Though some may hark back fondly to the days of scrolling through thumbnail-sized adverts, the Internet has long since transformed the way we buy cars…that mint condition classic on the screen could be barrelling down a country lane with your good self at the wheel in a couple of hours.
There’s nothing quite like collecting a new car, but it’s said that the honeymoon period with a car lasts just nine months before we start to consider our next set of wheels. However, tools like Cazana make it easier to find the exact make and model, in the right trim with the right tech specs for a perfect match and a long-lasting love affair. For the dapper chap, the right set of wheels completes the look, so we’ve compiled some of our top picks for every dapper driver:
The man about town: MINI Cooper (07-13)
BMW’s reinvention of the Mini is a success story that tells itself. The retention of the go-kart handling of the original in a premium package with infinite personalisation options proved to be a winning formula that’s resonated with motorists worldwide. Since then, bulletproof residuals, strong fuel economy and driving fun have become synonymous with the winged badge, making the MINI a small car for the heart and the head. Second generation models are looking good value now, like the special edition Camden model we found with bespoke wheels, paint and contrasting black xenon headlamps.
We found: 2010 MINI Cooper Camden, 42,000 miles, £6,999
The hipster: Volkswagen Golf GTi (05-09)
Quite possibly all the car you’ll ever need with a healthy dose of retro, Volkswagen proved one of the most pukka boot badges was back on form with the introduction of the Golf GTi MkV in 2005. With 200PS under the bonnet, the GTI can induce a grin on even the most mundane of journeys, and the neat touches – like interwoven check velour upholstery, pepperpot alloys and a golf ball-shaped gear knob – are a friendly nod to the original. A true icon.
We found: 2007 Volkswagen Golf GTi, 60,000 miles, £6,450
The executive: Jaguar XF (08-15)
The big cat that propelled Jaguar back into the height of cool, the contemporary styling of the XF underpinned Jaguar’s new design language and brought a new generation of fans to the brand. There’s real substance behind the style; handling befitting of Jaguar’s sporting heritage and a theatrical interior make the Jag a beguiling experience on any journey.
We found: 2011 Jaguar XF Portfolio, 38,000 miles, £13,994
The sportsman: Honda S2000 (99-09)
For the pure experience of driving, few sports cars can compete with the Honda S2000. Sending power through its rear wheels with an engine mounted at the front, perfect balance meets top-notch performance from the 2.0 VTEC engine; the S2000 will hit 62 mph in just over six seconds. Inside, a focused cockpit with leather sports seats and instruments angled towards the driver hints at the superb fun to be had. Something of a rarity, it’s one for the brave but backed by Honda’s excellent reputation for reliability.
We found: 2008 Honda S2000, 46,000 miles, £13,990
The family man: Volvo V90 (16 onwards)
The newest car here with early examples creeping in to the used market, this new generation of Volvo estate really cuts a dash in an SUV-obsessed world. Scandinavian flair adorns the cabin with fantastic use of texture and shape, creating a unique and luxurious atmosphere, while the large touchscreen infotainment system will keep tech lovers happy.
We found: 2016 Volvo V90 Inscription, 750 miles, £31,995
The adventurer: Land Rover Discovery (04 onwards)
Another famous British name, few SUVs can rival the appeal of a Land Rover. The affectionately named ‘Disco’ is a firm favourite among those who like to venture off-road, thanks to its combination of luxury and genuine capability in the rough stuff. It’s contemporary styling has aged well and there’s room for seven in the spacious cabin and the driver enjoys a commanding view of whatever terrain you decide to drive it on.
We found: 2011 Land Rover Discovery GS, 63,000 miles, £14,500
Find your next car at www.cazana.com. Cazana offers access to every car on sale in the UK, and you can check the MOT and owner history of any car for free for total peace of mind.