Suzuki Ignis, £8999: If you go for a pricier model with autonomous emergency braking, the Ignis is an NCAP five-star car. This 2017 49k-miler was registered before 1 April 2017, so incurs not a penny of road tax. A 12V mild-hybrid system helps performance and economy, too.

Auction watch

Ford Cortina Crayford Convertible: Don’t baulk at the £20,376 paid for this Mk1 Cortina, because that was actually around the mid-estimate point. And given that the Crayford-built convertible is a very rare Ford, that price does seem to be justifiable.

Fewer than 50 were made; 30 were sent to Bermuda for use as taxis, but none of those are known to have survived the humid climate and rigours of service life.

This one had deteriorated to a poor state but was saved in 1988, when it was bought for £1000. During an extensive restoration, it received a few upgrades to bring it up to the level of the range-topping GT, such as the additional gauge pack and the remote gearlever.

Future classic

Audi S1, £13,950: It’s a wonder the S1 ever got past Audi’s accountants. True, it shared its 2.0-litre turbo engine with other Volkswagen Group cars, but the four-wheel drive system needed to handle 228bhp necessitated an entirely different multi-link rear suspension set-up and a new rear floorpan. This meant some versions pushed £30,000, which is no doubt why the S1 is far rarer than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. However, this should count in this diminutive rocket’s favour in future.