Best used cars with reversing cameras

Looking for a car that's easy to park? These great options with put those parking worries to the back of your mind

Chris Rosamond
Apr 1, 2022
Audi TTS Coupe front three quarters view

There are all sorts of factors to be taken into account choosing a car. Styling, practicality and equipment levels all play their part in many drivers’ decision-making processes. Some seek out driving thrills, while others may be looking for a car with the best fuel economy figures.

However, if you're looking to make the process of parking your car much less of a challenge, one feature that’s becoming easier and easier to find is a reversing camera. These clever systems allow you to see exactly what's behind you by beaming an image from the back of your car onto your dashboard display or rear-view mirror.

A step up from the intrusive beeping of parking sensors that warn you about how close you are to bumping into things while parking, a reversing camera makes life even easier - especially those who are less confident at negotiating tight car parking spaces - by showing exactly what’s behind you. 

Systems on offer vary from basic setups with screens built into the rear view mirror, to multi-camera systems that give you a 360-degree view of what’s around your car on a full-size display in the middle of the dashboard. Whichever you're after, we've got a great selection of options for you right here on BuyaCar.

Best used cars with reversing cameras

1. Citroen C1

Best city car with a reversing camera

Our pick Citroen C1 Flair
Used deals from £6,838
Monthly finance from £148*

One of the main reasons for buying a city car is that it should be a doddle to park, but that doesn’t stop some manufacturers making life even easier with the option of a reversing camera.

The Citroen C1 is one such model that offers the ultimate in parking convenience, but you aren't just getting a reversing camera. This little city car – and its sister models the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo – are stylish and funky urban runabouts that are cheap to run, and pretty well kitted out too.

Since the C1’s a cheap car, you’ll need to go for a higher specification version to bag the reversing camera, so skip the entry-level C1 Touch and the second-in-line C1 Feel. Choose the eye-catching Flair model and you’ll also get a haul of goodies including 15-inch alloy wheels, electric mirrors, tinted windows, a rev counter and a leather steering wheel. If you're looking at newer models, Citroen changed its trim levels, so you'll be looking at a Shine model for its reversing camera, 15-inch alloy wheels and seven-inch touchscreen.


2. Kia Ceed

Best small hatchback with a reversing camera

Our pick Kia Ceed 2
Used deals from £11,589
Monthly finance from £193*

The Kia Ceed may not be luxurious, but we reckon that most people who sit in the latest version of this practical family hatchback would be hard-pressed to find anything lacking compared with the class-leading Volkswagen Golf. The Ceed looks good and it's pretty fun to drive, too, considering its lower price.

Up against the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Seat Leon, the Ceed does fall behind when it comes to build quality, driving experience and practicality, but there’s also one area it’s miles ahead – and that’s value for money.

That’s because Kia lavishes goodies on even the entry model Ceed ‘2’, which comes as standard with a seven-inch colour touchscreen media system that includes the sought-after reversing camera option. Or if you want to push the boat out further, the range-topping Ceed GT gets a more advanced system with onscreen lines to help you smoothly direct the car into a space.


3. Peugeot 508 SW

Best estate car with a reversing camera

Our pick Peugeot 508 SW Allure
Used deals from £17,422
Monthly finance from £321*

If you’re after a larger estate car, a reversing camera becomes less of a luxury and more of a necessity, since there’s a fair distance between you and the back of the car.

It's only the higher trim levels that come with one of these, though: Allure, GT Line and GT. That's no bad thing, though, because you can expect a bucket full of equipment, like heated seats in the front, keyless entry, and automatic lights and wipers.

The 508 makes for a promising motorway-mile-muncher, so look out Vauxhall Insignia and Skoda Superb, both of which come in estate forms too.


4. Mazda MX-5 RF

Best sports car with a reversing camera

Our pick Mazda MX-5 RF GT Sport Nav+
Used deals Limited stock

The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most recognisable sports cars around, and for good reason. It’s pretty, compact, affordable and offers serious driving thrills plus, in its latest guise, plenty of comfort and luxury, too. The latest versions benefit from a new 2.0-litre engine which is much stronger and more characterful than its predecessor.

The arrival of the MX-5 RF model introduced another level of appeal thanks to its sleek hardtop coupe styling that converts into a open-roofed roadster at the touch of a button. With the roof up, the MX-5 RF’s cabin is much quieter and more refined than the soft-top version, but the downside is reduced visibility with those big rear roof pillars.

The answer? A reversing camera, and happily the MX-5 RF in top-spec GT Sport Nav+ trim has the necessary kit fitted as standard. It is a pricier version of the MX-5, so you'll have to decide if the extra visibility is worth the outlay.


5. Mercedes C-Class

Best saloon with a reversing camera

Our pick Mercedes C-Class AMG Line
Used deals from £15,995
Monthly finance from £275*

The Mercedes C-Class offers a supremely appealing combination of handsome looks, a fabulously luxurious interior, great driving characteristics and an impressive array of modern tech.

Spend a little extra on options and you can get a big 10.3-inch screen in the middle of the dashboard for the media system, and that’s where you get to experience the commanding view of the reversing camera that’s standard on every C-Class from SE versions upwards.


6. Lexus RX

Best SUV with a reversing camera

Our pick Lexus RX Premier
Used deals from £31,990
Monthly finance from £467*

The Lexus RX is big, bold and brash to look at, with dramatic, sharp styling that seems to have been inspired by the art of origami paper folding in its native Japan.

Lexus stands for many things, including strong reliability and lavish comfort, and while the RX doesn’t have the sporty handling of rivals like the Range Rover Sport of BMW X5, it’s one of the most comfortable cruisers around thanks to its extremely quiet cabin.

As you’d expect from an expensive luxury model, a reversing camera is part of the standard spec list on all RX models, which run from SE, through Luxury, Sport, F Sport and Premier. If you can stretch to the range-topping RX Premier, you’ll find the reversing camera upgraded to a full 360-degree setup, which allows you to keep tabs on all corners of the car when negotiating tight parking spots.


7. Audi TT

Best coupe with a reversing camera

Audi TT Coupe front three quarters view

Our pick Audi TT S Line
Used deals from £14,200
Monthly finance from £253*

The Audi TT is fast, fun and stylish, and is pretty practical in sports car terms. That extends to the visibility which, thanks to side windows which extend some way behind the driver and a big rear window in the lift-up tailgate, is much less restrictive than some coupe rivals.

But still, rearward vision is limited in the TT, so Audi makes a rear-view camera an affordable option on all trim levels. It comes as an added function in the highly impressive digital dials pack which replaces traditional analogue dials in front of the driver with digital versions.

Having the reversing camera option helps turn the TT from a car that’s super-satisfying when cruising or blasting along the motorway to one that’s easy to handle for town-based motorists too.


8. Citroen C4 SpaceTourer

Best MPV with a reversing camera

Our pick Citroen C4 SpaceTourer Flair
Used deals from £14,980
Monthly finance from £270*

While more and more buyers are choosing SUVs and crossovers, there’s still a lot to be said for traditional people carriers when you have regular family commitments. The Citroen C4 Spacetourer is a case in point. It’s up against rivals like the Renault Scenic and Ford S-Max, but it’s a bit more stylish to look at and is very good value too.

It’s not the sportiest of cars around corners, but Citroen has a reputation for comfy-riding cars that cosset their passengers, and the SpaceTourer doesn’t disappoint. With a decent range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, and great equipment levels, the Citroen is definitely worth considering. If you want the standard reversing camera look out for a top-spec Flair model, and you’ll also get a panoramic sunroof, half-leather interior, self-parking and a hands-free tailgate.


*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%

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