Best used cars with parking sensors for £7,500

Cars with parking sensors have saved many a low wall from toppling. Here are ten of the best used offerings for under £7,500

James Wilson Craig Hale
Jun 17, 2021

If you find the process of finding a parking space and manoeuvring your car into it to be one of the more stressful parts of your day, we can imagine getting a car with parking sensors is pretty high on your agenda. It's a technology that's fitted to many cars nowadays, and one that can really take the edge off that trip into town.

No matter how proficient you are at parking, squeezing into a tight space on a busy road is made much easier with the reassuring beep of ultrasonic parking sensors telling you how close you are to hitting that brick wall, but you don't have to go splashing the cash to find a car that has them equipped. In fact, there are plenty of used cars out there with parking sensors that you can buy for less than £7,500 on BuyaCar.

Due to the popularity of these parking aids, a growing list of manufacturers including Renault, Vauxhall and Skoda offer park assist technology as standard across their respective model ranges - even in their most basic entry-level models.

So if you've had enough of struggling to park your car, we've got the perfect list of great value used cars for you. Read on for more details on the best used cars with parking sensors that you can buy for less than £7,500, and once you've picked out your ideal choice we'll deliver it to your door for you.

Best used cars with parking sensors for £7,500

What are parking sensors?

Parking sensors are fitted to the outside edges of your car, most commonly the rear bumper, and can sense whenever an obstacle or hazard comes within close proximity. They essentially act as an eye in the back of your car. That's not to say the cars we've picked out are clever enough to park for you, but they do all at least help to make the job easier.

Typically, audio warnings come via a beep that gets gradually more manic the closer to an object you get. Some cars equipped with reversing cameras will also give you visual warnings on your vehicle’s central media display.

When shopping for used cars there is always the possibility that the previous owner will have installed an aftermarket parking assistance system. These can be as simple as stick-on sensors which require no real effort to install, or more complicated systems, which require modification to your bumper.

While there is nothing wrong with using an aftermarket system, you never know how competently it has been installed, whereas manufacturer supplied systems come with a certain level of reassurance. So we have only chosen options on this list that come with the real deal.

Cars with parking sensors

1. Ford Fiesta

Best everyday car

Used deals from £7,999
Monthly finance from £156*

Month after month, year after year, the Ford Fiesta sits close to the top of the UK’s best selling cars list. The reason is simple; few rivals come close to the Fiesta’s all-round package. We aren’t just referring to performance and price here either. Everything, from cabin space and build quality to styling and equipment is all a cut above the rest.

Not all Fiesta models come with parking sensors as standard, though, and a budget of £7,500 won’t quite get you one of the latest models. That said, you can choose from the very best of the previous generation version instead. Trim levels such as Titanium and Titanium X come packed with goodies and are available in three or five-door variants, but even lesser-equipped Zetec models come with the all-important sensors. Petrol engines are most common, although with a bit of hunting you might be able to find a super-frugal diesel. Search for the turbocharged petrol engine and you get the best of both worlds - Ford calls it EcoBoost.

If you can fork out a little more - no more than £500 - you may be able to get the latest generation of the Fiesta.


2. Peugeot 308

Best for interior excitement

Used deals from £8,500
Monthly finance from £165*

The Peugeot 308 is the French brand's answer to the likes of the Honda Civic and Vauxhall Astra, and in terms of practicality, reliability and running costs, the 308 is more than a match for its rivals.

At this price point, you'll likely be looking at one of the earlier diesel models. Much like the Vauxhall Astra also on this list, that is no bad thing as the economy and running costs should be nice and low.

The main sticking point for many buyers, though, is the 308’s interior. Open the door and you will find a tiny steering wheel with the speedometer located above it. You will also need to get used to the media system and it's buttons, or rather, the lack of them - Peugeot has rolled most of the interior controls into a central touchscreen. The best thing to do is go and try a 308 first to see if you like this setup that Peugeot calls the i-Cockpit.


3. Citroen C4 Cactus

Best family car for cities

Used deals from £8,299
Monthly finance from £161*

Turning heads is the Citroen C4 Cactus' aim - it uses plastic bumpers that Citroen calls Airbumps to protect the doors against car park dings. In theory, these are cheaper to repair or replace than an entire metal door.

From behind the wheel, drivers will notice how calm and relaxing the C4 Cactus is to drive - its soft suspension glides over unsettled roads, but there is a tradeoff in that the car feels less composed in corners. While the interior may be spacious, controlling everything from the radio to air-conditioning through the central touchscreen will take some getting used to.

There are plenty of used examples on BuyaCar, with a frugal 1.6-litre diesel engine or punchy 1.2-litre petrol engine. It's only high-spec Flair models that came with parking sensors, which means you'll also benefit from a reversing camera which will help you to further fine-tune your parking.


4. Hyundai i30

Best practical hatchback

Used deals from £9,327
Monthly finance from £166*

With a budget of £7,500 you will be looking at a pre-2017 Hyundai i30, this is the second-generation i30 rather the latest model. Hyundai’s manufacturer warranty runs for five years, so buying a car from 2016 means you might just sneak in that final year of cover.

Thanks to the fact the i30 is pitched to impress against such established rivals as the Ford Focus and Renault Megane (which have a wide range of variants) you should have a good choice of petrols, diesels, manuals and automatics.

Nearly all i30s come with rear parking sensors (the entry-level Classic models are the exception) it is important to check that the cars you are looking at come with the rest of the technology you desire, such as heated seats and sat-nav.


5. Smart ForFour

Best for narrow streets

Used deals Limited stock

Smart is part of the same company as Mercedes, so there is the implication that they will be well-built and well-equipped. For the most part this is true, however, Smart cars also tend to be a little pricey to buy new (perhaps inspired by Mercedes). If you take some time to research the Smart range you will see that there are four main trim levels, but with a limit of £7,500 and the requirement of parking sensors, you will most likely be looking at Prime models.

Within this budget, you can get models that are as little as two-years-old. Your choice of engine is limited to petrol only, with the option of either a 1.0-litre or 0.9-litre turbocharged unit. As you can probably gather from the size of the ForFour, the rear seating and boot space are a touch compromised, but, on the flip side, running costs and turning circle are equally diminutive.


6. Vauxhall Mokka

Best SUV

Used deals from £8,299
Monthly finance from £136*

The Vauxhall Mokka is the only SUV or crossover on this list. The reason being, much like the other Vauxhalls on this list, it represents great value for money and crucially offers those all-important parking sensors. As a side note, the Mokka was facelifted in 2016 and rebadged Mokka X, but that newer model is yet to dip under £7,500.

One of the Mokka’s positives is its range of engines, so the choice of petrol or diesel is very much in your hands. You also get the option of a manual or automatic gearbox and, if you can find one within budget, there's even a four-wheel-drive version. With a limit of £7,500 though, the majority of models you'll find will be either a manual 1.6-litre petrol or 1.7-litre diesel.


7. Renault Clio

Best supermini that isn't a Fiesta

Used deals from £8,650
Monthly finance from £157*

In the UK, the Ford Fiesta sells like there is no tomorrow. Over in France, however, it is the Renault Clio that sells like the proverbial hot cake. It isn’t particularly hard to see why either. It looks good, it's relatively economical and it comes with impressive levels of equipment, although the quality of the interior materials is questionable - the Clio does feel cheaper than the Fiesta inside.

If that doesn’t bother you though, there is an ample selection of petrol and diesel models with parking sensors under £7,500. For a supermini, the Clio is quite practical, all models have five doors (the rear door handles are somewhat hidden in the dark trim around the rear windows) and boot capacity sits at 300-litres which is better than most of its rivals.

Fortunately, Dynamique S Nav models make up most of what's available on BuyaCar - one of the highest trims with keyless entry and automatic lights and wipers.


8. Vauxhall Corsa

Best bargain

Used deals from £6,990
Monthly finance from £144*

Finishing off our list is the Vauxhall Corsa, another car that dwells in the shadow of the Ford Fiesta. Like the Fiesta it offers a cracking all-round package. It's hugely popular, but it just doesn’t sell quite as well as the Fiesta.

While you might struggle to find an automatic model within this budget, you will at least have a choice of Vauxhall’s petrol and diesel engines plus three- and five-door variants to pick from. There is also a healthy range of trim levels, but for parking sensors, you will want to focus on SE and Elite models, which might even come with niceties such as heated seats.

There's a new version of the Corsa available now, too, with an even more extensive list of on-board tech. But this will prove much more expensive for the time being.


*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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