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2nd Hand Spotlight: £13K Woft-mobile

We give you all the car you could want for the same price as a car you probably would never want!

This week’s 2nd hand spotlight looks at a higher price bracket - £13 grand - but you also get a whole lot more car for the money!

We have chosen the best Mercedes CLS we could find for that price. There are also a couple of things which make it even more impressive than it seems initially.

As you probably know the CLS was the original love child of an executive saloon and a stylish coupe. Since then neither Audi nor BMW has managed to match the elegant lines and shape of the Merc.

Now in its second generation, the 1st gen models, like we have here, still look just as cool and handsome as ever. In fact from certain angles we prefer the original. The new front end is angular and doesn’t flow with the shape of the car as well.

The example we have here is all the car you could ever want or need. It's got a 3 litre turbo diesel engine with a mountain of torque and enough grunt to get you from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. While you can get the V6 petrol for the same price, the diesel is just as quick in the real world and will return well over 40 to the gallon when cruising.

This Merc has clearly been taken care of throughout its six year life. The black paint is in fantastic condition, as are the 19 inch alloys. The leather interior looks healthy too; no significant sign of wear, signalling that it too has had some TLC on a regular basis.

This leads us on to one of the main positives with this example: just 38,000 miles on the clock – or to you and me – barely run in.

It’s not that difficult to get a big German saloon for not much cash at the moment, however you will struggle to find one which hasn’t been round the world the equivalent of 2 or 3 times.

Having only done 38K, you can be sure all the main parts have got years of life left in them yet, so no major outgoings in the foreseeable future. The only things it will want for are tyres, brake pads and a clutch.

So there you have it, a fast, reliable, comfy, economical, stylish, well-made motor which also engages the driver. All for the same price as a Japanese hatch back. I know which one the kids would prefer to be taken to school in.

Images courtesy of AutoTrader

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Contributor Without the motor car I'd be bored and also late. Lifelong petrolhead. I hope you enjoy reading articles written from a different stance to the rest of the motoring world.  ... read more