James Ruppert: the used cars that can be upgraded with a phone app


A-Z bangerpedia: 

Rover 25 Streetwise: The 25 was outclassed and outdated even when new but, as the years passed, it became okay to drive and was well finished with a good choice of engines. Most of all, though, we adored the Streetwise variant that now seems remarkably prescient in its SUV pretensions. It is the model that might have saved Rover. You can now buy a post-Rover-registered 2006 2.0 TD SE with 140,000 miles for £995. Bargain.

Readers’ questions: 

Q. I have been thinking about buying a used automatic due to arthritis but was told they’re less fuel efficient. Is that true? Anne Davies, Solihull

A. Yes and no. It varies from model to model, but there are many modern autos that are as good as – if not better than – their manual equivalents on fuel. Try looking at the dual-clutch automatics from Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda, or more traditional torque-converter autos from BMW, among others. AR

Q. I’ve got £10k to spend on a used soft-top. Should I choose an Audi TT, BMW 1 Series convertible or Mazda MX-5? George Avery, via email

A.  Unless you need four seats, I’d take the TT. But have a go in an MX-5 first, just to check you don’t prefer it. AR

Q. Should we replace our old Subaru Legacy Outback with a more modern version or try something else? Jonathan Stock, Peterborough

A. If you need to go off-road regularly, a more modern Outback is probably the best bet. However, if you don’t, the Skoda Octavia Scout is better value and more comfortable. The Seat Leon X-Perience is surprisingly good too. AR

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