Best used family cars for less than £20,000

Whether it's something sensible, something smart, something practical or just a great all-rounder, our guide will help you work out which used family car is best for you...

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Max Adams
18 April 2019

Best used family cars for under £20,000

Once upon a time, buying a used family car meant ending up with a humdrum hatchback possessing less kerb appeal than a wet sock.

Happily, those times are long gone. There’s so much choice on the used family car market these days that you’re bound to find something to give you the practicality, reliability and space that you need combined with the style, comfort and quality feel that you want.

What’s more, many of today’s modern family cars feature high-tech infotainment systems that allow you to stream music from your phone, and some are even almost as much fun to drive as a sports car, proving that you really can have it all. But which one is best for you? To help you decide, we’ve brought together and ranked our top 10.


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Used Honda Civic 17-present

If reliability is your primary concern, you probably won’t do much better than the Honda Civic. It has a fantastic record, with owners reporting an extremely low number of faults.

What’s more, the Civic has a huge boot and a decent amount of rear leg room. Just be aware that there isn’t much rear head room for adults and the ride and steering aren’t as polished as some rivals'.

We found 2019 Honda Civic 1.0 i-VTEC EX, 3709 miles, £18,490

Read the used Honda Civic review here


9. Vauxhall Astra

Used Vauxhall Astra 2015 - present

Want lots of car for your cash? Well, the Vauxhall Astra offers just that, because it’s cheap as chips. We’d suggest going for the sprightly turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine over the noisy diesels, but on the whole, the Astra is reasonably comfortable, reasonably spacious, reasonably efficient and reasonably good to drive. A very reasonable car, in other words, even if it isn't one that will earn the envy of your friends.

We found 2019 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T SRi Nav, 1662 miles, £17,260

Read the used Vauxhall Astra review here


8. Hyundai i30

Used Hyundai i30 Hatchback (17-present)

The Hyundai i30 is softer than most of its rivals, giving a reasonably comfortable ride without being floaty. Its turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine dishes out decent rather than Earth-shattering performance but shouldn’t drain your wallet. Plus, the car offers plenty of equipment as standard, including air conditioning, alloy wheels, a DAB radio and automatic emergency braking. Also, every example should still have plenty of warranty coverage left, which is comforting.

We found 2018 Hyundai i30 1.4T-GDi Premium, 2186 miles, £16,995

Read the used Hyundai i30 review here


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