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Published: 23rd October 2015

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Used Car Heroes: £1,000 - £3,000

In the second installment of our Used Car Heroes video series, we bring together a futuristic German supermini, a criminally underrated mid-engined roadster, and a bullet-proof luxury saloon. Watch the videos, and vote for your favourite.

Published: 23rd October 2015
Price category two: £1,000 - £3,000
We may have shifted up a price point in our used car round-up, but you still don’t need a king’s ransom to get your hands on one of these little stunners; saving up your pocket money for a few months should be enough.

These cars truly embody the ‘unsung hero’ aspect of our quest: there are several more obvious choices available for the cash, but for us, these are right choices. Enjoyable, interesting, and above all, reliable, we’ve brought together a futuristic German supermini, a convertible sports car delivering seat-of-the-pants thrills, and a big, luxurious V8-engined barge. Not bad for the price of a package holiday, right?

Each has its own merits, so once you’ve had a chance to look through the three films, vote for your favourite in the box below or in the comments box under the video in our YouTube channel.
Audi A2
Years ahead of its time, the Audi A2 was championing ultimate efficiency way before anyone had even heard of greenhouse gases or the ozone layer. When it was released 15 years ago, its lightweight aluminium construction was virtually unheard of in the mass market, and even today, that sort of technology is reserved for much more exotic machinery. Futuristic looks, a high-quality interior and a prestige image complete the package.

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Audi A2
Audi A2
Audi A2
Audi A2
Toyota MR2
Contrary to popular belief, the Mazda MX-5 isn’t the only convertible sports car that can be had for a song. The Toyota MR2 Roadster is every bit as reliable and as cheap to run as Mazda’s ten-a-penny drop-top, but it’s also rarer, better looking and - arguably - more fun to drive. That’s largely thanks to the MR2’s classic mid-engined, rear-drive layout. Well, if it’s good enough for Ferrari and Porsche…

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Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2
Lexus LS400
Fancy a luxury limo for the price of a fancy pushbike? Well, you could get yourself an old Mercedes that’ll go wrong every five minutes and bankrupt you with repair bills, or you could get something that combines S-Class sophistication with bullet-proof reliability. The Lexus LS400 has Toyota dependability at its heart, but also delivers a spacious and sophisticated-feeling (and wonderfully retro) cabin, along with a beautifully smooth drive.

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Lexus LS400
Lexus LS400
Lexus LS400
Lexus LS400
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