Best cheap used cars with cruise control

Right foot need a rest on the motorway? Check out these great value cars all equipped with cruise control to help you kick back and relax

James Mills
Nov 7, 2019

For many drivers, cruise control is the equivalent of kicking off your shoes at the end of the day and slipping into something more comfortable. It is one of the more helpful systems that takes the strain out of driving, and yet you might be surprised to know that you don't have to aim for the most expensive cars around in order to get it.

Cruise control is especially useful on main roads and motorways, where speeds are higher and traffic is travelling at a relatively steady speed. And anyone who makes frequent long journeys will appreciate how cruise control can lend a helping hand to control your car’s speed, so you can stretch your legs and relax.

As cruise control has been around since the late 1950s – starting as an innovation in America, where convenience is king - it is now widespread in the used car market, so both small and large cars can be had with such technology.

There are two main forms of cruise control. The standard set up will maintain the speed set by the driver until they turn it off or apply the brakes. More modern adaptive cruise control systems incorporate sensors that read the traffic conditions ahead and adjust the car’s speed accordingly. This means that you choose your set speed and the car will slow itself down if it senses that you're getting too close to the car in front.

 

Meanwhile, if that vehicle then speeds up, the car will automatically increase your speed - back up to the set speed if the car ahead is travelling fast enough - making sure that you’re always a safe distance behind. If you're set on getting a car with adaptive cruise control, make sure you know which type of system is fitted to the specific cars you're considering.

As cruise control is now widespread, the fact that a used car has cruise control fitted doesn’t necessarily make it more valuable. It’s only more desirable if most other used versions for sale don’t have it and it's in demand with buyers. What this means is that you shouldn't typically have to pay more to get a used car with cruise control.

Best cheap used cars with cruise control

1. Audi A1

Best upmarket small car with cruise control

Latest Audi A1 deals from £8,490
Monthly finance from £136

The Audi A1 has been on sale since the end of 2010 and as a result there is no shortage of used models available. Thanks to the combination of Audi’s image and reputation for making cars with plush-feeling interiors the A1 quickly caught on, with many drivers trading up from everyday cars like the Ford Fiesta or downsizing from larger models such as the Audi A4.

Finding a relatively young model on BuyaCar that is fitted with cruise control is a doddle. There are plenty, with prices starting from less than £9,000. You’ll have a choice of petrol or diesel engines, and the most commonly available trim to come with cruise control is Sport.

2. DS 3

Best stylish small car with cruise control

Latest DS 3 deals from £6,295
Monthly finance from £96

Looking for style on a budget? Look no further. The strike-a-pose DS 3 is the car that put the DS brand on the map. So much so, parent company Citroen decided to separate its DS models into a separate company.

The 3 has head-turning looks, with a style that is modern without resorting to the retro touches that come with the Mini, its main competitor. DS 3s are available from around £7,000, for a 2016 model with cruise control, although you could pay as little as £6,000 for the Citroen DS3 model that came before it. It offers better value for money than a Mini, but the interior isn't as well built or clearly laid out. Still, you can forgive it that when it looks so fresh.

3. Ford Focus

Best small family car with cruise control

Latest Ford Focus deals from £6,495
Monthly finance from £104

There is no end of competent family hatchbacks, with the highlight being the best of the bunch - the Volkswagen Golf. But you’ll pay a lot more for a Golf than you will for a comparable Ford Focus. This means you can get a better-equipped Focus with a more powerful engine for your money compared with the VW alternative.

For around £8,000 you can afford the generation of Focus that has just been replaced, which despite no longer being the newest model, is still an impressive car. Both petrol and diesel engines are available with cruise control at that price, and a particular highlight are the 1.0-litre, turbocharged EcoBoost versions, which sound characterful and offer surprisingly strong acceleration.

4. Hyundai i10

Best budget city car with cruise control

Latest Hyundai i10 deals from £4,766
Monthly finance from £89
City cars are typically the smallest and cheapest cars you can buy, but still fulfil many drivers' requirements – which is exactly what makes the i10 so good. It manages to be to be affordable to buy and run, has enough equipment to feel comfortable and connected and, surprisingly, it is just as confident driving on motorways as it is on busy city streets.

With prices for post-2014 generation i10s from under £5,000 for models with cruise control, this is a good starting point for drivers needing a cost-effective runaround. Spend just a little more and you can get a model with plenty of other desirable kit for a still low cost - especially if you consider PCP finance.

5. Kia Sportage

Best affordable SUV with cruise control

Latest Kia Sportage deals from £8,695
Monthly finance from £133

Often used as family cars, SUVs tend to be driven by parents who have plenty on their mind and could do with a helping hand from systems such as cruise control. The previous shape Kia Sportage is available with cruise for less than £10,000 and can comfortably cope with everything a young family can throw at it.

Go for a used version of the current model, however, and it’s a great alternative to a used Nissan Qashqai. As new models came with a seven-year warranty, even the 2016 used examples in this price range are covered until 2023. There’s a 1.6-litre petrol engine available, but our vote would go to the 1.7-litre diesel, for the best blend of fuel economy and pulling power.

6. Mazda 2

Best value supermini with cruise control

Latest Mazda 2 deals from £4,999
Monthly finance from £97

Competing with the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2 has something in common with its rival: it’s cracking to drive. When you aren’t clocking up the miles on main roads with the cruise control set to your desired speed, it comes alive. The 2 responds to a driver’s commands faithfully, with super steering, responsive suspension and a precision to the way it goes through twists and turns that will have you wondering why more cars can’t be like this.

For around £7,000 there is a good selection of used models that feature a 1.5-litre petrol engine. Look for Sport Nav specification models if you’d like to have sat-nav fitted and as a bonus, you'll get plenty of other standard equipment for your money, too.

7. Nissan Qashqai

Best stylish SUV with cruise control

Latest Nissan Qashqai deals from £8,495
Monthly finance from £137

The Nissan Qashqai isn’t Britain’s most popular SUV for nothing. It offers a good – if not class-leading – blend of attributes that make busy mums and dads feel at home and can comfortably cope with children, pets, luggage and so on.

It’s a hard-working family car, which would be even better if there was more boot space and just a little more pizzazz to the way it drove. Then again, it cruises quietly and the ride comfort is smooth to the point that you could almost forget that our roads are falling to pieces.

Combine those qualities with cruise control and you have the ideal car for hitting the open road. You’ll find 2016 models available for less than £10,000 on BuyaCar. With so many used models to choose from, though, you can find high-specification models for just a little more, if your budget stretches.

8. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Best practical estate with cruise control

Latest Volkswagen Passat Estate deals from £9,990
Monthly finance from £150

When it comes to carrying cargo, it’s hard to beat an estate car. The best ones have large, square boots, a low bumper and floor to make loading easy and seats that can be folded from a remote switch in the boot, saving you from walking round and opening a back door to drop them.

In the Passat, Volkswagen has long mastered all this and more. It is a large, capacious car that offers good value for money. For example, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel model from 2015 is little more than £10,000. With comfortable seats, good levels of equipment and impressive refinement at speed, the miles will quickly pass by when the cruise control is switched on.

 

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