Buy them before we do: second hand picks for 22 October

Clash of the classifieds

It’s raining outside, so find me a weatherproof car for under £10,000.  Subaru Impreza WRX, £8995 vs Fiat Panda Cross, £7750

Oliver Young: If it’s weatherproof you’re after, what fits the bill better than this 2007 Impreza WRX? Essentially a road-legal rally car, it has a 227bhp 2.5-litre boxer engine, all-wheel drive and, drawing on all that WRC heritage, the ability to cope with whatever is thrown at it, come rain or shine, snow or ice.

Mark Pearson:  Well, hold on a minute. What I have here is a weatherproof car of the highest order that’s going to be much easier on the pocket than your ageing Subaru. My 2016 Panda Cross tackles the biggest weather issue facing the planet at the moment – increasing sea levels. You see, it has the best wading depth of any car on the market at 780mm (okay, any car other than enormous and expensive Defenders and Discos), so I’ll still be motoring while your low-slung Impreza’s dancing with the fishes.

OY: Fine, in the unlikely event of a flood, your wimpy Fiat might trump my mighty Subaru. However, 99% of the time, the WRX is unequivocally superior. What better way of escaping the rain clouds than in my fast, fun and capable Scooby? That 70bhp sorry excuse of a 4×4 will be left toiling far behind.


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