Motorists interested in buying a used Vauxhall Vectra have been told that it may be cheaper to buy one with a larger engine.
New analysis from Glass’s has revealed that some cars with a certain engine size in the upper-medium segment are being shunned, while cars with slightly larger engines continue to plod along.
An example used in the study was the Vectra.
It was discovered that a one-year-old 18-litre petrol Vectra that had completed 12,000 miles currently had a trade value of £7,650.
However, the same vehicle with a 2.2-litre engine was now worth £6,700, which is £950 cheaper, despite costing £600 more when the vehicles were bought from new.
Jeff Paterson, chief car editor at Glass’s, said: "The days of larger engines automatically meaning higher prices are clearly over.
"Motorists’ budgets are tighter than ever, making thirstier models much less desirable than their more efficient, lower-capacity siblings."
Buyers of a 1.8-litre petrol version of the Vectra can expect the car to be able to reach a top speed of 127 miles per hour, while being able to accelerate from still to 60 miles per hour in 10.9 seconds.