If you buy new then you won’t get a lot for £10,000 these days and you’ll feel the cost-cutting every time you touch the plastic dashboard or shut the tin-can door. You can, though, enjoy the look and feel of a luxury car for £10,000 if you buy used and buy smart.
Here are three options on the stock list right now that will make you feel like a relative tycoon every time you get behind the wheel:
1. BMW 320D - Price: £9,995
This 320D comes with the full M-Sport package, so it looks the part and the 2-litre diesel engine returns amazing fuel economy. It’s a 2006 machine with just slightly more than 40,000 miles on the clock, which is barely run in for a prestige German car like a BMW. It comes with a raft of additional equipment and it just screams luxury. As it’s a touring it can also carry the family, the dog and a wardrobe without any hassle at all.
2. VW Golf S TSI 1.4 - Price: £8,995
If you like a nippy hatchback then this VW Golf will fit the bill perfectly. It was registered in 2012, has just over 30,000 miles on the clock and comes with the economical 1.4-litre TSI engine that's won praise throughout the world. The Golf is an icon and the best small car money can buy. It comes with a premium price when new, but depreciation has brought one of the finest cars in the world within reach.
3. Audi A6 TDI 2.0L - Price: £8,995
There are few better luxury barges than the Audi A6, it's simply that good. It’s classy, understated and looks way more expensive than it really is and this 2008 model with 60,000 miles on the clock will make you look like a captain of industry for tiny hatchback money.