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What used car can you buy for £10,000?

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£10,000 buys a lot of used car these days, and these are some of the best out there.

A number of these cars have been considered the best in the world when new. And thanks to depreciation, the used car buyer's friend, are all available now for as little as £10,000.

The best used car for £10,000

Porsche Cayman

The Cayman is a relatively low profile member of the Porsche line-up, often known as the Boxster with a roof. However there's far more to it than that and the 2006-2012 Cayman can represent a real bargain. It's less predictable than a 911 but just as agile and wonderfully quick. For £10,000 you can get a 2006 2.7 litre version with 245bhp from its mid-mounted flat six.

It will get you to 62mph in less than six seconds and carry on to 160mph. If you can spend just a little more, you can get the S trim with 3.4 litres and 295bhp. Either version handles beautifully and gives off a sweet, characteristically Porsche howl from the exhaust. You might be surprised at how practical a choice a Cayman can be, with a good reputation for reliability. Nonetheless make sure you get a full service history and look after it properly.

Range Rover

Completely original upon its release in 1970, the Range Rover just gets better with age, like an automotive version of Joan Collins or a fine wine. The 2002-2013 third generation model continues to combine spectacular off-roading ability with fine on road manners and a spacious, comfortable cabin.

It's a very handsome car too and generously equipped. Don't be fooled by its glossy appearance and silky smooth ride, the Range Rover is as rough and tough as a mountain bear when it needs to be. £10,000 should find you a 2006 model in Vogue SE trim, running a 3.0 litre diesel with 174bhp to play with.

Mazda MX-5

You can't go wrong with an MX-5. Each generation of the soft top two seater has been faithful to a winning blueprint of lightweight, rear wheel drive, wind in your hair motoring for pure entertainment. It's not particularly sophisticated but it's as cute as a button and great fun. With a budget of £10,000 you can expect to get a third generation model from 2012 with a 2.0 litre engine and 158bhp.

The MX-5 is built for sparkling handling rather than straight line speed, so the top speed is 132mph and 62mph arrives in a respectable but sensible 7.6 seconds. It feels pretty quick, however, when you're breezing around country lanes on a sunny spring day, but it's also brilliantly affordable and reassuringly reliable.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The S-Class wears its self-proclaimed 'best car in the world' label lightly but with confidence. The 2006-2013 fifth generation model is luxurious and packed with modern safety kit in an extremely elegant and dignified form. The S-Class isn't all about the style however, with plenty of substance to back it up. The 3.0 litre diesel S320 CDI is whisper quiet on the road, with 235bhp and a rather impressive 34mpg.

However you might be tempted by the punchier S600 model, with its 5.5 litre V12 and 517bhp under the bonnet and a 4.6 second sprint to 62mph. A 2007 model should be within the budget and that's no age at all on a car like this, which you can expect to go on and on . . and on. You'd have to pay a lot of money to get anything better.

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