Easter deals on the best used cars
The What Car? Classifieds have been re-launched, so to celebrate, we've dug out some of the best deals on our Used Car Awards winners...
Easter deals on the best used cars
The What Car? Classifieds have been re-launched with a new, easy-to-use interface and a slick, clean look that makes finding your next car easier than it's ever been before.
There are more than 65,000 used car adverts in the Classifieds, with everything from top value city cars to expansive estates, and from practical family SUVs to luxurious limousines, available to buy.
To celebrate the launch of the new site, we've decided to bring you some of the best deals available on the best used cars around - that is to say, the winners of our Used Car of the Year Awards 2018.
But if they don't take your fancy, why not use the search function to find the used car of your dreams? Don't forget the What Car? Classifieds feature the best premium used cars for sale today, which is one reason they're fast becoming the first port of call for so many of our readers to find their next used car.
Best used city car: Hyundai i10
We loved the i10’s big-car feel and remarkable amount of interior space, and we’re also big fans of the way it drives; it’s comfortable and secure, but also involving enough to be enjoyable. Even the entry-level version comes with plenty of equipment, too. This particular i10 has the 1.0-litre engine, which is the most widely available as well as the most efficient, and perfectly adequate performance-wise around town, and it's done just 23,000 miles, making it feel cracking value at less than £6000.
Best used small car: Ford Fiesta
Thanks to it’s winning combination of practicality, sharp styling and fun-to-drive handling; the Ford Fiesta has long been a firm favourite amongst the car buying public in Britain. And the best news is that finding a Fiesta that suits your need is easy, as there are thousands out there to choose from. This particular one shows just what great value they can be; it's a five-door with the excellent 1.4-litre engine that makes it adept whether in town or out on the motorway, and in our favourite Zetec model; for less than £5000, it sounds a very tempting buy.
Best used family car: Seat Leon
With the huge number of excellent family cars out there, it’s a wonder any of them managed to truly stand out. One did however, and it is the brilliant Seat Leon. It’s so good; we even gave it the used car of the year crown. Not only does the drive deliver the promises made by the sporty looks of the Leon, but behind all that is a practical, spacious and well built hatchback. This petrol-powered Leon comes with the coveted Technology Pack, which means Bluetooth, cruise control, alloys, air-con, sat nav and even LED headlights.
Best used small SUV: Nissan Qashqai
An originator in the class and one that helped to define it: the Nissan Qashqai is a well-made, well-equipped and comfortable small SUV. The facelifted Qashqai has a more comfortable ride and a better infotainment system, which helped make an already good car, better. We reckon the 1.5-litre diesel engine is the best, and this mid-range Acenta comes with cruise control, dual-zone climate control and a full service history - all for less than £7000.
Best used large SUV: Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 has won praise for being the closest thing to a true driver’s car in a class that normally producing drizzle. But that’s not all because it has a classy and practical interior and an exemplary reliability record to back up its credibility as an excellent used buy. This SE-L Nav version comes a diesel engine, an automatic gearbox, and all sorts of additional kit including sat nav, cruise control and automatic headlights and wipers, just to name a few.
Best used luxury SUV: Audi Q7
Still rather fresh to the used car market, the Audi Q7 might seem like a high-ticket item. Look more closely at the prices of its main rivals, though, and you will soon discover that in actual fact, the Q7 is actually rather good value. Especially when you factor in its high-quality interior, the ultra refined range of engines and a smooth ride (cosseting when you find one equipped with air-suspension). The 3.0 TDI in this Q7 is good for 0-62mph in 6.5sec and yet it still has a combined average fuel economy figure of 47.9mpg.
Best used executive cars: BMW 3 Series
There was a time when you had to justify spending more to get a BMW 3 Series by extolling the virtues of its higher quality interior, the handling balance of its rear-wheel drive chassis and the cachet of having something with a BMW badge. These days, the 3 Series actually undercuts its other premium rivals, the Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4, yet it still outclasses them dynamically and offers a much more intuitive infotainment system. Since the 3 Series impresses in so many areas, it’s easy to understand why we awarded it the best used executive car award. This approved used example comes with low mileage and a full service history, and it's our favourite version - a 320d SE.
Best used luxury: BMW 5 Series
For much the same reasons we gave the 3 Series its award, the BMW 5 Series impresses with its high quality interior, efficient diesel engines and fine ride and handling balance. Only the 5 Series is a little bit more spacious inside and even better as a long-range companion. Despite the premium badge, these 5 Series look like great value: take this 520d SE, with an automatic gearbox, below-average mileage and a service history, and resplendent in a resale-friendly shade of dark metallic blue, which is on for a shade over £11,000.
Best used estate: Ford Mondeo
You may think it’s impossible to find an estate car which offers just about everything you could reasonably expect of a family car, combined with a big boot, and all for an ultra-low price. But the Ford Mondeo estate is that rare car which can do it all. It’s agile too, and features some refined diesel engines that sip fuel slowly. This one's a top-of-the-range Titanium X with the desirable 2.0-litre diesel engine, an automatic gearbox, a low mileage and a full service history, and it's yours for £6500.
Best used MPV: Citroen C3 Picasso
Such great value is the Citroen C3 Picasso that you could buy two of them for the price of one Ford S-Max. But there is so much more to this car, with economical diesels, excellent visibility, spacious interior and sliding rear seats. Clean examples are plentiful and a VTR+ like this one gets you plenty of equipment for your low purchase price - £3511, in this instance.
Best hot hatch: Ford Fiesta ST
Small hot hatches don’t come more entertaining than the Ford Fiesta ST. We like it for its great handling, practicality, punchy 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, sporty styling and parsimonious fuel economy. Plus, being based on the humble Fiesta means that parts are cheap and you can get it serviced anywhere. This one's less than £10,000, yet still has a very reasonable mileage and no modifications, which makes it a tempting prospect.
Best used convertibles: BMW Z4
Come rain or shine, the BMW Z4 is all the convertible you really need. And with an added dose of excellent engines, fine body control, classy interior plus the bonus of a folding metal hardtop, you have a fun yet practical everyday car. Earlier Z4’s, such as this example, come with a six-cylinder engine that really adds to the aural drama when the top is down.
Best used coupe: Audi TT
Consistency can be a tedious trait, especially when you are a rival car manufacturer and you keep losing out to the same car. But the second generation Audi TT was so good when it came out, it kept winning awards, and even as a used purchase, its brilliant drive, top-notch interior and excellent reliability record make a strong case. The 2.0 TFSI in this one is our favourite engine choice for its smooth and punchy demeanour.
Best used sports car: Audi R8
While it might not seem it, early V8 powered R8s are close to bottoming out in value. This makes them prime investment potential, but even as it stands now the R8 is a highly usable supercar, with all-round all-weather capabilities thanks to its four-wheel drive system. Its mid-engined layout provides excellent handling balance, while the beautifully weighted steering helps you guide the car through bends while astonishing grip glues you to the apex. This early, Audi-approved example with the V8 engine, a manual gearbox and a very reasonable mileage can now be yours for £44,000, which feels cheap for a bona fide supercar you could use every day.
Best used green car: Renault Zoe
Many of the questions and reservations car drivers have had about all-electric cars has been answered by the new wave of electric vehicles, especially electric vehicles which are as good as the Renault Zoe. Now that the car has been on sale for four years, used examples are starting to appear, and for those seeking value, you’re in luck. Low prices make the Zoe a bargain, as evinced by this one at £7495, and when you look at the package, it is a compelling used purchase. Yes, there is a battery lease scheme, which will incur a monthly payment. But, for that you get 24/7 roadside cover and a replacement battery pack if its capacity drops below 75%. You don’t get that sort of guarantee with a normal petrol or diesel engine car.