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Vauxhall VX220 (00-05) - rated 4 out of 5

When Vauxhall launched its plastic sports car, the VX220, in 2000 the world didn’t know what had hit it. Designed and produced with the help of Lotus, who used the experience and development budget from Vauxhall to graduate from its first generation Elise into the second generation model, it used the same extruded aluminium chassis as the Norfolk sportscar.

It may have had the same awkward high sills and shared some components with the Lotus product but the VX220 was designed to be softer and more accessible for non-enthusiast buyers.