Best cars on sale

Whether it's city driving, load lugging or eco-motoring, these are the cars that excel in their roles: the best cars on sale

BuyaCar team
Apr 1, 2019

What’s the best car? It’s a question that fills motoring journalists with dread, because there is no definitive answer. It really depends on the situation.

If seats are important to you, then the Ford Galaxy, which has seven of them and the load space to match, is hard to beat.

If you need a nippy city car, the VW up! is hard to beat, while if you’re after a load-lugging estate, the Skoda Superb is aptly named.

Whatever your priorities, in today’s car market, there’s sure to be a model to suit you. Below, we guide you to the best cars based on their ability to do the job they were designed for.

    

             

1. Ford Fiesta

Best car on sale for most situations

Latest Ford Fiesta deals from £5,799
Finance from £102 per month

Ford’s small hatchback is the most popular car in Britain outselling the second most popular car (VW Golf) by nearly two to one.

It's no accident either. The Fiesta is all the car most people could want, and it provides comfort, frugality, and value-for-money. It’s also hugely adaptable and comes in a variety of different specifications and engines, in three and five-door forms, and now it even comes in Active specification, which has higher suspension for off-roading looks.
Ford Fiesta buying guide

2. Volkswagen Golf

Best car on sale for all-round appeal

Latest Volkswagen Golf deals from £7,671
Finance from £127 per month

New or used, a Golf makes total sense. It’s quicker to list its shortcomings (expensive) than its virtues (classy, well built, comfortable, well equipped, economical, good to drive, easy to sell on, a strong image). It’s a car for all reasons.
Volkswagen Golf buying guide

3. Ford Galaxy

Best car on sale for lots of people – and their luggage

Latest Ford Galaxy deals from £13,799
Finance from £248 per month

The big Galaxy is the best people carrier you can buy. It has seven seats everyone can get comfortable in rather than, like many so-called people carriers, five normal ones plus a couple of smaller seats for children at the back. All this and there’s a decent boot with all the seats in use.
Ford Galaxy buying guide

4. Volvo XC40

Best car on sale for active families

Latest Volvo XC40 deals from £25,000
Finance from £320 per month

It’s not the cheapest SUV but it’s worth the premium because of its sumptuously simple interiors.

It also happens to be seriously good to drive, especially the smooth and willing petrol-powered models – which make a pleasant change from grumbly diesel motors.

5. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

Best car on sale for fuel economy

Latest Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid deals from £15,380
Finance from £216 per month

The Ioniq is the thinking person’s Toyota Prius. In short, it looks better, has a less-annoying gearbox, plus, it’s more economical. The latest official figures point to 247.8mpg too. It won’t achieve this - but still, it’s officially the most economical car for sale in the UK.

When fully charged, the plug-in hybrid Ioniq has a range of 25 to 30 miles on electric power alone too.

6. Kia e-Niro

Best car on sale for saving the planet

It might not look particularly special, but that's one reason why the Kia e-Niro has found itself at the forefront of the electric revolution: it's an electric car that you could buy to replace a petrol or diesel model while barely changing your lifestyle.

It’s not cheap - at £33,000, even after the government's plug-in car grant has been factored in, but it's no more expensive than a well-specified Peugeot 3008 and comes complete with heated leather seats and a modern dashboard touchscreen. It also has a 451-litre boot, plus crucially, an official range of 282 miles.

7. VW up!

Best car on sale for new drivers

Latest VW up! deals from £4,700
Finance from £83 per month

The up! looks, and drives like a conventional hatchback, but is much much smaller. This means it slinks through urban landscapes like a rat up a sewer pipe, plus it’s easy to park.

There’s space in the back for two adults, for short journeys at least, and the boot is amongst the largest of all city cars too.
VW up! buying guide

8. Toyota GT86

Best car on sale for fun

Latest Toyota GT86 deals from £13,950
Finance from £193 per month

There are cars which, for not a great deal of money, bring joy to every journey. One such is the Toyota GT86.

To some it may look like a mean supercar, but it's much tamer than that. It has a smooth engine that rewards the driver for really revving it, rear-wheel-drive, plus, you sit low down which makes everything feel fun and fast. But not so fast that you can't enjoy it while not breaking the speed limit.

9. Skoda Superb estate

Best car on sale for carrying lots of stuff

Latest Skoda Superb Estate deals from £10,480
Finance from £175 per month

The Superb estate is simply cavernous. With the rear seats up, there's 660-litres of space, which compares well with rivals. But fold them down, and you'll have an enormous 1,760 litre capacity. It's almost enough to move house.
Skoda Superb buying guide

10. Range Rover

Best car on sale for luxury

Latest Range Rover deals from £36,844
Finance from £566 per month

The Range Rover offers an unbeatable combination of luxury and off-road prowess - a car that really can be used as a limousine one day and for exploration the next.

The SDV8 diesel engine is the one to choose for its power and economy, and Vogue trim the optimum specification.

For ultimate opulence, make sure to spec the rear seat entertainment package (£2,645) and the enhanced massage seats (£4,110).
Range Rover buying guide

          

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