Best cheap used cars with cruise control

Right foot need a rest on the motorway? Check out these great value cars all equipped with cruise control to help you kick back and relax

BuyaCar team
Sep 30, 2021
Nissan Qashqai front three quarters view

For many drivers, cruise control is the equivalent of kicking off your shoes at the end of the day and slipping into something more comfortable. It is one of the more helpful systems that take the strain out of driving.

Yet, you might be surprised to know that you don't have to aim for the most expensive cars around in order to get such a luxurious feature. In fact, cruise control has been around for decades now, so it's actually a very common addition on all kinds of models from the smallest city cars to the largest and most luxurious SUVs.

The basic idea of cruise control is that it enables you to flick a switch and the car will maintain its own speed without your input on the throttle pedal. This makes it an extremely popular feature for drivers who spend hours cruising along the motorway. More modern technology makes use of sensors to moderate your speed according to the car in front of you, so if you come across a slow moving vehicle, the computer will slow down to match that speed. This isn't a magic system that'll drive the car for you though, so you'll still need to concentrate on steering and braking as and when you need to.

If cruise control is something you've decided you need, then you're in the right place to begin your search for the perfect used car. There are 27615 car currently available on BuyaCar with cruise control, with prices starting from just £5,495 or £112 per month.

Best cheap used cars with cruise control

1. Audi A1

Best upmarket small car with cruise control

Used deals from £9,000
Monthly finance from £191*

This is the previous-generation Audi A1, which was on sale since the end of 2010, and as a result there is no shortage of used models available. Thanks to the combination of Audi’s image and reputation for making cars with plush-feeling interiors the A1 quickly caught on, with many drivers trading up from everyday cars like the Ford Fiesta or downsizing from larger models such as the Audi A4.

Finding a relatively young model on BuyaCar that is fitted with cruise control is a doddle. There are plenty, and you’ll have a choice of petrol or diesel engines. Your best best will be to look out for Sport models, as these were available with cruise control as standard when they were new.

Even on the latest version of the A1, you'll have to skip entry-level SE and Technik trims for that all-important cruise control. Prices for the models equipped with it start at £17,641 or £245 per month.

2010-2018 AUDI A1 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. DS 3

Best stylish small car with cruise control

Latest DS 3 deals from £6,858
Monthly finance from £134*

Looking for style on a budget? Look no further. The strike-a-pose DS 3 is the car that put the DS brand on the map. So much so, parent company Citroen decided to separate its DS models into a separate company.

The 3 has head-turning looks, with a style that is modern without resorting to the retro touches that come with the Mini, its main competitor. It offers better value for money than a Mini, but the interior isn't as well built or clearly laid out. Still, you can forgive it that when it looks so fresh.

DS 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Focus

Best small family car with cruise control

Used deals from £7,700
Monthly finance from £158*

There is no end of competent family hatchbacks, with the highlight being the best of the bunch - the Volkswagen Golf. But you’ll pay a lot more for a Golf than you will for a comparable Ford Focus. This means you can get a better-equipped Focus with a more powerful engine for your money compared with the VW alternative.

Despite no longer being the newest model, is still an impressive car. Both petrol and diesel engines are available with cruise control at that price, and a particular highlight are the 1.0-litre, turbocharged EcoBoost versions, which sound characterful and offer surprisingly strong acceleration.

If it's the latest version of the Focus that you want, all versions should come equipped with cruise control, but remember to check the individual specification of any model before committing.

2011-2018 FORD FOCUS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Hyundai i10

Best budget city car with cruise control

Used deals from £5,899
Monthly finance from £116*
City cars are typically the smallest and cheapest cars you can buy, but still fulfil many drivers' requirements – which is exactly what makes the i10 so good. It manages to be to be affordable to buy and run, has enough equipment to feel comfortable and connected and, surprisingly, it is just as confident driving on motorways as it is on busy city streets.

This is a good starting point for drivers needing a cost-effective runaround. Spend just a little more and you can get a model with plenty of other desirable kit for a still low cost - especially if you consider PCP finance. What with the introduction of the new Hyundai i10 in 2020, you can expect this outgoing model to become even cheaper as a used car.

2014-2019 HYUNDAI I10 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia Sportage

Best affordable SUV with cruise control

Used deals from £9,250
Monthly finance from £208*

Often used as family cars, SUVs tend to be driven by parents who have plenty on their mind and could do with a helping hand from systems such as cruise control.

It’s a great alternative to a used Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga, and is loved by many for its stylish looks and strong levels of standard equipment. As new models came with a seven-year warranty, even 2018 used examples are covered until 2025. There’s a 1.6-litre petrol engine available, but our vote would go to the 1.7-litre diesel, for the best blend of fuel economy and pulling power.

KIA SPORTAGE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mazda 2

Best value supermini with cruise control

Used deals from £7,499
Monthly finance from £165*

Competing with the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2 has something in common with its rival: it’s cracking to drive. When you aren’t clocking up the miles on main roads with the cruise control set to your desired speed, it comes alive. The 2 responds to a driver’s commands faithfully, with super steering, responsive suspension and a precision to the way it goes through twists and turns that will have you wondering why more cars can’t be like this.

The 1.5-litre petrol engine is punchy yet reasonably efficient. Look for Sport Nav specification models if you’d like to have sat-nav fitted and as a bonus, you'll get plenty of other standard equipment for your money, too.

MAZDA 2 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Nissan Qashqai

Best stylish SUV with cruise control

Used deals from £9,995
Monthly finance from £202*

The Nissan Qashqai isn’t Britain’s most popular SUV for nothing. It offers a good – if not class-leading – blend of attributes that make busy mums and dads feel at home and can comfortably cope with children, pets, luggage and so on.

It’s a hard-working family car, which would be even better if there was more boot space and just a little more pizzazz to the way it drove. Then again, it cruises quietly and the ride comfort is smooth to the point that you could almost forget that our roads are falling to pieces.

Combine those qualities with cruise control and you have the ideal car for hitting the open road. With so many used models to choose from, though, you can find high-specification models for just a little more, if your budget stretches.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Best practical estate with cruise control

Used deals from £12,250
Monthly finance from £228*

When it comes to carrying cargo, it’s hard to beat an estate car. The best ones have large, square boots, a low bumper and floor to make loading easy and seats that can be folded from a remote switch in the boot, saving you from walking round and opening a back door to drop them.

In the Passat, Volkswagen has long mastered all this and more. It is a large, capacious car that offers good value for money. With comfortable seats, good levels of equipment and impressive refinement at speed, the miles will quickly pass by when the cruise control is switched on.

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE 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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