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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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Citroen ZX

Launched in 1991, the ZX replaced the somewhat quirky BX and was a far more conventional car, albeit one with great appeal. It was PSA Group’s first car on its new mid-size platform, which went on to underpin the Peugeot 306, Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Citroen Xsara.

Among its more interesting features were a rear seat mounted on sliders, allowing the user to choose between extended legroom or larger boot space. It was also the first car in its class to successfully combine the combination of a diesel engine and automatic gearbox. The Volcane ‘warm hatch’ is a particularly nice package.

Read our Citroen ZX review


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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