Best cars from 2015

Fancy a used car that's relatively fresh but far more affordable than a typical three-year-old one? Here are the best cut-price 2015 cars

James Allen
Feb 14, 2022

There are several reasons for choosing a used car from 2015. You may not be able to afford a newer model or you may have a particular preference for a specific version of a car from 2015. Regardless of your reasons, there are plenty of great cars from 2015 that make very appealing choices as used purchases.

As most generations of car are typically on sale for around six years or so before being phased out and replaced with a new version, the cars featured here won’t necessarily be the most up-to-date models. They’ll either be at the end of their production run, or have recently been replaced or removed from sale.

However, this also means that you can expect to benefit from big savings compared with going for a newer model and in many cases, you'll still be able to take advantage of plenty of high-tech kit with a used car from 2015. When a model is replaced, values for the old car typically drop, while prices for the newer version remain high. While some drivers are happy to pay a premium for the newer car, you can normally get far more car for your money by sticking with the outgoing version.

Choosing a car that is seven years old or more means that it is likely to have lost the majority of its original value, and the rate at which it falls in value slows. This means that you either have a lower cash price to pay or smaller monthly payments.

Yes, a car of this vintage is likely to have covered more miles over the years than younger alternatives, and the manufacturers' warranty will almost certainly have long since expired, so it's worth budgeting for more in maintenance than you would with a newer car, but this is balanced with the fact you're paying less for the car in the first place.

So, if a used car from 2015 is what you’re after, keep on reading for our picks of some of the best used cars you can buy that originally went on sale in that year, meaning that these look more up-to-date than most cars on sale in 2015.

Best 2015 cars

1. Audi A4

Used deals from £9,250
Monthly finance from £377*

There are many great options out there if you’re searching for a used saloon as your next car, and one particularly appealing choice is the Audi A4 from 2015. With its classy looks, well-built cabin and its impressive long-distance comfort, the fifth-generation Audi A4 makes an smart choice as a desirable but affordable older used car.

The economical diesel engines are well-suited to the car’s cruising credentials, so diesel models make up a big chunk of the Audi A4 models you’ll find available second-hand. The 2.0-litre diesels offer a decent blend of power and refinement and don't use much fuel either, so they're a good choice for high-mileage drivers. The A4 sold in reasonable numbers, though, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find petrol alternatives.

Lots of options were available on the Audi A4, too, so the exact spec of the car will depend greatly on how it was configured when new, though all A4s from 2015 were equipped with climate control, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen media system with built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

AUDI A4 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. BMW X1

Used deals from £14,200
Monthly finance from £262*

The original BMW X1 - launched in 2009 - wasn’t the easiest small SUV to recommend, as it wasn’t the most well-rounded option out there, whether you were looking at upmarket models only, or considering mainstream alternatives too. Thankfully, the second-generation model - launched in 2015 - was a noticeable improvement over its predecessor, which makes this version of the X1 a tempting used relatively small SUV.

Compared with the version it replaced, this BMW X1 boasted a roomier cabin, more engaging handling around corners and a comfier ride. A peppy petrol engine was available that suited the car’s slightly sporty feel, though you’re more likely to find diesel models second-hand, as these were more popular with new car buyers due to factors like their better fuel economy.

Equipment levels across the board were generally good (all cars came with built-in sat-nav, keyless entry, automatic headlights and automatic windscreen wipers), though keep an eye on the listed specs of the car you’re looking at. This is because lots of optional extras were available on the BMW X1 when it was new, so the equipment levels can vary quite a bit from car to car.

BMW X1 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Galaxy

Used deals from £7,790
Monthly finance from £357*

The current iteration of the Ford Galaxy has been updated a few times since it first went on sale, though much of the car’s qualities have remained the same since it debuted in 2015. Therefore, going for a used example of the Ford Galaxy means you can get a practical people carrier that does most of what a new or nearly new example offers, for a far lower price.

Early Ford Galaxy models do miss out on a few handy features like adaptive cruise control that were added later on in the car’s lifecycle, though all models at launch had parking sensors, dual-zone air-conditioning and a digital radio fitted as standard. Go for the 150hp diesel if you want the best all-rounder used Ford Galaxy, though the punchier 180hp diesel may be a better pick if you do lots of towing, as it offers more muscle.

FORD GALAXY BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Hyundai Tucson

Used deals from £10,907
Monthly finance from £291*

In the head-turning stakes, this version of the Hyundai Tucson is outclassed by its strikingly-styled fourth-generation successor. However, if you don’t mind going for a slightly less attention-grabbing car, there’s still lots to like from the outgoing third-generation model.

It’s particularly appealing if you’re looking for a spacious family car, as the Hyundai Tucson has good head and legroom for passengers and a cavernous boot. While a bit drab to drive, the Tucson makes up for it by being quite comfortable, and this easy-going nature is complemented by the economical petrol and diesel engines.

Hyundai Tucsons came as standard with air-conditioning, a digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, though we reckon the mid-range SE models offer the best value as they’re fitted with rear parking sensors, heated seats in the front and safety tech like lane keep assist.

2015-2021 HYUNDAI TUCSON BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mazda 2

Used deals from £8,380
Monthly finance from £214*

If you want your next car to be fun to drive and you need an affordable used supermini, then the Mazda 2 should definitely be on your radar. With its responsive steering and good grip when cornering, this small Mazda feels quite agile, and is a worthy adversary to other nippy superminis like the Ford Fiesta.

If you want sprightly performance to match the enjoyable drive, you may want to avoid the 75hp entry-level petrol models; they’re fine around town, but can feel a bit sluggish on faster roads and motorways. All versions of the 2 came as standard with air-conditioning and a hill start assist (the latter being handy on those 75hp models), though you’ll need to look beyond the entry-level SE models if you want extras like cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, split-folding rear seats and electric rear windows.

MAZDA 2 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Skoda Superb

Used deals from £10,291
Monthly finance from £348*

Its nameplate may not be modest, but the Skoda Superb is nevertheless deserving of the title it’s been given. Thanks to its combination of comfort, roominess and value for money, it makes a great choice if you’re after a versatile and practical used large family car.

This model of the Skoda Superb does hold onto its value well by big family car standards, so it's not as cheap as some alternatives, though seven or so years of depreciation means that prices for 2015 examples are still very affordable.

We would pay a little bit more to avoid the entry-level S versions, though, as they don’t come with features like rear parking sensors, which are especially handy to have on a car as large as this. The 120hp and 150hp diesels are great all-round choices, though the 1.4-litre petrol is a decent choice for drivers who don’t want a diesel Skoda Superb or whose annual mileage is below 15,000 miles or so.

SKODA SUPERB BUYERS' GUIDE
SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Vauxhall Astra

Used deals from £7,800
Monthly finance from £200*

The new eighth-generation version of the Vauxhall Astra has gone on sale in 2022 and, as we described in our guide on the best new cars coming in 2022, it’s quite the eye-catcher. However, that doesn’t mean you should discount the outgoing seventh-generation model; while it’s no longer available to buy new, it’s still a commendable choice as a family car. And it's fantastic value.

As the Vauxhall Astra doesn’t have the strongest residual values when compared with alternatives like the VW Golf, it should be more affordable to buy or finance second-hand than a number of rivals. This Astra also came with a selection of sprightly and fairly frugal petrol and diesel engines, though regardless of what’s under the bonnet the Vauxhall does a good job of blending fun handling and zippy performance with a comfortable and smooth ride.

2015-2021 VAUXHALL ASTRA BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Volvo XC90

Used deals from £16,452
Monthly finance from £689*

It’s soon to be replaced, but the second-generation Volvo XC90 is still a top choice if you’re after a well-rounded seven-seater SUV for transporting your family around. As a result, used examples from the dawn of the car’s production run in 2015 can be a bit of a bargain, if you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of the factory-fresh feeling that you get from newer ones.

Going for a model from 2015 does limit your options a bit - finding a used XC90 from this year in the sporty R-Design trim may be tricky, for instance, as this spec was only introduced towards the end of the year. As this version of the XC90 is being phased out, however, prices for older versions are likely to be relatively low, so you may be able to afford to step up to a slightly newer model.

Expect to see a lot of diesel models, too, as these were popular when new, due to their decent blend of performance and fuel economy - while petrol and plug-in hybrid versions of the Volvo XC90 were also available from launch, these were sold in smaller numbers and are therefore harder to come by.

VOLVO XC90 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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