An early model can be yours for less than £15,000 and at that money we’d suggest opting for the 1.8 turbo petrol.
A very refined engine that really suits the car and is usefully cheaper and more reliable than the 2.0 diesel.
Can’t face being an Audi driver? You won’t be alone so here are a couple of similarly priced options for you from UsedCarExpert.
BMW 3 Series Coupe
A perennial option in this class. A great image and driving experience coupled with great economy from any engine plus supreme reliability make this default choice in the executive coupe world. We’d say your best off opting for petrol. You still get great fuel economy but save a great deal of money over a diesel car.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: Pay no more than £15,500 for a three year old 2.0 petrol with less than 40,000 miles on the clock.
Smoother than Stephen Fry at a hair oil convention, the CLK is the car to choose if you value comfort and ease of use above all else. Surprisingly cheap second-hand, the CLK really looks the business. Go for the 2.8 petrol for ultimate refinement.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars For Sale: Pay no more than £15,000 for a three year old 2.8 petrol with less than 40,000 miles on the clock.
Alfa Romeo Brera
We’d rarely suggest buying a car on looks alone, but if you did, this would be it. A truly lovely looking thing that appears vastly more expensive than it actually is. And the interior is truly special. Cheaper, and much faster than the other cars though notably costly to service but then, who cares when it makes you feel that special?
UsedCarExpert.co.uk price guide: Pay no more than £13,000 for a three year old 3.2 petrol with less than 50,000 miles on the clock.