Best cars from 2019

If you’re shopping around for a used car that’s still fairly young, these star cars from 2019 are worth having a closer look at

James Allen
Feb 28, 2022

2019 was a peculiar year in hindsight - after all, it was the final full year before the massive disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which ramped up in early 2020. It was also a year of importance for used car buyers in 2022: as a vast majority of new cars are bought on finance agreements and many of these last around three years, it means there should now be an influx of cars that were bought in 2019 being traded in and sold on as second-hand vehicles.

As cars lose value fastest when new with the rate slowing as the car gets older, three-year-old cars are far more affordable than used ones - potentially being worth half the original price or even less. This means it should be possible to pick up a car built in 2019 for low cash prices or with affordable monthly payments. So, whether you want to get the most desirable car for your budget or simply want the cheapest car that does the job, three-year-old cars can be a good choice.

If you’re specifically looking for a used car from 2019, we’ve listed below some of our picks of the best cars that were available to order new that year. We’ve amassed a varied selection of cars, ranging from little city cars and nippy superminis to larger and more practical family cars and SUVs.

Most of the cars here first went on sale in 2019, though we’ve also included models that went out of production in 2019 - meaning, in theory, they should be the best condition examples of that particular generation of car, so they could still be a wise choice. Keep on reading for our picks of some of the best cars that were available to buy brand new in 2019.

Best cars from 2019

1. BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series front three quarters view

Used deals from £24,995
Monthly finance from £567*

With its fun, well-rounded drive, broad selection of engine options and its high-quality and roomy cabin, the BMW 3 Series makes a great choice as an upmarket family saloon. Since it’s been a few years now since the seventh-generation BMW 3 Series went on sale in 2019, you can now pick up a used early example for less than you might think.

Going for one of these earlier cars does come with a few limitations - the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engine option wasn’t offered in this version of the BMW 3 Series until 2020, for instance. However, many punchy but economical petrol and diesel engines were offered from launch, so there is still a good variety of engines to choose from - whatever balance of performance and running costs you're after. If you need more space, some examples of the more practical 3 Series Touring estate model also arrived in the UK before the end of 2019.

BMW 3 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE
BMW 3 SERIES TOURING BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Kuga

Used deals from £13,999
Monthly finance from £268*

The second-generation version of the Ford Kuga is marginally too young to be featured here, though examples of the first-gen Ford Kuga from its final year of production in 2019 do make the grade. As Ford sold more than 41,000 examples that year, you should have a broad range of examples to choose from if your heart is set on a used Ford Kuga as your next car.

All Ford Kugas from 2019 benefit from the changes made in the 2016 update, which made the car a bit more well-rounded than the earlier models thanks to features like an automatic parking assist and a more modern touchscreen media system. The 2019 Ford Kuga was also available with a good suite of engines, with the 1.5-litre 120hp diesel being a sensible choice if you’re after particularly good fuel economy.

2013-2020 FORD KUGA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Hyundai i10

Used deals from £9,250
Monthly finance from £0*

As with the Ford Kuga above, the newer version of the Hyundai i10 city car didn’t debut in time to be eligible on this list. However, the second-generation Hyundai i10 featured here is an excellent city car in its own right, sharing many of the qualities that made the newer version a very likeable urban runabout.

The Hyundai i10 is comfortable and easy to drive around town, which is a huge plus point in a car that is likely to spend a lot of its life in built-up areas, and both the 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine options are more than peppy enough for pootling about city centres.

Other appealing attributes of the second-generation Hyundai i10 include its surprisingly roomy cabin, good equipment levels and the fact the car came with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit from new. As a result, 2019 models should still be covered by the original Hyundai warranty.

2014-2020 HYUNDAI I10 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Kia e-Niro

Used deals from £31,623
Monthly finance from £571*

A sizeable selection of more and more appealing electric cars have gone on sale in the UK in the last few years, and one particularly notable example is the Kia e-Niro that debuted in 2019. As its name suggests, it’s based on the conventionally-powered Kia Niro crossover rather than being a dedicated electric-only model, but that doesn’t stop the car from having specifications that are still respectable in comparison with the latest electric cars.

The range, in particular, is an area where the Kia e-Niro still holds up very well: the claimed range of up to 282 miles per charge is good by today’s standards, and is even more competitive when compared with a number of other electric cars that date from 2019.

Factor in the car’s strong performance, roomy interior, well-equipped cabin and the 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty it came with when new, and the Kia e-Niro makes a very appealing choice as a used electric family car.

KIA NIRO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Range Rover Evoque

Used deals from £31,295
Monthly finance from £0*

The original Range Rover Evoque was a huge sales hit for Land Rover, so there was a lot riding on the second-generation model that launched in 2019. Handily, the second version of the Evoque picked up where its predecessor left off as a stylish and desirable upmarket small SUV. It sold in reasonable numbers, too, which means there are a decent variety of second-hand versions available.

It isn’t the most spacious small SUV out there, though the Range Rover Evoque is fairly practical and has a luxurious interior with lots of kit, even on entry-level models. A variety of engines were offered on the Evoque in 2019, including a plug-in hybrid option that was introduced towards the tail end of the year, though you’ll find lots of D180 diesel models, as this was a particularly popular choice due to the engine’s blend of affordability, performance and efficiency.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Nissan Juke

Used deals from £16,789
Monthly finance from £305*

If you’re after a strikingly styled used small SUV, but your budget can’t stretch to something like the Evoque above, there are still options from more mainstream car makers to consider. One such car is the second-generation version of the Nissan Juke, which debuted in the UK in late 2019.

The previous version may have had a more dramatic shape, but this version of the Nissan Juke nevertheless sported an eye-catching look that helped it stand out in traffic. More appreciated were the improvements made over the previous model, such as the roomier cabin, more advanced kit and fun handling around corners. Do bear in mind that these early models only came with one engine, though; a 1.0-litre petrol with 117hp. This makes the Juke relatively nippy and economical, however, so it should suit most drivers.

NISSAN JUKE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Renault Clio

Renault Clio front view

Used deals from £12,473
Monthly finance from £219*

As nice as the run-out versions of the fourth-generation Renault Clio are, we’d recommend opting for an early example of the fifth-gen model (pictured above) instead, if you’re in the market for a used supermini. The two cars may share similar styling on the outside, though the newer model is a noticeable upgrade on the inside.

The in-car tech is a pleasant improvement: build quality is a big step up over the old car, and most models come with handy kit like a 9.3-inch touchscreen media system and an autonomous emergency braking safety assist. Plus, the fifth-gen Clio has a huge 391-litre boot, which is more than a number of bigger family hatchbacks can offer. You may need to be flexible with your desired spec, though, as deliveries began in October 2019, so not that many of this version of the Clio arrived in the UK compared with the following year.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Volkswagen Golf

Used deals from £13,400
Monthly finance from £252*

While the latest eighth-generation version of the Volkswagen Golf didn’t arrive in the UK soon enough to be eligible for this list, the previous iteration of the Golf does make the grade. In comparison with its replacement, the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf doesn’t come with as many fancy bells and whistles, though it makes an attractive proposition as a used family hatchback and has a more easy-to-use cabin.

As this previous version of the Golf was such a strong seller, a lot of used examples have now filtered through. The car also came in a good variety of engine and trim level configurations, which means you shouldn’t have problems finding a VW Golf in your preferred spec. In some areas, the seventh-gen Golf is better than the car that replaced it; for instance, while many of the eighth-gen Golf’s controls are operated through a touchscreen, the seventh-gen Golf uses buttons instead in many cases, which can be easier to use when driving.

2013-2020 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF BUYERS' GUIDE
2014-2020 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R BUYERS' GUIDE
2013-2020 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 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%

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