Friday, May 24, 2024

5 cool Audis you can pick up secondhand for bargain prices – including discontinued sports car that’s a future classic

THERE are five cool-looking Audis you can pick up secondhand for bargain prices.

The YouTube star known as ‘Cars with JB’ set out his five favourite “depreciated” Audis that had “insane performance” and looked expensive.

YouTube star JB names is favourite secondhand Audis


YouTube star JB names is favourite secondhand AudisCredit: YouTube/Cars with JB

JB said: “All five are incredibly cool cars for the money, and can be bought for less than £35,000.

“In terms of quality, performance and all the rest of it these are some insane Audi’s.”

Audi R8 first generation

The Audi R8 first generation looks 'exotic'


The Audi R8 first generation looks ‘exotic’Credit: YouTube/Cars with JB

JB said he couldn’t believe that the Audi R8 has refused to move in price ever since he started his YouTube channel some six years ago.

Fans can pick up a “super ropey” one for as little as £25,000 but most start at about £29,000 while for £35,000 you can get a 2008 model with around 50,000 miles on the clock.

JB said: “Considering you’re getting a car that causes debate around whether or not it’s a supercar for that kind of money I had to get the R8 onto this list.

“As a car that not only looks more exotic than everything else on this list, it actually is probably the one that’s most close to becoming a classic.

“Partially because it’s the oldest car on the list but also because the R8 has just finished production alt together despite being such a well-loved name plate.”

The first generation models came with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, producing 423 bhp, taking it to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

Anyone thinking of getting one should check to see whether the front part of the frame has got the strengthening it needed as these models often got cracked frame,  JB warned, adding it would render them writeoffs.

Audi RS3

JB described the Audi RS3 as a 'hyper hatch'


JB described the Audi RS3 as a ‘hyper hatch’Credit: YouTube/Cars with JB

JB described the next Audi on the list as a “hot hatch or probably more reasonably a hyper hatch with a saloon variant”.

The RS3 “coming from the third generation A3” and was fitted with a 2.5-litre turbocharged inline 5 engine, producing 394bhp, enough to take it from 0-60mph in four seconds.

JB said: “It was the 2016 model year that brought with it the new facelift which continued Audi’s trend of going from more flowing lines to sharper more angular ones.

“That’s why the front end of these is just so aggressive when compared with the pre-facelift.”

While he thought the car was a hatchback, with the five doors though it looked a bit like a “baby estate”.

JB said though if he was going to get one it would be a saloon which he thought was “less practical but properly good-looking”.

Anyone thinking of getting one would need to fork out a minimum of £20,000 for a bottom end version, while £35,000 would get you a 2019 model with about 25,000 miles on the clock.

Things to look out for with second hand models are the fuel pumps and top mount and also the entertainment system too.

Audi RS5

Audi's RS5 was 'highly underrated,' according to the YouTube star


Audi’s RS5 was ‘highly underrated,’ according to the YouTube starCredit: YouTube/Cars with JB

JB said the first generation Audi RS5 was “highly underrated” as a rival the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

He said though the car was “desirable” but became a “bit of a sleeper” but improvements were made with the second generation version.

But it was still an “incredibly fast coupe” fitted with a 2.9-litre V6 engine which produced 443bhp and able to do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds.

While the car is larger than its predecessor, it is 60kg lighter, thanks in part to its smaller engine.

It’s sportback features with two extra doors make the car look like “a baby RS7,” according to JB.

The problem though, JB said, was that its BMW and Mercedes rivals both outperformed it.

He said there had been complaints about the interior having some “plasticky parts” that were taken from Volkswagen, such as the shift peddles.

JB said most models were for sale around the £29,000 mark while for £35,000 you could pick up a 2017 model with some 50,000 miles on the clock.

Audi RS6 Avant

JB says the RS6 was a 'seriously proper' estate car


JB says the RS6 was a ‘seriously proper’ estate carCredit: YouTube/Cars with JB

JB said that in the world of Audi, “one name stands above all the rest in terms of desirability” – the RS6.

Ever since the car was introduced in 2002 it has gone from “strength to strength” and showed that Audi could make some “seriously proper” estate cars.

He said the C7 or third generation RS6 was probably the “best value for money” thanks to its modern looks and “insane performance”.

The third generation models come with a 4-litre twin turbocharged V8, producing 552 bhp enabling it to do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, which is far from sluggish for a family estate car.

If you opted for the performance version of the RS6, that would give you 592bhp.

He said that on the downside the C7 version was “a bit vacant to drive”.

Second hand prices start around £24,000 but for £35,000 you could get a 2014 model with some 880,000 miles on the clock.

Issues to look out for are brake warping and splitting coolant hoses.

Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS can do 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds


The Audi TT RS can do 0-60mph in just 3.6 secondsCredit: YouTube/Cars with JB

Top of JB’s list comes the Audi TT RS, particularly the third generation model which he calls “absolutely rapid”.

It shares the RS3’s 2.5-litre turbocharged inline 5 engine which produces 394bhp and gets you from 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds, which JB calls “pretty insane”.

He said the car take the middle ground between the R8 and the less sporty TT versions but with more focus on “being a performance car”.

JB said the third generation was “genuinely quick” with Audi making its “much more aggressive to drive”.

He said “It really is a shame that the TT has come to the end of its life but genuinely in my opinion it bows out well and though I reckon the RS is pretty underrated in time I think more and more people will start to cotton on.”

As for reliability, JB said it was a similar story to the RS3.

Prices start around the £29,000 mark and for £35,000 you can get a 2018 model with around 50,000 miles on the clock.


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