Geneva motor show: Five great cars, five years on

As the Geneva motor show rolls into town this week, we thought it might be fun to see how five of the show’s star cars from five years ago are faring on the used car market now that time and familiarity have played their part.

Why five years? Quite simply because the 2013 Geneva show was something of a classic, playing host as it did to launches of the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, exclusive new models from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and – back in the real world – what would go on to be two of the most popular supermini-based SUVs on sale, the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.
You can see how these cars are performing on the used market below, and for more coverage from this year’s Geneva motor show head to the CarGurus UK Facebook page.

McLaren P1
If you had purchased a McLaren P1 following its 2013 Geneva show launch for the not inconsiderable sum of £866,000, you might now be feeling fairly happy with yourself. For not only will you know what it’s like to own a car that can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than three seconds and hit 217mph flat out thanks to a hybrid V8 powertrain that’s good for 903bhp, but you’ll also be sitting on a solid investment. How solid? Well, on CarGurus there’s currently a listing for a 190-mile, Volcano yellow example at £1,600,000 plus VAT, suggesting the answer is granite-like.
See examples of the McLaren P1 for sale on CarGurus

Rolls-Royce Wraith
Another high-rolling debut in 2013 belonged to the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a two-door coupe based on the company’s Ghost saloon, with a 624bhp, 6.6-litre V12 under its long bonnet.
The Wraith is not only as opulent as you’d expect of a £240,000 Roller, but is also sublime to drive, introducing a moderately sportier edge to the traditional hushed calm that comes from a car with the Spirit of Ecstasy on its nose. Better still, while not cheap (prices for an early example today start from around £150,000), a used Wraith is still considerably more affordable than its new counterpart and will feel every bit as special.
See examples of the Rolls-Royce Wraith for sale on CarGurus

Bentley Flying Spur
While Rolls-Royce was busy removing doors for the Wraith, Bentley had been adding them to its Continental GT to create the second-generation Flying Spur, priced from £141,000. With a 616bhp, 6.0-litre W12 engine this 2.5-tonne saloon can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds and keep going all the way to 200mph, which at the time made it the fastest accelerating four-door Bentley there had ever built.
If you’re in the market for a used Flying Spur it’s worth noting that Bentley has since launched a cheaper and more frugal (although it’s all relative…) V8 version that’s also well worth considering. Prices today start from just over £70,000 for an early W12 example, which has aged not one bit since appearing in Geneva’s Palexpo exhibition centre all those years ago.
See examples of the Bentley Flying Spur for sale on CarGurus

Peugeot 2008
At the more real world end of the spectrum Peugeot pulled the covers off a car that has gone on to do very well indeed for the French brand. It’s called the 2008 and is a small crossover that shares many components with the company’s 208 supermini but features a taller body to create more interior space, plus a raised ride height for a more commanding view of the road.
Although only offered in front-wheel drive form, Peugeot does fit some models of the 2008 with a Grip Control electronic traction control system and all-season tyres which combine to make it really quite capable on snow-covered roads and muddy tracks.
Prices of used 2008s start from around £6,000, and there’s a decent selection of specifications and engines to choose from.
See examples of the Peugeot 2008 for sale on CarGurus

Renault Captur
The Captur has been a runaway success for Renault, with buyers loving the combination of SUV-like space and supermini running costs with a healthy dose of style to boot. Speaking of boots, where the Captur scores over rivals in particular is in how much luggage capacity it offers thanks to sliding rear seats that allow you to trade rear leg room for a bigger load bay.
There’s also plenty of ways to personalise the car (including removable seats covers) meaning some striking colour combinations on used examples, plus most models come with a touchscreen infotainment system. As with many of these small SUVs the Captur is not what you’d call exciting to drive, but the ride is comfortable around town and the engines are smooth.
For an early used example today you’ll need to stump up around £5,500.
See examples of the Renault Captur for sale on CarGurus

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