Cars with the best warranty

Whether you're going for a new or used car, a good warranty provides peace of mind for years to come. Here are some of the best warranties

Matt Rigby
Sep 8, 2021

With many manufacturers extending both mileage limits and the length of their new car warranties, there’s more opportunity than ever for drivers after a used car to pick up second-hand bargains with three, four, or even five years of warranty protection still remaining.

Most manufacturer warranties are transferable between owners - good news for the second or third keepers of a vehicle - and with some manufacturers like Kia offering warranties for cars up to seven years old, you could well find yourself a five-year-old used car with a couple of years of manufacturer warranty still remaining.

Of course, not all warranties are created equal - some cover more components than others, some last longer and some have higher mileage limits. Some will also have notable exclusions. These can include some components on a shorter warranty (Kia only covers the 12-volt battery on its cars for two years, for example) or for certain use types (for example if the car is used for private hire - as a taxi).

So whenever you are looking to get a used car with a factory warranty remaining, be sure to check the details of the coverage very carefully. That being said, it’s great to be able to buy a used car with the extra peace of mind of an original manufacturer warranty, and here are some of the best...

Cars with the best warranties

1. Kia Picanto

Best small car warranty

Used deals from £5,691
Monthly finance from £118*

Korean brand Kia is the original purveyor of the super-long warranty. Its cars are covered for up to seven years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. And since city cars tend not to be driven enormous mileages, you should have plenty of miles left on a used Picanto to stay within the warranty.

The Picanto itself is a charming and nippy little city car with economical petrol engines and more space than you’d expect. Go for the top-spec ‘3’ trim and you get cute 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, climate control, and an impressive quality media system. You should be able to get a mid-spec three-year-old model for around £130* per month on PCP finance, so it's pretty affordable too.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. SsangYong Korando

Best family SUV for a comprehensive warranty

Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £215*

The SsangYong Korando might not have the popularity of the Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Karoq, but it represents a great-value family crossover SUV, offering excellent practicality and a high seating position. It’s hugely spacious (we’re talking the post-2019 model, here, pictured above; the older Korando was much smaller), is loaded with impressive safety features, and is pretty cheap to purchase.

Best of all, though, SsangYong offers a seven-year warranty on all major mechanical components, plus the same for the audio and navigation systems. And the mileage limit is a whopping 150,000 miles. That makes it a great choice for those who expect to rack up the miles.

You can pick up a two-year-old SsangYong Korando from around £300* per month on PCP finance - with the knowledge that there’s still five years of warranty left on it - and the likelihood of many more miles of warranty cover left than with any alternatives.

READ MORE ABOUT THE SSANGYONG KORANDO

3. Toyota C-HR

Best-value warranty

Used deals from £13,995
Monthly finance from £203*

The Toyota C-HR is an impressive car. Its self-charging hybrid petrol-electric format means it delivers impressive fuel economy, while its funky styling will appeal to the more fashion-conscious among us. And with hidden rear door handles, it’ll even pretend to be a sort of sporty three-door sports car for you…

New, mid-spec C-HRs will cost you about £30,000, so it's not the cheapest option. Find one that’s a year old, however, and you could cut that figure to around £20,000 or approximately £250* per month on PCP finance.

TOYOTA C-HR BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Hyundai i30 N Performance

Best warranty for a performance car

Used deals from £24,333
Monthly finance from £398*

You don’t always choose a high-performance car with your sensible head on, but if you’re going for a hot hatch, then you might be more likely to be thinking more pragmatically. And with a five-year warranty from new - with unlimited mileage - the i30 N Performance is going to appeal to enthusiastic drivers. As is a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty...

That’s not to say the Hyundai i30 N is unexciting. Far from it. The Performance version, with 275hp, is right up there for thrills with the likes of the rapid Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus ST. You should be able to find one under two years old - so with three years of warranty left - for less than £400* per month.

HYUNDAI I30 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia Sportage

Best older car with warranty remaining

Used deals from £11,900
Monthly finance from £203*

The Kia Sportage launched in 2016 was a real step forward for Kia, bringing improved build quality and plenty of standard equipment to its family-sized SUV. It also looks good, offering a chunky SUV shape, which provides a high driving position and practical cabin, along with a sleek design.

Being popular with busy, growing families, Sportages get a lot of punishment thrown at them. But they can take it, and a five-year-old example should still have plenty of life left in it. As well as two years of warranty. Expect to pay from less than £200* per month on PCP finance.

KIA SPORTAGE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Jaguar I-Pace

Best electric car for a long battery warranty

Used deals from £47,591
Monthly finance from £846*

Jaguar’s sporty electric SUV is a stunning-looking electric car with a near-300-mile range from a full charge. It’s also great to drive, with an appealing and airy cabin. Sporty electric SUVs really don’t get much better than this.

On top of all this, Jaguar offers a warranty on the car’s 90kWh battery pack that lasts for an impressive eight years or 100,000 miles. Prices start from around £45,000 for a two-year-old model, so it's not cheap, but think about all the money you could save on petrol or diesel costs compared with a conventional alternative.

JAGUAR I-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Kia e-Niro

Best electric car for overall warranty

Used deals from £29,995
Monthly finance from £535*

As we've mentioned above, Kia offers an industry-leading 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty on its cars - so any of these are a safe bet if you want a used car with plenty of manufacturer warranty remaining. And its electric models are no different.

The e-Niro is an accomplished car in its own right, too, with a 204hp power output, which makes it feel quick and a 64kWh battery giving it an impressive range. And, though it doesn't have the most desirable badge on the nose, the interior quality and equipment count is right up there with much more traditionally upmarket brands.

The e-Niro’s supply to the UK from Kia has been pretty limited, however, so there aren’t that many around. This means they hold their value well, which can make them quite pricey; even a two-year-old model will still set you back around £30,000.

This is good news for those who want to opt for PCP finance, though, as the car should still be worth a lot at the end of your contract, reducing your monthly payments compared with a similarly priced car that loses value more quickly.

KIA NIRO 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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