Best used cars for under £25,000

Got £25,000 to spend on a car? Don't just succumb to a brand-new model, go for a used car and make the most of your money

Simon Ostler John Evans
Aug 20, 2020

Keen to drive something with a little more class an quality? £25,000 is an awful lot of money in the used car market, so you if that's the kind of budget you're working with we've got some good news for you. Whether you're looking for out and out luxury, or something with a bit more of an exciting streak, there's some properly high-end options on the table.

These may be used cars, but nothing on this list will be much more than two years old and none of them will have covered excessive mileage - you really can get a huge amount of car for your money here, you may question why you'd ever want to buy a brand new car again.

BuyaCar has got a huge selection of used cars ready for your attention, there are currently 7764 between £20,000 and £25,000 alone. We're sure your perfect car is right around the corner, and there's no better place to start than with this list of cars that offer a little bit of everything. Convertible sports cars, economical hybrids and uber-practical estates are all on the cards.

So, if you're in the market for a great used car deal to the tune of £25,000, read on for the low-down on our favourite picks.

Best used cars for under £25,000

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Our pick Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI SE L Executive
Used deals from £22,000
Monthly finance from £332

The Skoda Superb Estate is simply the best value estate car money can buy. It’s bigger than the mighty Mercedes E-Class estate and its quality and driving experience aren't a million miles behind, yet it's almost half the price. In fact, we've managed to find practically-new 2020 models on BuyaCar within our £25,000 budget.

Easily its greatest attraction is its 1,950-litre seats-down boot space. Even with the seats up it has 660 litres, enough for a month’s shopping, never mind a week’s.

What’s more, the boot doesn't come at the expense of interior space. There’s plenty of room for a couple of six-footers to make themselves comfortable in the back seats. The style of the interior is best described as restrained, but it’s all quality feeling.

SKODA SUPERB BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Jaguar XE

Our pick Jaguar XE 2.0d R-Sport
Used deals from £18,444
Monthly finance from £280

Inevitably, the default choice in the field of sports saloons is the BMW 3 Series. That’s a shame because the Jaguar XE is the most rounded executive saloon in a field of strong rivals.

Like the BMW 3 Series, it’s available with rear or four-wheel-drive. The diesel engines are punchy and economical but the petrols, being that bit lighter, make the car feel less nose heavy and more agile. Both are available with Jaguar’s excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox.

From the outside, R Sport trim really suits the XE, while every version enjoys a classy, uncluttered interior that’s only let down in places by some low-rent plastics. Upfront there’s plenty of room, but six footers will find the rear interior slightly cramped.

JAGUAR XE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.5 BlueHDi GT Line Premium
Used deals from £18,795
Monthly finance from £276

The Peugeot 3008 marks a high point in Peugeot’s fortunes. It’s a five-seat SUV that has since spawned an equally impressive, but larger, seven-seat version called the 5008.

Its strengths are great looks, a choice of economical and powerful engines, and a comfortable ride. More than anything, though, it has that indefinable thing – star quality. Within a £25,000 budget, top-of-the-range GT Line Premium models are open to you with the excellently frugal 1.5-litre diesel engine. You wont be going back very far in time either, low-mileage 2019 models are waiting for you right now.

The interior looks as if it’s been lifted out of a concept car and features a dynamic instrument display similar to the one found in the Audi TT. The only thing you’ll need to get used to is the small steering wheel that you look over, rather than through, to see the instruments.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. VW Golf GTI

Our pick VW Golf GTI
Used deals Limited stock

Family car, practical car, luxury car and sports car in one: it’s hard to think of a more rounded car than a Golf GTI. Over four decades it’s been honed to become the Mk7 version we enjoy today.

It’s lower than the standard Golf and its 2.0-litre petrol engine is much more powerful. It’s also extremely well equipped, highlights including 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, parking sensors and a sat-nav.

Like all Golfs, the interior is a model of restrained sophistication. There’s plenty of room in the front and back, and those rear seats also split and fold to make more of what is a fairly modest boot.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Our pick Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer 2.0 BlueHDi Flair
Used deals Limited stock

People carriers have been overtaken in the public’s affections by SUVs but if you have a large and active family, little can beat them. One of the best is the Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer.

It’s a genuine seven-seater, which is a good start, but it’s also a very modern vehicle with a light and airy interior, space-age looks and a comfortable ride not easily unsettled by the UK’s broken roads.

Having the capacity to carry seven people means you’d be better off with one of the more powerful diesel engines, luckily for you, the most powerful 2.0-litre option is available within your £25,000 budget.

CITROEN GRAND C4 SPACETOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mazda MX-5

Our pick Mazda MX-5 RF 2.0 Sport Nav+
Used deals from £14,995
Monthly finance from £234

We may not enjoy year-round sun in the UK, but that doesn't stop us Brits buying a lot of convertibles. Among the most popular is the Mazda MX-5. Now on its fourth generation, it’s smaller and lighter than before but better equipped and more powerful. It's now also available in hard-top RF spec, which is the one we've gone for here.

There’s a choice of 1.5- and 2.0-litre petrol engines. The 1.5-litre is fizzing and high-revving and suits the MX-5’s character very well but the 2.0-litre is faster and makes it feel more like a sports car.

Sport Nav+ is the pick of the trims under £25,000, with it's BOSE sound system, parking sensors and heated leather seats that mean you really can drive with the top down all-year-round – rain permitting.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Toyota Prius

Our pick Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i Business Edition Plus
Used deals Limited stock

As diesel falls from favour, a used hybrid makes more sense than ever. The Prius offers the smoothness and refinement of a petrol engine boosted by an electric motor when you need it, and the promise of shorts bursts of pure electric power in city running.

Together, they help boost fuel economy with the result that around town, up to 70mpg should be possible. Out on the open road, expect more like 50mpg – not bad for a family car with decent reserves of power.

Its interior is futuristic-looking but the quality of the plastics is a rung or two below a BMW. Entry-level Active trim is well equipped but don't ignore higher-spec Business Edition with its extra safety kit - they're well within budget even if you look at extremely low-mileage 2019 models.

TOYOTA PRIUS BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium SE
Used deals from £19,495
Monthly finance from £272

Buying a used car removes one of the major barriers to electric car ownership: the price. Take the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, for example; even when buying a nearly new model, this advanced electric family car is no more expensive than any rival diesel model - £25,000 is enough for low-mileage 2018 models.

Of course, a diesel car can travel much further on a tank of fuel than the Ioniq can on a full charge. Even so, the Ioniq is among a new generation of electric cars that really do impress in this respect. It’ll cover up to 117 miles on a full charge in the real world. That should be enough for most round-trip commutes or a busy weekend’s driving.

A bonus is that it looks like any normal car, while Premium SE trim has most of the things drivers want including air-conditioning, a sat-nav and heated front seats. If you’re not ready to go electric, the Ioniq also comes in hybrid, and plug-in hybrid flavours.

HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC BUYERS' GUIDE

9. Mercedes E-Class

Our pick Mercedes E200d AMG Line
Used deals from £20,398
Monthly finance from £273

The Mercedes E-Class is a properly upmarket saloon, and at this price it's pretty hard to ignore. It’s festooned in leather, and up front it has a full arsenal of technology, including a system that will change lanes on the motorway for you.

There’s an options list as long as Peter Crouch’s legs, but even from standard you’ll get 64-colour mood lighting, self-parking functionality, and a sat-nav.

Go for the E220d diesel in AMG Line trim. It’s smooth and quiet even when accelerating, and you should regularly see more than 55mpg on the digital readout. Find a car with the Premium package and you'll get keyless entry too.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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