The A1 may be Audi's cheapest model, but it's still expensive. The entry-level version costs more than £18,500 - and that's enough to get you a much larger Skoda Octavia. But if you could bring that price down, you might end up with something that looks like this. Steel wheels and black bumpers spoil the premium image somewhat, but at least it would make an Audi more attainable.
Like the A1, the Q3 isn't especially large, but that doesn't stop it boasting a chunky old price tag. The cheapest version costs the best part of £31,000, but it comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and colour-keyed bumpers, as well as LED lights. This version has none of that, but at least it would cut the price noticeably. If it ever arrived.
Basic versions of enormous luxury SUVs would probably be the least popular invention ever. The steel wheels would be unlikely to find favour among fans of the brand, and the black door mirrors sit in stark contrast to the mirror-replacing cameras seen on top-of-the-range models. No, we wouldn't buy one, but we'd love to see these things prowling the Austrian Alps in the depths of winter. If nothing else, you wouldn't worry about scraping the alloys with snow chains.
It might look like a swollen hatchback, but the X2 is big enough to be considered a proper premium SUV. Just not in this guise. Again, black bumpers ruin some of the BMW magic, while the black door handles make for a hilariously naff detail on a car that currently costs around £28,000.
Lightness is becoming a theme among sports cars, with manufacturers and drivers alike coming to appreciate the improvements in handling, performance and economy brought about by removing weight. Even so, we don't think this lightened, plastic-clad version of the new Z4 is likely to catch on - especially if it comes with a puny 1.6-litre engine.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
Amazingly, the Aventador SVJ seems capable of carrying off the steel wheels and black bumpers with classic Italian style. Lamborghini buyers are unlikely to sacrifice their enormous alloys and carbon-fibre any time soon, though.
Aimed at footballers, rather than matchday parking attendants, the Urus is never likely to have a problem with its lofty price tag causing a lack of demand. The world's wealthy will always want to buy more of these than Lambo can build. But what if? This rendering makes dreaming of a cut-price Urus worthwhile.
This rendering shows Mercedes' answer to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 channel its inner Dacia Sandero. We aren't sure even the most ardent German Mercedes fan would want one, but it suits the car remarkably well, giving it a certain charm. Paint it beige and it could almost be a Berlin taxi.
Porsche's iconic 911 is another car that's unlikely to be sold in such a stripped-out guise. Even the most pared back models come with more kit than this. Although this version might include rear seats, unlike some 911s...
Range Rover Evoque
If you live in Cheshire, you'll be well aware that there's a new Evoque on the way. But if you try driving this version through Alderley Edge or Prestbury you'll be laughed out of town. The black bumper treatment doesn't sit well alongside the premium badge and Velar-style grille.
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