Best orange cars

Want a car you can find easily in crowded car parks? Choose one of the best orange cars and you'll have a distinctive, easy-to-spot vehicle

James Wilson
Mar 30, 2022

Not everyone wants a car that blends into the background and if you're one of those people, what could be better than a bold orange car? Although orange cars are less common than red cars, there are still a healthy number to pick from. This is especially true of SUVs, with a glut of smaller, practical SUVs in orangey hues.

Even so, we have included a range of cars that are available in orange paint. To name but a few there is a sporty hatchback, an affordable supermini, a seven-seat SUV and an electric option. Having such a wide variety should mean there is an orange car to suit your tastes.

Most orange cars come with metallic paint, which means they have little flecks of metal mixed in, so that when light hits the bodywork it sparkles. This kind of paint is very popular in the UK, with car makers often charging a premium for metallic colour schemes. Flat or solid colours are also popular, and these can be thought of as metallic paint without the flecks of metal. Happily, neither flat nor metallic paint requires any special care over and above regular washing.

All of the models below can be found second-hand for somewhere between £13,000 and £40,000, depending on their age and specification, with low monthly payments available through PCP finance. Keep reading to take your pick of the best orange cars available now.

Orange cars for sale

1. Audi Q2

Best orange car for older drivers

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Proud holder of the ‘smallest Audi SUV’ award is the Q2. It is a premium SUV that is an alternative to cars such as the VW T-Roc and Range Rover Evoque. By and large, the Audi makes a convincing case for itself thanks to good build quality, classy styling and decent helping of equipment. Arguably the biggest issue with the Q2 when new was its price, as it seemed expensive. Fortunately, 'depreciation' has worked its magic on second-hand models, meaning that you can get a lot more used Q2 for your money.

Included with the Q2 is a suite of safety features Audi calls ‘Pre-Sense’ which includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB). AEB has become more common in recent years, but it is great that even Q2 models from 2016 have this kind of technology. Crash test experts Euro NCAP rated the Q2 very highly, giving it the fifth highest score for adult occupant protection out of cars tested during 2016. As a result, the Q2 is a stylish, safe and desirable small SUV available in a particularly punchy shade of orange.

AUDI Q2 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. BMW 1 Series

Best orange car for younger drivers

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Although the previous-generation 1 Series is a hatchback, it's unlike every other alternative. That includes cars like the Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. This is because it powers its rear wheels, rather than the front ones. This gives it a sportier feel - and means that it doesn't matter how hard you accelerate, the steering wheel will never tug in your hands as the tyres spin, as can happen with other hatchbacks - though the extra mechanical parts needed do mean that the rear seats and boot are a little on the small side.

BMW has made a great many versions of the 1 Series. If low running costs are top priority, then 118d models are the best bet - with ’d’ signifying that it is a diesel model. For speed freaks, there are high-performance M135i and M140i petrol models, but the running costs of these are on the higher side.

BMW offers manual and automatic gearboxes across the range, along with a variety of other petrol and diesel engines. Provided you don't do many tens of thousands of miles every year, we'd recommend a 118i or 120i petrol, as these offer good fuel economy and a decent amount of power.

2011-2019 BMW 1 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

3. BMW X1

Best orange car for small families

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The X1 slots into the range below larger BMW SUVs such as the X5. This means it is a great car for those needing a practical vehicle but without the cumbersome dimensions of a big car like the X5. Drivers with one or two children might be particularly attracted to the X1, as the outer seats in the back offer plenty of space, the boot is larger than that found in regular hatchbacks like the BMW 1 Series and as the X1 is usefully high from the ground, which makes it easier to load kids into child seats.

There is one drawback to having a higher ride height and that is fuel consumption. Typically higher-riding SUVs have worse fuel economy than lower-riding cars. However, the X1 is still decently economical for a family car, so you shouldn't have to spend too much on fuel.

On the subject of fuel, the BMW X1 is available with petrol power, diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric setup, so there should be an option for most drivers. BMW does not offer Sunset Orange in all specifications, but you can get it in relatively well-equipped Sport trim, which offers a good mix of value and equipment.

BMW X1 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Ford Focus ST

Best orange car for driving fast

Ford Focus

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Thanks to a powerful engine, loud exhaust and firm suspension, the Ford Focus ST is not for the faint-hearted. Models in lairy Orange Fury only add to the drama. Fortunately, if you are in the market for a fast orange car, then the Focus ST is one of the best. As the ST is effectively a regular Focus on steroids it still has seats for five people, a full five-star crash test safety rating and mod cons like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

From a driving point of view, the Focus comes into its own when cornering - the sporty suspension setup means that it can fly around corners much quicker than the regular Focus. Pressing the accelerator pedal is equally dramatic thanks to its large 2.3-litre petrol engine, which is bigger than the 2.0-litre engines fitted to most rivals. This helps the Focus ST to blast from 0 to 62mph in 5.7 seconds - quicker than most other cars on the road.

FORD FOCUS ST BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Land Rover Discovery Sport

Best orange car for seven seats

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If there was ever a versatile orange car Olympics, the Land Rover Discovery Sport would be a hot favourite to win. Not only does it have seats for seven but most models come with a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, which means they are great at handling snow, mud and tough terrain. That said, the Discovery Sport is designed to be comfortable and easy to drive rather than being a hardcore off-road car - making it a capable everyday car.

If your budget will stretch to a 2019 or newer model, these are well worth tracking down, thanks to an improved media system. Older models are by no means duds, though, as they fundamentally offer the same core package of being a practical SUV, with an upmarket interior.

We’d recommend hunting for a diesel model, as these offer better fuel consumption compared to petrol versions. More recently there has been a plug-in hybrid model introduced, which according to official tests can travel up to around 30 miles on battery power alone. Plug-in models are great if you cover many short trips and regularly charge - so you can cover as many miles as possible using electric power and reduce how much fuel you burn - but they are more expensive to purchase in the first place.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Peugeot 2008

Best orange car for electric driving

Peugeot 2008 front

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Although the Peugeot 2008 is available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, we are focusing on another option here - the electric e-2008. All versions are capable of more than 200 miles from a full charge in the right conditions. Typically household electric car chargers can charge at up to 7kW, though the e-2008 can handle energy supplies of up to 100kW. This means that if you are ever on a long journey and need to top up using a public charger, you could in theory add 80% charge in half an hour with a compatible charger.

One of the reasons the e-2008 is a great car is how easy it is to drive. Being electric, all models come with an automatic gearbox - so there is no need to worry about changing gear. Thanks to an electronic handbrake, accidentally rolling backwards during a hill start will be a thing of the past, too. The e-2008 is also very nippy from a standing start, which makes it great in situations such as pulling out promptly onto a busy road.

PEUGEOT 2008 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Renault Clio

Best orange car for low running costs

Renault Clio front view

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Sometimes a car manufacturer makes a car that blows its competition out of the water. The latest Renault Clio is one such car as it arguably pips its two biggest rivals - the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa - at being the best all-round small car. It is well-equipped, well built and relatively affordable. On that last one, the latest Clio arrived right at the end of 2019, so there aren’t any older versions of this generation to scoop up for rock bottom prices just yet, but used versions still offer good value.

There are plenty of older previous-generation Clios to choose from if you're on a budget, although they came in red and yellow but not orange. Moving back to the latest Clio, one of its best features is styling - inside and out - with the sharp LED headlights being a particularly striking feature. The LED lights are standard on all models, as is cruise control and automatically folding mirrors. While features like this are common with other cars similar to the Clio, they are rarely all standard.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Seat Arona

Best orange car for SUV style on a budget

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The Seat Arona is a less wacky car than models such as the Nissan Juke with its zany exterior styling, but you can jazz it up with bright orange paintwork. The Arona is one of the best small SUVs available thanks to being comfortable and well-made. You get a well designed touchscreen media system which is logically laid out and relatively intuitive to use. The media system can also come with sat-nav built-in, although this is not standard on all versions.

Do bear in mind that not all trims are available in orange - FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence LUX are the trims to aim for if orange paint is a must-have for you. Seat mildly updated the Arona in 2021 and does not offer an orange version of the newer model. For the pre-update Arona, we highly rate the 1.0-litre 'TSI' petrol models as these balance performance and fuel economy very well. They should be powerful enough to make light work of motorway journeys but frugal enough to not break the bank with high fuel costs.

SEAT ARONA 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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