The best used cars with sat nav for £10,000

A budget of £10,000 can get you an awful lot on the used market. If sat-nav is a priority, there are plenty of options you can go for

James Mills
Dec 11, 2020

If you've got £10,000 to spare on your next car, scouring the used car market can be an exciting way to spend your time. There are thousands of models to choose from at this kind of price, including more upmarket options from the likes of Audi. Needless, to say, you won't be disappointed by the choices on offer, but if your number one priority is a sat-nav, then you'll have everything you could ever ask for, and more.

Car manufacturers have been developing cars with dashboard mounted displays for well over a decade now, and implementing a built-in sat-nav has become some commonplace that it would be quicker write down the list of cars that don't have a navigation system included.

So finding a used car with sat-nav within this £10,000 price range will be easier than you might have imagined. But to help whittle down the options a little, we've put together this list of what we think are some of the best used cars around with that all-important sat-nav ready to go.

Whether you're looking at a cash buy, or thinking about spreading the cost over a long-term finance deal, check out this list for some high-quality used cars at great value prices. From family hatchbacks and city cars to SUVs and estates, we've got something for everyone right here on BuyCar.

The best cars with sat nav for less than £10,000

1. Kia Picanto

Used deals from £4,332
Monthly finance from £96*

You might imagine that small cars are more limited in terms of the equipment they offer, but these days, even the cheapest models like the Kia Picanto are able to boast many of the creature comforts you’ll find in larger, more expensive cars.

In all, the Picanto comes with Bluetooth, voice control, a trip computer, automatic air conditioning, height-adjustable seats, all manner of active and passive safety systems and, of course, a built-in sat-nav. Similarly priced alternatives like the Fiat Panda or Volkswagen Up don't have anything like that level of kit.

That’s not all though – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included with the ‘3’ trim level, and the 1.3-litre petrol engine has just the right level of oomph to make it feel comfortable on motorways. With a seven-year warranty to boot, this is a small car you can count on.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Fiesta

Used deals from £4,950
Monthly finance from £108*

The latest, seventh-generation Ford Fiesta went on sale in 2017 and it addressed criticism of its predecessor's interior by throwing in a good-sized, eight-inch colour touchscreen which sits proud of the dashboard, just above the central air vents. Based around the company’s Sync3 media system, it works well and the graphics and user interface are way better than the old Fiesta’s dated system.

From entry level the Fiesta includes Apple CarPlay and Andoid Auto capability, while going for Titanium trim and above will get you that all-important sat-nav.

Aside from those upgrades inside, there is still no debating the way the Fiesta drives, as it continues to prove itself as one of the best small cars on the road. It's hardly surprising therefore that this car remains the best-selling car in the UK.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Seat Leon ST

Used deals from £8,500
Monthly finance from £137*

The Seat Leon ST, or Sports Tourer, is effectively a VW Golf estate in disguise. Which, trust us, is a good thing. It’s spacious, practical and drives well, but is priced more competitively than the Golf and also boasts a more interesting appearance.

We suggest avoiding S models, as they came with Seat’s most basic media system, which has a black and white - yes, you read it right - five-inch display. Upgrade to an SE Technology car and there’s an eight-inch display that not only offers one of the simplest and clearest sat-nav systems going but includes DAB digital radio, voice recognition and an eight-speaker sound system.

There are buttons that act as shortcuts to jump to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and if you really want the best of the best, Seat offered an upgrade - Navigation System High - which added a DVD player and 10GB hard drive, but to be honest, few used models have it as the SE Tech’s system is decent enough.

SEAT LEON ST BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mini Cooper

Used deals from £6,750
Monthly finance from £132*

When Mini launched its current generation of hatchacks, in 2014, the car grew up considerably. It was larger, more comfortable, safer and also boasted more of the sort of features that drivers want from their cars, including an impressive Wired media system that could be paired up with an equally handy app called Mini Connected XL.

The circular, 6.5-inch touchscreen media display sits in the middle of the dashboard and is something of a callback to the original Mini’s circular speedo. There’s a rotary wheel to use it, or you can work through the screen. And some cars will have been ordered with Mini Connect XL, which means you can sync a smartphone app with the car – helpful for planning a drive from the comfort of your home and then sending it to the vehicle.

However, we reckon that what you’ll like most about the Cooper hatchback is that it is fizzing with energy. Few cars are as perky as this one, which makes every journey a little bit of an adventure.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen C4 Picasso

Used deals from £6,655
Monthly finance from £158*

The C4 Picasso makes a terrific family car. There are more storage solutions aboard than an Ikea branch and the Grand Picasso version offers seating for seven people. It makes a better family car than an SUV, and because it’s not as fashionable as an SUV, a used C4 Picasso is markedly more affordable.

The media system sports a seven-inch screen that takes a little getting used to – not because of the navigation system but because Citroen, in its wisdom, decided even features such as interior heating had to be operated through it.

A good thing about the dashboard is that there are two displays for the sat-nav, with a smaller screen positioned much higher up to help the driver keep their eye on the road. Look out for used models with the Feel or Flair trim, as these came with a larger, 12-inch display. Although these may be more expensive than our £10,000 budget.

CITROEN C4 PICASSO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Used deals from £7,750
Monthly finance from £151*

A great estate car is still, in our opinion, hard to beat. They are easy to load up, they ride and handle better than an SUV or people carrier and, these days, they look increasingly stylish.

The Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer is a case in point. It’s a handsome car, and the post-October 2013 models benefited from a facelift that brought an improved interior with far fewer buttons. One key update was the larger eight-inch touchscreen display for the media system, and it’s worth seeking out these versions, which are comfortably within this £10,000 price range.

The fact it has a boot that holds 540 litres of luggage (1,530 with the back seats lowered) and drives as smoothly as it does makes it a surprisingly good used option.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA SPORTS TOURER

7. Nissan Qashqai

Used deals from £7,790
Monthly finance from £140*

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the best-selling cars in the UK, and we’re not surprised. It's like the comfort blanket of the car world, doing enough to make all but the most demanding drivers feel cosy.

The current-generation model was pretty well equipped when new so, bar the entry-level S trim, every used Qashqai should feature a built-in sat-nav. It’s operated via the car’s seven-inch touchscreen, which is pretty intuitive to get on with. They also feature Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, so syncing a smartphone is easy-peasy.

A choice of diesel or petrol engines are available in this price range, while the driving experience can best be described as comfortable. And to be honest, when the family is aboard, that’s probably all most drivers care about.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Audi A3

Used deals from £9,295
Monthly finance from £142*

The Audi A3 might be one of the smallest and oldest cars in the German brand's range but boy did the German company do a good job designing its interior. It is a model of minimal simplicity, and an exercise in creating an expensive, upmarket vibe.

The standard seven-inch media display rises from the dashboard and is operated using a rotary knob by the gearlever, which is really easy to get along with. Just make sure with a used A3 that it includes the optional navigation pack. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to rely on the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto system for directions.

Also keep an eye out for models fitted with the MMI Navigation Plus media system, which was a £1,000 option on new cars and can display 3D perspective maps, overlay local landmarks making, and can be searched by spelling out postcodes using your finger on a touchpad.

AUDI A3 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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