Great Britain

Mainstream & economical cars are so 2020 — Brits are splashing out on posher wheels in 2021

REV-ENGE BUY

AT last, it feels like there are things to be positive about.

Covid is getting its butt kicked by the jab.

The days are getting lighter and longer.

Surely Albania will be another World Cup walkover this afternoon.

And here’s another thing.

The numbers are already showing that, thanks to being stuck indoors for almost a year, we’ve got a bit more cash to spend on a nicer car.

SPORTY RATHER THAN ECONOMICAL

2018 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT 28,247 miles
Price: £31,600

2020 Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost 125 MHEV Vignale Edition 50 miles


Price: £29,760

Difference: £1,840

Foreign holidays are out, so we are treating ourselves to posher wheels to make up for it.

Heard of the phrase “revenge buys”? Exactly that.

This time last year, the average spend on a used car was £12,019, according to buyacar.co.uk. Now it’s £14,091 — up 17 per cent.

And the most popular brand is Mercedes.

PREMIUM RATHER THAN MAINSTREAM

2018 Mercedes A200 AMG Line auto 23,756 miles
Price: £18,095

2020 Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBoost 150 ST-Line auto


9,410 miles
Price: £17,698
­— — —
Difference: £397

Other research points to a car-sales boom when dealers finally reopen on April 12.

That’s partly due to pent-up demand but also because an overwhelming majority of Brits still intend to drive more, rather than use public transport or car-share.

Christofer Lloyd, of buyacar. co.uk, said: “After spending much of 2020 and the start of 2021 locked in their houses, many drivers are itching to splash the cash.

SUV RATHER THAN HATCHBACK

2017 VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI 150 SE Nav 34,147 miles
Price: £16,299

2019 VW Golf 1.5 TSI EVO 150 SE Nav 14,208 miles


Price: £15,763

Difference: £536

“Some are simply getting a newer car.

“But others are opting for an older model so they can afford the car they really want, whether that’s one with a more upmarket badge or one with a ton of extra kit to give them a greater feeling of luxury.”

He added: “Click-and-collect and home deliveries have been very successful during the darkest days of the coronavirus crisis.

“But the symbolic power of dealer showrooms reopening next month will doubtless spur thousands of previously reluctant buyers to jump back into the market.

STYLE RATHER THAN SENSIBLE

2017 Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI S Line S Tronic 29,650 miles
Price: £19,000
­— — —
2017 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI S Line S Tronic 23,350 miles
Price: £18,698
­— — —
Difference: £302

“Our own experience last year, when the first national lockdown was lifted, suggests demand will explode and we expect the gold rush for replacing cars will be even stronger this time, perhaps the busiest time in memory for new and used sales.”

We’ve picked out five alternatives, for not a lot more money.

You’ll find hundreds of used and nearly-new deals at buyacar.co.uk.

TOP-SPEC RATHER THAN MID-SPEC

2019 Hyundai Tucson 1.6T GDI 177 Premium SE 16,100 miles
Price: £20,280

2020 Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T GDI 177 SE Nav 3,890 miles


Price: £18,698
­
Difference: £1,582

Extra kit in the Premium SE includes heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic glass roof, 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging pad, Krell sound system and electric tailgate. Nice.

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