Best big cars for sale

Want to go large for less? Here are some of the best value big cars, some which prioritise passenger room, others luxury or boot space

James Wilson
Jan 6, 2022
BMW 5 Series Touring front

Cars are bigger than they have ever been, even the supposedly small ones. It’s hard to believe that the original Mini was still in showrooms fewer than three decades ago - measuring in at a tiny three metres long with space for four adults. Nowadays, even the smallest cars are bulky - the two-seater Smart ForTwo isn’t much smaller than the classic Mini and if you want four seats you’ll be looking at something much larger. But if you have to go big, you might as well go the whole hog for something larger, roomier and more practical too.

Whether you’re after the best large family car, a large SUV offering a better view of the road, or anything in between, there are plenty of options. Size is, of course, relative - you may need a car with lots of seats, a big boot or a car that’s good for towing. Choosing the right large car is an important decision - some cars may be big, but make driving around town, parking or manoeuvring stressful. Get it right, though, and you can find a car that’s bigger and more practical but feels smaller to drive, offering the best of both worlds.

To help you in your search, we’ve put together a list of the best cars for sale which make great use of their big size. As previously mentioned, size is relative and depends on what you need it for, so we have included our best big cars from a variety of car types.

Whether you need to transport seven adults or a car full of camping equipment, BuyaCar has the car for you. We’ve included estate cars offering large boots and good visibility for stress-free driving, SUVs with a high-riding driving position, some hatchbacks and even a pick-up. Each car is readily available second-hand from less than £10,000 - or around £150 per month with PCP finance - to around £35,000 or approximately £500 per month.

Big cars for sale

1. Land Rover Discovery

Our pick Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 Landmark
Used deals from £22,990
Monthly finance from £0*

The Land Rover Discovery 4 - so named as it is the fourth version of the Discovery - is both very different and very similar to the first Discovery. And yes, it's very big. At its heart, it is a very practical rugged four-wheel-drive car. Where the original versions were a little rough around the edges by today's standards, though, the Discovery 4 is overall a very refined affair, even though it was replaced in 2017.

The fact this is no longer the latest model is also beneficial as it means that used prices are much less than you might expect, with older versions of the current model being more expensive. Newer versions, however, can't compete with the bold square styling of this version, which makes it seem huge. If you want a big car that looks enormous, this is it.

The best versions come with a plush leather interior and tonnes of standard kit, making them feel very luxurious. Most models are seven-seaters although there are a handful of five-seater models, though these are classed as vans rather than regular cars. The majority of Discovery 4s come with a diesel engine and an automatic gearbox and this is the best combination for most drivers, offering the best balance of running costs and performance.


2. Hyundai Santa Fe

Our pick Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Premium SE
Used deals Limited stock

Hyundai launched the current version of its Santa Fe in 2018 and although it shares much with the Discovery mentioned above in concept they are very different propositions. Yes, all Santa Fe models come with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, but this car is very much designed for the road.

If you want to spend time off-road, the Land Rover is a much better choice. For the time being, all models are diesel-powered, too, but a plug-in hybrid model is expected in the near future, offering the prospect of a short electric range if you charge the batteries. All models come with seven seats and the cabin is both roomy and comfortable, making the Santa Fe a good family car.

Hyundai keeps things simple when it comes to specification levels - the range is made up of just two trims, Premium and Premium SE, and both are well equipped and offer a good feeling of quality. Proof of Hyundai's faith in the car is that it comes with an unlimited mileage, five-year warranty from new - which is more than can be said for rival brands such as Ford and Skoda.


3. Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate rear

Our pick Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 190 SE L
Used deals from £9,999
Monthly finance from £366*

Some might think it is a bit bold for Skoda to call one of its cars ‘Superb’, but first off, this is a reference to a Skoda model launched in the 1930s, and when it comes to practicality the name most certainly fits this car. Take boot space as an example. The Superb Estate has 660 litres of cargo room with all its seats in place, which is a sizeable 100 litres more than the similarly sized Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, one of its key rivals. In fact, the Superb’s boot is so big it puts most of its competition to shame.

Skoda’s engineers have also made the Superb Estate particularly comfortable to drive, well-equipped and available with a great spread of engines. Both petrol and diesel models are very common, plus there are a limited number of plug-in hybrids available, but these are currently still quite pricey as this version was only recently launched. If you plan to load the car with lots of people and heavy loads regularly we'd recommend diesel power, with petrol models suiting those who carry less weight or those who mainly do short journeys.


4. BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring exterior

Our pick BMW 520d M Sport Touring
Used deals from £17,500
Monthly finance from £0*

BMW names its practical estate models as ‘Touring’. If that paints the picture of loading the car up and heading on long road trips to exotic locations then happily this version of BMW’s 5 Series Touring is so refined, so comfortable and so enjoyable to drive that filling the four passenger seats and the substantial 570 litres of luggage space and heading off to the south coast of France wouldn't be a hardship.

Also worth mentioning is the broad choice of engines. At the sensible end of the scale there are the frugal, yet decently powerful 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, there are large 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines that offer impressive straight-line speed and respectable fuel economy considering how potent they are. Opt for one of the 3.0-litre ‘530d’ diesel models, for instance, and you'll be able to zoom from 0-62mph in around six seconds, which is faster than a number of sports cars.


5. Hyundai i800

Our pick Hyundai i800 2.5-litre CRDi SE Nav
Used deals Limited stock

If you need a big car so you can comfortably transport eight people, then look no further than the Hyundai i800. Not only is it great value for a vehicle of this size, but it also offers eight seats rather than the more normal seven that come with most people carriers. The i800’s rearmost seats are big enough to comfortably transport adults, too, which is a real boon as often the third row of seats in seven- and eight-seaters are only fit for small children.

Space isn’t the only thing on offer, though, as all i800 models come with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty when new so even if you go for a two- or three-year-old version - which can cost as little as £12,000 or so - you should have plenty of manufacturer cover left.

Yes, a van-based car like the Hyundai i800 is not the best car to drive, but it's more than quiet and comfortable enough, and cars as big and practical as the i800 are never the most exciting to drive. All i800s are diesel-powered but there is a healthy mix of manual and automatic models, so whichever you prefer, you should be able to find one to suit you.

In keeping with the i800’s exterior, the interior is functional rather than glamorous but that does mean it is built to last and should cope well with years of children climbing in and out or enormous loads being piled into the boot.

6. Ford Focus

Our pick Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost 125 Titanium
Used deals from £12,239
Monthly finance from £219*

Yes, the Focus isn't the bigger car in the world, but the latest Ford Focus, which was launched in 2018, is bigger - in all the right ways - than the model it replaced. So if you'd rather drive something reasonably compact but would benefit from a decently big boot and cabin, then it's a good bet. Space for rear passengers, for instance, has been notably increased over the previous Focus, so even taller people should be able to travel in comfort in the back seats.

What Ford has managed to carry over unmarred from the last model, though, is the excellent driving experience - the Focus is so good it sets the benchmark by which all larger hatchbacks (such as the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia) are judged against. Onboard technology is good, too, and much improved on older versions of the Focus and the range of engines is strong also. Not only are there frugal but punchy petrol and diesel engines on offer but there is also a rapid ST hot hatch model which is great fun to drive.


7. Volkswagen Polo

Our pick Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 SE
Used deals from £10,500
Monthly finance from £233*

The Polo may be even smaller than the Focus above, but it is one of the biggest cars of this type you can get, so if you want maximum space in a car of this size, the Polo is a great choice. Cars like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta (which many refer to as ‘superminis’) are very popular in the UK. It isn’t hard to see why as they are normally affordable to run, relatively good fun to drive and manage to be small enough to use in town but big enough to perform well on the motorway.

One of the most grown-up (and biggest) superminis is the Volkswagen Polo - it is so big in fact you could be forgiven for thinking it is the larger Volkswagen Golf. As an example of its size, the Polo’s boot is claimed to be able to take 351 litres of cargo, which is just 24 litres less than the much larger Ford Focus mentioned above.

The Polo’s interior is amongst the best in a car of this size, thanks to the high-quality feel of its materials and the availability of a slick media system. VW has designed the Polo to drive in a refined and comfortable manner, making it feel more like a larger car than the more agile and sporty Ford Fiesta, for instance. What’s more, there are plenty of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, as well as decent manual and automatic gearboxes.


8. Nissan Navara

Our pick Nissan Navara Double Cab 2.3 dCi Tekna
Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £0*

When it comes to big cars few are as large, as tall and as wide as a pick-up. The most practical pickups are commonly referred to as ‘double cabs’ as they have seating for five plus doors to access front and rear seats. Nissan’s pick-up is called the Navara and it is one of the best value options out there, while still being seriously big.

All current models (those produced from 2014 onwards) come with a 2.3-litre diesel engine and part-time four-wheel drive. The diesel engine means that the Navara offers lots of low-engine-speed muscle and better fuel economy than an equivalent petrol engine would provide. Meanwhile, you can take advantage of four-wheel drive when having to deal with slippery surfaces and then shift into two-wheel-drive mode on the road for better fuel economy using a dial on the dashboard.

Nissan refreshed its pick-up in 2019 and if your finances allow we'd recommend going for one of these newer versions, as they feel more up to date. That said, pre-2019 Navaras are still very capable machines, offering plenty of size, style and a reasonably comfortable ride. As the Navara is good value as a used purchase, you may want to aim for a higher specification level, such as ‘Tekna’, so it feels more like an upmarket SUV and less like a tough pick-up primarily designed for transporting heavy kit to building sites.


*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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