Best cars from 2016

From luxurious saloons and upmarket SUVs to frugal family cars, here are our picks of some of the best models from 2016

James Allen
Feb 14, 2022
Volkswagen Tiguan

Used cars tend to be much more affordable to buy than their new counterparts, though for some drivers even vehicles with a few years and miles under their belts are still a bit too expensive. Handily, there are still a number of good options out there if you’re browsing for older used cars that both feel pretty up-to-date and offer great value.

Despite being a few years older than their younger equivalents, used cars from 2016 do have some perks that fresher-faced used cars don’t have. They’ll generally be a bit more affordable to buy and, since many are based on models that are still in production at the time of writing, they’ll still have similar qualities to the cars you’ll find on sale today.

Typically, going for an older car means it won't be in perfect condition, but the savings in getting a 2016 model over a newer version are substantial. Every car sold on BuyaCar is seven years old or less with a maximum of 70,000 miles on the clock. We work with a trusted network of dealers and all cars come with a minimum of a 30-day warranty, so all you need to do is find the car that's right for you.

We’ve picked out some of our favourite 2016 cars below, ranging from stylish and comfy large saloons to family-friendy people carriers and SUVs. There are even a couple of electric and pick-up models to whet your appetite. If none of these take your fancy, click on the button above to take a look at the best 2016-on models for sale on BuyaCar now.

Best cars from 2016

1. Alfa Romeo Giulia

Used deals from £15,790
Monthly finance from £309*

Thinking of getting an upmarket but affordable used saloon, but would prefer to pick something less obvious than a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class? Handily, there are a few credible alternatives out there, with one of them being the Alfa Romeo Giulia that debuted in 2016.

The Giulia certainly appeals if you want something eye-catching, as its distinctive design means that this Alfa Romeo is one of the most flamboyant saloons out there - especially if you opt for one of the brighter colour options. It’s also fun to drive, particularly with one of the more powerful petrol engines, though the 2.2-litre diesel is still a decent choice for drivers who cover high annual mileages.


2. Ford Edge

Used deals from £17,500
Monthly finance from £0*

Unlike the smaller Ford Kuga, the Ford Edge large SUV that debuted in 2016 wasn’t a huge hit with new car buyers, which means there aren’t a huge array of second-hand examples to choose from. Despite this, it’s worth bearing the Edge in mind when you’re shopping around for large used SUVs, as it has quite a few things going for it.

For starters, it’s a big car, so there’s lots of passenger space and a very roomy boot. Complementing that space is good noise insulation and a very comfortable ride, so the Ford Edge makes sense if you’re after a spacious and cossetting big family SUV.

Compared with the bold exterior, the cabin is a bit on the bland side, though the build quality and interior features are decent, and the range-topping Vignale models are very plush inside thanks to features like their quilted leather upholstery.


3. Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq deals from £15,500
Monthly finance from £0*

Hyundai Ioniq Electric deals from £17,990
Monthly finance from £0*

Most used family cars from this time will have variations of petrol and diesel engines. However, the Hyundai Ioniq is a little bit different in comparison with its contemporary peers; as well as being available with a petrol-electric self-charging hybrid system and in a plug-in hybrid form, this Hyundai was also available as a fully electric car.

All flavours of the electrified Hyundai Ioniq are in their sweet spot when being driven around town and promise low running costs, so the one to go for will depend on your driving. The electric Ioniq model makes the most sense if you have good access to charging points and rarely cover trips of more than 100 miles, while you’ll be better suited by the self-charging hybrid if you plan on regularly driving further afield from built-up areas.

Regardless of what’s powering the car, the Hyundai Ioniq is decently practical and well equipped, though do bear in mind that the Ioniq was updated after a few years on sale, bringing with it improved technology. This means that if you can stretch to a newer version, it might be worth doing so with the Ioniq.


4. Jaguar F-Pace

Used deals from £21,000
Monthly finance from £492*

Despite having no prior experience with making SUVs, Jaguar did a very good job with the F-Pace model it launched in 2016. As a result, if you’re specifically after a used upmarket SUV as your next car, it’s definitely worth considering the Jaguar F-Pace. Not only does it look sharp, but it's satisfying to drive, too.

The F-Pace has been tweaked and updated numerous times over its lifespan, so those early 2016 cars can in some areas - most notably the touchscreen media system software - feel their age in comparison with newer versions. Despite this, equipment levels on even the most basic cars from 2016 are still decent, as all F-Paces from launch came with built-in sat-nav, a digital radio and leather upholstery.

The petrol engines suit the Jaguar’s sporting character, though the diesels are better all-rounders for many drivers - especially those who do lots of towing - plus, they were popular with new car buyers so there’ll likely be more diesel-powered F-Paces to choose from.


5. Mercedes E-Class

Used deals from £19,000
Monthly finance from £377*

One of the downsides of buying a brand-new upmarket saloon car is that, despite the allure of their premium image, they don’t tend to hold onto their value that well as they get older. As a result, they tend to be worth substantially less after a few years than when new, which helps make used examples of cars like the Mercedes E-Class surprisingly affordable.

Beyond its affordability second-hand, the fifth-generation Mercedes E-Class appeals thanks to its classy cabin, strong range of petrol and diesel engines and comfortable ride. If you need more boot space, an estate version of the E-Class also joined the range in 2016 and is a super-practical option.

Don’t be surprised if you come across lots of used models in the sporty AMG Line trim; despite the car’s more comfort-oriented setup as a large and upmarket car, this sportier spec has proven to be a popular choice with E-Class buyers.


6. Renault Scenic

Used deals from £6,950
Monthly finance from £0*

New car buyers may have fallen out of love with the traditional people carrier - which prioiritises practicality over style or sportiness - but that doesn’t mean you should if you’re after a used family car. Their spacious and versatile qualities make them ideal for drivers with lots of passengers to carry, and one particularly good example - that is also impressively distinctive to look at - is the most recent iteration of the Renault Scenic.

Regardless of whether you opt for a five-seater Scenic or seven-seater Grand Scenic model, these Renaults offer good amounts of interior space, and the large windows mean the passengers get a good view out - plus, all that glass means visibility is great, making them easy to drive.

Equipment levels are also good across the board and, while safety tests have become more demanding since the Renault Scenic was assessed by Euro NCAP in 2016 - with more recent ratings being harder to achieve - its five-star rating still demonstrates that it's a particularly safe car.


7. Toyota Hilux

Used deals from £22,000
Monthly finance from £0*

This tough pick-up truck is a great choice if you’re after a no-nonsense used workhorse to help you with work or outdoor hobbies. All UK models came with four-wheel-drive as standard, so they promise great off-road ability, and the Hilux is also great for towing as it has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg.

Being a pick-up, the Hilux won’t be as comfortable or as cossetting as a conventional family car or SUV. However, by pick-up standards, the Toyota drives and rides respectably well. The entry-level Active models are a bit sparse on kit, so you’ll want to consider either the mid-range Icon or range-topping Invincible versions, as they’re fitted as standard with features like cruise control, a digital radio and a seven-inch touchscreen media system.


8. Volkswagen Tiguan

Used deals from £15,649
Monthly finance from £252*

If you've been tempted by a Volkswagen Golf but would prefer it to have a higher ride height, a more imposing look and a bit more interior space, the Tiguan could be the answer. It’s similar in a number of areas to the Golf, yet offers a raised ride height, a more boxy look and a roomier cabin.

You’ll see that extra versatility in the boot in particular; with up to 615 litres of luggage volume at its disposal, the Tiguan’s boot is a whopping 255 litres larger than the one you’ll find in a VW Golf hatchback of a similar age. As with most SUVs, the boot is relatively tall, so if you want to make the most of the boot space, you'll need to stack things on top of each other.

A word of warning when shopping around for used Tiguan; because this VW is so desirable as a used purchase, second-hand prices are high, so this means you may pay a bit more for one than you would for one of its rivals. Cash buyers, however, will also get more back when they come to sell or trade in the car, though. It may also be worth avoiding the entry-level S models unless you’re on a tight budget, as they don’t come with that much kit in comparison with the better-equipped versions.


*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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