The best post-apocalyptic cars

From a tiny off-roader to an electric SUV, here are eight cars that are perfect for surviving a post-apocalyptic world

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Oct 27, 2021

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine. If you’re reading this, it’s probably too late. Not even Will Smith and a German shepherd dog will be able to save you from impending doom. Sorry to break it to you like this.

Thankfully, we can help. Keep reading for our suggestions of the best machines for staying sane and safe after the apocalypse.

Still, assuming the internet is alive and your WiFi connection has survived the apocalypse, you might require some wheels to make a Hollywood-style exit. At BuyaCar, we can’t offer any tips on how to survive a post-apocalyptic world, but we do know a thing or two about cars.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight great cars for a post-apocalyptic world that should keep you mobile, all of which are available on BuyaCar for less than you might expect.

Best cars for a post-apocalyptic world

1. Fiat Panda 4x4

Used deals from £6,500
Monthly finance from £0*

Don’t be fooled by its size, because the Fiat Panda 4x4 packs quite a punch. It sits 47mm higher than the standard Panda, so it should cope with the harsh realities of a post-apocalyptic wasteland and traversing regular craters in the road, while the chunky bumpers are ideal for bashing away rocks, debris and wandering zombies.

It’s small enough to squeeze through the narrowest crevices and the tightest streets, while the combination of a small engine and a lightweight body delivers the kind of fuel economy you wouldn’t get from a rufty-tufty SUV. This means you'll be able to travel further on the small amount of fuel you can get your hands on after the apocalypse.


2. Toyota Corolla

Used deals from £14,650
Monthly finance from £0*

When the world has imploded and only cockroaches roam the earth, there's one make of vehicle you'd expect to remain: Toyota. Whether it’s the Hilux pick-up, Land Cruiser SUV or the Corolla hatchback, Toyotas are built to last and can be found in all corners of the globe, due to their toughness and reliability. That’s if a globe can have corners.

Anyway, Toyota has just sold its 50 millionth Corolla, so you should have no problem finding one when it’s just you, Will Smith and a dog roaming the Earth. The current Corolla, which is the most stylish model to date, can return around 55mpg fuel economy, so you’ll be able to make good progress before hunting for a petrol station.


3. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £5,000
Monthly finance from £180*

It’ll be harder to find a mechanic or workshop in a post-apocalyptic world. And anyway, modern cars are too complex for you to repair with nothing more than a spanner and an oily rag, despite what you might have seen in a number of Hollywood movies.

This means you’re going to require something reliable. A car like the Honda Jazz. Few cars have a more polished reputation for reliability than the Honda Jazz, so you can concentrate on more pressing matters, such as finding food, shelter and water.



4. Hyundai i40

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Frankly, we don’t know if you’ll benefit from Hyundai's five-year unlimited mileage warranty in a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s reassuring to have the cover. Not that you’ll necessarily need the warranty, because the Hyundai i40 is one of the most reliable family cars you can buy.

There’s another good reason for selecting the i40. You could travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of diesel if you’re careful, which is great news if you need to get somewhere without stopping. You’ll require the 1.7-litre CRDi Blue Drive diesel engine to go the full distance. Just make sure to fill the tank when you get the chance. It can be hard to find fuel even when there's no apocalypse going on...


5. Land Rover Defender

Used deals from £58,995
Monthly finance from £1,006*

The new Land Rover Defender looks like it was built for a Hollywood movie, but the big 4x4 is far from all show and no go. In fact, it’s one of the most capable and rugged vehicles you can buy, which is why it’s perfect for a post-apocalyptic landscape. Ain’t no mountain high enough for a Defender. And there ain't no river deep enough, since it can wade through 900mm of water, making it one of the most capable cars for wading through deep water.

The five-seat Defender 110 has a huge 1,075-litre boot for carrying snacks and supplies, but you can increase this to 2,300 litres by folding the rear seats. You can even get a seven-seat version, which is ideal if you’re forming a special ops team to cope with the doomsday wilderness and need more space for people.


6. BMW M2

Used deals from £28,995
Monthly finance from £0*

Right, this might seem like an odd choice, but bear with us. We’re making an assumption (a wild assumption, granted), that you’ve survived a zombie apocalypse. Good luck with that; don’t forget to invite your new neighbours over for a bite to eat.

The chances are that you might need to make a swift exit. If you can’t beat ‘em, run away, etc. Which is where the BMW M2 comes in. It’s powered by a potent 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing up to around 400hp in M2 Competition guise, so it can sprint to 62mph faster than you can say ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’.


7. Kia e-Niro

Used deals from £30,822
Monthly finance from £0*

What are the chances of discovering a fully charged electric car in a post-apocalyptic world? On a scale of nought to 10, we give it zero. Assuming you find an electric car - or have one parked on the drive - will you be able to find a working charging point? Probably not, which is why the Kia e-Niro is the best shout.

Not only is it reliable (it has a seven-year warranty, which shows how much faith Kia places in it), but it can also travel up to 282 miles per charge when equipped with a 64kWh battery. This gives it one of the longest range figures of any electric car on sale in Britain today.

Being electric means that you should be able to charge it at home and leave with a full battery before taking your chances in the post-apocalypse world. And, while everyone else is searching for petrol and diesel, you may find it easier to plug in on your travels - wherever you end up.


8. Ford Mustang

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This one is pure Hollywood. We appreciate that Ryan Reynolds or Mark Walhberg would probably roll into a post-apocalyptic town in something like a Cadillac Escalade SUV or Chevrolet Silverado pick-up, but you’ll struggle to find one of these all-American machines in the UK, since they aren't officially sold here.

So why not consider this slice of Americana? Best served in superbly potent 5.0-litre V8 guise, the Ford Mustang can drift its way through the wastelands and outrun any zombies hellbent on making mischief. It will burn through fuel pretty quickly, though, so just make sure to keep an eye out for jerry cans on your travels.


*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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