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Looking for a car with personality? 5 models that will stand out for under €15k

Budget-friendly buys that’ll catch everyone’s eye.

WE FREQUENTLY HEAR that your car says a lot about you. From the colour to the brand, we often view cars as an extension of our personality.

We’ve come up with just a small selection of vehicles that have a bit more to them than some of the dull, emotionless econoboxes that can populate our roads.

By no means is it a definitive list, but here are some cars that stand out a bit more from the crowd. No doubt we’ll battle it out in the comments section on this one.

1. Volkswagen Beetle

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While almost everyone would agree that the modern VW Bug is nowhere near as cool as the original, some do like the retro charm of these modern-day Beetles. The first of the retro Beetles appeared in 1998 and can be picked up relatively cheaply these days.

If you want the more recent (and still current) version, you will need to come up with a good deal more money as these still fetch surprisingly high prices. Be prepared for a small cabin and less than exciting driving experience though.

2. Fiat 500

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Another classic name that was resurrected from the past as car brands cashed in on their back catalogues. As small cars go, the Fiat 500 has done rather well over the years. Fiat has done little to update or improve it since it first rolled out of the factory in 2007.

Aside from the cute looks, the 500 is good fun to drive providing you’re sticking to towns and cities. Some people like the personalisation options, and there’s also a cabriolet version for those three days of summer we usually get. For the seriously style conscious, there was even a Gucci branded 500 edition made.

3. Nissan Pao

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We’d forgive you for not knowing about the Nissan Pao. Like so many other cool Japanese cars, these were originally only sold locally. With looks that are full of charm, the Pao was only made between 1989 and 1991, with its entire production run of just over 51,500 selling out in 3 months.

Beneath the time-warp image is nothing more exciting than a Nissan Micra. But what it lacks in performance or driving excitement we think it more than makes up for in coolness.

4. Smart ForTwo

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When it comes to the Smart ForTwo, you either get it, or you don’t. Most people don’t. These ultra-compact two-seaters are useful for combatting people who can’t park in spaces properly, and their equally tiny engine has (just) enough zip to whizz (slowly) around city streets. The ForTwo was never known for its immense power levels.

Owning a Smart ForTwo also reduces your group chances of friends asking for a lift. This choice is another car that we expect to go down in flames in the comment section for suggesting it’s got some cool personality to it.

5. Suzuki Jimny

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The world may be going crazy for bigger and better SUVs, but few have the same personality as the little-car-that-could, the Suzuki Jimny. In many ways it carries the baton on from the Mitsubishi Pajero Junior. The chunky looks and strong Suzuki reputation combine with a genuine off-road ability to make this an entertaining car to own.

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