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
Aug 15, 2018

What’s the best car? It depends what you want from a vehicle. If lots of 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 want a nippy city car, the Renault Twingo is the one to have. 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.

Ford Fiesta

Best car on sale for most situations

Latest Ford Fiesta deals from £5,790
Finance from £89 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

Ford Galaxy

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

Latest Ford Galaxy deals from £11,980
Finance from £210 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

Volkswagen Golf

Best car on sale for all-round appeal

Latest Volkswagen Golf deals from £8,500
Finance from £126 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

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Best car on sale for active families

Latest Land Rover Discovery Sport deals from £20,000
Finance from £291 per month

It’s not the cheapest SUV but it’s worth the premium for its blend of an efficient, seven-seat cabin, decent equipment level, comfort and pleasurable driving experience, with standard four-wheel drive and proven off-road ability.

Kia Optima PHEV

Best car on sale for fuel economy

The Kia Optima is well-equipped, covered by a seven-year warranty and good value too - thanks to discounts and a government grant towards its price when new.

It's also the most economical car you can buy (leaving out electric vehicles), with an official fuel economy figure of 176.6mpg. How close you get to that will depend on the type of journeys you do. Shorter trips will only use power from this plug-in hybrid car's battery. Longer ones will require use of its petrol engine.

Nissan Leaf

Best car on sale for saving the planet

Latest Nissan Leaf deals from £14,950
Finance from £229 per month

A new Leaf was released in 2018, making improvements over the old one. It is less awkward looking than the old one, has a real-world range of around 200 miles, plus, makes use of Nissan's innovative e-Pedal, which actively decelerates the car when you lift off the accelerator. 

And of course, if we're taking the car's impact over its entire life into consideration, it's worth noting that the Leaf is made in the UK too.
Nissan Leaf buying guide

Skoda Citigo

Best car on sale for new drivers

Latest Skoda Citigo deals from £4,995
Finance from £85 per month

A first car should be safe, cheap to insure and good value. The Skoda Citigo is all these things, especially in SE trim which comes with Citybrake, an automatic emergency braking system, as standard.
Skoda Citigo buying guide

Toyota GT86

Best car on sale for fun

Latest Toyota GT86 deals from £13,495
Finance from £181 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 you everything feel fun and fast. It's thrilling to drive, plus fast. But not so fast that you can't enjoy it while not breaking the speed limit.

Skoda Superb estate

Best car on sale for carrying lots of stuff

Latest Skoda Superb Estate deals from £11,990
Finance from £185 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

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