Today in the UK, it is almost unthinkable not to have at least one vehicle per family that is less than five years old. But what about market value? The moment a driver begins using a newly bought vehicle, it starts deteriorating in value, even if it was bought brand new. So, although the tendency today is to buy new or at least somewhat recent cars, there are at least five vehicles from the 1990s that offer similar safety and economy features to their more recent cousins.
One of these is the Hyundai Excel. Appearing between 1990 and 1994, this vehicle still offers drivers great manoeuvrability and fuel economy today. For a low price, the Hyundai Excel provides an ideal economic alternative to the more expensive models on the market.
A second option is the Vauxhall Corsa, which appeared on UK markets during the early 1990s. Corsas remain great-looking cars even today. Handling is safe and secure, with good fuel economy. This little car is a good model for young drivers who tend to favour a small, pretty vehicle, which is easy to park and economical to run.
The Ford Fiesta featured prominently on UK best seller lists throughout the 1990s and it is still stylish and relatively modern in appearance. The Fiesta MK 4 model includes a 16-valve Zetec engine, improved suspension and handling, security measures, and additional safety features. These features make it a good choice for today’s budget buyer.
Also in the Ford family, the Focus appeared in 1998. This compact car is still known for its high standard of practical comfort while also being fun to drive. At a good 1990s hatchback price, this vehicle is perfect for those wanting a practical family car and something that is funky and fun. Both the petrol and diesel engine models offer good fuel economy without sacrificing power.
Finally the Renault Clio has long been a great favourite among UK buyers. First appearing at the start of the 1990s, this cute car boasted good looks, excellent fuel economy, and a low purchase price. Some experts warn against buying the earlier models second-hand, since there were some initial problems with things like faulty clutch cables. These have been repaired, however, and later models offer a great drive.
Anyone in the market for a second-hand car is in a happy position today. We live in a time when even older second-hand vehicles from the 1990s can offer many years of happy, problem-free driving.