posted 5 years ago

Bargain Bangers For £2,500

Fancy a bargain banger for £2,500? Great, here comes the list.

Fancy a bargain banger for £2,500? Great, here comes the list. The mk3 Ford Mondeo is a tremendous family workhorse. It has pin-sharp handling, plenty of toys, and is available in hatchback, saloon, and estate guises. The estate is more spacious than a warehouse. This capable mile-muncher is also nicely screwed together, so it is more reliable than some rivals. £2,500 buys mid-spec examples from 2004. For peace of mind look for a: sensible mileage, full service history, and fair warranty. Decent examples should last years.

Motorists with more kids than cash might prefer the seven-seater Vauxhall Zafira (mk1). In the late nineties this family machine rewrote the rules for large multi-purpose vehicles. As such its innovative seat-folding technology inspired rivals to rethink their approach. Furthermore, the Zafira is nice to drive - but it is a steady cruiser and has little interest in being thrown around. Suits me. Our £2,500 budget secures a mid-spec variant from 2003.

So, we have a family car that is tremendous on the road, plus a super-spacious multi- purpose-vehicle. Our pint-sized budget could also buy an early Jaguar X-Type, or perhaps a 2003 Hyundai Coupé 2.7-litre. Very nice too. Supermini lovers have their pick from 2002/ 3, including the capable Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. Lots of choice for £2,500.