As the first used example of the Volvo XC40 arrives on CarGurus, we thought it was worth reflecting on just why this SUV has created such a buzz. After all, not so long ago the arrival of a new Volvo was greeted with all the anticipation of the opening of a bank statement, and yet here we all are seriously contemplating the switch to a Swedish motor not only for its sensible safety credentials, but because it’s – dare we say it? – one of the coolest cars around.
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.
If you want your used car search to be as painless as possible there’s something to be said for opting for one of the most popular models. After all, popular is bound to mean plentiful, so you’re almost guaranteed to have lots of choice without having to travel far from home, plus there will be a wide range of trim levels, fuel types and engine sizes to suit different tastes and budgets.
In the history of the hot hatch the Renaultsport Clio 200 will surely come to be regarded as the pinnacle of the old school formula. A car where stuffing a big, naturally aspirated motor into a supermini body was still the name of the game, rather than the current trend for smaller turbocharged engines and flappy paddle gearboxes.
We are now all of course only too aware of the havoc caused by the so-called ‘Beast from the East’. Damaged cars, stranded motorists, communities cut off by the snow; it showed just how unprepared the UK is when the weather really turns.
Wouldn’t it would be great if you could buy a used car, run it for 12 months and 10,000 miles and then sell it on for a profit? Research by car valuation specialists cap hpi suggests that this can indeed be a reality – but only if you opt for an electric vehicle (EV).
Confession time: it didn’t come as a complete shock that not everybody in our recent survey about car finance didn’t understand the ins and outs of how it all works. However, we were surprised at the level of confusion around what is for a lot of people the second-biggest monthly outgoing after rent or mortgage.