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Beautiful On The Inside?

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Beauty is undoubtedly in the eye of the beholder, but there are some cars on which all beholders agree: they're ugly! However, that ugliness can work in the favour of the used car buyer, keeping residual values low and sometimes disguising other very desirable virtues. Is it worth overlooking outward hideousness to discover inner beauty?

Subaru Tribeca

Subaru's attempt to enter the premium SUV market comes with plenty of comfort and convenience features but is let down by awkward design and poor fuel economy. However, that now makes it very good value, from £5,500.

Volkswagen Bora

The Bora is boring rather than ugly, not only in looks but also in performance. There have been a number of recall issues to boot and, all in all, it has little to recommend it apart from its budget price tag.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

One to make you recoil in horror at first glance, the PT Cruiser doesn't get much better upon further investigation. It's spacious and well equipped but the ride is poor and running costs high.

Nissan Pixo

The Pixo is an unashamedly cut price effort from Nissan and it looks as cheap as it feels. Ultimately, however, it's not quite cheap enough to offset the three star Euro NCAP safety rating, miniscule boot and irritating mechanical faults.

Renault Vel Satis

You could hit gold if you can find a Vel Satis, Renault's strange flagship model with an almost non-existent presence on UK roads. It's roomy, frugal, safe and a veritable bargain at £700 - and it could yet become a classic.

Ford Fusion

The sensible premise of the Ford Fusion was to build a Fiesta with an elevated ride height for great visibility and easy access. Unfortunately, the result was ungainly looking but used Fusions can make a good buy now - they're spacious, safe, practical, comfortable and, above all, cheap.

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Wacky and quirky might be charitable descriptions of this interpretation of the C3 hatchback but it's not all bad - it scores well on safety, there's plenty of room inside and the canvas soft top is great fun. But there's very little storage and a few annoying faults crop up regularly. It's not the most sensible buy.

Peugeot 1007

The 1007's unusual electric powered sliding doors were a brave attempt by Peugeot at giving it a USP. Practical as they were in a tight parking space, they couldn't overcome the slothful performance, awkward handling and downright ugliness of the car. At £1,000 on the used market, the 1007 isn't a bad buy - it's frugal and has a good safety rating.

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