Best used cars for under £25,000

Eight of the best used cars for less than £25,000

John Evans
Mar 7, 2019

From the very latest electric vehicles to nippy sporty numbers, there’s a car for most tastes for around £25,000.

It’s an extremely competitive price point, meaning buyers benefit not only from great deals, but can choose from some of the very best models money can buy.

Most major brands are represented, from mainstream to premium, so there’s sure to be a car here for you.

Scroll down to find our eight favourites, or click the button below to see what cars are on offer for less than £25,000.

Best used cars for under £25,000


1. Skoda Superb Estate

Latest Skoda Superb deals from £10,999
Finance from £169 per month

The Skoda Superb estate is simply the best value estate 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.

Easily its greatest attraction is its 1,950-litre seats-down, load 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. It’s all top quality but a workmanlike.
Skoda Superb buying guide

2. Jaguar XE

Latest Jaguar XE deals from £13,250
Finance from £185 per month

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 buying guide

3. Peugeot 3008

Latest Peugeot 3008 deals from £7,990
Finance from £129 per month

The 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.

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 buying guide

4. VW Golf GTI

Latest VW Golf GTI deals from £14,495
Finance from £222 per month

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 18in 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 buying guide

5. Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer

Latest Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer deals from £15,984
Finance from £229 per month

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. That said, the small 1.2 petrol is fine around town and short journeys.
Citroen Grand C4 Space Tourer buying guide

6. Mazda MX-5

Latest Mazda MX-5 deals from £13,295
Finance from £197 per month

We may not enjoy year-round sun 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.

There’s a choice of 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines. The 1.5 is fizzing and high-revving and suits the MX-5’s character very well but the 2.0 litre makes even better use of the car’s potential.

Nav Sport is the pick of the trims for its powerful Bose sound system, parking sensors and heated, leather seats that mean you really can drive with the top down, year-round – rain permitting.
Mazda MX-5 buying guide

7. Toyota Prius

Latest Dacia Duster deals from £18,495
Finance from £241 per month

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.
Toyota Prius buying guide

8. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Buying used removes one of the major barriers to electric car ownership: price. Take the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, for example. When buying nearly new, this advanced electric family car is no more expensive than any rival diesel model.

Of course, a diesel can travel much farther on a tank of fuel than can an Ioniq 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 trim has most of the things drivers want including air con, 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 buying guide


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