Bangernomics best buys: Volkswagen Jetta

Bangernomics best buys: Volkswagen Jetta

Quite honestly, the Gen-2 has relatively little going for it (bear with me, reader). Most were bought by people who wanted their money to go the furthest and only pottered around locally, doing just a few thousand miles a year.

Entry-level GL trim brought air conditioning, remote central locking, a CD player and electric front windows. Those who could afford GLS could treat themselves to alloy wheels and a CD multi-changer for the stereo. Range-topping GSX trim spoiled buyers with climate control and electric rear windows.

The Gen-2 is actually quite a good car to drive (not that many buyers would ever discover this). Being tuned by Lotus, it was quite sporty and would go around corners eagerly enough. There aren’t many examples on the used market, but it’s very reliable and anonymous. Perfect combination.

2010 Proton Gen-2 1.6 Ecologic GLS, 35,000 miles, £1995

Dare I even suggest that this is a future classic? Best I don’t, but any motor that survives long enough will be. While £1995 might seem steep, 35,000 miles is barely run in. It has a full service history, too, and only two previous owners. It will return just under 40mpg overall and should be easy to look after. Just perfect, then.