Bangernomics best buys: the Vauxhall Signum is a true all-rounder

2009 6 Vauxhall Signum 1.9 CDTi Elite, 109,000 miles, £1790: The standard-issue Signum is capable of 47mpg and this very decent Elite specification includes heated seats and even some privacy glass, so it’s ready for taxi work.

2004 Vauxhall Signum 3.2 Elite, 61,000 miles, £1995: As Vauxhall marketing intended, a posh V6 Elite with lots of life left in it. Apparently, it needs a couple of front tyres and the service history has been lost, so lots to negotiate.

Or try this…

2006 Fiat Croma 2.2 Prestigio, 74,000 miles, £1295: Here is a rarity and it’s also estate shaped. It’s an automatic and petrol powered so that should make it easy to live with and drive, plus it will do the ULEZ thing if you need it to.

Idol fancy

Nissan Murano, 2005-2008: Pushed along by the 3.5-litre V6 used in a drifting 350Z, the Murano is a proper ‘sports’ utility. It didn’t have the right badge to attract buyers when new, but it’s well screwed together and looks different. 

Its extensive array of standard kit includes leather, sat-nav and parking sensors and there’s plenty of room in the back. It has by no means the biggest boot, though, even when all the seats are folded flat. But it was never designed to lug any loads, just charge about and look the SUV part.