Best used cars for Manchester

From shopping trips to the Trafford Centre, to a car for dealing with an M60 commute, these used cars are ideal for Manchester

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Dec 1, 2021

There are countless car dealers in Manchester, but do you really want to spend your weekends battling the city centre traffic or doing laps of the M60 to get to them? Wouldn’t it be nicer to browse online from the comfort of your home, picking from thousands of affordable used cars that can come to you?

At BuyaCar, that’s what we do. It doesn’t matter whether your new car is based in Liverpool, Leeds or North London, we’ll save you the hassle by delivering your next car straight to your front door. It couldn’t be easier.

According to official figures, 1.6 billion vehicle miles were travelled on roads in Manchester in 2020. At times, it might feel like a couple of billion drivers have converged on the city at the same time.

It won’t surprise you to discover that Manchester is the UK’s most congested city outside of London. Bury New Road, between Heaton Park and Northumberland Street, is one of the busiest roads, not just in Manchester, but in the whole of the country.

To improve the air quality in the city, a Greater Manchester-wide Clean Air Zone is being introduced from 30 May 2022. It won’t include motorways and major trunk roads, but it will affect all local roads within its boundary. Although it won't affect private cars under current plans, it makes sense to consider a low-emission petrol or electric vehicle when searching for your next car to protect you from future changes.

Whether you fancy a racy red hatchback for travelling to Old Trafford, or a stylish blue saloon for a trip to the Etihad, BuyaCar is here to help. You can complete the entire purchase online - including applying for finance if you want to pay for your next car with monthly payments - then simply wait for your car to arrive at your home via our safe and socially distanced deliveries. Back of the net.

Best used cars for Manchester

1. Volkswagen Up

Best car for city dwellers

Used deals from £5,000
Monthly finance from £152*

Does driving in the city leave you feeling Madchester? Are you fed up with unhappy Mondays at the start of the working week? Does travelling on the Mancunian Way lead to a primal scream? It could be time to get a new city car.

We’re not twisting your melon, man. The Volkswagen Up could be the perfect car for Manchester. It’s small, cute, nippy and roomy enough for four adults. It also has an incredibly tight turning circle, so it can change direction faster than a Manchester black cab. Ideal for when you need to make a swift exit from the Trafford Centre car park.


2. Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Best car for golfers

Used deals from £14,222
Monthly finance from £0*

Manchester is surrounded by great golf clubs. Withington, Didsbury, Brookdale, Denton and the eponymous Manchester Golf Club, to name just five. You’ll have to travel a 'fairway' to find a city with so many courses on its doorstep. Other towns and cities must be green with envy.

If you’re looking for a great car for golfing duties, look no further than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. The boot is large enough for a set of golf clubs or four, while all versions come with an electric tailgate for ease of loading. What’s more, it’s as stylish as that new designer gear you bought at the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.


3. Skoda Octavia Estate

Best car for shoppers

Used deals from £19,950
Monthly finance from £487*

Speaking of shopping. Manchester is a mecca for shopaholics. Manchester Arndale, Trafford Centre and the Jewellery Quarter are names that will stir the soul of anyone who enjoys shopping. It will also strike fear into those who dread the thought of hitting the shops at the weekend.

If you’re after an affordable estate car with bags of room for new clobber, the new Skoda Octavia Estate hits the mark. Launched in 2020, the latest Octavia Estate features a class-leading 640-litre boot, which is more than enough for a day of wearing out your credit card - even if you stop off at Ikea in Ashton-under-Lyne. Best of all, it’s so affordable, you’ll have more money to spend on clothes. Or wardrobes.


4. Hyundai Ioniq

Best car for going green

Used deals from £15,500
Monthly finance from £0*

In an effort to improve air quality, the Government has ordered Manchester to introduce a Clean Air Zone. It’s being introduced in spring 2022. Addressing this, councillor Andrew Western has said: 'Many roads across Greater Manchester are in breach of legal limits for nitrogen oxide, and we need to act now.'

So, why wait for the Clean Air Zone? Buying a green car means you’ll be doing your bit for the environment, not to mention helping to reduce your monthly outgoings. The Hyundai Ioniq comes in three flavours: self-charging hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.

The hybrid offers fuel economy of over 60mpg, which should reduce your fuel bills compared with a conventional petrol. The plug-in hybrid can travel over 30 miles on electric power - if you make sure to charge up the battery - while the Ioniq Electric has a range of almost 200 miles. All come with an unlimited mileage five-year warranty.


5. Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Best car for commuting

Used deals from £6,590
Monthly finance from £190*

You don’t need us to tell you that commuting in Manchester can be a torturous experience. Princess Parkway, Wardley Interchange, Mottram in Longdendale and Worsley Interchange are names that will strike fear into commuters across Greater Manchester. Then there are the potholes on the A6010 Wilmslow Road.

The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport was designed for tackling commutes like these. The suspension is soft and supple enough to deal with the worst potholed roads in Manchester, while the seats are comfortable and supportive.

Meanwhile, the petrol and diesel engines are tuned for economy. Better still, even an Insignia registered in 2017 will cost less than a new city car, making it affordable for a wide range of buyers. Looks good, doesn’t it?


6. Volkswagen Arteon

Best car for looking good

Used deals from £19,500
Monthly finance from £534*

If you really want to look good behind the wheel of a slick and sophisticated machine, it's worth considering the Volkswagen Arteon. This sporty four-door is designed to take on the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Its elegant styling means it won’t look out of place when driving through Altrincham, Disbury or Wilmslow.

The Arteon's beauty is more than just skin deep. Inside, the cabin is finished with high-quality materials, including soft-touch plastics on the dashboard and a suede-like Alcantara on the seats. You also get a 9.2-inch media system behind a glass touchscreen, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.


7. Mini Hatchback

Best car for students

Used deals from £5,297
Monthly finance from £280*

Fallowfield is ideally situated for students studying at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan. You might also want to consider Rusholme or Hulme. Given the Metrolink and buses, you may think that a car is unnecessary for students. But what if you need to venture further afield or head home for the holidays?

If that's the case, chances are that you'll need something small, affordable, stylish and relatively practical. A car like the Mini Hatchback - especially in more usable five-door form. The entry-level Mini One is powered by a frugal and nippy 1.5-litre petrol engine, which is ideal for escaping from the city in record time. It’s also comfortable and relaxing once you hit the M60 and beyond.


8. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Best car for cyclists

Used deals from £19,300
Monthly finance from £0*

Manchester is home to the National Cycling Centre. Unfortunately, this hasn’t made a huge difference to the cycling network, with the city suffering from poor infrastructure, congestion and a lack of bike parking. It’s not all bad, because cycle paths do exist and you can cycle alongside the Mersey. However, for the best cycling, you need to head out of town.

This is where a car like the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports comes in. The 581-litre boot is large enough for a mountain bike, or you can put a pair of bikes on the roof by using a bike rack. Even the entry-level Icon trim features 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air-conditioning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with a petrol hybrid, so running costs are low, thanks to fuel economy of over 60mpg. You’ll be mad for it.


*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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