While revolutionary in many respects, the original Mercedes-Benz A-Class of 1997 was not a car that was about to draw younger buyers towards the German marque. Indeed, it wasn’t until the introduction of the third-generation A-Class in 2012 that sales figures really began to soar thanks to a combination of that car’s more conventional design appealing to a wider audience, and the increasing popularity of affordable finance deals.
There are few things as exotic in the automotive world as a mid-mounted engine configuration. Think Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Diablo, Audi R8… you get the idea. However, you need not spend a six-figure sum in order to experience the unique poise and balance afforded by a mid-engined layout. Indeed, as the cars below prove, there are a handful of offerings out there that can be picked up for the price of a MINI – or less. Which one would you choose?
When the original BMW 1 Series arrived on the scene in 2004 it stood out from rival compact executive cars for being rear-wheel drive. The same is true of the second-generation 1 Series, known as the F20, which arrived in 2011 and is the subject of our latest CarGurus Used Car Video review.
Car safety is not the most glamorous of subjects, but it remains hugely important for obvious reasons. That’s arguably even more the case when it comes to choosing a used car rather than a new one, where crash performance and safety features might not necessarily be up to the latest standards.
The Nissan Juke was at the forefront of the trend for supermini-sized crossovers that combined low running costs with tough, SUV-like styling. It’s no surprise therefore that it’s been a hit with buyers, whether they’re in the market for a new car or a used one.
The Vauxhall Astra is one of the UK’s most popular family cars, a position it has held since the original went on sale in the 1980s. No wonder then that it’s also in plentiful supply on the used car market, spanning several generations and body styles.