Mothers’ day motors

  • Forget the flowers…
  • …get down to your local dealer
  • Top used cars for mum
A great mothers' day present
A great mothers' day present
If you really want to push the boat out this mothering Sunday, then why not consider buying mum one of these top used cars.

Fiat Panda
On sale
2004-present
Price £1810-£7935
This perky five-door is one of the best used cars you can buy, and the champion of cheap chic. Despite being efficient to run, it's still great fun to drive and supremely reliable. There’s space inside for five and the boot’s a good size.
One to go for Panda1.2 Dynamic

Honda Jazz
On sale
2003-2008
Price £3370-£7045
Small but perfectly formed, and surprisingly spacious inside – the Jazz hits all the right notes as a used supermini. The clever rear seats fold down flat or flip up and provide a useful addition to the generously sized boot.
One to go for Jazz 1.4SE

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
On sale
2007-present
Price £6800-£14,990
Family friendly and easy to live with, the C4 Picasso packs a lot into a sensibly sized MPV. Seven seats mean there’s room for family and friends, while smooth and composed handling make it good to drive.
One to go for 1.6HDi SX

Toyota Prius
On sale
2003-2009
Price £4635-£13,310
Earth mothers will appreciate the Toyota's green credentials. It’s at home in cities and towns, thanks to nippy acceleration and nimble handling, but it's more than capable on faster roads and motorways. There’s plenty of space for the family, too.
One to go for Prius 1.5 T3

Mini
On sale
2001-2007
Price £5270-£13,325
The Mini’s unique personality and performance make it appealing to both the young and the young at heart. It’s not the biggest inside, but it is tremendous fun to drive and has proved reliable.
One to go for Mini Cooper

MX-5
On sale
2005-present
Price £5970-£14,200
It just so happens, that one of the most enjoyable cars that money can buy is also one of the most reliable. This drop-top is great fun when the sun’s out, but can also handle the everyday commute with ease.
One to go for 1.8i

Ford Fiesta
On sale
2008-present
Price £6560-£11,600
The humble Fiesta may be a no-frills option, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great used car. It’s big enough to take four adults, yet still feel compact and nimble. Low running costs and reliability come as standard.
One to go for 1.25 Edge 5dr

Vauxhall Zafira
On sale
2005-present
Price £3965-£12,555
You’d struggle to find a better-value seven-seater MPV than the Zafira. The vast number of cars on the used market means that prices are competitive and, although some rivals offer more passenger space, it’s extremely practical.
One to go for Zafira 1.6 Club AC

Porsche Boxster
On sale
2004-present
Price £13,500-£29,535
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a sports car, and this thoroughbred is capable of cruising in comfort and cementing a smile on your face. It’s also highly desirable, so depreciates slowly.
One to go for Boxster 3.4 S

Land Rover Discovery
On sale
2004-present
Price £10600-£36,210
It’s not subtle and certainly not small, but the Discovery is the ultimate go-anywhere family transport. The seven seats add practicality, while four-wheel drive means you can handle treacherous conditions as easily as the school run.
One to go for Discovery 2.7 TDV6 SE

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