So I’m probably getting my first car next year, and I’ve already started looking into viable options. 99% chance it will be used, and 75% chance it will be a French hot hatchback. There are 4 cars that will be in my reach after they have been used and the sweet depreciation that loves anything French so much kicks in. They are the following:
The Citroen DS3 is the most likely. Is the one which has been on sale for the most time, and probably the car that sold the best, so it’s the one with most examples in the used car market. The only drivetrain available here is the 1.6 THP engine co-developed with BMW, gasoline only, mated to a six speed manual transmission. Total output is 162 hp and 177 lb-ft, in a car that weights 2569 pounds. I’m looking into a yellow or blue car, because not only I prefer cars with actual colours, but they also depreciate even more :)
The Peugeot 208 GT is the newest one here, which is unfortunately since it’s my favorite design wise. It’s basically the DS3 but with four doors and a lion instead of a chevron on the hood, but it’s also cheaper, since DS is a semi-premium brand, and more powerful, since the 1.6 THP also runs ethanol here, bringing the total output to 170 hp when running the sugar fuel. Also, panoramic moonroof. Weights comes to 2637 pounds
The Sandero RS is a interesting one. The suspension has been tuned by Renault Sport, the transmission is also a 6 speed manual, like the PSA brothers, but this Romanian-French hatchback have a NA 2.0 engine, in comparison to the 1.6 turbo of the true frenchies. It’s a SUV engine, from the Duster, but the output is similar: 145 hp and 144lb of torque. Similar weight too: 2560 pounds. Is more simple inside than the DS3 and 208, but then it’s also cheaper when new so I may find one with fewer miles.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is the unicorn one, since they sold so few of them. It is the least powerful car here, but then it’s also the lightest. 140 hp and 120 lb ft to move only 2347 pounds, coming from a NA 1.6 engine mated to a 6 speed manual. Also, I just like them. Shame that finding one in the used market will be hard.
There are many others that I had to discard either due to probable maintenance issues (Mini Cooper, first gen BMW 1-Series, Audi A1) or because they hold their value well (Volkswagen Bettle and Golf GTi, with the 2.0 TSI)
There are other I have yet to check how the market is for them, but are probable options, like the 500 Abarth and the Punto T-jet.
There are also new cars that I’m looking foward, like the new VW Gol, which will be for the first time the same car as the EU Polo, and the new Swift, if Suzuki decides to sell it here.