We have researched the Fun Daily Driver Under 20k. Hence, this article on fun daily driver under 15k. Below, in this article, you will find the best daily driver car under 20k. Read on to discover them.
Car enthusiasts are always looking for a bargain. Nothing makes you feel better than when you’ve found the perfect car for a fair price. Most of us would love to own a Corvette, although few of us would be able to afford the $70,000 price tag.
Thanks to depreciation and changing market demands, the prices of classic and used sports cars are constantly changing. So, we’ve updated this list to reflect the fastest used cars you can pick up in great shape with a budget of just $20,000 in 2020.
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Fast cars for £1000-3000
BMW 330i (E46)
The classiest option of our cheapest trio, the 330i’s biggest bonus is ubiquity. BMW 3-series sales really started to take off with the E46 and before punitive CO2-based taxation there wasn’t a huge penalty in opting for the 3-litre in-line six with its 228bhp output. A 6.5sec 0-60mph sprint is the payoff, along with a limited 155mph top speed.
An agile chassis, rear-wheel drive and frequently, a manual gearbox, give it the right driver’s car credentials, as well as the performance benefits of that strident straight-six. Low prices mean finding one with the right kind of previous owner can be tough, and E46s have a reputation for rust – but for price and performance, it’s a compelling choice.
Skoda Octavia vRS
Skoda’s first proper performance car was a bargain at launch and is even more of a performance bargain now. Powered by the Volkswagen Group’s 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (just like its SEAT Leon Cupra and VW Golf GTI contemporaries, as well as the Audi TT and several others) it put 180bhp to the front wheels and, like the current Octavia vRS, was something of a family friendly, pragmatic option in the hot hatch market.
It remains a thoroughly sensible yet curiously appealing option. For similar money you could still get the more stylish and similarly powered TT, but the Skoda gets you proper back seats and a large boot, as well as the joy of unlikely speed in such an unassuming shape. Mechanicals are generally solid and interiors wear well, and with a good set of tyres there’s still the potential of keeping modern equivalents in your sights.
Renault Clio 172
While not ‘fast’ in the way some other cars on this list might be, a car as small as the Clio packed with a 170bhp 2-litre engine isn’t what you might call slow, either. Early phase 1 172s are getting rare these days (they’re easily identified by their softer styling and 15-inch OZ wheels), but phase 2 cars are plentiful and inexpensive – and probably the best basis for an affordable trackday car on the market.Advertisement – Article continues below
The 172 (and later 182) doesn’t just excel on track though, as they’re equally at home on B-roads. A basic 172 takes barely longer than seven seconds to hit 62mph and there’s good feedback from the controls. Desirable Cup versions shed weight (1011kg) and kit (there was no ABS) and are even better to drive. Generally reliable, 172s can suffer through hard use and the trim can age badly, but buy a cared-for car and you’ll struggle to have more fun for less money.
Fast cars for £3000-5000
Honda Civic Type R (FN2)
There are several inexpensive ways into a high-revving VTEC Honda, from mid-’90s Civic VTis to more recent Accord Type Rs and EP3-generation Civics. But the later, and perhaps less-loved FN2 Civic Type R represents excellent value right now as the newest of the bunch – and as the very last naturally aspirated Civic Type R.
For a start, they’re reliable. They need regular oil services and chains and tensioners can be problematic, but once sorted the engines can pretty much go on forever. They’re not the best-driving Civic, but if ever a car was all about the engine and transmission, it’s this. A slightly lower VTEC engagement point (5400rpm rather than 5800rpm in the EP3) makes it easier to enjoy all those revs, and the gearshift is a pleasure.
Mazda 6 MPS
Few affordable performance cars fly under the radar quite like the Mazda 6 MPS. The clues to its potential are fairly subtle – a restrained bodykit, slightly more bulbous bonnet and grille, and twin tailpipes – and it never sold in particularly grand numbers either, so they’re few and far between. Throw in this generation 6’s propensity to rust, and some can look quite sorry for themselves too.Advertisement – Article continues below
But with a 256bhp, 2.3-litre turbocharged four-pot under the bonnet and all-wheel drive, it was something of an understated Impreza or Evo rival back in the day. Not quite as quick or exciting, admittedly, though 6.6sec to 62mph and 150mph aren’t to be sniffed at even in a modern context, particularly for under £5k. We called it ‘well worth a look’ on its 2006 launch (issue 075), and if you can find a cared-for example, it remains worth a look today.
Ford Focus ST (Mk2)
As with the Civic Type R further up, the Mk2 Ford Focus ST’s appeal lies largely in its engine. But in a very different way, as back in 2005 the ST broke the trend for turbocharged fours, instead using a Volvo-sourced turbocharged in-line five. With 222bhp and 236lb ft it had more than enough firepower to compete, and a soundtrack unlike anything else in the class.
It wasn’t our favourite hot hatchback of the era, feeling quite large and heavy next to some rivals, but it’s a car that arguably feels better today, both because subsequent Focus STs strayed even further from the ideal, and because that five-pot soundtrack can only otherwise be had from much more expensive Audi RS3s. STs are generally solid, save the perennial Ford issue of rust and the risk of previous owners spending more on baseball caps than servicing, but buy the best you can and there’ll be plenty to enjoy.
Fast cars for £5000-7000
Volkswagen Golf R32 (Mk5)
Will the appeal of dropping a large engine in a relatively compact car ever wane? With 3.2 litres of VR6 engine under the bonnet, the Mk5 Golf R32 is certainly tempting at the £5k-£7k mark, and much more plentiful than the earlier Mk4 R32 equivalent. You can trace that lineage all the way through to the most recent Golf R too – and while the R32 wasn’t quite the all-rounder that the Mk7 R was, you do get that characterful engine.Advertisement – Article continues below
It’s not short on grunt either, with 247bhp and 236lb ft, good for 0-62mph in 6.5sec and 155mph flat out. It’s a hefty old thing at over 1500kg, but you could consider it more of a hot hatch GT than the lighter, nimbler GTI – think motorways and A-roads rather than twisty B-roads. The Haldex drivetrain needs oil changes every 40k miles, as do DSG boxes, while the engine itself needs fresh oil every 10k. Coil packs and timing chain guides need attention too, but the R32 is generally as solid as it appears.
Japan’s early 2000s muscle car is great value right now. The cheapest examples actually sneak below our £5k lower limit, though that won’t remain the case for long – interest in Japanese performance cars is growing and as one of the best of its era, the Nissan 350Z will be right near the front of that curve. Good ones are currently plentiful between £5k and £7k, though you’ll still have to search for the best examples.
What you get is a neatly styled, surprisingly compact coupe powered by a muscular naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6. At launch the six produced 287bhp, which rose to 306bhp over time. Even at its least potent it was good for a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and a 155mph limited top speed. The V6 can sound a bit coarse at times but it’s rarely short of performance. When we drove it in issue 048 back in 2002, we described it as ‘a coupe that’s as good to drive as it is to look at’.
Porsche Boxster S (986)
evo first drove the 986 Porsche Boxster S way back in issue 011, and gave it a full five stars straight off the bat. It’s not too difficult to see why: While the regular 986 was ever so slightly down on power compared to its rivals, the 3.2-litre S took power from 204bhp to 252bhp and torque from 181lb ft to 225lb ft. Big increases both, and enough for 161mph flat out, with a 5.9sec 0-60mph sprint.
Today they’re awfully affordable too, thanks in part to the megaphone effect of the internet amplifying concerns about the longevity of Porsche’s early water-cooled flat-sixes. Buyers should still be circumspect, but most cars with issues will have either died or been fixed by now, so the risks aren’t what they were. Still best to find a looked-after example, and when you do you won’t just get plenty of performance for the money (actually a little less than our £5k minimum, but above that figure you’ll find a wider choice) but also one of the best chassis on this list.
Fast cars for £7000-10,000
BMW Z4 3.0si Coupe
A limit of £10k won’t allow for the Z4 M in this list, but the regular 3-litre coupes have fallen within budget and promise a strong mix of performance and style. The Bangle-era BMWs are getting easier on the eye by the day and the Z4 Coupe was fairly attractive from the start, with traditional sports car proportions and sharply sculpted lines wherever you look. We called it ‘stunning but not showy’ on first acquaintance in issue 096, and they’re a touch more affordable today than the entry-level Cayman that debuted in the same issue.
With 261bhp at your disposal – 0-62mph comes up in 5.7sec – it’s undoubtedly quick, and like almost all BMWs it’s limited to 155mph. When launched, that 3-litre six was the lightest engine of its type and sounds rather wonderful, more so now we’re in an era where four-cylinder turbos are becoming the norm. You’ll want a healthy service history at this money and a history check to ensure the previous owners haven’t got too carried away given the rear-drive layout.
Fast cars don’t come much more honest than this: conservatively-styled coupe bodyshell, 5.7-litre V8 up front, manual gearbox, and power to the rear wheels. It is, as you might imagine, rather brisk: sub-six seconds to 62mph, and 160mph-plus if you find a long enough stretch of derestricted road.Advertisement – Article continues below
We drove the regular V8 Monaro (rather than the VXR version) in issue 081, frustrated by its relatively subtle soundtrack (easily fixed) and stodgy steering (not so easily fixed), but still rather taken with its easy-going performance and understated appearance. Four stars was the result, but for around £10,000 in today’s money (a third of its original price, but getting harder to find at this level) the appeal of Holden’s Vauxhall-badged muscle car has grown significantly.
Jaguar S-type R
So many high-performance Jaguars have passed through evo’s hands in the last few years that it’s easy to forget Jaguar hit the mark plenty of times before XFs and F-types. One such hit was the S-type R, which was talented enough at launch in 2002 to do the unthinkable – give the E39 BMW M5 a bit of a kicking.
Its advantage lay in a chassis that made its performance more accessible than that of the BMW, a desirable quality in a car unlikely to be constantly driven to the limit. It was quick too, of course; Jag’s 4.2-litre supercharged V8 made 400bhp (matching the BMW) and 408lb ft of torque, enabling 0-62mph in 5.3sec. If previous owners have looked after them (not always a guarantee given the relatively low prices) they can be pretty reliable too, though rust can be an issue.
Used Car Websites
Buying a new or used vehicle is a big decision — both financially and in terms of the amount of time we spend in our cars. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s an app for that. Cars, trucks, and SUVs of all types can be found online today. You don’t even need to leave your couch to research, browse, inquire, and finance your next vehicle.
Here are some of the best used-car websites around.
Because it’s an aggregator (like Kayak.com), the easy-to-use Autolist site displays millions of vehicles from many different sources. Users can view details such as the length of time a given vehicle has been on the market, plus any price changes for that vehicle. Autolist has one of the highest-rated used-car apps available. It works with Android or iOS phones, and just like the website, it checks multiple online databases to help you locate your dream car. The app also has instant price-drop alerts and high-res pictures to help you find the best deals on the most local listings. Shoppers can even apply for financing. With family sharing, as many as six family members can share information through the app. Add to that reviews, industry insights, a Rotten Tomatoes-style aggregator of older vehicle reviews, and buyer’s guides to help steer you through the car-buying process.
Like some of the other websites here, AutoTempest’s search results are drawn from multiple sources. Their website and app work similarly to the others, including the ability to save searches. They have lots of other useful information as well, including an up-to-date blog, buying guides, and car reviews. While you can filter your searches, the criteria for doing so are much more limited, although some might consider it to be streamlined. Either way, the essential information is provided. Choices include make, model, distance, price, year, mileage, vehicle type, transmission, and whether it’s for sale from a private party or by a
Because Autotrader.com nearly predates the internet itself, its longstanding reputation has built up decades of trust. Available as a website since 1997, it has over 3 million listings drawn from 40,000 dealers and 250,000 private sellers, and its selection is immense. The website has a wide variety of filters that can help you narrow your search down to exactly the type of vehicle you’re looking for. You can save your searches and even apply for insurance and a loan.
Bring A Trailer used to be a listing of interesting cars for sale around the country, now it is a full-blown auction site, with rare and unusual vehicles selling for sometimes astounding figures. It is the place to find that social ride or merely kill endless amounts of time browsing high-dollar exotics and absurdly clean early 2000s commuters. Recently, a pristine 2000 Honda Civic SI sold for $50,000. If you are in the market for something unusual or are willing to pay top dollar for your dream car, check out BaT.
This is a company that seeks to build trust through transparency. You will find many of the same search options on their website as you’ll find on the other sites. However, you’ll also find the CarGurus valuation of a given vehicle based on typical search criteria on top of this. This algorithm is similar to the methods used by KBB. The information they use to make this determination includes comparable car listings and pricing data on vehicles that have recently sold. Ratings are based on mileage, trim, vehicle history, and a multitude of other factors. CarGurus rates each available car deal as being Overpriced, High, Fair, Good, or Great.
Carmax is a dealership specializing in high quality used cars, many available with the internet-famous Carmax warranty. This website isn’t the best for those looking for a killer deal because of their no-haggle policy, but it is an excellent place for people who want the most effortless car shopping and buying experience. For those looking for the ease of browsing and buying online, without the anxiety-inducing Craigslist test drive, Carmax can be a good option. Browse, buy, and the car can be ready for pick up, virtually all online or on their mobile app.
Cars.com is one of the largest automotive search engines. With thousands of listings covering almost every car, there is also a new tool that rates the value of used vehicles relative to the current market trends. Cars.com has fewer private sellers, but it’s a great way to search dealers in your area and compare pricing for similar vehicles. It also has extensive sorting options to narrow your search by the specs and features you are looking for and leaving out those you don’t want. In addition to consumer reviews, the site has now built up an extensive archive of expert reviews written by its editorial staff.
This site works to simplify buying a car, and like Autotrader and others on this list, they can help find financing. The search criteria include make, model, distance, price, mileage, year, color, engine, and even photo availability. CarsDirect also has buying guides, rankings, and vehicle comparisons. Like similar sites, you can save your searches and vehicles of interest. The website also has educational videos, including reviews, car news and reports, and tools that include a trade-in valuation.
Carvana is another used car dealer that built a business around making the buying experience easier. Buy with confidence with a 7-day money-back guarantee, and have the car delivered to your door. All Carvana vehicles have accident free vehicle history and pass a 150-point inspection. You can also sell your vehicle to Carvana, even without buying from them. They claim you will get a real offer after filling out a form, which takes just a couple of minutes. With used car values near all-time highs, it may be a good time to see what your car is worth to them. Carvana is also the inventor of the car vending machine for those looking to buy in person. It’s a neat gimmick worth checking out.
Primarily a classified site, Craigslist doesn’t have many fancy graphics or options, but the site’s selection is fairly broad, and postings usually include photos. You’ll need to be super savvy if you’re going this route because the site is rife with scammers, but it is possible to negotiate a worthwhile deal here. Search filters here include distance, price, make and model, year, mileage, condition, number of cylinders, drivetrain and fuel type, color, size, title status, vehicle type, and transmission type. A point of interest to some, some sellers on Craigslist might accept cryptocurrency like Bitcoin in exchange for the vehicle they’re selling. You can also create email alerts for the specific attributes of a vehicle that you’re looking for.
eBay Motors isn’t just an auction site for rare vehicles anymore. There are thousands of used and new cars listed by dealerships and private sellers to peruse using classified-style listings. Whether you are shopping for a custom show car or a late model Chevy, eBay likely has at least one of those vehicles. Other great searches on eBay motors include the “Replica/Kit Make” section, as well as the “Racecar (Not Street Legal)” category. Just be careful in terms of trusting sellers since eBay makes it difficult to recoup any monies lost to fraud or misrepresented vehicles. A pre-purchase inspection by an independent third party is highly recommended if you’re not able to see the vehicle yourself in person before buying.
Edmunds originated as a paperback booklet available at newsstands. Decades of experience have made this a well-respected name in the industry. The website allows you to save searches and favorites and also lets you filter your selections. Although their search functions look similar to the ones available on other sites, they often have more features and options to choose between. That allows buyers to narrow and refine more thoroughly. Edmunds also has a wealth of advice and articles to help educate people about the car-buying process and the vehicles themselves.
If you don’t mind a car with plenty of miles on it, Enterprise’s former rentals can be a good choice. They offer a no-questions-asked, seven-day “buyer’s remorse” period, in addition to their 12-month or 12,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and one year of roadside assistance. Enterprise also provides financing. Unlike most of the other sites mentioned here, the company sells cars only from one source: their retired rental fleets. They also take trade-ins and have special programs for college graduates or first-time car buyers. The website allows you to search by the monthly payment you can afford alongside the same criteria you’ll find on other sites.
For classic car, truck, or motorcycle collectors, this is a ‘don’t-miss’ destination. As well as vehicles, Hemmings helps you locate hard-to-find parts for project cars. Search for vehicles or parts by make, model, type, price range, and category. With more of a community feel to it, this site maintains a blog and regularly sends out newsletters. Hemmings also sells merchandise related to this niche market. They have an email list, fantastic videos, and special events, not to mention apps for Android and iOS, and several print publications to subscribe to.
The words “Blue Book price” have been a part of the American vocabulary for nearly a century, and the Kelley Blue Book website and app both trade on this longstanding name recognition. Not only are they known for providing accurate estimates of your car’s market value, but their site has tools for checking your credit score and calculating car payments too. Expert reviews, top ten lists, and recall postings make this site a longtime go-to favorite for automotive information. They also cover motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercraft such as jet skis. KBB even has an instant cash offer section on their website.