Price: From £8,870
The facts: Volkswagen’s reputation for building sturdy cars with longevity means that they’re known for having a high second-hand resale value compared to many of their rivals. You’ll also get a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Ideal for city centre living, its compact size means it’s easy to drive and park, with a tight turning circle. Despite being petite, it still has a practical boot and the back seats aren’t too cramped. VW has also been generous with the safety features, including a stability control system that helps get the car back on track if it skids.