A car shouldn’t just be about getting from A-B. This may have once been the case, but advances in technology mean it is easier than ever to find a safe, reliable and attractive car with an enjoyable, comfortable drive.
However, some people will always want to stand out from the crowd. This can be done in many ways, and when you're buying a new car, there are several choices which will help you stand out from the crowd.
If you’re after a head-turning, fashionable motor which will show your flair for choosing the most desirable products, these five highly customisable cars could be right up your street:
1) Citroen DS3
First up comes the most obvious car to appear on any list about fashionable cars. The trendy, customisable and fun five-door Citroen DS3 hatchback is one of the most exciting cars to arrive in showrooms for years.
Don’t believe us? Within months of going in sale, Stuff magazine listed the DS3 in its prestigious ‘Cool List’ – the only car to appear. It even finished ahead of the iPad, 2010’s must-have accessory.
This is because the DS3 is designed to be upmarket, with a more premium interior and stylish designs to appeal to younger, urban buyers. There are a huge range of customisable options, including roof colours, body graphics and interiors and as it’s aimed at younger buyers, the frugal engines will not break the bank in terms of insurance.
This includes the Airdream+ diesel engine model, which boasts CO2 emissions below 100g/km – enough to qualify for congestion charge exemption.
If the standard model still isn’t fashionable enough, special editions include a fiery Citroen DS3 Racing hot hatch in vibrant Black and Orange, or even a limited edition model decorated with the work of top designer Orla Kiely.
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2) Fiat 500
The introduction of the Citroen DS3 was an interesting one for Fiat, whose 500 city car is the benchmark in small car style.
The retro-styling is no accident – the car is based on the hugely popular car from the 70s of the same name – but Fiat has also updated the 500 to include more modern options.
These include an endless list of special editions, optional extras and body styles. From the garish Fiat 500 Pink drop-top version to the ultra-fashionable 500byDIESEL special edition, the Fiat 500 has been one of the most successful cars to arrive in the UK in the past ten years.
Once again, don’t just take our word for it – BBC’s Top Gear named the Fiat 500 its sexiest car, ahead of a plethora of stunning supercars from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Fashion doesn’t have to come at a price either, Fiat’s engines are award-winning. While the diesel range are almost exclusively road tax free, Fiat also offers the clever TwinAir petrol engine – the first petrol car to be road tax and congestion charge free in the UK.
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3) Renault Clio
Fashionable small cars aren’t all about striking Pink editions and flowery graphics. The Renault Clio brings with it typical French flair – an almost ever-present ingredient in the world of fashion.
However, in the case of the Renault Clio Gordini special edition, the exterior blue with white stripe is inspired by Renault’s famous rallying past.
The iconic colours and exterior styling additions add a touch of aggression to Clio while showing the owner knows a thing or two about the brand’s illustrious racers from the 60s and 70s.
Only 500 were ever made, meaning there will also be a touch of exclusivity to the Gordini edition to go along with the sporty exterior and plush interior.
If the Gordini edition isn’t your cup of tea, the standard Clio - all gallic lines and charm – is a fun break from the Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas dominating UK roads.
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4) Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover sub-brand is Land Rover’s ultra-luxurious arm. Range Rover cars maintain Land Rover’s rugged 4x4 image while adding a touch of luxury and comfort to the interior rarely seen before on production cars.
From just £68,000, the Range Rover is one of the most expensive cars Perrys sells, and the level of equipment attests to this. Range Rovers are the best in the business for supplying all the gadgets you need matched with premium comfort.
However, Range Rover also offers a number of options to boost the exclusivity of the model. A recent Autobiography Ultimate Edition is the most expensive and luxurious Range Rover ever built.
It costs £130,000 and includes iPads, expensive wood veneers and a new boot design inspired by the wooden floors on luxury yachts.
If the price of the ultimate Range Rover is a bit rich, there is also the option of wrapping the the smaller version, the Range Rover Sport, in an imposing and eye-catching wrap as this Perrys-wrapped Range Rover shows.
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5) Alfa Romeo MiTo
Owning an Alfa Romeo is seen as a badge of honour among car fans. It’s a well-known cliché to say you’re not a petrol head until you’ve owned one.
This is as much to do with the passionate style and superb driving characteristics as the tendency for Alfa cars of the past to break down regularly.
However, the MiTo was one of the first of a new generation of frugal, reliable cars from Alfa.
The small supermini offers a tempting alternative to the ubiquitous Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas which are so prevalent on UK roads.
The MiTo uses engines from Fiat, and these award-winning powerplants offer low-CO2 and excellent running costs.
The Alfa badge should be enough for somebody wishing to make a statement, but the MiTo also comes with the option for several body graphics to customise the car further.
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