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Top 10: Nineties hatchbacks for less than a grand

Classic cars from the Nineties have been on the up for a while, but there are still some accessible bargains around, especially if you go for run-of-the mill family hatch, which, let’s face it, is where the nostalgia lies...  We pick out our top 10 on-the-cusp classics – buy them now, while they’re still available for beer money.

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Vauxhall Astra Mk 3

It may not have been any great shakes dynamically, but the Mk 3 Vauxhall Astra was the most comfortable and refined car in its class at the time of its 1991 launch. It also marked a significant step forward for Vauxhall in terms of quality – the Mk 3 felt solid and stable, and in more plush trim levels had the appeal of a car in the class above.

Find a CDX and you’ll have a lovely well-appointed small hatch – and they’re out there, too, as many of the more luxurious versions were bought by elderly private owners and have survived thanks to low mileages and garage storage. 

Read our Vauxhall Astra Mk3 review

Comments

darthmaud    on 28 November 2016

There's some truly shocking examples of automotive engineering in this list.

cfc2000    on 29 November 2016

The ZX was decent to drive, but front shafts were fragile and the fuel lift pumps only lasted about 50,000 miles. Better than that Golf though, which then as now was hugely over-rated and over-priced. None of those cars is dstinctive enough to make it collectible. Soemthing like a Saab would make much more sense, cost less than £500, and be a bit different (even if it is a Vauxhall in disguise).

Chris C    on 9 February 2017

Agree with the R8's but it's a shame that early ones often have badly faded grey bumper plastics. Don't forget the Honda equivalents which are often in excellent carefully kept condition, no K series engine problems and relatively much rarer.

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