A list of the relatively inexpensive TOP 20 best used vehicles with a six-cylinder engine has been compiled.
Used cars are in strong demand now worldwide, for obvious, COVID-19 related reasons. Here we’re presenting the 20 best used vehicles in the opinion of Autocar.
Composing their TOP 20, the British journalists focused, of course, on the UK domestic market, and the cost of cars is shown in pounds sterling. However, some models from the list can be bought outside Great Britain.
1. Jaguar S-Type (from £1,500) with 2.5- and 3.0-liter “six-cylinders” distinguishes with its retro charm rather than good handling;
2. Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider (from £2,500) are the 1979-2005 models with an Alfa Romeo Busso V6 engine from 2.0 to 3.2 liters of displacement, which had its special soundtrack;
3. Peugeot 406 Coupe (from £2,500) was designed by the Italian company Pininfarina, launched in 1997, offered with a full lineup of engines, including a 3.0-liter ESL V6 created in partnership with Renault;
4. Audi TT (from £1,400) was first launched in 1998 with Quattro four-wheel-drive and 1.8-liter turbocharged engines shared with the fourth-generation Volkswagen Golf. Five years later, they were joined by a 3.2-liter VR6 for coupe and roadster versions in pair with a new DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and later with a 6-speed manual gearbox;
5. Volkswagen Corrado VR6 (from £2,500) is considered to be a classic car, but still affordable. It has a powerful 190-hp 6-cylinder engine under the hood that allows the vehicle to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds;
6. Nissan 350Z (from £6,000) is a performance car in which power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a big, muscular engine at the front. Early cars had 276 hp, but in 2005 it was increased to 296 hp. In 2007, Nissan reduced the vehicle weight and upgraded the V6, creating an HR (High Response) unit with 309 horsepower;
7. Ford Mondeo ST220 (from £2,000) is available in sedan, station wagon, hatchback body styles and has ample standard equipment. A 3.0-liter 223-hp V6 Duratec ST engine powers the model, that unit was mated to a 5-speed manual transmission first, and to a 6-speed one since 2003. The car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h);
8. The Volkswagen Golf R32 (from £7,000) is more exclusive than the VW Golf R, half a second faster than the Golf GTI Mk5, and outperforms the latter in the top and cruising speeds. 3- and 5-door R32 cars on the updated version of the famous Golf Mk5 chassis offer a revised 3.2-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive;
9. Reliant Scimitar GTE (from £2,000) has three V6 engines in the lineup: a 3.0-liter Essex shared with the Ford Capri – the most durable of the three, a 2.8-liter Cologne, and a 2.9-liter unit from Ford Scorpio;
10. Volkswagen Passat R36 (from £10,000) with a 3.6-liter 296-hp V6 engine that is an improved and enlarged variant of the Golf R32 engine, speeds up 5.6 seconds to 62 mph, has a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system providing stability on the road in different weather conditions;
11. Toyota Camry (from £1,500) comes with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the XV30 and XV20 versions with a smaller 3.0-liter V6 can be also bought somewhere. Overall this model, either new or used, is a good purchase;
12. MG ZS (from £1,500), especially the ZS 180, was one of the best-priced performance vehicles of the 2000s, thanks to a 2.5-liter V6 engine with 175 hp. This model successfully competed with the Honda Civic Type R and Seat Leon Cupra 180;
13. Skoda Superb (from £6,000) is the best Q-car on the list and an affordable and spacious alternative to the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The car has Volkswagen’s 3.6-liter 260-hp V6 engine, permanent all-wheel drive, and a very decent level of standard equipment;
14. Mazda MX-3 (from £2,500) is a sports coupe of the 1990s with a 1.8-liter V6 engine and 130 horsepower, which sounded amazing. The build quality of the car is better than many competitors;
15. Nissan Murano (from £3500) was considered an oddball at the time of launch in 2005 but is now an alternative to the Qashqai. It has a bold style, a lot of interior space, enough standard equipment, and of course its advantage is a 3.5-liter V6 capable to produce 245 horsepower;
16. Audi S5 Sportback (from £10,000) as a 5-door coupe and a convertible of the first generation came with a 3.0-liter 328-hp V6 engine, while the second-generation model got an all-new 3.0-liter V6 with 349 hp and improved fuel economy;
17. Alfa Romeo 156 (from £2,000) with a 2.5-liter V6 is close to classic car status, but still has value in the used car market. If the engine received regular maintenance, its belt and water pump were changed every 58,000 km (36,000 miles), it has a high chance of lasting a long time;
18. Mercedes-Benz SLK (from £4,500) R171 series from 2004 to 2011 was a significant improvement over the original version, had a galvanized body, a more elegant look, and a choice of V6 engines: 3.0-liter 225-hp one in the SLK 280, and a 3.5-liter 264-hp unit (297 hp since 2008) in the SLK 350;
19. Infiniti G (from £8,500) in the form of a coupe, convertible, and sedan, with rear-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and a fairly rich set of standard equipment is an exclusive car. Some versions are equipped with a rear-steering system originally installed on the Skyline;
20. Honda Legend (from £5,000) of the 3rd generation was available as a 4-door sedan or 2-door coupe. It is considered much better than previous models because it was technological, in particular, received a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, and its 3.5-liter 295-hp i-VTEC engine sounding similar to the NSX was the most powerful V6 in a Honda sedan at that time.
Upper photo: Nissan Murano