BMW 320d Coupé
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel, 177bhp
Picking faults with the 320d Coupé is almost impossible. The 2.0-litre diesel engine feels as smooth and usable as a petrol, but with a hefty shove of low down torque and fuel economy many smaller, slower cars would envy. It’s also good looking, comfortable and impeccable to drive, though the BMW badge comes at a premium.
Driven by Alex Grant
Mitsubishi Colt CZC2
1.5 Coupé Cabriolet
Colt’s cheaper alternative to Peugeot 207 CC looks much better with the roof down. Transmission feels scratchy and the interior is cheap and cheerful. But the car offers good visibility as well as alloy wheels and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Fitting four adults in the car is a fun challenge, and just about achievable.
Driven by Rachel Burgess.
Vauxhall Vectra Engine: 1.9 CDTi
Price: £17,475 (as driven)
For Vauxhall and its retailers the wonderful looking Insignia can’t come soon enough. Getting into the ageing Vectra for the first time in a couple of years brings home just how far behind the field it has fallen. But despite the dull interior, stodgy handling, bland looks and unrewarding drive, it is often still among the top 10 sellers, helped no doubt by fleet deals.
Driven by Stephen Briers.