Best cars from 2017

A number of accomplished cars first went on sale in 2017. We've picked out some of our favourites that make top used buys

James Allen
Feb 15, 2022

Shopping for a used car, but budget restrictions mean you can’t quite afford one that was built within the last couple of years? Fear not, for there are all sorts of cars released in 2017 that are worth having on your radar, if you’re happy with a slightly older used car.

While used cars from 2017 won’t be as up-to-date feature-wise as their younger counterparts, you shouldn’t sacrifice many creature comforts with a car of this age. This is because, in many cases, a used car from 2017 will still be in production or have only recently gone off sale, so it shouldn't differ too much from a brand new model.

There are also other perks in buying a used car that was originally built in 2017. For instance, most cars will have lost a large chunk of their original value by this point, so it’s possible to get a car from this period for substantially less than it would have cost when new - with many being worth well under half of their original price. This means that you can afford a larger car or higher specification model than if you were looking at newer cars - whether you're paying cash or opting for car finance.

One important thing to consider about used cars from 2017 is that this was the last year where the now-discontinued NEDC fuel economy testing procedure was in place. A criticism of this system was that the testing regime wasn’t reflective of real-world driving conditions, which resulted in overly optimistic official fuel economy figures, which were very hard to achieve in typical driving. Later cars have more realistic figures.

This is no reason to avoid older cars, though, as it's only the quoted figure that changes with identical models that were sold before and after 2017; in reality equivalent pre- and post-2017 models should be just as economical as each other. Read on for our picks of some of the best cars from 2017 that make excellent used buys.

Best cars from 2017

1. BMW 5 Series

Used deals from £15,500
Monthly finance from £385*

Like its predecessors, the seventh-generation version of the BMW 5 Series is a very well-rounded upmarket saloon and estate that covers a lot of bases to a high standard. Because upmarket saloon and estate cars often lose a lot of their original value over time, it’s possible to pick up an example from 2017 for the sort of money you’d expect to pay for a far smaller and less desirable new family car.

You’ll get a good amount of car for that money, too. The interior is well-made and roomy and, while a lot of pricey options were available when the car when it was new, the equipment offered across all of the trim levels is good. Petrol and plug-in hybrid engines were available on the 5 Series from launch, though you’re more likely to find diesel options as these were much more popular with new car buyers, as they offer a great balance of performance, refinement and fuel economy.

If you'd value extra practicality, go for the 'Touring' estate model, which was launched in the same year, as it offers a large boot with a practical hatchback-style opening, making it easier to load large or heavy items.

BMW 5 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE
BMW 5 SERIES TOURING BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Citroen C3

Used deals from £8,368
Monthly finance from £184*

Previous versions of the Citroen C3 weren’t exactly the most impressive small cars. However, the most recent generation of Citroen C3 is a far stronger and more well-rounded car this time around, which means it’s worth having on your radar when looking for a used small hatchback.

It’s an especially good choice if comfort is a high priority for you, as this version of the Citroen C3 has a supple ride that does a good job of soaking up lumps and bumps in the road. None of the Citroen C3 models are amazingly quick, though they have enough in reserve to keep up with traffic in town and on the motorway, and the C3 is pretty economical, too - whichever version you go for.

CITROEN C3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Honda Civic

Used deals from £12,595
Monthly finance from £0*

You’re spoilt for choice if you’re after a used family hatchback, as there are lots of excellent options to consider. One car that shouldn’t be overlooked is the tenth-generation Honda Civic that arrived on our shores in 2017. It's a big improvement over the previous model and is decently spacious, comfortable and enjoyable to drive.

Admittedly, the Honda Civic isn't as luxurious inside as some rivals, though the car does come well-equipped and practicality is pretty impressive, too. Even the 126hp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine available on most versions had decent performance, despite its small size, though there is a more powerful option in the form of the Civic in Sport trim, which was the only spec available at launch with the more powerful 182hp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

HONDA CIVIC BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Kia Picanto

Used deals from £7,590
Monthly finance from £180*

The current iteration of the Kia Picanto first went on sale in 2017 and, even though the city car has been updated since then, you aren’t missing out on much by going for one of these early models over a brand new or nearly new one. Except a higher price.

For instance, while you’ll forgo features you’ll find on later Picanto examples like a more modern touchscreen media system and a peppy turbocharged petrol engine, the pre-update models are still by and large nicely equipped, punchy enough for easy driving around town and surprisingly spacious for a car of this size.

Best of all, because the Kia Picanto comes with a 100,000-mile seven-year warranty from new, this means that all versions of this generation of Picanto are young enough to still have some of their original cover left - provided they're below the mileage limit and have been serviced on time.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mini Countryman

Used deals from £14,500
Monthly finance from £295*

The compact dimensions of the Mini Hatchback may make it fun to drive and easy to manoeuvre around town, but there is a trade-off to those petite proportions in the form of limited interior space. That’s where the Mini Countryman comes in: it retains many of the attributes of the smaller Mini models and packages them into a larger and more versatile car.

Go for an early second-generation model from the car’s launch year in 2017, and you’ll have a fairly practical family car that has an upmarket and roomy interior. Regardless of whether you opt for one of the petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engine options, the Mini Countryman is fun to drive by a car of this size, if a bit firm over rougher roads, though this results in a more sporty drive than most cars of this type offer.

When browsing for used Mini Countryman models, keep an eye on the number of features that are included with any specific model; a lot of options were offered on the car from new, so the specifications can vary quite a bit from car to car. Find one with lots of extras added and you'll benefit from additional features for just a small premium over more basic models.

MINI COUNTRYMAN BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Seat Arona

Used deals from £10,500
Monthly finance from £317*

The Seat Ibiza supermini is a very good choice if you’re shopping around for a used compact car, but what if you’d prefer something that’s around the same size but with a higher driving position? That’s where the Seat Arona comes in, as it takes many of the Ibiza’s attributes and puts them into a taller SUV-style crossover car.

In some areas, it’s actually better than the Ibiza. The higher roofline means there’s a bit more space inside for passengers, and the 400-litre boot in the Seat Arona is handily larger than the supermini’s 355-litre capacity, too.

Equipment levels across the board are good; from launch, all Seat Aronas came as standard with a digital radio, cruise control and at least a five-inch touchscreen media system, though you’ll need to avoid SE models if Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity are a must-have feature for you. The 1.0-litre petrol engines are great all-rounders and make the most sense if you mainly drive around town, though the 1.6-litre diesels are definitely worth bearing in mind if you do lots of long journeys.

SEAT ARONA BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Skoda Kodiaq

Used deals from £18,980
Monthly finance from £283*

Skoda has made a name for selling strong value spacious cars like the Octavia and Superb, so it’s no big shock that the original Skoda Kodiaq that launched in 2017 also fared well in the roominess stakes. Being a big and tall car, the Kodiaq has lots of interior space for passengers and a handily big boot. Entry-level SE models were available with a five-seater layout, though the other versions came with a more versatile seven-seater configuration.

When new, the Skoda Kodiaq came in many trim levels, though all of them were packed with kit so the ideal spec for you will come down to budget, personal preference and whether you need the extra seats. In contrast, we’re more inclined to recommend the 150hp and 190hp diesel models; they’re more economical than the petrols and, while a bit gruff when worked hard, do have enough muscle to easily handle a car full of passengers and luggage.

SKODA KODIAQ BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Vauxhall Insignia

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

More traditional family cars like the second-generation Vauxhall Insignia aren’t the runaway sales hits their predecessors used to be, though they’re still smart options to consider if you’re after a roomy and versatile car - at a great price. Why? Because these types of cars tend to lose value quickly, it means cars such as the Insignia can be bought used for a fraction of what they were worth when they were delivered to their first owners.

Beyond the value for money prospect, the Vauxhall Insignia appeals thanks to its good practicality, decent ride quality and a classy, well-equipped interior that was a noticeable upgrade over the original Vauxhall Insignia. A fairly broad selection of engines was available on this version of the Insignia from launch, though expect to find lots of diesel models as these would have been the most popular engines when the car was new.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA GRAND SPORT 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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