Korean makers Daewoo came into a sceptical UK market in early 1995. Since then, they've instigated a widespread change in the new-car customer's expectations. Now with their first generation of vehicles superseded by more advanced models, the family-sized Espero saloon is gaining a following among many used buyers.
The Korean marque has its critics, however. Resale values are perhaps higher than they should be. Some used specialists argue that used values are kept artificially high by Daewoo's unusual retailing methods. They also point out that the Espero, based on obsolete Vauxhall Cavalier mechanicals, is nowhere near state of the art and its used values should reflect that.
Buyers of affordable family cars, however, are often not too concerned with state-of-the-art dynamics. What they want is reliability, easy access to affordable parts and a good level of standard equipment. If that sounds like what you're after, then take time to track down an Espero. Compare what you pay for its similarly sized competitors, but if you're looking for lots of luxury car features, then the Espero may well make sense.