Old but good

The used car market is booming. From big to small, from cheap to expensive and from everyday to exclusive, everything is included. And there are reliable ones among them, even for relatively little money. 

If you are looking for a used car and only have a comparatively small budget, you usually have to look around for older models. So that the purchase does not lead to nasty surprises at the next TÜV inspection, it is better to pay attention to the long-term quality. The annual TÜV report provides information on how the vehicles are performing during the general inspection. Here five cars of different vehicle classes, which the TÜV inspectors also enjoy as 10 to 11 year old models.

Honda Jazz (2nd generation, GE)

The second generation Honda Jazz was offered in Germany between 2008 and 2015. Thanks to its one-box design, the 3,90 meter long small car offers passengers plenty of space on both rows of seats. A special highlight are the so-called "magic seats", which can be folded up like cinema seats and thus enable large objects to be taken. The trunk volume holds up to almost 1.400 liters. Two petrol engines with 66 kW / 90 PS and 74 kW / 100 PS are available, and from 2011 there will also be a hybrid variant. A 65 kW / 88 PS petrol engine and a 10 kW / 14 PS electric motor work together here. At the TÜV, the first models of the second generation put on an almost exemplary performance. But interested parties should pay attention to the brake discs. These give more cause for complaints than the average of the examined vehicles. Used car sellers know about the quality of their vehicles and charge around 3.000 euros for ten years of models.

Mazda3 (type BL)

The Mazda2009 (type BL) offered between 2013 and 3 is the second generation of the compact Japanese. It scores with its chic design. In terms of space, the 4,46 long golf competitor is more in the middle of the field. In addition, the cockpit design cannot keep up with the dashing exterior, even if the workmanship and ergonomics are okay. In addition to the hatchback model in the typical Golf cut, there was also a notchback model between 2009 and 2011, which only plays a minor role on the German market. The choice of engines, including petrol and diesel, is quite large and ranges from the 77 kW / 105 PS basic petrol engine to 191 kW / 260 PS. This Mazda3 generation is also one of the shortcomings. However, the headlights and the axle suspension cause problems with age. Quite a few copies are offered on the used car portals. Prices start at around 2.500 euros.

Audi TT (type 8J)

The Audi TT comes into play when the used car should fall into the “sporty” and “fun” categories. The second generation, which rolled off the production line between 2006 and 2014, is offered as a coupé and convertible. It builds on the platform of the Audi A3 and comes with both an aluminum spaceframe and an aluminum body. The closed TT offers a little more space than the convertible, both in the trunk and on the back seat, which is completely omitted in the roadster. But the rear of the Coupé is also more suitable for children than adults. The engine range of the 8J ranges from 118 kW / 160 PS to 264 kW / 360 PS (TT RS Plus). There is even a diesel engine in the second TT, this comes from the VW Golf GTD and has an output of 125 kW / 170 PS. Generally speaking, this Audi TÜV inspector is a favorite. Interested parties should pay attention to the clutch and drive shafts and want to invest at least 8.000 euros.

Mercedes E-Class Coupé (Type 207)

If a slightly larger coupé is allowed: The E-Class Coupé (model 207) offers dignified travel comfort; The prospect need not be bothered by the fact that a large part of the base comes from the solid C-Class. The fact that the space in the rear is intended for unloved passengers and only for short journeys is secondary. The focus of the two-door model, which will be available from 2009, is typically on the driver and front passenger. The engine selection ranges from 135 kW / 184 PS to 300 kW / 408 PS for the gasoline engines and from 120 kW / 163 PS to 195 kW / 265 PS for the diesels. The coupé is powered by the rear wheels, and depending on the engine, all-wheel drive is on board. Problems with the TÜV? As good as none. The TÜV inspectors register minor defects in the axle suspension and brake lines. From 9.000 euros, interested parties will find what they are looking for on the used car portals.

BMW X1 (type E84)

A reliable SUV is looking for that is the BMW X1 (type E84), which rolled off the assembly line between 2009 and 2015. As it should be for an SUV, you sit a little higher in the X1. However, the compact X1 is not a miracle of space: This is particularly noticeable to the rear passengers. The trunk volume of 420 liters of the 4,45 long X1 is also rather average. The compact is available with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, which are referred to as s- and xDrive. The engine range starts at 85 kW / 116 PS, a diesel (sDrive16d). The top diesel is the 160 kW / 218 PS xDrive25d. The petrol engines start with the sDrive 18i (110 kW / 150 PS) and extend to the 180 kW / 245 PS xDrive 28i. Buyers of an X1 do not have to fear the general inspection. The old vehicles do well, but the effectiveness of the parking brake is often criticized. The axle suspension is noticeable now and then. Entry into a used X7.000 starts at just under 1 euros.

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