But this time it’s important or, at least, important to the surprising number of people who’ve asked me of late what new car they should buy costing less than the £40,000 mark at which new VED rules introduced at the beginning of this month hike car tax by £310 every year for the first five years of ownership. In the hope that at least some of you are wrestling with the same question, here are my current top five favourite sub-£40k new cars in varying categories.
1. A car for all reasons: Volkwagen Golf R.
Others might be fractionally quicker across the ground, or offer more face-splitting hilarity on a race track, but when you factor in everyday use, the 310bhp four-wheel drive Golf R with the option of three or five doors, manual or double clutch gearshifts, is in a league of its own. The best real world hatchback of its era and, arguably, any other