1.8 litre l4 – 100KW (134 hp) engine.
Price of a new Lexus CT: £21,245 – £29,745
Price of a second hand Lexus CT: £8,750- £31,450
The Vauxhall Ampera has been with us for almost five years, it is also known as the Chevrolet Volt and is closely related to the Cadillac ELR. It is classed as a compact car and is a 5 door hatchback, though having said that, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a saloon. The Vauxhall Ampera can come fully electric or you can get a petrol electric hybrid. The purely electric model has a range of 38 miles and the hybrid version offering 62 mpg, also with the petrol hybrid Vauxhall claim a maximum cruising range of over 300 miles. The Vauxhall Ampera was the first plug-in hybrid passenger car to go on sale in the UK.
Price of a new Vauxhall Ampera: £33,750-£35,495
Price of a second hand Vauxhall Ampera: £14,990-£24,495
Mercedes-Benz SL Class
The Mercedes-Benz SL Class. What a treat. The first thing you need to know about this car is that it will make you turn your head. The SL’s legacy goes way back, all the way to 1954, when Mercedes introduced the W198 and W121, both of which are absolutely gorgeous cars. In my opinion they lost their way between 1972 and 2012, but then the current R231 model hit the scene, and it is stunning again. The new SL R231 comes with the choice of 4 engines, a 3.5 litre V6, a 4.7 litre V8 turbocharged engine, a 5.5 litre V8 turbocharged engine and a 6.0 litre V12 turbocharged engine, all of which run on a 7 speed automatic transmission.
Price of a new Mercedes-Benz SL Class: £72,500 to £170,815
Price of a second hand Mercedes-Benz SL Class: £3,990 – £149,875
The Mitsubishi ASX is a crossover SUV that comes at a very attractive price when compared to its rivals. The ASX has its routes in Mitsubishi’s 1991 compact MPV which was called the Mitsubishi Space Runner. Thankfully Mitsubishi changed the Space Runners direction for the third generation in 2010, no longer would it be an MPV, it would now be the much more aesthetically pleasing crossover SUV that it is today. It is related to the Citroen C4 Aircross, Dodge Caliber and the Peugeot 4008. You get the choice of 3 engines with the Mitsubishi ASX, a 2.0 litre 4B1 engine, a 1.8 litre turbo diesel or a 2.2 litre turbo diesel. You can get the ASX with both automatic and manual transmission.
Price of a new Mitsubishi ASX: £15,184.00 – £24,884.00
Price of a second hand Mitsubishi ASX: £7,999 – £23,584
The Audi Q7 has been around since 2005 and it arrived on the market as Audi’s first entry to the SUV class, though it didn’t actually go on sale until 2006. There are 3 diesel engines and 3 petrol engines to choose from. Diesel: 3.0 litre V6, 3.6 litre VR6 and a 4.2 litre V8 FSI. Petrol 3.0 litre V6, 4.2 litre V8 and a 6.0 litre V12. The second generation Audi Q7 was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show in January and there has also been a diesel-powered plug-in hybrid variant.
Price of a new Audi Q7: £15,184 – £24,884
Price of a second hand Audi Q7: £7,999 – £23,584
The Volkswagen Passat has been around for a long time, though it hasn’t always been known as the Passat, it has been called a number of different names; Dasher, Quantum, Santana, Corsar, Magotan and Carat. The original Passat came about in 1973, known as the B1 and it was available up until 1981. The B2 followed immediately and ran until 1988 when it was replaced by the B3 and B4 models which ran until 1996. The B5 is probably as far back as you would want to go if you were looking into getting a second hand Volkswagen Passat, which was produced from 1996-2996 receiving a facelift along the way in 2001. The B6 and B7 models came about in 2005 but were recently replaced in 2014 by the B8, which is a very smart looking car full of innovative technology/
Price of a new Volkswagen Passat: £22,215 – £35,505
Price of a second hand Volkswagen Passat: £390 – £36,950
The Mazda CX-5 started out as a concept car called the MINAGI which was displayed at the 2011 GenevaMotor Show. It was put into production in early 2012 and named the CX-5, a shout to the Mazda CX-7 that it was replacing as well as the Mazda Tribute. The CX-5 is related to the Ford Escape and is classed as a compact crossover SUV, it has 5 doors and a front engine layout, with either front wheel or four wheel drive ability. Three engines are available with the CX-5, a 2.0 L a 2.5 L and a 2.2 L, all of which are part of Mazda’s SKYACTIV range. Both automatic and manual transmissions are available. A facelifted model is expected in 2016 after being unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Price of a new Mazda CX-5:£21,895.00 – £28,695.00
Price of a second hand Mazda CX-5: £14,970 – £26,999
Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque has been criticized by some as a bit of a cash cow, but we see it as a smart entry from Land Rover into a class which suited what they are good at. It is classed as a compact luxury crossover SUV and you can get it with either 5 or 3 doors and it is available as a four wheel drive car. It draws inspiration from both the Land Rover Freelander and the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It has been around since 2011 and it sold the best part of 88,000 units in its first year alone. There are two engines available, a 2.0L Ecoboost straight 4 petrol or a 2.2L Duratorq straight 4 diesel.
Price of a new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: £29,205 to £46,210
Price of a second hand Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: £20,995 – £67,875
The Lexus IS is Lexus’ entry level model in their sport range, in other words a more financially accessible version of the Lexus ES though only just. The IS was first introduced as the Toyota Altezza before being re-branded and named in 1999 as the Lexus IS. The second generation model is where the IS found it’s feet and started looking that little bit more sporty, and that version was produced from 2005-2013 with a fair few facelifts in that period. So if you are looking at a second hand Lexus IS from 2005-2013 bear those facelifts/updates in mind. The third generation model was then introduced in 2013 and is still the same today, however if the last generation is anything to go by we will be seeing some updates and restyling efforts soon enough.
Price of a new Lexus IS: £26,495 – £38,495
Price of a second hand Lexus IS: £1,295 – £42,995