VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI
Target Price 18,544
One place you should definitely be waving your scrappage allowance is in front of your local VW salesman.
Fantastic grip, sweet, precise steering, and a versatile and economical engine make the Scirocco a worthy addition to your shopping list.
Best of all, a classy driving character like this can be yours for under 20,000 - a lot less if you use your allowance and haggle properly. Fuel economy that tops 55mpg ensures further great savings, too.
Audi A5 2.0 TDI
Target Price 26,367
With the TT, Audi produced a great driver's car; with the A5, it takes more of a grand tourer approach.
That means fabulous stylishness, comfort and equipment, and a great drive, too, even if it's eclipsed by the more able and dynamic BMW 320d.
Its 168bhp turbodiesel pulls well at all times and is perfect for long, lazy cruises, while still returning better than 53mpg on average.
Target Price 55,686
Grand tourers that add sports car sharpness to the mix are a rare breed, yet Jaguar has excelled itself by bringing it all together in this stunning-looking coup.
Not only that, it's delightfully refined at all times, although the symphonic soundtrack from the 379bhp 5.0-litre V8 can warble or roar into the cabin, depending on how delicate (or not) you are with the throttle.
If you like things decidedly indelicate, 0-60mph takes just 4.6sec, and the rush wont stop until you hit the 155mph limit.