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PEUGEOT 107 URBAN 1.0 12v 2-Tronic Automatic 5-dr, 2011 (61), Carlinite Grey Metallic, 64k, £4,795

Excellent condition three-owner car, just serviced and MoT’d, fully valeted, with low recorded mileage and great specification including 5-speed automatic gearbox, CD-player, Parrot handsfree phone kit, electric windows and rear parking sensors!  A great opportunity to acquire a low-mileage economical hatchback in terrific condition at a very favourable price!

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Nineteen large-format photos also below!

I was delighted to take this smart Peugeot 107 into stock just recently. I bought it from a trade mechanic friend, who had himself bought it from a customer of his.  Although a low-mileage, low-ownership car that was running and driving very well, it had acquired a number of battle scars from a lifetime of city driving:- there were scuffs to each corner of the front bumper, across both rear wheel arches running into the back bumper, and a number of stone chips to the bonnet.  I appraised the car with my regular bodyshop, and we concluded that by the time we had addressed all those areas, the only panels left were the front doors and the roof – so we took the decision to complete a lower-half respray on the car (i.e from the glass downwards); effectively, everything but the roof.  This means that the car now looks bright and shiny throughout – as you can see in the pictures – with no remaining scuffs, marks, chips or trolley dents to the bodywork.

With that work completed, we turned our attention to the mechanical elements.  Although already running well, unfortunately there was no service history with the car, so we went right through it – completing an MoT, full service, changing all the filters and spark plugs, front brake discs and pads, and fitting a new battery.  We also confirmed that this car has a chain driven camshaft, so there is no cambelt replacement to worry about.  The car now runs and drives without any problems – starting first turn of the key every time.  As well as completing the service items, my mechanics also completed our usual 100-point vehicle inspection report.

There’s a typical thrum from the 3-cylinder 1.0-litre 12-valve petrol engine. Here, it develops 68bhp, which is plenty to whizz this car along very acceptably.  In this example, it’s twinned with the “2-Tronic” 5-speed automated manual gearbox.  These gearboxes are now commonplace, particularly in smaller cars.  They effectively provide an electrically driven automated clutch mechanism to the manual gearbox.  This means that there is the expected two-pedal motoring, and the expected Park/Reverse/Drive gearbox.  The Automated manual gearbox is particularly suited to smaller cars, as it is barely any physically bigger than a small manual box, only adds minimal additional weight, and can actually improve overall fuel consumption.  That’s all a win-win.  The downside is that this type of gearbox is not as smooth in operation as a more traditional fluid-drive fully automatic box, and the changes are relatively slow – in effect, the automation is having to lift off the acceleration, engage the clutch, change the gear, and re-apply the acceleration, just as you would have to in a manual car.  Changes therefore become smoother once you understand this and work with it, lifting off a little when you feel the car is ready to change gear.  It all works well, and unless you are planning on racing the car around (in which case, this probably isn’t the car for you in any case!), then it provides smooth, two-pedal motoring, with enhanced economy – which can’t be a bad thing!

Out on the road, the Peugeot behaves very well indeed.  It’s nippy and lively, and gets up to speed quickly, and maintains that speed without a problem on the open road.  There’s plenty of interior space, the seats are surprisingly comfortable, and there’s a good roster of equipment too – electric front windows, tinted glass, radio with CD-player and auxiliary media input jack, rear parking sensors, power steering, the built-in hands-free Bluetooth phone kit etc etc.  It also boasts plenty of safety features such as front and side airbags, ISOFIX rear seat mounts, ABS, Emergency Brake Assist, Cornering Stability Control, immobilizer and seat belt pre-tensioners…. It is a thoroughly modern city car. 

The 107 was originally introduced in 2005, with the production run going through to 2014, so this example dating from late 2011 is about two-thirds of the way through the lifecycle.  This is the 1.0-litre 5-door model, fitted with a 998cc 3-cylinder petrol engine, producing 68bhp and 93Nm torque, driving through the front wheels.  This gives it a reasonable 0-60mph time of 14.4 secs, and a top speed of 100mph (where legal, of course!), so it is perfectly happy either running around town or out on the open road or motorway.  It’s not going to set any roads alight, but equally you never feel like it is too slow.  It’s ultra-economical too, which is just as well in today’s climate – running on the petrol Euro Emissions 5 standard (so it is London ULEZ compliant), and returning figures of 51.4mpg urban, 68.9mpg extra urban and 61.4mpg on the combined test cycle!  Road tax is just £20 per year, and it also falls into a very low insurance group!

It’s finished in Carlinite Grey Metallic, set off by smart new wheeltrims.  This is a pretty sophisticated colour which suits the car well and makes it look more “grown up” than some of the colours available!  The tidying up of the bodywork means that there are no noticeable scratches, chips or trolley dents to worry about.  The interior is equally clean and tidy, and is fitted with good quality overmats throughout. 

The low mileage of just under 64,000 is warranted to be correct and is supported by the MoT history and low ownership.  The Experian data check confirms that the car has had three owners in total.  The first owner kept it from 2011 through to May 2015, when it changed hands with just over 20,000 miles on the clock.  The second owner (a lady in Cardiff) then kept the car for around 18-months, adding around 17000 miles more in that time. The third and last owner has owned the car since December 2016, and has taken it from 37,000 miles up to its current 64,000 miles.  It had a new MoT completed in September 2023, which noted a worn tyre; this has since been replaced. 

The 107 has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  The owner’s handbook and a substitute service book is present with the car, as are both keys.

The pictures illustrate how very bright and shiny and well presented the car is. 

Giving it an excellent rating of 4.0 stars out of five, Parker’s Car Guide praises its driving dynamics, its peppy but frugal engine and low running costs, and goes on to comment:-

For anyone looking to buy a city car, the Peugeot 107 is a must-consider car. Aside from its chipper looks, it’s good fun to drive, has nimble handling and good body control, all of which make it well able to cope with town driving conditions.
For those with kids, the five-door model is more practical thanks to easier access to the surprisingly roomy rear seats – getting in and out of the back of the three-door model is a struggle. The interior may be a little basic, especially compared with the likes of the Fiat 500, but what’s inside the 107 is well made and generally sturdy.  It also has twin front and side airbags to make it safe, while a CD stereo with iPod connector is a deliberate ploy to make the 107 appeal to younger drivers who also enjoy reasonable insurance rates with this Peugeot. Interior space is impressive, especially in the back where you normally expect corners to be cut, but four six-footers can travel without complaint. The rear windows do not roll down, but simply pop open a couple of inches to let a bit of air in – even in the five-door model.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine used in the Peugeot 107 is a characterful three-cylinder engine shared with the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. It has a distinctive engine note that is pleasing to the ear, while its economy and low emissions appeal to the wallet. It is a very small car, so don’t expect to carry huge loads in the back of it, but the boot is okay for a few shopping bags. If you need to carry bigger items, then buy an Urban model as the rear seats split and fold for carrying larger items.
There’s plenty of painted metal visible within the cabin, but it helps to keep the cost down and doesn’t offend. The interior design is certainly distinctive, with unusual heater controls that glow orange at night, as well as a user-friendly stereo and a pod-style speedometer.  The main instruments are attached to the steering column and visible through the wheel.  Switches and instruments are of good quality and the prominent centre console with backlit heating and ventilation controls is attractive and stylish.
The 107’s small size and short overhangs mean it is incredibly stable and agile with little body roll but plenty of grip. Around town the light steering makes tight manoeuvres such as parallel parking simple while all round visibility is excellent. This also makes it great for darting in and out of busy traffic while it isn’t overawed on the motorway and will happily keep up with traffic. On more demanding roads the 107 still shines – the steering lacks a little feel but is responsive, and there’s a go-kart feel to the handling.
Ride quality is quite impressive for a small car, with the suspension coping particularly well with rough surfaces.  To further improve Peugeot 107 comfort levels, noise is well suppressed too, although you do get the typical three-cylinder growl when working the engine hard – but it sounds quite sporty, rather than coarse.
The 2-Tronic five-speed semi-auto can be used as a standard automatic transmission in Easy mode where it does all the work for you. It also behaves like a normal auto ’box by allowing the car to edge forward when the driver takes his foot off the brake, which helps with smooth driving in town.  Switch to the manual mode and the driver dictates gear changes by moving the lever back for upshifts and forwards to change down.
Peugeot 107 running costs are low. Whether buying new or second hand, the 107 is good value for money and it’s cheap to run. The three-cylinder engine is capable of more than 60mpg, servicing is well priced and insurance is group 3 for all models. Low emissions mean road tax is cheap too. The Peugeot 107 was part of a project co-developed by Toyota, and this helped deliver improved build quality. Peugeot 107 reliability is pretty good on the whole and this is a simple car so there isn’t lots of complex technology that can go wrong”.

Out on the road, the 107 feels capable beyond its size and motoring segment.  It is comfortable and assured, accelerating with confidence, handling well and cruising smoothly too.  It might not be going to set the road alight – but it does everything that it sets out to do, and does it well.  It’s got plenty of equipment too – and this car clearly benefits from the assurance of the low mileage, fresh service, recent MoT, excellent condition and full valet.  All of those benefits also come before you consider the outstanding economy figures.

If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive WarrantyWise Bronze vehicle warranty.  This provides cover for 100% of the repair cost on all major components, up a claim limit of £1000 per claim, with a labour rate of £75 per hour.  This cover costs £179 for 6-months, £239 for a year or £439 for 24-months.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.


Equipment and Features
> Finished in Carlinite Grey Metallic paintwork, with dualtone grey and charcoal cloth interior trim
> 998cc 3-cylinder 12-valve fuel-injection petrol engine, producing 68 bhp and 93Nm torque
> 5-speed automated manual gearbox, with manual override facility
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Peugeot RDS Radio with single CD-player, auxiliary input socket, and roof-mounted aerial
> 14” steel wheels with full-face wheeltrims
> Electric front windows
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
> Parrot after-market integrated Bluetooth handsfree phone kit
> Remote control central locking (one remote key, one non-remote spare)
> Tinted windows
> Manually internally adjustable door mirrors
> Two rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, head restraints and with ISOFIX seat mountings
> 50/50 split folding rear seat
> Height adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and side seat airbags
> Rear fog lamp
> Intermittent wipers
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point
> Tailored front and rear floormats

History and Documentation
> The current mileage is showing as 63,780 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The 107 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 2nd September 2011.  That first owner kept the car through until May 2015, and the second keeper kept it until December 2016.  The third lady owner has kept the Peugeot since then, so there are three previous keepers.   
> The current MoT expires 22nd September 2024.  It was issued 23rd September 2023 at 63,756 miles.  This MoT had an advisory for wear to a nearside front tyre – this has since been fixed.  An MoT history check shows:-
09/09/2014      18,585 miles
14/04/2015      20,486 miles
31/03/2016      28,472 miles
20/12/2016      36,758 miles
16/11/2017      42,302 miles
05/11/2018      48,906 miles
14/11/2019      53,829 miles
09/11/2020      56,589 miles
15/11/2021      59,169 miles
15/11/2022      62,364 miles
23/09/2023      63,756 miles
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> Unfortunately, the car’s original service record has been lost.  My mechanics have completed a thorough service and a mechanical check, and so a substitute service book has been provided showing that service at 63,760 miles
> The owners handbook and book pack are present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As detailed above, the car has benefitted from a lower-half respray, and so now the bodywork is almost immaculate, with no stone chips or trolley dents
> The interior is also very good throughout, complete with new floormats throughout
> There are a couple of very minor cigarette marks to the driver’s seat, but nothing of real significance
> I’m not sure if these cars were originally all supplied with a rear parcel shelf, or if it was an option – but there is not one currently with the car.  You can get replacements pretty easily on eBay if you would prefer to have one
> There is some unusual wear to the hazard warning switch – but it works as it should.  A garage sales sticker has previously been removed from the back window which may have damaged same of the heating elements – the car hasn’t been parked outside in the cold for me to check this!

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just under 64,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect.  The three-cylinder engine has a characteristic thrummy sound, but in the Peugeot it sounds sporty and fun!
 > All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheel trims are new, and so there are no marks to them either.
> The tyres are all 155/65 x 14s.  The front are a matched pair of Hankook Kinergy tyres, with around 5mm to 6mm of tread; one rear is another Hankook Kinergy with 6-7mm of tread and the other is a new budget tyre with 7mm of tread. The spare is a full size steel spare wheel, with another budget tyre with between 4mm-5mm tread.
> The tools, jack and wheelbrace are all present

All in all – this is a great opportunity to acquire an immaculate condition small modern hatchback.  With its very low mileage, the car looks very smart throughout and drives as well as it looks!  The 107 is acknowledged to be one of the very best small cars available on the market, combining excellent build quality and driving dynamics.  When you add in this example’s new service, long MoT, thorough valet, low ownership, good equipment levels, 5-door versatility and peppy, responsive 1.0 engine, together with excellent driving dynamic, outstanding fuel economy and that all-important automatic gearbox and it’s hard to think of a reason not to buy it!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

SEAT Ibiza 1.2 TFSI I-Tech Sport Coupe 3-dr, 2014 (64), Emocion Red, 93k, £SOLD

Excellent condition two-owner car with full service history, just serviced, new MoT, fully valeted, with great specification including air conditioning, CD-player, electric front windows, half-leather seats, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels!  This is a great opportunity to acquire a top quality, sporty small hatchback in outstanding condition throughout.

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-two large-format photos also below!

I was delighted to take this top-condition SEAT Ibiza into stock just recently.  I bought it recently from its second owner, Danielle, who bought the car in January 2018 with 46000 miles on the clock.  Over the last six years or so, Danielle has pretty much doubled the mileage, taking it up to its current 93000.  During that time, the car has been extremely reliable – doubtless due in part to Danielle’s scrupulous attention to routine servicing; the car has a full service history and has been serviced every year since it was new.  Now, with her work taking her on longer journeys outside her London home, Danielle has invested in a newer, larger car, so the Ibiza is now offered here for sale.

I collected the car from North London and drove it the 100+ miles home.  Since then, I’ve driven it about another 300 miles, throughout which it has continued to impress me.  Its 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine has plenty of power and “go” – reflecting its 103hp 175NM engine – it never feels underpowered! It’s twinned with a slick five-speed manual gearbox that has a particularly nice feel to it.  It handles well, and is quiet, comfortable and composed on the road.  Overall, the car is nippy and lively, getting up to speed quickly and maintaining it on the open road without a problem.  There’s plenty of interior space, the seats are comfortable, and there’s all the equipment that most drivers would want – air conditioning, electric front windows, tinted glass, radio with CD-player, auxiliary input jack and remote controls, half-leather seats, front and rear foglamps, driver’s seat height adjustment, rear parking sensors, power steering, electrically adjusted mirrors, alloy wheels etc etc.  It also boasts a whole host of safety features, such as front and side airbags, ISOFIX rear seat mountings, traction control, and seatbelt pre-tensioners.  It is a thoroughly modern small car.

SEAT in general has a terrific reputation on the used car market, being part of the VW-Audi group.  That brings with it all the expected build quality and smart material finishes that you would hope for. The cars are very well made, using high quality components – with the SEAT versions offering better value for money through their lower-cost build in Spain and adding their own unique style and verve!

This generation of Ibiza was introduced in 2008, with a production run lasting until 2017, reflecting its popularity!  This example dating from 2014 is about mid-way through the lifecycle.  This is the 1.2-litre 3-door model (known as Sport Coupe), fitted with the 1197cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that was introduced in 2010. The 103bhp and 175NM torque, driving through the front wheels, gives a very sporty 0-60mph time of 9.5 secs and a top speed of 118 mph (where legal of course!) so it is perfectly happy either running around town or out on the open road or motorway.  It’s ultra-economical too, which is just as well in today’s climate – running on the Euro Emissions 5 standard (so it is London ULEZ compliant) and returning economy figures of 43.5mpg urban, 64.2mpg extra urban and 55.4mpg on the combined test cycle!  Road tax is just £35 per year too!

Sport Coupe is simply SEAT’s terminology for the three-door version of the popular Ibiza model.  It looks the same at the front end, with sharp styling and distinctive headlights, but it changes at the rear to a more coupe-like appearance with reprofiled side windows and roof line.  It’s shorter, and lower, than the standard saloon too, enhancing those sporty looks and ensuring that the handling and roadholding are also reflective of that sporty nature!

The Emocion Red paintwork is in great condition, with just a couple of touched in stone chips, some minor trolley-dents and some very light scratches to evidence its age and mileage; there are no other scuffs or damage.  The paint to the plastic bumpers has faded slightly differently to the bodywork – not an uncommon position, especially on red cars.  All the alloy wheels have suffered minor kerbing damage to the rims, which has been neatly touched in.  The interior is in very smart condition throughout – it has had the cigarette lighter and ashtray despecified (replaced by a 12v charger point and storage box), implying that the original owner was a non-smoker, as was Danielle; so it’s likely that the car has never been smoked in.  Carpet overmats are fitted throughout.

There’s a confusing range of standard and special editions in the Ibiza! This model is the 1.2 TFSi I-Tech, which brings air conditioning, cd-player, remote radio controls, electric mirrors, front and rear fog lamps, half-leather seats and traction control.  It also came with a detachable satellite navigation unit, which sits in a cradle on the dashboard top; Danielle told me that this unit started to play up, and as – like most people now – she was using her phone for navigation anyway, she didn’t replace it; so the sat nav unit is no longer with the car.  They can be picked up secondhand on eBay (or similar sites) if you want to replace it for less than £50.

The mileage of just under 93,000 is warranted to be correct.  The car has enjoyed an exemplary service history throughout its life, with no less than eleven documented services, including an oil change and inspection by my mechanics, who commented that the car really didn’t need anything else.  These services are recorded in the service book, with the exception of one service which is documented through a garage invoice – see details below.  It had a new MoT completed in October 23 (valid through to November 24), which it passed with no advisory items.  As you would expect, it goes, performs, steers, stops etc just as you would want and expect it to do.  As well as completing their service of the car, my mechanics checked it all over thoroughly, completing an inspection report.  There is no cambelt to change on this car as the camshaft is chain driven – so there’s nothing to worry about there! 

The Ibiza has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  All the owner’s handbook, radio guide etc is present with the car, as are both fully-remote control keys.

The pictures illustrate how very bright and shiny and well presented the car is. 

Giving it an excellent rating of 4.5 stars out of five, Parker’s Car Guide praises its stylish good looks, neat interior, good equipment levels and that it is fun to drive, and goes on to comment:-

SEAT has a good reputation for building cars that are sporty and fun to drive and this is evident in the Ibiza Sport Coupe. It has good body control, helped by its wide stance and low ride height plus there’s plenty of grip which makes the SEAT feel composed. It’s certainly more grown-up than its predecessor and feels more sophisticated. The direct steering has decent feel, plus the Ibiza is nimble and agile on twisting roads, making it enjoyable to drive.

Inside it’s modern and unfussy with a good driving position but while the boot is a decent size the rear seats are cramped and legroom is limited. That’s one of few gripes though and overall the Ibiza SC is stylish and well-equipped.

The Ibiza Sport Coupe is one of the largest small hatchback on the market and this shows in the boot space. With a 284-litre capacity it offers more luggage room than rivals like the Peugeot 207 and Renault Clio while split-folding rear seats are standard on all cars. However getting into the back seats is a fairly tricky operation (the same as most three-door hatchbacks). SEAT has worked hard to give the Ibiza a stylish and upmarket cabin and it’s succeeded – up to a point. The three-spoke steering wheel has a sporty look and the dials are clear and easy to read while the black piano finish on the stereo and optional climate control are a nice touch. But while the layout is neat, some of the plastics feel a little hard and it’s functional rather than inviting – build quality is excellent though and all the controls work with a neat precision. The standard suspension set-up in the Ibiza is very impressive and the small hatchback rides smoothly, dealing well with potholes and rough surfaces. There can be some vibration and road noise in the cabin over particularly uneven roads but overall it has a big car feel. The sport setting is stiffer, as you’d expect, but while it’s noticeably firmer it still retains good road manners.

In November 2010, a new 1.2-litre TSI was added to the engine line-up. The 104bhp engine offers impressive performance for its size. For a blend of economy and performance it’s the pick of the bunch.

The Ibiza Sport Coupe is a quality product and represents good value compared to many other small hatchbacks. As well as modest fuel consumption, insurance groups are low plus with major services every 20,000 miles it shouldn’t break the bank. It should depreciate slower than some of the higher volume models in its class, such as the Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. Many of the components in the Ibiza are used in other cars, such as the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo, so they are well developed and shouldn’t cause any major problems.”

Out on the road, the SEAT feels capable beyond its size and motoring segment.  It is comfortable and assured, accelerating with confidence, handling well and cruising smoothly and comfortably too.  It’s well equipped too – and this car clearly benefits from the assurance of having just two owners from new, a comprehensive service history, new MoT, outstanding condition and full valet.  All of those benefits also come before you consider that brilliant blend of performance and economy!

If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive WarrantyWise Gold vehicle warranty covering 100% of the repair cost on all major components, with a single claim limit of £3000 and a £75 per hour labour rate, at a cost of £239 for 6-months, £329 for a year or £599 for 24-months.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.

Equipment and Features
> Finished in SEAT Emocion Red paintwork, with charcoal half-leather and contrasting blue fabric interior trim
> 1197cc 4-cylinder 16-valve fuel-injection turbocharged petrol engine, producing 103 bhp and 175Nm torque
> 5-speed manual gearbox
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Air conditioning
> SEAT RDS Radio with single CD-player, auxiliary input socket, roof-mounted bee-sting aerial, and integrated anti-theft protection
> 10-spoke (5xtwin) Cartargo pattern 16” alloy wheels
> Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
> Electric front windows
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Traction Control
> Remote control central locking with two remote keys
> Trip computer with current mpg, average mpg, distance to empty, distance covered, average speed, speed warning, time elapsed and external temperature readings
> Tinted windows
> Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
> Three rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, and with head restraints and ISOFIX seat mountings to each of the outer two seats
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Height adjustable driver’s seat
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and side airbags
> Front and rear fog lamps
> Heated rear window
> Intermittent front wipers with adjustable delay
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point
> Tailored front and rear floormats

History and Documentation
> The current mileage is showing as 92,973 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The Ibiza comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 15th November 2014.  The first owner kept the car until January 2018 and covered 46000 miles.  It was then bought by Danielle, who was the second owner, and who has kept it until now.
> The current MoT expires 21st November 2024.  It was issued 25th October 2023 at 92,526 miles.   All the previous MoT printouts are present with the car, showing the following details:-
21/11/2017      45,999 miles – No advisories
21/11/2018      56,166 miles – No advisories
18/11/2019      69,527 miles – No advisories
30/10/2020      73,129 miles – No advisories
22/11/2021      76,885 miles – One advisory for a failed position lamp – subsequently replaced
10/11/2022      82,774 miles – No advisories
25/10/2022      92,526 miles – No advisories
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has been serviced eleven times, ten of which are recorded in the service book and one by invoice, as follows:-
23/06/2015        9,407 miles – SEAT Main Agent – stamp in service book
22/01/2016      19,528 miles – SEAT Main Agent – stamp in service book
16/09/2016      30,226 miles – SEAT Main Agent – stamp in service book
10/07/2017      42,126 miles – SEAT Main Agent – stamp in service book
29/08/2018      56,151 miles – SEAT Main Agent – stamp in service book and invoice
17/07/2019      65,873 miles – Independent garage – stamp in service book and invoice
31/07/2020      72,086 miles – Independent garage – stamp in service book and invoice
08/09/2021      76,238 miles – Independent garage – stamp in service book and invoice
19/08/2022      80,512 miles – Independent garage – invoice
26/07/2023      89,224 miles – Independent garage – stamp in service book and invoice
01/11/2023      92,653 miles – Independent garage (my mechanics) – stamp in service book
> The owners handbook, service records, and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is almost immaculate. 
> There are a few touched-in stone chips (mostly to the bonnet), and a few minor trolley dents – but other than that it is in outstanding condition
> The interior is also in excellent condition, with no damage to any of the seats or carpets
> The removeable sat nav system is no longer present with the car (see description above)

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just under 93,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners even better than you might expect!
 > All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheels are 10-spoke 16” anthracite coloured alloys; all of them have kerbing marks which have been touched in
> The road tyres are 215/45 x16s.  The front are an unmatched pair of budget tyres, with around 4mm of tread, and the rears are a matched pair of Falken Ziex tyres, with around 5mm of tread on them.  There is no spare wheel as an emergency inflation kit is provided.
> The locking wheel nut key and towing eye are all present

All in all – this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a top condition small modern hatchback.  The Ibiza is universally acknowledged to be one of the very best small cars available on the market, combining excellent build quality and driving dynamics.  This example has an outstanding service history, great performance and equipment levels, new MoT and a thorough valet.  When you then add in the outstanding fuel economy, ULEZ compliance and very low annual road fund cost, it’s hard to think of a reason not to buy it!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

Mazda MX-5 Roadster 2.0 SportTech Nav, 2015 (15), Meteor Grey Metallic, 15k, £SOLD

Outstanding condition MX-5 with incredibly low mileage, just fully serviced, fully valeted with warranted mileage and great specification, including power-folding retractable metal hard top roof, satellite navigation, 17” multi-spoke alloy wheels, climate control, cruise control, leather interior, heated seats, Bluetooth and CD-player, TPMS, heated and electrically adjusted mirrors, electric windows and a premium suspension upgrade with Bilstein dampers all round!

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-eight large-format photos also below!

Now we’re talking!  What a fabulous opportunity this is to acquire an ultra-low mileage immaculate condition example of this gorgeous and iconic third-generation Mazda MX-5 sports convertible.

The Back Story

This MX-5 Sport Tech was first registered in April 2015 when it sold to a private owner in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.  In August 2018 – just over three years and 7,000 miles later – it changed hands to its second owner.  That second owner kept the Mazda for a further three years or so, until it was sold to Austin, its third and last keeper, in October 2021 still with just 9,600 miles on the clock.  Austin went in to the selling dealer to buy something else, but saw this MX-5 and fell in love with it!  In the next year, Austin added a further 5000 miles in it, during which time the car behaved perfectly.  Then Austin got promoted at work and given a company vehicle, so the MX-5 was relegated to weekend use… and then Austin realised that weekend use usually involved going out with friends, which was a bit restricted with just the two seats in the Mazda.  So since then, the MX-5 has again been hardly used, with just another 1300 miles or so added in the last ten months.  Austin decided to look for an equally low mileage mid-sized four-door hatchback instead, and I was delighted to sell him one and to take this sporty MX-5 in part exchange.

Mazda MX-5 Ownership in General

The MX-5 is a motoring icon.  Just by way of an example, this month’s Classic Cars magazine features the 50 most important cars to be released in the last 50 years – and the first one to be reviewed is the Mazda MX-5; it goes on to comment on how the MX-5 effectively saved the genre of the small two-seater roadster, adding: “it kept the sense of being an enthusiasts’ car in the way the (Lotus) Elan was, complete with pin-sharp handling and high-revving twin-can engine. It felt like something much more specialized than the mainstream car industry would usually produce, and yet unlike Elan ownership, you didn’t have to become an expert in bolting bits back on”

Since the first generation MX-5, it’s been through a few iterations, but has managed to retain that ability for go-cart-esque thrills and handling whilst adding more civilized comforts.  This third generation of MX-5 was introduced in 2005 and ran through to 2015 – so this example is one of the very last before the current model was launched. 

You won’t have to google far to find stories of how fabulous they are, not only to drive but also to own, thanks to Mazda’s legendary reliability.  It has a heady combination of swift acceleration, roadholding and sharp handling.  It’s got plenty of power from the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine, which develops 157bhp and 188NM torque and delivers this power through a 6-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels – classic sportscar layout.   This gives it a strong 0-60 mph sprint in just 7.6 secs and on to a maximum speed of 136mph (where legal of course!) – plenty fast enough for most people!  The engine and drivetrain are smooth and progressive and the car just loves to be cornered with spirit!

The interior is spacious enough for two occupants, and comfortable too.  There’s even a reasonable amount of boot space – more than you’ll find on some of its rivals!

Specification of this example

This example is an MX-5 i Roadster 2.0 Sport Tech Nav, dating from April 2015.  This brings it plenty of power and lots of great tech-based equipment too! It looks fabulous, in the Metallic Meteor Grey paintwork, set off by the 10-spoke 17” alloy wheels, shod with high quality Bridgstone tyres all round, and by the twin chrome exhaust tailpipes.

When you want it to be sporty, then there is endless fun to be had – just drop the electric roof, drop it a gear or two, and revel in the acceleration and sharp cornering; that cornering is doubtless enhanced here by the fitment of a set of yellow-painted Bilstein dampers (shock absorbers) all round – a set of these is in the region of £750 for the parts alone!  It handles like it is on rails, and has all the ‘go’ necessary to make the most of that opportunity.  Yet it still gives 46.3mpg on the Extra-Urban cycle and 36.2mpg on the official combined cycle…. Amazing!  It’s also Euro-5 compliant, with £320 per annum road tax.

Despite all this sportiness, inside it’s also comfortable and well equipped.  There are only two seats – there are no rear ones in the MX-5 – but they are trimmed in soft black leather, heated, and the driver’s seat is height adjustable too.  There’s plenty of other equipment to keep you interested and entertained – including a colour screen satellite navigation system, cruise control, CD-player, electrically adjusted mirrors, electric windows, front and rear fog lamps and Bluetooth compatibility for phone and audio.

The “Sport Tech” designation is a bit confusing – not least because the car also has badges on the flanks indicating “Sport Venture”, which was a parallel, but different, trim level.  I suspect that where this car was effectively a “run out” model (i.e one of the last produced), it has elements of each trim level. However, the equipment roster for each of those designations is also inconsistent when researching on the internet – so just to try and be clear, this example has a single CD-player (with Bluetooth and aux capability), side airbags, and traction control.  It does not have the CD-multichanger or a DVD player.

It also boasts loads of safety and environmental equipment too – such as Dynamic Stability / Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force distribution, Brake Assist, front and rear fog lights, and driver’s, passenger’s and side airbags.

This car’s condition

This example is finished in Meteor Grey Metallic paintwork, and has clearly been extremely well looked after throughout its life.  Inevitably at this age and mileage, there are one or two very minor touched in scratches and stone chips, but there’s none of the usual trolley dents or patches of bird or tree lime anywhere to be found.  There is some very slight kerbing marks to three of the wheels, but no damage or scuffing to any of the spokes.

You’ll not go too far on the internet without reading horror stories of underbody rust on MX-5s.  I made sure I attended the MoT that I had done on this car and was with the MoT tester as we walked round underneath this car to check it out.   There was no evidence of any deterioration here – hence no advisories on the MoT form itself – and the MOT tester was very complimentary of its overall condition. 
There has never been even so much as an advisory item on a previous MoT – it has a completely clean pass record.

The recorded mileage of just 15,594 miles is warranted to be correct.  It has benefitted from regular servicing too.  Personally, I’m not a fan of electronic service documentation – it’s great for the early years of a car’s life when it is in the main dealer network, but once it comes out of that then it is easy for the records to get lost and become less accessible than the old servicing books.  This MX-5 was intended to come with an electronic record, so there is a printout from Mazda showing the first two years’ servicing, and then subsequent invoices from independent garages for services in 2020 and in 2022 (see full details below).  I’ve also had a full service completed, which included replacement of the front brake pads.  There was nothing else of concern.  These five services I’ve recorded in a generic service book for your future use.  The furthest the car has gone between services is 5000 miles!  Like most Mazdas, this MX-5 has a chain-driven camshaft, so there is no cambelt replacement to be worried about either.  Reference to the DVLA website shows no outstanding safety recalls for the car.

As the MoT was due to expire in October, I’ve also had a new MoT completed already, so this is valid through to August 2024.  There were no advisory items.

The MX-5 has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect), whilst referencing that former owner Austin ran the car on a personalized numberplate.  All the owner’s handbook, navigation guide etc is present with the car.  Like all our cars, the Mazda will also come with a 100-pt mechanical and functional inspection report.

The Motoring Press View

Giving it an excellent rating of four stars out of five, Parker’s Car Guide praises its style and fun-to-drive, coupled with excellent value for money, and comments:-

“The third-generation of the Mazda MX-5 adds layers of sophistication over the previous two. It’s roomier, more refined and easier to live with. Yet it doesn’t sacrifice the purposeful nature of Mazda’s roadster. As such it’s one of the best modern classic cars today.
By far the main appeal of the MX-5 is how fun it is to drive. Thanks to excellent steering and a nimble rear-wheel drive chassis, you can have fun in any ‘5 no matter how fast you’re going. Retaining the spirit of a modern British sportscar has been done so well, it’s easy to forget that the little Mazda is built in Japan. One of the most popular sports cars ever built, the classic formula of the original was updated in 2005 to create a very different car to the minimalist original. This means it’s easier to live with everyday, from getting in and out of it, to motorway refinement and economy – yet it’s still just as exciting and fun.
The availability of a folding hardtop version, makes it an even more sensible buy. The lightweight roof retracts in just 12 seconds, plus it comes with the otherwise optional air conditioning. More suited to British weather than the thin fabric roof, it loses none of the fun factor and is still hugely enjoyable on open roads with great body control and pin-sharp steering, though there’s slightly less space in the car because of the upright back window. For used buyers it may be better value than getting a hard top for a regular MX-5.
The efficiently-shaped boot will cope with a weekends worth of bags, while a luggage rack can be added too. A new body, chassis and structure not only add space around the occupants, a reinforced windscreen frame and integrated roll hoops add protection too. New on this model are side airbags to complement the driver and passenger airbags fitted previously.  A traction and stability control system fitted to 2.0-litre models curtails any unruly loss of control should you encounter slippery roads.
The well finished interior may not be the most stylish around but it’s neatly laid out with easy to use controls. There are no soft touch plastics and it feels functional rather than inviting, however it’s clear that quality is good. An attractive three-spoke steering wheel houses inbuilt controls for the stereo while the high-mounted gear lever adds to the sporty feel.  You’ll soon come to appreciate how low down you are when other traffic towers over you, but otherwise the view out is very good and the MX-5 is easy to manoeuvre.
Revised models from April 2009 have better cabin insulation, reducing road noise on the move. Taller drivers should have no problem fitting in the MX-5, though the short length of the car limits overall seat travel and the seat itself is only adjustable for backrest tilt and height.  The folding hard top improves refinement further and as you’d expect makes the cabin even quieter on the move. It also comes with a reprofiled wind deflector so it’s less turbulent with the roof down.  Roof down or up, the Mazda MX-5 Mk3 is considerably more comfortable for longer drives than the previous models.
The 2.0-litre sprints from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds compared to 9.4 seconds for the 1.8-litre. The folding hard top on Roadster Coupe models adds 37kg of extra weight but this doesn’t affect performance. Mazda engineers have benchmarked the MX-5 against cars like the Porsche Boxster and this is evident on the move. It’s agile, nimble and great fun – helped further by the fact the MX-5 is rear-wheel drive.The new body is stiffer than before and this means that even with the roof down there’s no wobble or vibration. It’s composed on poor surfaces and makes a surprisingly good motorway cruiser.
As a used buy, the Mazda MX-5 Mk3 is probably one of the better cars you can go for in terms of overall low costs. Unless you’re a high-risk category for insurance, they’re not expensive to get cover for, and most service parts and spares are cheap and easy to get. Fuel economy hovers around 30mpg, as it’s not geared for motorway driving and frankly, too much fun to try making progress without using power. 1.8s have to work harder, and may be marginally less economical.
Should I buy a used MX-5 Mk3?  If you want a cheap, fun, open-topped sports car, absolutely. They drive very well indeed, and are great value for money.  Even if you’re not an enthusiastic driver, they’re light, easy to control and safe in all weathers as long as you have good tyres.  Find a good specialist to look after it, and you’ll have years of two-seater, fresh-air fun at a price that’s low enough to let you run a family car as well, or justify hiring a bigger car when needed.
Which MX-5 is best?  Look for a post-2009 2.0-litre model for the best engine, and it’s hard to argue against the practicality of the folding hard top roof. It looks just as good when folded, is more refined, prevents condensation, needs less maintenance and avoids having to find hundreds of pounds and lots of space to store a detachable hard top.”

Equipment and Features

> Finished in Metallic Meteor Grey paintwork, with Charcoal leather interior trim
> 1,999cc 4-cylinder 16-valve fuel-injection petrol engine, producing 158bhp and 188Nm torque
> 6-speed manual gearbox
> Electrically operated retractable metal folding hardtop roof
> Electric Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Full dashboard instrumentation including oil pressure gauge
> Climate Control
> Cruise Control
> Satellite Navigation system with Colour touch-sensitive display screen
> Mazda Integrated radio with Bluetooth compatibility, aux input, single CD player, steering-wheel mounted remote controls, integrated anti-theft protection and rear-quarter mounted detachable flexi-aerial
> 10-spoke (5 x twin) 17” alloy wheels
> Upgraded Bilstein dampers fitted front and rear
> Electric front windows, with one-touch operation on both windows
> Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Dynamic Stability Traction Control, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote control keys
> Tinted windows
> Height adjustment to driver’s seat
> Heated seats
> Height adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s and side airbags
> Fog lamps front and rear
> Trip computer with external temperature, trip distance and average fuel economy
> Heated glass rear window
> 12v charging point
> Tailored front floormats
> Twin front cupholders
> “Drilled alloy” pedal covers
> Twin chrome exhaust finishers

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 15,594 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The MX-5 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 17th April 2015, and then sold to the second owner in August 2018 with around 7000 miles on the clock.  The second owner kept the MX-5 until October 2021, when the last owner bought it with 9,600 miles showing
> The current MoT expires 6th August 2024.  It was issued 7th August 2023 at 15,584 miles.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-
13/08/2018;     7,119 miles – Passed, no advisory items
12/08/2019;     8,600 miles – Passed, no advisory items
10/08/2020;     9,237 miles – Passed, no advisory items
22/07/2021;     9,568 miles – Passed, no advisory items
19/10/2021;     9,573 miles – Passed, no advisory items
17/10/2022;   14,271 miles – Passed, no advisory items
07/08/2023;   15,584 miles – Passed, no advisory items
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems, and advises that the car was previously held on a personalized registration.
> The recommended servicing interval is annual, or every 12,500 miles.  Originally the car is supplied on an electronic service record scheme.  I have now supplemented this with a traditional service history book.  The records show services at :-
15/04/2015;         31 miles – Pre-Delivery Inspection, Mazda Main Agent – electronic service record
05/04/2016;    2,857 miles – Mazda Main Agent – electronic service record
25/05/2017;    5,882 miles – Mazda Main Agent – electronic service record
10/08/2020;    9,237 miles – Independent Garage – Service receipt
17/10/2022;  14,271 miles – Independent Garage – Service receipt
09/08/2023;  15,590 miles – Independent garage (my mechanics) – Service receipt and stamp in new service book
> The owners handbook, satellite navigation guide, book pack etc are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition

> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in outstanding condition
> There are literally one or two minor scratches and stone chips which have been touched in.  There are no trolley dents, scuffs or scrapes.
> The interior is also in excellent condition, assisted by the floor overmats.  There is some minor creasing to the right hand driver’s seat bolster where people have got in and out of the car.

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just over 15,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners even better than you might expect.  Its handling is assisted by the upgraded Bilstein dampers fitted all round
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheels are multi-spoke 17” alloys; three of them have minor kerbing marks which have been touched-in (there is no spoke damage)
> The road tyres are all top quality Bridgestone Turanza 205/45 x17 tyres.  The front tyres have between 6mm-7mm of tread, the rear tyres each have an even 6mm of tread.  A boot-located inflation kit is provided in place of a spare wheel
> The locking wheel nut key is present

Summary

So – to review – this is an opportunity to acquire an outstanding condition example of this dynamic, exciting and iconic sports roadster.  The ultra-low mileage makes this a rare opportunity.  Couple all that with the great equipment levels (including that fabulous power operated roof and colour sat nav system), thorough service history and just been serviced, fully valeted, HPI-checked and MoT’d, and it all combines to make a very compelling case for this car.  You’ll be hard pushed to find another in this condition and at this mileage….

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

A note about Warranties

We go to exceptional lengths to assure the mechanical condition of any car that we sell.  Cars are generally much more reliable than was the case in the past – but they are ever increasing in complexity and should the unthinkable happen, repair costs can be high.  Many buyers prefer us to keep the price of our cars low, so we do not include a mechanical breakdown warranty as standard.  However, we are agents for the industry-leading warranty provider – Warranty Wise; if you wish to do so for this car, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive Warranty Wise Gold vehicle warranty covering 100% of the repair cost on all major components, with a maximum claim of £3000 per claim and a £75 per hour labour rate.  This would cost £299 for 6-months, £399 for a year or £749 for 24-months.  
Please click on “our services” above for more details.

Peugeot 207 1.4 Verve, 5-dr, 2009 (58), Neysha Blue Metallic, 15k, £SOLD

Immaculate condition, ultra-low mileage example of this popular mid-sized family hatchback, in special edition Verve specification with the ULEZ compliant 1.4-litre petrol engine and five-speed manual gearbox.  Full service history, just serviced including replacement of cambelt and water pump.  New clutch just fitted.   Fully equipped with electric front windows, alloy wheels, CD-player etc.

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-one large-format photos also below!

When introduced in 2006, the Peugeot 207 was a sensation.  Its neat styling, economical engines, and general refinement were a leap ahead from the previous, smaller 206.  It stayed in production until 2012, and is now becoming a rarer sight on our roads – which seems a shame.  This particular example, however, has loads of life left in it!

This example has come into my stock from a fellow resident at the retirement flats where my mother lives.   Knowing that I’m a car dealer, Tony – the previous, and only, owner of this 207 – asked if I would like to buy it into stock, as he had decided that advancing years and declining mobility meant that he would have to give up driving.  I took one look at the overall condition and the ultra-low mileage, and bought it on the spot!

When I picked it up from Bristol, I noted a scuff to one door and to a bumper corner – reflecting its usage in a busy city environment – and on the drive back to my house I also noted that the clutch was taking up far higher than I might have expected for a car with just 15000 miles on the clock – perhaps also reflecting both Tony’s driving style and its use in a city known for its steep hills.  Anyway – the bodywork has been repaired, the clutch has been replaced, along with some other timely maintenance, and now the car is as good as new and ready to go on and give excellent service to its lucky new owner.

This example is a Verve limited edition, and was newly registered to Tony in February 2009.  Already relatively elderly, Tony didn’t use the car much – and the MoT history and full servicing history is testament to a regular, low usage, adding only around 1000 miles per year throughout its life.  So here it is now, fourteen and a half years old, having only just clicked past 15,000 miles from new – and in the sort of condition that you would expect from such low mileage.

It is fitted with the 1.4-litre 4-cylinder 8-valve petrol injection engine.  This gives a power output of 73bhp and 118NM torque, delivered through a five-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels.  The performance is perhaps best described as “adequate” – it is no road burner, taking 15.2 seconds to get to 60 mph on its way to a 106mph top speed (where legal, of course), but it doesn’t really feel outpaced in use; it keeps up with the prevailing traffic without fuss, and settles down to a comfortable cruise at motorway speeds.  Where it does shine through though is in fuel economy, with government fuel test results of 56.5 mpg on the Extra Urban test cycle and 44.8mpg combined. Its petrol engine also means that the car is ULEZ and Clean Air Zone compliant.

Out on the road, it is thoroughly competent.  It performs well, driving smoothly with good roadholding and handling, and remaining quiet and comfortable throughout with generous and supportive seats.  It’s also well equipped in this trim level, with metallic paint, Air Conditioning, Alloy Wheels, CD-player, electric front windows, and electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors.  There’s all the right safety kit too, such as ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, pre-tensioning seat belts, Driver, Passenger, Side and Curtain Airbags, and ISOFIX mounting points to the outer rear seats.

The 207 is finished in a stunning and eye-catching glossy metallic Neysha Blue , set off by the smart 15” alloy wheels.  Given its age, there are inevitably a few touched-in stone chips and light scratches here and there, and a couple of small patches of bird poo damage to the paintwork, but overall it is in excellent condition.  The interior is in charcoal and light-grey cloth trim, with black carpets and new overmats.  Tony is a non-smoker, so the cigar lighter is unused. 

The recorded mileage of just 15,180 miles is warranted to be correct.  The Peugeot has a thorough service history, with details of eight services recorded in the stamped-up service book – a combination of Peugeot Main Agent and independent garages.  Every servicing receipt is also present to show the work completed.  As there was no previous record of it having been changed, I asked my servicing agents to change the cam belt and water pump, as well as completing a full major service.  As mentioned above, the clutch has also been changed – it wasn’t at the point of slipping, but the pedal was high, and I thought it prudent to get this replaced.  The full servicing details are shown below.
The in-car display now states that there are 19,900 miles to go before the next service is due.

The Peugeot has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  The owner’s handbook, service book, radio guide etc are all present with the car.

Giving it a good rating of 3.5 stars out of five, Parker’s Used Car Guide highlights its neat styling, great safety features and fun handling, and comments:-

“The 207 is proof that Peugeot is still a master when it comes to small cars. It’s roomy, well equipped, attractively styled and comes with strong petrol and diesel engines. Peugeot’s 207 is also good to drive with decent steering and a comfortable ride. 
The 207 delivers competent and assured handling along with a comfortable drive. It’s not particularly fun, but it feels composed and safe at all times. The power-assisted steering is fairly precise and artificially weights-up when you take corners at speed to give more feeling, but it requires more input on the motorway for easier cruising. Body roll is well controlled and the ride is very good over most surfaces.
The attractive dash is clear and easy-to-use while the driving position is excellent, with a highly adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach. Much attention has been paid to the look of the instrument dials, which are chrome ringed while a large amount of glass means all-round visibility is excellent and gives a pleasant and airy feel.  The 207 has a light and attractive cabin with some quality materials and a modern design. The controls are clearly laid out but the stereo switches are a little fiddly. The seats are comfortable though and offer enough support for longer journeys.  It’s easier to access the rear of the five-door than the three, as is the case with most hatchbacks. On the whole it’s quiet on the road, with just a small amount of engine noise at speed. There’s not too much to grumble about regarding Peugeot 207 comfort.
All engines are relatively frugal and shouldn’t break the bank when it comes to running costs. Most buyers will be happy with the economical petrol versions.  The pick of the petrols is in fact the 1.4-litre available with 75bhp or 90bhp. It’s nippy, easy to drive around town and more than capable on the motorway. 

In addition to a top five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the Peugeot 207 safety portfolio includes dual front, side and curtain airbags (with the exception of the entry Urban model), five three-point seatbelts, two Isofix childseat anchor points and strong side and front impact protection. Key security features include remote central locking with deadlocks, automatic locking once the car reaches 6mph and an immobiliser.
Peugeot 207 reliability shouldn’t cause you many problems.

Out on the road, the 207 does everything that it should do calmly and efficiently.  It cruises along comfortably with excellent road manners.  The supportive seats and airy cabin design give great forward visibility, and all the controls fall easily and logically to the hands.  It’s well equipped too with all the kit that you really need, and this example looks very smart indeed in its glossy Neysha Blue metallic paintwork and shiny alloy wheels.

As with all our vehicles, the 207 comes with a 100-point inspection report covering all items of functionality and a mechanical inspection conducted by our service agents.   If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive Warranty Wise Bronze vehicle warranty covering 100% of the repair cost on all major components, and a £75 per hour labour rate, with a maximum of £500 per claim.  This would cost £179 for 6-months, £249 for a year or £449 for 24-months.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.

Equipment and Features
> Finished in Metallic Neysha Blue paintwork, with dual tone charcoal and light grey fabric interior trim > 1,360cc 4-cylinder 8-valve petrol-injection engine, producing 73bhp and 118Nm torque
> 5-speed manual gearbox
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Air conditioning, including air conditioned glovebox and 4-speed heater fan
> Peugeot audio unit, with single-CD player, RDS radio, and steering-wheel mounted satellite remote audio controls
> Five-spoke 15” alloy wheels
> Electric front windows, with one-touch operation to driver’s window> Electrically operated and heated door mirrors
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote control keys
> Tinted windows
> Height adjustable front seats
> Three rear seats each fitted with 3-point seat belts, head restraints and with ISOFIX seat mountings to the outer two seats and central armrest
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, Side and curtain airbags
> Trip computer with average speed, average fuel consumption, distance to empty, elapsed distance and current mpg functions
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v cigar lighter/charging point
> Tailored front and rear colour-keyed floormats
History and Documentation
> The current mileage is showing as 15,180 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The 207 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 20th February 2009 to Tony, who has owned it ever since
> The current MoT expires 28th March 2024, and was issued with one advisory item – for slight wear to the front brake discs. The MoT was issued 29th March 2023 at 15,037miles.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-
21/02/2012;     5,507 miles
14/02/2013;     6,635 miles
21/02/2014;     7,593 miles
19/02/2015;     8,881 miles
16/02/2016;   10,164 miles
23/02/2017;   10,775 miles
22/02/2018;   12,403 miles
21/02/2019;   13,267 miles
27/02/2020;   14,162 miles
29/03/2021;   14,433 miles
29/03/2022;   14,771 miles
29/03/2023;   15,037 miles
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
>  Peugeot recommends servicing this car every 20,000 miles or every two years.  The service records show eight services all recorded in the stamped up service book, as follows:-
20/03/2009;        258 miles – Peugeot Main Agent
15/02/2011;     3,948 miles – Peugeot Main Agent service book stamp and receipt
14/02/2013;     6,635 miles – Independent Garage service book stamp and receipt
10/02/2015;     8,881 miles – Independent Garage service book stamp and receipt
23/02/2017;   10,775 miles – Independent Garage service book stamp and receipt
21/02/2019;   13,267 miles – Independent Garage service book stamp and receipt
29/03/2022;;  14,771 miles – Independent Garage service book stamp and receipt
12/06/2023;   15,094 miles – Independent Garage – service book stamp – my service agents
> At the last service in June 2023, the cambelt and water pump were replaced, and the clutch has also now been replaced – together with a full service and all filters
> The owners handbook, service book, and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in outstanding condition. 
> Inevitably, there are a few stone chips, marks and light scratches commensurate with the age and mileage, but none of this detracts from the look of the car and overall it looks like a new car
> There are a couple of small patches of bird poo or tree-lime damage (one on the roof and one on the rear nearside quarter), but there aren’t significant or very noticeable.  There’s also a very small scuff to the lower nearside corner of the front bumper, and a number of touched-in chips to the door jambs where the doors have been accidentally shut on the seatbelts.  There’s also a small area at the rear of the driver’s door where the door looks to have been opened into a wall.  That sounds like it adds up to something noticeable or significant – but it doesn’t.  I’m being very picky and fussy here, and mentioning damage that many people wouldn’t even notice – and on a car of this age it is very insignificant.  Overall, the car looks fabulous.
> The interior is in excellent condition, reflecting its very light usage, with no damage to the charcoal and light-grey fabric seats or carpets, assisted by the colour-trimmed floor overmats front and rear
> There is some wear to the rubber door seal on the driver’s door jamb, simply where this has been brushed past as the last owner has been getting in and out of the car

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just over 15,100 miles.  It goes very well indeed – in fact, it drives just like a new car .  It runs, steers, stops and goes round corners even better than you might expect.  There is no hint of a squeak or rattle anywhere.
> The road wheels are four five-spoke 15” alloys; one has some very minor kerbing marks, but none have any scuffing or damage to the spokes
> One front road tyre is a budget with 7mm of tread; the other is a Michelin Energy Saver with 5mm of tread.  The rear tyres are a pair of Michelin Energy Savers, one with 7mm of tread and the other with between 5mm-6mm of tread.  The Michelin tyres may be original – there is some evidence of age-related cracking, but not to the extent of this being an MoT concern. The spare is a barely-used Continental Space Saver tyre with 3mm of tread
> The jack, wheelbrace and locking wheelnut key are all present

So – to review – this is an opportunity to acquire an excellent example of this popular mid-range family hatchback.  If you can ignore the registration plate, this is effectively a nearly-new car.  It looks, drives and behaves like a one year-old example.  It benefits from the smooth 1.4-litre petrol engine matched with the 5-speed gearbox, and a comprehensive equipment level including air conditioning, alloy wheels, CD-player, electric windows and mirrors etc.  The gorgeous metallic blue paintwork and two-tone grey interior are in outstanding condition, and the car looks extremely smart and well-presented throughout.  This particular example with its excellent service history, recent service, new cambelt/water-pump, new clutch, full valet, HPI-check and ultra-low mileage makes a very compelling case for itself; in effect, it is a virtually new car for less than £4000 – so it also offers amazing value for money too.

Mercedes-Benz ML280 3.0 CDI Edition-S Automatic, 5-dr, 2007 (07), Obsidian Black Metallic, 83k, £SOLD

Excellent condition and hugely capable full-size 4×4 SUV, fully serviced, with warranted mileage and great specification including permanent four-wheel drive off road capability, dual-zone climate control, alloy wheels, CD-player, electrically adjusted and heated seats, electric windows and mirrors, integrated tow-bar with electrics, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control with speed limiter, 7-speed automatic gearbox etc etc

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-nine large-format photos also below!

Back in 2012, my good friend and work colleague Soren asked me to find him a full-size 4×4.  Soren and his family live in Scotland and are very ‘out-doorsy’ – so they wanted something capable of supporting them going mountaineering, cycling etc, and which would tow a small dinghy.
I’m a big fan of Mercedes in general, having had several myself, so an ML was the obvious choice – not least because I just don’t warm to the main competition – the BMW X5.  I looked round the trade and found this fabulous ML280. 
Fast forward 9 years or so, and it was time for a change.  With Soren’s children grown up and moving on, the ML had been only lightly used in the previous couple of years – so I bought it back from Soren and sold it to Simon… a senior NHS nurse who was heading in to retirement and wanted to use the ML to transport large volumes of possessions out to his retirement home in Portugal.  Simon added a further 10k miles over the next eighteen months with repeated journeys – but found the cost of matriculating the ML for permanent use in Portugal was prohibitive … so I have bought it back from him and now offer it again for sale here.

So on to the car itself… I really like the Mercedes ML.  There is masses of room inside, they have all the four-wheel-drive capability, and yet they are very car-like to drive with excellent handling and road-holding.  In particular, the driving position itself is excellent – you sit high up with a commanding view of the road ahead, and all the controls fall easily to hand.  The column-mounted gearchange is a bit unusual, but it works really well and makes you wonder why other cars don’t do this.  And of course, it’s a Mercedes-Benz – so that means great reliability, top build-quality, very comfortable and supportive seating, and beautifully-weighted controls that work with a precision that can only be German.

This generation of ML was introduced in 2005 and ran through to 2011.  This example was first registered in April 2007, so is relatively early in the production run and prior to a minor restyle that occurred in 2008.  The records show that this Mercedes changed hands in September 2007 – so I suspect that it may have been a demonstrator originally.  The second owner then kept the car until November 2009 when it was sold by Mercedes Benz Direct to its third owner in Hemel Hempstead – at which time it still has only around 13,000 miles on the clock.  They kept it until August 2012 when I sold it on to Soren with it showing 37,000 miles.  In 2021, I then sold it to Simon with 70k on the clock, and it has now just turned over 83,000.

Somewhat confusingly, the 280 CDI name doesn’t translate to a 2.8-litre…. This ML has a beautifully smooth V6 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, which delivers 190bhp and a crushing 440NM torque through a creamy-smooth 7-speed “7G-Tronic” automatic gearbox to all four wheels.  There’s no disguising it – this is a big, heavy car… and yet… with all that power it will still do the 0-60 dash in under 10 secs and on to a maximum speed of 127mph (where legal, obviously).  Pretty impressive!

With that weight and performance combination, you can’t really expect great things from the fuel economy…. But it’s actually not as bad as you might fear with a combined consumption of 29.4mpg on the NEDC test cycle, and it’s Euro-4 compliant too.

Out on the road, it feels hugely commanding.  You sit high up, on comfortable seats, with great visibility all round.  The interior is hushed (unless you’ve cranked up the excellent sound system!) and you can feel the huge power under your right foot – whenever you want to go, wherever you want to go.  With its 4wd supported by high ground clearance and big 19” alloy wheels with chunky tyres, it really feels like you could just turn left off that main road and climb over the adjoining verge and off into the forests and hills… in fact, you probably could, as this is definitely a fully capable off-roader, rather than a “Chelsea Tractor”.  It will press-on well through country lanes or on motorways, with a quick turn of speed when you want, and with the comfort, handling and roadholding of a regular car… it never feels “top heavy” like some 4x4s.  And when you want to be all sophisticated in the evening, then the ML can drive serenely, looking smart and classy with the big three-pointed star on the front and its glossy black paintwork making it look sassy and elegant all at once.  It really is a car for all occasions.

On the practical side (just for a moment!) – the ML features a huge and very square-shaped boot area – 690 litres with the back seats up, and with the back seats folded, 2010 litres of space – one of the very largest available anywhere.  Let’s look at the trim level now too – “Edition-S” – a trim that was only offered for a relatively short period between April and August 2007.  This brings all the right equipment with it – dual zone climate control, CD-player, electrically adjusted and heated half-leather seats, cruise control with speed limiter, 19” alloy wheels, electric windows all round, electrically adjusted, heated and power folding mirrors etc.  There’s all the right safety and environmental kit too, such as ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, Electronic Skid Protection, Driver, Passenger, Side and Curtain Airbags, and ISOFIX mounting points to the rear seats.  This example also has a Witter tow-bar fitted with electrics, with wiring loom integrated into the Mercedes system so that the rear parking sensors continue to work correctly etc.  I’m pretty sure that this towbar is detachable – there’s a storage bag for it in the boot – but it looks like it hasn’t been removed for some time.

This ML is finished in glossy and smooth Obsidian Black Metallic paint (probably the most popular Mercedes colour!), set off by the smart 19” 5-spoke alloy wheels.  Nobody does Black like Mercedes – and this is great example.  It might be 16 years old, but the paint has a deep lustre and shine to it and the car looks stunning.  Given the age and mileage, there are inevitably a number of stone chips and light scratches, but overall it is in excellent condition with no scuffs or scrapes.

Equally, the inside has held up very well – the seats are half-leather with charcoal leather outer sections and a grey and white dotted fabric to the seat facings, with charcoal carpets and full original equipment overmats front and rear.  There’s no damage to the leather or fabrics – or even any real signs of wear.  The driver’s seat backrest electric adjustment switch is missing (see pics) but that doesn’t affect the functionality – it works just fine, and once it’s adjusted, do you ever alter it?  There’s some metal-effect trim missing from inside the boot.  On the front of the radio there is what looks like an air bubble – like a protective screen that wants pulling off …. But I’ve not seen this on a Merc before, so I’ve left it well alone!  The switches on the steering wheel had gone sticky (a common issue at this age) so I’ve generally cleaned that surface off.  This all sounds worse than it is – the interior is in great condition for a car of this age and mileage.

The recorded mileage of 83,007 miles is warranted to be correct.  The Mercedes has benefitted from regular servicing all recorded in the stamped up service book and supported by invoices.  Mercedes service intervals are indicated by the on board computer display, rather than being at set mileage or time intervals – and currently this indicates a further 15,337 miles until the next service is due.  The service book shows thirteen services, with a combination of Main Agent, specialist and local independent garages completing the work; the last service has just been completed by my mechanics, since when I have done a couple of hundred miles to test the car thoroughly.  As with all Mercedes, the camshaft is chain driven rather than belt, so there is no cambelt replacement to worry about. The servicing details are shown below.

There is a thick pile of servicing invoices to evidence the care and attention that the car has had.  Soren’s decision to part with the ML was partly following the failure of the output speed sensor.  This forms part of the gearbox control unit, and is a costly fix from Mercedes.  I had the car trailered down to me here in Gloucestershire, where my specialist local automatic transmission specialist replaced the control unit, and completed a gearbox oil change at the same time.  During Simon’s ownership, in August 2022, he had a failure of the turbo unit, and returned the car to Mercedes to replace it – when they also replaced the gear selector mechanism …a very costly repair and warranty claim!

Other repairs of note are:-

  • SAM (Signal Acquisition Module) replaced November 2020
  • Air conditioning condenser replaced July 2020
  • Turbo unit replaced December 2017, and again in August 2022

The ML has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  All the owner’s handbook, service book, radio guide etc are present with the car, as are two full remote control keys

Giving it an excellent rating of four stars out of five, Parker’s Car Guide highlights its stylish looks, outstanding diesel engines, superb interior quality, and commanding driving position and comments:-

“The M-Class is Mercedes-Benz back at its best. The styling is understated and elegant, the interior is comfortable and attractive, plus it drives well – both on and off-road – the whole package oozes subtle sophistication. There are some cracking engines too, including a whisper-quiet V6 diesel.
Although the M-Class doesn’t come cheap, list prices are close to that of similar off roaders and there’s plenty of standard equipment. The M-Class received a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP which is the maximum rating available.
Compared to the previous M-Class, the interior is vastly improved. The plasticky interior of the old 1998-2005 car has been replaced by one that feels much higher quality.  The driving position is excellent and the seat offers great side and lower back support along with multiple adjustment.  However, unlike the last M-Class, there’s no seven-seat option for this model.  The steering wheel adjusts for height and reach and it’s easy to find a position that’s comfortable for longer trips.  There’s also a multi-function steering wheel, to control the stereo and trip computer.  Although it’s a familiar sight on the American market, the ‘stick-selector’ auto gearshift may not be familiar to UK buyers. It’s on a stalk by the steering wheel while manual changes can be made with buttons behind the steering wheel. Quality is excellent and the upmarket interiors give it a suitably classy feel.  A well packaged interior means five adults can travel in comfort. The ride is smooth, the seats supportive in the right areas and there’s plenty of head and legroom for all passengers. Superb sound insulation – and improved engine technology – means that the diesels remains quiet, even under heavy acceleration.

Large 4x4s are never cheap to run. However, the prestige of the Mercedes-Benz badge and M-Class’ desirability should mean that values hold up well. Fuel consumption from the diesel V6 is average (30mpg in everyday driving) for a car of this size.  We’re expecting few – if any – mechanical problems.
On motorways it cruises comfortably and there’s enough power from all engines for easy overtaking. Its sharp steering, responsive brakes and excellent body control means that it can make quick progress on B-roads. The ML’s turning circle is quite tight for a large 4×4, which makes town driving easy.  Its off-road ability is surprisingly good and it should be able to tackle everything that an average buyer can throw at it. It’s user-friendly to use too – electronics deal with slipping wheels, lack of traction and descending hills, so it’s difficult to go wrong.”

Out on the road, the ML does everything that it should calmly and with style.  I’ve not taken it off-road, so my test drive is confined to motorways and B-roads, where it performs very well indeed.  It will make swift progress, whilst the driver and passengers remain insulated from the bustle and noise outside in a calm hushed interior. It cruises comfortably and smoothly, and all the controls work with a precision that can only be German manufacture.  It’s well equipped too, with all the kit that you would want, as well as looking smart in its glossy black paintwork and shiny alloy wheels. 

As with all our vehicles, the ML comes with a 100-point inspection report covering all items of functionality and a mechanical inspection conducted by our service agents. 

If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a WarrantyWise Bronze vehicle warranty.  Given the age and mileage of this vehicle, it can only provide cover of up to £500 per claim, up to a maximum claim total of the sale value of the car.  It covers all major mechanical components, supported by a £75 per hour labour rate.  This  would cost £349 for 6-months, or £449 for a year.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.


Equipment and Features
> Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paintwork, with charcoal half-leather and cloth interior trim
> 2,987cc V6-cylinder 24-valve fuel-injection turbodiesel engine, producing 190bhp and 440Nm torque
> 7-speed automatic “7G-tronic” gearbox with Sport setting, stalk-operated selection and manual gear selection option using buttons to the rear of the steering wheel
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Permanent four-wheel drive
> Dual Zone climate control
> Integrated Mercedes Audio 20 audio unit, with single-CD player, RDS radio, steering-wheel mounted remote audio controls, and aerial integrated into the rear side window
> 5-spoke 19” alloy wheels
> Electric front and rear windows, with one-touch operation to all windows
> Electrically operated, heated  and power-folding door mirrors
> Electrically adjusted front seats with three-stage heating
> Cruise Control with speed limiter function
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Electronic Skid Protection
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote control keys
> Full integrated towbar with full electrics
> Tinted windows
> Three rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, head restraints and with ISOFIX seat mountings to the outer two seats
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Height adjustable and lumbar control adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat
> Map pockets to rear of front seats
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, side and curtain airbags
> Automatic lights
> Front and Rear fog lamps
> Front and Rear parking sensors
> Trip computer with multiple functions across multiple screens controlled via steering wheel buttons
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point
> Alarm and immobilizer
> Tailored front and rear floormats
> Rear luggage compartment cover
> Mercedes first aid kit

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 83,007 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The ML comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 13th April 2007, and then sold to the second owner on the 6th September 2007.  It then transferred to its third private owner in November 2009, on to Soren in August 2012, and then to Simon in February 2022.  It has therefore had five registered owners from new.
> The current MoT expires 10th November 2023.  It was issued 11th November 2022 at 78,803 miles, with NO advisory items.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-
16/04/2010;   15,011 miles
13/05/2011;   25,428 miles
11/05/2012;   35,541 miles
24/06/2013;   42,809 miles
16/06/2014;   48,049 miles
15/06/2015;   52,568 miles
15/06/2016;   58,266 miles
16/06/2017;   60,813 miles
14/05/2018;   63,271 miles
13/05/2019;   66,299 miles
15/05/2020;   68,371 miles
22/04/2021;   69,623 miles
15/01/2022;   70,518 miles
11/11/2022;   78,803 miles
Every MoT certificate since 2012 is still with the vehicle
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> Mercedes service intervals are defined by the on board computer.  The service book shows thirteen service stamps, with records showing services as follows:-
26/02/2008;     6,670 miles – Mercedes Main Agent
12/05/2009;     9,466 miles – Mercedes Main Agent
08/06/2010;   16,769 miles – Mercedes Main Agent
01/08/2011;   27,632 miles – Mercedes Main Agent
16/07/2012;   37,197 miles – Mercedes Independent Speciailist  
26/07/2013;   42,880 miles – Independent Garage
16/06/2014;   48,049 miles – Independent Garage
16/09/2015;   54,907 miles – Independent Garage
24/03/2017;   60,463 miles – Independent Garage
10/06/2019;   66,523 miles – Independent Garage
22/04/2021;   69,622 miles – Independent Garage
26/04/2022;   73,052 miles – Independent Garage
22/05/2023;   82,812 miles – Independent Garage (my mechanics)
> The owners handbook, service book, book pack etc are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in great condition.  There are a number of stone chips and light scratches, but it’s all commensurate with the age and mileage and overall the car looks extremely smart and presentable with no scuffs or scrapes.
> The interior is in excellent condition, with no damage to the seats or carpet fabric, assisted by the floor overmats front and rear
> The backrest adjustment button from the electric controls on the driver’s seat is missing, but the switch itself functions fine.  There is a piece of metal-effect trim missing from either side of the boot, and an air bubble on the front face of the radio – see pics of all of these points

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just over 83,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners even better than you might expect
> The ML often takes longer than expected to start – although it always does do so.  There is no error message shown and the battery is good – so our best guess is that this results from where one glow-plug was replaced in 2012 with a non-original-equipment equivalent, which can give this result as they are slower to heat up than the genuine examples
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> There has been a recall for the Brake Booster on this series of ML – this was checked by Mercedes in June 2022, and will be re-inspected by Mercedes prior to sale.
> The road wheels are five-spoke 19” alloys; all of them have very minor marks but definitely not yet at the point of needing refurbishment.  Unusually for a Mercedes of this age, there is no sign of corrosion on the alloys
> The front road tyres are a pair of top-quality Uniroyal RainSport 5 255/50 YRx19 ExtraLoad tyres;  these were replaced as part of the MoT in November 2022, and so have only covered about 4000 miles – they now have 7mm of tread remaining.  The rear road tyres are a pair of Avon ZX7 tyres (also ExtraLoad capability) with around 4mm of tread remaining.  There is a Dunlop space saver spare tyre, which is unused.
> The towing eye, tools and locking wheel nut key are all present

So – to review – this is an opportunity to acquire an excellent condition full-size 4×4 SUV.  This example has been well and thoroughly maintained, has a very low warranted mileage for its age, and hasn’t suffered from being bashed about in off-road use.  The paintwork and interior are both in great condition, and the car continues to look smart and well-presented throughout.  It drives very well indeed, and is well equipped too.  The legendary Mercedes build quality and comfort shine through, and this particular example with its full service history, recent service, full valet and HPI-check, makes a very compelling case for itself.  Add in the very high equipment level on this example – with tow bar, stylish alloys, parking sensors all round, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated seats, electric half-leather seats, power-folding mirrors, electric windows all round etc, and it also offers great value for money too.

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.

Honda Jazz 1.3 SE I-VTEC Automatic, 5-dr, 2016 (16), Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, 20k, £SOLD

Immaculate two-owner car, full service history, just serviced, long MoT, fully valeted, with great specification including CVT Automatic gearbox, air conditioning, DAB radio with USB and HDMI input and screen mirroring, traction control, cruise control, lane departure warning, electric windows and power-folding heated mirrors, parking sensors all round and alloy wheels! This is a great opportunity to acquire a low-mileage small hatchback in spotless condition throughout, with a huge specification.

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty-one large-format photos also below!

I’ve recently taken this Jazz into stock from Hilary.  Hilary is a delightful lady living in the same sheltered accommodation as my 90-year old mother.  With advancing years and declining health, Hilary has decided to give up driving, and knowing from my mother that I am in the trade, she asked if I wanted to buy her car from her.   Knowing how good these cars are, I was pleased to help her out and buy the car into stock.

Hilary was obviously a keen Honda Jazz user – she had one previously which she traded in to Bristol Honda in July 2017 against the purchase of this car.  At that time, this Jazz had just 7,300 miles on the clock, and was being sold as a Honda Approved Used Car.  Hilary paid extra for extended warranty and main agent servicing, as well as for the application of Autoglym Lifeshine protection to the interior and exterior – which has clearly paid dividends as both have remained bright and shiny.  Since buying it, Hilary has had the car serviced in the spring of each year, even though the mileage covered between services was generally only a couple of thousand – so that now, at seven years old, the Jazz has still covered less than 20,000 miles.  I picked the car up from Hilary – it started first time despite not having been started for some months – and then drove it back home, and it performs very well on the road, with excellent driving manners and strong performance.

This example is fitted with the economical yet powerful 4-cylinder 1.3-litre 16-valve petrol engine.  Here, it develops a healthy 101bhp, which is plenty to whizz this car along very acceptably.  It gets up to speed comfortably, and maintains it without a problem out on the open road.  In this example, the engine is matched with a CVT automatic gearbox.  CVT gearboxes have grown in popularity in recent years, although they can seem a little strange at first; essentially, there are no “gears” as such, as the car adjusts the engine revs and power output in line with the accelerator position.  This gives the effect of the car holding a steady engine note, as the speed rises.  In all cases, manufacturers set a series of pre-defined artificial gear positions (in the case of the Jazz, there are seven pre-determined “gears”) which then enables drivers to select gear ratios in the same way that you would a conventional automatic.  It all works away busily by itself – ultimately, like all automatics, you simply select “Drive”, press the accelerator and the car does the rest in the background!  In the Jazz, there is also a Sport function, and you can select the gear ratio via the paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.

There’s plenty of interior space, the seats are comfortable, and the equipment level on this SE model is what you might expect from the class above…hang on… two (at least!) classes above.   Air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter function, traction control, electric windows all round, electric heated and powerfolding door mirrors, smart alloy wheels, high quality audio system with steering wheel controls, remote central locking, lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitoring, parking sensors all round, City Brake, traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, start/stop function…. I thought this was a city car??

The Jazz has a terrific reputation on the used car market – not just for that legendary Honda build quality and reliability, but also for the huge space inside this physically-small car.  The motoring press universally recognize this, with comments such as:-

  • “If you want a Tardis, buy a Honda Jazz. It really is so ridiculously practical that if your situation dictates the need for small on the outside and big on the inside, there’s little else to touch it.” (Autocar)
  • “The Honda Jazz is an unusual small car, but its practicality and reliability are unbeatable in this class” (Heycar)
  • “It’s simply the most versatile small car on sale and one that’s easy to recommend. 10/10” (Honest John)

If that isn’t enough, “What Car?” have just issued their latest used car reliability survey – a survey of cars aged from 6 to 20 years old. And the winner? The 2015-2020 model Honda Jazz, with a reliability score of 100%.  “What Car” commented:- “The third-generation Jazz offers the low running costs you’d expect of a small car and the space and practicality of a mini MPV. On top of that, it’s very unlikely to let you down because it’s extremely robust. In fact, not a single older Jazz suffered any faults at all, according to the owners who completed our survey”

The Jazz was originally introduced way back in 2002 – and this is one of the third generation models introduced in 2015.  This car is the 1.3-litre 5-door model, fitted with a 1,318cc 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 101bhp and 123Nm torque.  This gives it a lively 0-60mph time of 11.8 secs, and a top speed of 113 mph, so it is perfectly happy either running around town or out on the open road or motorway.  It’s not the fastest of cars, but equally you never feel like it is too slow or under-powered.  It’s ultra-economical too – running on the Euro Emissions 6 standard with figures of 64.2mpg on the Extra Urban and 58.9mpg on the combined fuel test!  Road tax is just £35 per year.
As a Euro-6 standard petrol engine, the Jazz is ULEZ and Clean Air Zone compliant too!

It’s finished in Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, set off by the smart alloy wheels.  Given the age and perhaps as a reflection of that ultra-low mileage, it’s in outstanding condition – there’s none of the usual collection of trolley dents or scuffs that you might expect.  There’s not even any stone chips to evidence its 20k miles.  The SE model sits well up in the specification hierarchy, and brings all the features that you might want – and way beyond what you might normally expect from a car in this class…  Air Conditioning, 15” alloy wheels, DAB audio system with Bluetooth, HDMI and USB inputs and multi-app compatibility, cruise control, driver’s seat height adjustment, parking sensors all round, remote central locking, electric windows all round, electric power-folding and heated mirrors, ABS, power steering etc – as well as a whole host of safety features such as loads of airbags, ISOFIX seat mounts, Electronic brake force distribution, ABS, immobilizer, traction control, seat belt pre-tensioners, City Brake assist, forward collision warning, traffic sign recognition system, lane departure warning etc etc…. It is a thoroughly modern city car. 

The recorded mileage of just under 20,000 is absolutely warranted to be correct.  When Hilary bought it from the Honda Main Agent, it had just 7,300 miles on the clock.  There’s a suggestion that it was a Honda management-owned car, as the servicing at that point was done by Honda UK Manufacturing Ltd. Hilary then proceeded to have the Jazz serviced at Bristol Honda in each of the next two years, before then reverting to a local independent garage thereafter.  I have also had the car serviced in May this year, immediately after I picked it up, at 19,844 miles.  My mechanics did advise that it would be sensible to replace three of the four tyres which were showing signs of cracking due to age, even though there was plenty of tread remaining – so this has been done with new Kumho tyres fitted.  I also had a new MoT completed at that time – so this is also valid through to May 2024.

As you would expect, it goes, performs, steers, stops etc just as you would want and expect it to do.  The Jazz has a chain-driven camshaft, so there is no cambelt replacement to be worried about either!

The Jazz has also been fully valeted and Experian Data Checked (like HPI) and is clear (again, as you would expect).  All the owner’s handbook, radio guide etc is present with the car.

The pictures illustrate how very bright and shiny and well presented the car is, with no damage to the bodywork at all.

Giving it an excellent rating of 3.9 stars out of 5, Parker’s Car Guide comments:-

“The Honda Jazz, now in its fourth generation, has gained an enviable reputation for dependability and flexibility. With some traits more akin to a mini-MPV than a hatchback, the Jazz has become a firm favourite of those who want a car to be sensible above all else.
A longer wheelbase (the distance between front and rear axle lines) than most rival small cars means more space for passengers – with similar interior dimensions to a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (seriously) despite being around a metre shorter in overall length, as Honda is keen to point out.
The tall body means headroom is good all-round, but it’s impressive how easily you can fit adults into a car the size of the Jazz.  From behind the wheel of the Jazz is where you notice its MPV similarities, with a deep dashboard reaching towards the big, sweeping windscreen and large triangular windows ahead of the front doors. It’s a bright and airy interior and it’s very easy to see out of, making it a great car to nip around town in.
The Jazz appears larger than many other city cars, but that’s mainly down to the fact it’s taller. It’s still very easy to slot into tight parking spaces thanks to flat sides, big windows and big mirrors. It’s a doddle to use in town, and you won’t have any trouble with small parking spaces or tight city-centre roads.
Euro NCAP tested the Jazz when it was launched in 2015, awarding it a five-star rating. The Jazz performs well due to a strong body structure that should stand up well in the event of a crash, but there are also plenty of extra systems to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash in the first place.  City Brake Active System is standard, which helps to avoid or mitigate low-speed accidents between five and 20mph by monitoring the distance between you and the car in front, sounding a warning or even applying the brakes if the driver doesn’t react.
As you’d expect from a Honda, Interior material quality overall is good – there are no really unpleasant surfaces and there’s a mix of plastic types without it seeming like a bit of a mish-mash.  The touchscreen media system is easy to read and operate as it’s located close to and angled towards the driver. It’s quite easy to get comfortable thanks to an increased amount of adjustment in the wheel and seats, plus everything is well within reach so you don’t have to keep readjusting your position.
Supportive yet comfortable seats are easy to get in and out of thanks to wide-opening doors and a slightly higher position within the car than other superminis.
Even though the Jazz has an increased focus on handling compared with older models, the ride hasn’t suffered too much, meaning it still has cushioning suspension at low speed and a decent amount of bodyroll resistance at higher speeds.

The Jazz offers a low cost of ownership overall, but that’s mainly because it’s so reliable and dependable. The Jazz retains a good portion of its value, which should mean you retain more of its initial purchase price when you come to sell it on. Insurance prices should also be very reasonable – the car’s image and popularity among safe, older drivers means it doesn’t suffer a poor reputation as a ‘boy racer’ car.
The previous generation of Jazz was named the most reliable car in the UK for eight years in a row, and the current one looks to be following suit. There have been no official recalls in its life cycle so far, so buyers can rest assured it’s unlikely anything too significant will go wrong with theirs. Two engines provide the power in the Jazz – a 1.3- or a 1.5-litre petrol. The 1.3-litre will suit most Jazz buyers’ needs down to the ground if you’re pootling about town with little urgency to get somewhere in a hurry. The optional CVT automatic has been tuned for better fuel economy and driveability compared with the older generation, making it feel more like a manual box. It is the more efficient choice, offering 106g/km of CO2 and 61.4mpg for the 1.3-litre Jazz, but feels decidedly unhurried.  Planting your foot into the carpet results in an increase in revs but not much else, as this box reacts better to more measured inputs. As long as you’re not in a rush, it’s an easy thing to use. You can also select a manual mode and choose between simulated ratios with steering wheel mounted paddles.
  Honda has tuned the Jazz specifically for European roads, meaning there’s been a focus on ensuring it rides well on our less-than-smooth surfaces. Overall, it’s best to describe the way the Jazz drives as composed. It’s not exciting by any stretch – although it is surprisingly nimble on a country road – but more than anything it’s very easy and simple to drive.
Should you buy a Honda Jazz?  It’s recommended if you’re looking for reliable, steady and efficient. The Jazz has a nicely engineered feel, with crisp and responsive engines and responsive steering. In short, buy this car and you can be sure that it won’t let you down; it’ll be very easy to drive and live with.

Out on the road, the Jazz feels capable beyond its size and motoring segment.  It is comfortable and assured, accelerating smoothly, handling well and cruising comfortably too.  It’s well equipped too – and this car clearly benefits from the assurance of the warranted ultra-low mileage, fresh service with full service history, new MoT and valet.  All of those benefits also come before you consider the outstanding economy figures.

If you wish to do so, you can also optionally purchase a comprehensive WarrantyWise Platinum vehicle warranty covering 100% of the repair cost on all major components, at labour rates of up to £75ph, at a cost of £249 for 6-months, £329 for a year or £599 for 24-months, with a maximum claim of £5000 for any one claim.  Please click on “our services” above for more details.  Lower levels of cover are also available at lower cost.

Equipment and Features
> Finished in Brilliant Sporty Blue metallic paintwork, with charcoal cloth interior trim
> 1318cc 4-cylinder 16-valve fuel-injection petrol engine, producing 101bhp and 123Nm torque
> CVT Automatic gearbox with Sport setting, twin paddle-shift manual override, and seven pre-selected gear ratios
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Air conditioning
> Cruise Control
> Honda RDS DAB Radio with 7” touch-screen, with auxiliary and USB input sockets, single-CD player, Bluetooth, multi-app compatible, roof-mounted shark-fin aerial, steering-wheel mounted radio controls, and integrated anti-theft protection
> 10-spoke (5xtwin) 15” diamond-cut alloy wheels
> Electric front and rear windows and one-touch operation on the driver’s window
> Electrically adjustable, heated door mirrors with power-folding
> Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Traction Control System (TCS)
> Lane Departure Warning System
> City Brake Active System
> Forward Collision Warning System
> Traffic Sign Recognition System
> Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
> Remote control central locking, with two full remote controls
> Tinted windows
> Three rear seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts, head restraints and with ISOFIX seat mountings to the outer two seats
> 60/40 split folding rear seat
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Start/Stop system
> Front and Rear Parking Sensors
> Automatic lights and automatic wipers
> Height adjustable driver’s seat
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and twin side and curtain airbags
> Rear fog lamps
> Trip computer with average and current mpg, distance to empty, average speed and elapsed time functions
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> 12v charging point
> Tailored front and rear floormats
> Map pocket to rear of front passenger seat

History and Documentation
> The current mileage is showing as 19,936 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The Jazz comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 11th May 2016, and transferred to its second keeper (Hilary) on the 4th August 2017.
> The current MoT expires 10th May 2024.  It was issued 2nd May 2023 at 19,850 miles with no advisory items.   
> An MoT history printout shows the following MoT:-
13,598 miles;  02/05/2019 – No advisories
16,552 miles;  24/04/2020 – No advisories
17,548 miles;  16/04/2021 – No advisories
18,817 miles;  22/04/2022 – Advise for minor cracking on front tyres
19,850 miles;  02/05/2023 – No advisories
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has been serviced seven times, with records showing services at :-
  7,574 miles;  10/05/2017 – Honda Main Agent
10,092 miles;  30/04/2018 – Honda Main Agent
13,598 miles;  02/05/2019 – Honda Main Agent
16,552 miles;  24/04/2020 – Independent Garage
17,548 miles;  16/04/2021 – Independent Garage
18,817 miles;  22/04/2022 – Independent Garage
19,844 miles;  02/05/2023 – Independent Garage – my mechanics
> The owners handbook, service book, and book pack are all present.

Bodywork and Interior Condition
> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is immaculate.  I looked hard, but I couldn’t even find any stone chips or trolley dents – just a couple of very light surface scratches. It’s spotless…
> The interior is like new, assisted by the original equipment floormats fitted from new

Mechanical Condition and Wheels/Tyres

> The car has covered just under 20,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners just as you would expect
 > All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The road wheels are multi-spoke 15” alloys; none of them have any kerbing marks
> Three road tyres are new Kumho Ecowing ES31 185/60 x15s, all with 7mm of tread.  The rear nearside tyre has evidently been replaced separately recently, and is a Dunlop Sport Blu Response, with between 6mm and 7mm tread.  All have between 6mm and 7mm of tread.  There is no spare wheel as an inflation kit is provided instead.
> The locking wheel nut key and towing eye are present

All in all – this is an outstanding opportunity to acquire an immaculate condition small modern hatchback.  The Jazz is universally acknowledged to be one of the very best small cars available on the market, and the most reliable of any car…. couple that together with this example’s immaculate bodywork and interior,  full service history, long MoT, thorough valet, outstanding equipment levels, and peppy, responsive 1.3-litre  engine, together with outstanding fuel economy and that desirable automatic gearbox, and it’s hard to think of a reason not to buy it!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.