With good looks, decent dynamics, superb reliability and masses of standard equipment, the Celica makes a great sporting buy. The cabin lets it down, but in return there’s reasonable practicality while purchase costs are admirably low. With good looks, decent dynamics, superb reliability and masses of standard equipment, the Celica makes a great sporting buy. The cabin lets it down, but in return there’s reasonable practicality while purchase costs are admirably low.
There’s no ambiguity with the Toyota’s lines; you can tell immediately that this is a car with sporting pretensions thanks to the swoopy silhouette, low-slung nose and 2+2 configuration.
For a sporting car, the Celica scores impressively in the practicality stakes thanks to the incorporation of a hatchback rather than a boot. The fitment of fold-down rear seats ensures that even if you need to transport that coffee table in a hurry, the Celica should be able to accommodate it – as long as it’s not too big.
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Used BMW 3 series – (2,993,016)
Often it takes top spot, but this month the BMW 3 Series was searched for just a few thousand times less than the Volkswagen Golf. The BMW 3 series is constant hit thanks to its long standing pedigree and desirability. It has a reputation for its fine handling and engines, and it’s one of the only rear-wheel-drive cars in the class. – More Used BMW Cars
Used BMW X5 – (478,691)
The hottest off-roader according to your searching is the BMW X5, followed by a trio of Land Rovers, the Range Rover, Freelander and Discovery. The BMW X5 blew the opposition out of the water in 2000 when BMW turned their hand to the four-wheel-drive market with remarkable success. BMW realised most people don’t go ‘mud plugging’, so they honed the BMW X5 to feel great on the road while offering the space and stature of a premium SUV.
Used BMW 5 Series (1,089,552)
It seems you can’t get enough of the Munich carmaker, and the BMW 5 Series is the most searched for executive car, with more than one million searches in March. The styling of the BMW 5-Series was controversial when it was launched, but its sharp-edged look has been a massive success and now it’s a style been adopted for the rest of the BMW range.
Used BMW Z3 (252,852)
The BMW Z3 was launched in 1996 at a time when Mercedes was launching its SLK coupé-cabriolet and shortly before Audi launched its TT, which was initially offered in coupé form only. Porsche was also introducing its open-topped Boxster, just as there was an explosion in demand for premium coupés and convertibles. Well received for its superb handling and bullet-proof build quality, early Z3s were criticised for their lack of performance, as only small-capacity four-cylinder engines were initially offered. However, the arrival of six-cylinder powerplants was a huge improvement, as now the Z3 had the performance to go with its great chassis, strong brakes and superb attention to detail.
Jay Ohrberg has created some of the world’s most outrageous one-off cars.
The madcap Hollywood designer has built cars shaped like living rooms, a car based on The Flintstones, one with Marilyn Monroe on the boot and a car with an ‘Elvis’ badge on the front.
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The Skoda Fabia VRS hot hatch is poised for a comeback next year, a senior source at Skoda has revealed.
He exclusively told Auto Trader the Fabia VRS will:
• Be powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine
• Develop between 165 and 180bhp
• Be equipped with a six-speed DSG semi-automatic gearbox
• Rival the Seat Ibiza FR and Cupra ranges
Although performance figures are sketchy, it’s likely the VRS will offer a 7.5 second 0-62mph time together with a top speed of 135mph, making it the fastest hot hatch the company has ever built.
The Fabia VRS will be launched around July 2010, after the range undergoes a midlife facelift around a month earlier. The cosmetic nip and tuck will see the hatchback receive smaller front lights to fall in line with its latest model, the Yeti crossover SUV.
The oldest woman to lap Brands Hatch in a 400bhp BMW M3 and the world’s first purpose built 300bhp police
I bet your Gran couldn’t go faster than this Kent veteran – especially in a 400bhp BMW M3 coupe.
Adrenaline-junkie Dulcibella King-Hall wanted to celebrate her birthday in style, and in true petrolhead fashion, headed straight for Brands Hatch and the sensational new BMW M3 coupe. Read more
|The C1 looks good, goes well and is very cheap – in short, its all you could ever want from a city car. This places it in road tax band B, with an annual charge of £35, dropping to £20 in April 2009.|
|The funky Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is one of the most economical cars on sale in the UK. The Polo BlueMotion 2 has more luxuries which bump its emissions up to 109g/km and into the £35 per year tax band B and £20 from April 2009.
|The Peugeot 308 CC is likely to score in the hearts of buyers with its looks, It has CO2 emissions of 120g/km, placing it in road tax band B.|
|The Mazda MX-5 is a proper sports car, with great handling and a folding soft top, placing it in tax band E with a £170 charge in 2008-9.|
|The 2-litre dCi diesel engine produces 148bhp and accelerates the car from 0-62mph in just 9.8 seconds, placing road tax E|
|The Honda CR-V emits 173g/km of CO2, placing it in tax band E.|