Cheap used Mercedes deals

After a Mercedes for not a lot of money? Here are the cheapest hatchback, people carrier and saloon options

John Evans
Sep 29, 2021

The prospect of a well-appointed, low-mileage Mercedes for the price of a new, small hatchback such as a Renault Clio might seem a little far-fetched.

But with around £10,000-£15,000 as your budget, it’s perfectly possible. You too can buy a car from a brand renowned for quality and luxury for the same price as a regular runaround.

Remember to go into Mercedes ownership with your eyes wide open though. Cars with a three-pronged star on the bonnet may start from the same price as a Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Astra, or Nissan Micra, but you will be getting an older car with higher mileage.

There are several types of Mercedes available to those prepared to consider buying used over something new and more mainstream. Here are some great used Mercedes, all for less than £15,000.

Cheap Mercedes deals

1. Mercedes A-Class

Our pick Mercedes A180 CDI/A180d SE
Used deals from £11,375
Monthly finance from £224*

The A-Class is Mercedes’ answer to those other premium hatchbacks, the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3, and Volkswagen Golf.

The version we’re considering here, which easily falls within a £15,000 budget, was launched in 2012, and although it has since been replaced by a new version in 2018, this older model is still worth your consideration if you're keen to get hold of a cheap Mercedes.

The latest A-Class is an improvement in most respects, but that doesn't mean this version is obsolete. It’s roomy (there’s easily space for five), comfortable to drive, and is powered by a wide choice of efficient petrol and diesel engines. There's even a 360hp hot-hatch version called the A45 (later models upped the power to 381hp).

The list of included equipment is good, too, with even basic SE trim having alloy wheels, fake but convincing leather trim, air-conditioning and an active brake system to help avoid low-speed accidents. The remaining trims are Sport and luxurious AMG Line. New, options were plentiful and expensive, so look out for them on used examples where they’ll add little to the car’s price but much to your enjoyment.

2012-2018 MERCEDES A-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes B-Class

Our pick Mercedes B180 CDI SE
Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £238*

The B-Class is a compact, five-seat people carrier that bears no relationship to the A-Class above. Its premium rivals include the VW Golf SV and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, both also available in our sub-£15,000 budget.

It’s taller and boxier than the A-Class, which makes the interior space the raison d'être of the B-Class. There’s a large, 488-litre boot for all the luggage, too. In comparison, the A-class’s boot is 341 litres.

The downside of being such a tall, boxy car is that its suspension has to be quite firm to keep it all from leaning too much in corners. As a result, the ride isn’t the most comfortable.

But there’s a good choice of petrol and diesel engines. The most powerful, a 2.1-litre diesel, is available with four-wheel drive but most people will find the economical B180 CDI (later known as B180d) diesel, or cheaper but scarcer 1.6 turbo petrol (offered in two power outputs), enough.

It feels solid and well built while equipment-wise, even basic SE trim has alloy wheels, air-conditioning, folding rear seats and parking sensors. The model was updated at the end of 2014 and it’s worth making the stretch for its mildly restyled looks, larger display screen, comfort suspension and reversing camera.

2011-2018 MERCEDES B-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mercedes C-Class

Our pick Mercedes C180 Executive SE
Used deals from £15,550
Monthly finance from £257*

The Mercedes C-Class gets to the heart of what the car maker does best: premium saloon cars that look and feel more prestigious than a standard family car. It's a crowded marketplace, as alternatives include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Jaguar XE.

Cars costing less than £15,000 are from the previous generation, which was on sale from 2014 until 2021, so whether you go for an early version or one of the last, chances are most people will be unable to tell the difference.

The C-Class feels sporty to drive, but is a bit tight in the back where any passenger in the middle will find legroom a bit of a squeeze.

All versions of the C-Class come with alloy wheels, cruise control, a reversing camera and heated front seats

2014-2021 MERCEDES C-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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