Searching for both new and used cars can often be a minefield, but the picture is particularly true when it comes to investing in a good second hand car. It’s important to consider a range of factors – price is key of course, but consider cars which retain value, those with considerable warranties left to run, and vehicles which are economical to drive; every penny helps. AutoExpress recently unveiled their 2015 Used Car Awards, and we take a closer look at some of the award winners and nominees.
Best on a Budget
Excellent fuel economy, low emission levels and compact, yet functional, design all combine to make the Skoda Citigo a perennial used car favourite. A decent model can be picked up for under £4,000 and will provide low running costs and superb features for a car of its class. The Hyundai i10 is a reasonable alternative, but the Citigo comes very highly recommended and an insurance policy won’t break the bank either.
If you’re seeking slightly more legroom and a bigger car feel, the Ford Fiesta is one of the best all-rounders out there. With a huge range of models, finishes and interior options, the Fiesta is omnipresent on the forecourt and will never disappoint. From more sporty models such as the ST to the turbocharged 1.0 EcoBoost, buyers can mix and match the best in performance, styling and economy to suit their needs.
The Mark 3 Ford Focus is a superb vehicle, boasting excellent levels of finish and trim, superb levels of kit, and enough oomph under the hood to make longer journeys a pleasure. From the powerful ST to the reputed 83 mpg economy of the 1.6 TDCi, the Focus is again in plentiful supply at dealerships and garages nationwide.
If you require slightly more room, why not opt for the Vauxhall Insignia. The boring days of the Vectra are long forgotten with this sporty, eye-catching Vauxhall that marries a 530 litre boot, finishes worthy of a much pricier car, and plenty of passenger and driver comforts, including leather seats, climate control and sporty upgrades.
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Best Sports Utility Vehicles
When it comes to 4×4 SUVs, the third generation Honda CR-V has much to offer. It’s versatile, roomy and has a superb driving performance, making it the vehicle of choice for many discerning buyers. A host of benefits such as climate control, air-conditioning and cruise control make this a terrific all-round package.
Luxury and Executive Class
Jaguar is a tough act to best in the category of best luxury car, with a second-hand XF coming in at prices as low as £6,500. Long a favourite of the company fleet and motor trade, this Jaguar is excellent on the road and not only looks good but will power through the miles. Spend a little more and you’ll be rewarded with a great drive and plenty of extra refinement.
Whatever car you choose, pick a reputable dealership and make sure you get a good run out on trade plates before committing your cash.