Best discounts on 2020 cars

Want a new car, but without the hefty price tag? Forget new car discounts, you could save more money with a great value 2020 model

Chris Rosamond
Dec 6, 2021

Many people consider purchasing a brand new car to be unthinkable. Sure, the thrill of driving a brand new model fresh out of its plastic seat wrappers will keep you excited for a while, but with new cars losing many thousands of pounds in value as soon as you drive them home, it’s no wonder canny drivers refuse to stump up the cost just for that initial satisfaction.

If you want to be smart, you could instead opt for a 2020 car that may still only have a handful of miles under its belt and save you £5,000, £10,000 or potentially even more depending upon the car.

Or, if you're open to it, a car that has covered even a few hundred miles could see you save even more than that, yet to all intents and purposes you’re getting the same new car, with the vast majority of its warranty still remaining. A few other people may have sat in it, but it will still look, feel and drive like a brand new car.

We've scoured the BuyaCar listings for the most eye-catching discounts - the biggest savings on 2020 models that have covered less than 1,000 miles in their short lives.

We have the usual suspects - plush upmarket models that often lose value rapidly over their first few years on the road - but big discounts are available on a wide variety of more affordable nearly new models too. This not only means that cash buyers can spend less, but those taking car finance have much more affordable monthly payments, too.

Check out our choices for the best 2020 discounts below, then head over to our BuyaCar search page to seek out the best deals on your own favourite nearly new car bargains.

*List prices accurate as of August 2021

Best deals on 2020 cars

1. Citroen C3

Our pick Citroen C3 Feel
List price from £16,885*
Used 2020 deals from £10,800
Monthly finance from £160**

Citroen’s funky compact hatchback with its bold SUV-inspired styling is a car designed to stand out from the mainstream. There are some pretty outstanding offers here on BuyaCar too, with models that have covered reasonable mileage on offer with thousands of pounds worth of savings compared to what they would've cost in 2020.

The C3 is a model that has perhaps been overshadowed by more conventional-looking small hatchbacks like the Seat Ibiza or Ford Fiesta, but it has a lot more to offer than simply its quirky French charm.

Standard kit includes cruise control, a digital radio and Bluetooth, while Feel trim also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to help keep you connected. The latest petrol engines are highly efficient too, offering fuel economy that’s almost as impressive as diesel variants and much greater refinement.


2. Volkswagen Touran

Our pick Volkswagen Touran SE
List price from £29,750*
Used 2020 deals Limited stock

The VW Touran may not be one of the most fashionable cars on the block, but there’s no doubting its practicality and build quality - or its popularity with families who value function over funky forms, and haven’t been bitten by the bug for high-riding SUV-style seven-seaters.

Still, there’s no doubt the SUV craze means that people carrier sales have taken a relative pasting, which is why you can find some fabulous deals on the Touran here on BuyaCar.

Aside from its badge and upmarket image, the Touran’s best feature is its slick seven-seat arrangement, although the rear row is less spacious than bigger MPV rivals. For occasional use they’re perfect though - children should be pretty happy sitting here, too - and folding them away means the Touran boasts a huge boot that should swallow any family’s luggage.


3. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai front three quarters view

Our pick Nissan Qashqai Acenta Premium
Previous-generation list price from £23,470*
Used 2020 deals from £15,399
Monthly finance from £208**

As one of the compact SUVs that made this type of car hugely popular - due to its mix of chunky off-road styling cues with the easy-driving characteristics and affordability of a family hatchback - it’s no surprise the Qashqai is a popular machine.

The Nissan Qashqai has maintained its status as one of the best selling family cars by offering good levels of refinement, technology, safety and style. But in the face an increasing number of appealing alternatives, Nissan released a new version of the Qashqai in 2021 with updated styling, a cutting edge interior and the inclusion of hybrid tech.

We’ve highlighted deals on the Acenta Premium, which is an extremely well-equipped mid-level trim, so we’re not talking about bargain basement models either. You’ll pay a bit more if you want to go for something other than the entry-level petrol engine, but there are great nearly new deals on diesels too.


4. Mini Countryman

Our pick Mini Countryman Cooper Classic
List price from £26,405*
Used 2020 deals from £18,000
Monthly finance from £320**

The Mini brand is owned by BMW and the company has not shied away from stretching the classic small Mini profile into the broadest range of models. The Countryman SUV is the biggest of the bunch, and while its size is somewhat at odds with original ‘mini’ philosophy, it’s a practical and fun car much appreciated by drivers with young families who love the look and feel of the modern Mini brand.

That doesn’t mean you can’t find bargains, though, and especially if you’re not too hung up on getting an expensive plug-in hybrid model. Mini is busy adding hybrid options to its line-up in pursuit of ever-greater efficiency, and these models perform more strongly on the used market.

However, you can grab a great deal on a non-hybrid version - which is likely to make more sense to those who don't only drive around town - and we’ve spotted low mileage nearly new bargains with almost 20% off the list price.


5. Seat Ibiza

Our pick Seat Ibiza FR
List price from £18,755*
Used 2020 deals from £13,495
Monthly finance from £204**

As part of the Volkswagen Group, Seat-branded cars benefit from all the technology of their better-known - and more expensive - VW siblings. In the case of the Ibiza, that means you’re buying VW Polo engineering and tech, wrapped up in a body design that embodies a bit more Mediterranean panache.

With Seat’s slightly more cheap and cheerful brand image, that means the Ibiza already looks great value against the Polo with its more upmarket feel. The difference is accentuated when you investigate nearly new options, especially as you move higher up the Ibiza range.

Great deals on the sportier FR version of the Seat Ibiza are easy to come by because it remains such a popular model. Even as a brand new car the Ibiza is relatively affordable compared to the competition, and used deals reflect a similar pattern.


6. Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X

Our pick Vauxhall Grandland X SE Premium
List price from £27,025*
Used 2020 deals Limited stock

Under the influence of new owner Peugeot-Citroen, the Vauxhall brand seems to be getting its mojo back. A case in point is the Grandland X SUV, which is based on the engineering platform of the desirable and popular Peugeot 3008.

However, with the market for mid-size SUVs saturated with excellent products, Vauxhall has its work cut out to shift this attractive and family-friendly machine. As a result, we’re seeing some pretty epic savings on nearly new models.

That’s an alluring prospect for anyone looking for a easy-driving and handsome SUV, and there are plenty of bargains available across the rest of the Grandland X range too - especially if you’re happy to look at 2020 models with a few more miles on the clock.


7. Mercedes E-Class

Our pick Mercedes E-Class AMG Line Night Edition Premium
List price from £48,120*
Used 2020 deals from £32,500
Monthly finance from £476**

It’s really rather hard to pick fault with the Mercedes E-Class. The car is a technological masterpiece, and cossets its occupants with true luxury motoring that’s close to the experience of the bigger S-Class limousine.

The main issue we can see, though, is the cost of getting into a new one, of course, because as you’d expect, this big luxury car comes with a price tag to match. For a new model you'll have to spend at least £40,000, with the top-of-the-range model standing at practically £100,000 - and that's before you add any optional extras. Suffice it to say, if you want a new E-Class you're going to have to dig deep.

Thankfully for those after a much better value option, the E-Class does lose value quickly over its first year or two, so that means that nearly new models are far more affordable. Here on BuyaCar there are highly desirable AMG Line Night Edition Premium models listed with a few hundred miles on the clock with some substantial savings attached.


8. BMW 5 Series

Our pick BMW 5 Series M Sport
List price from £42,775*
Used 2020 deals from £28,500
Monthly finance from £442**

The BMW 5 Series is a car in the same mould as the Mercedes E-Class - a big luxury German saloon car that is stuffed with desirable technology and luxury kit. It takes no prisoners on price either. The M Sport trim level is one of the most popular options, and it will set you back a minimum of £42,000 at current new car list prices.

A quick search of the BuyaCar listings, however, could find you a 520d M sport diesel model, with all the equipment, performance and style of a brand new model, and reasonable mileage, for substantially less than that.

As ever for a high-end model, a lot of a car's appeal depends on its specification, so you'll want to make sure that all the features you want are fitted to the car you’re looking at. Still, with savings of that magnitude available, we reckon many drivers would be prepared to compromise on their ultimate spec to take advantage of ultimate value.


**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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