Cars for teachers

Allow us to educate you on the best cars for teachers. Sit down, face forward and listen up, because these cars are top of the class

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 25, 2022

The fact that you’re here suggests that you’re looking for a lesson on the best cars for teachers. Maybe you’re a maths teacher in search of something for a price that adds up. Or a geography teacher looking for a car that’s outstanding in its field. Perhaps you’re a PE teacher who fancies something with a little muscle.

You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve assembled eight used cars that are ideal for teachers. Study our list and you’ll discover everything from a stylish SUV backed by an industry-leading warranty to a family car that would be judged outstanding by Ofsted.

Naturally, you’ll want something reliable for the trip to school, because turning up late won’t set a great example to your pupils. You’ll also want something that’s affordable to run, easy to drive and practical enough for extracurricular activities. Don’t worry, we’ve also included something fun, because even teachers like to let their hair down!

Don’t wait for the bell to ring, check out these great cars for teachers before the class is dismissed.

Best cars for teachers

1. Kia Sportage

Our pick Kia Sportage 1.6 T-GDi '2'
Used deals from £10,995
Monthly finance from £182*

You have a lot of things to worry about in life, but the reliability of your car shouldn’t be one of them. This is why the fourth-generation Kia Sportage (on sale from 2016 to 2021) makes a lot of sense. A Sportage registered in 2016 could cost as little as £12,000, but it’ll be covered by its seven-year manufacturer’s warranty until 2023. That’s a little peace of mind when you’re buying a used car.

There are other reasons the Kia Sportage sits at the top of the family SUV class, too. It’s stylish, so you’ll look good rolling into the school car park. It’s also spacious inside, with ample room for five adults and their luggage, which could be handy if you need to take your fellow teachers to an education seminar. Or the pub after work.

One of the 1.6-litre petrol engines would be ideal if your journey to school is relatively short, but don’t rule out the 1.6-litre diesel if your commute is a little longer. As for equipment, even the entry-level ‘1’ trim covers the basics, while the GT-Line and GT-Line S models offer premium levels of spec for a mainstream price.


2. Hyundai Ioniq

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi PHEV Premium
Used deals Limited stock

Like the Sportage, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid comes with a long warranty, but while Kia offers cover for seven years and 100,000 miles, there’s no mileage cap associated with Hyundai’s five-year warranty. Excellent news if you need to cover a lot of miles in your role as a teacher.

With a fully charged battery, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid offers up to 32 miles of electric range, so you could find that you don’t need to use the petrol engine during the week, provided you charge regularly at home. This is especially true if there are charging points at your school, because the battery can be recharged in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Because there’s no basic entry-level trim, all versions of the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid come with a long list of standard equipment, including heated seats, dual-zone climate control and a 10.3-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav.


3. Ford Fiesta

Our pick Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Used deals from £8,790
Monthly finance from £153*

The Ford Fiesta has long been Britain’s most popular new car, so you won’t receive a good grade for originality by choosing this supermini. And although you might encourage your pupils to express themselves and to use their imagination, there are plenty of reasons why it pays to follow the crowd here.

Launched in 2017, the current Fiesta is the best of the breed. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines offer a terrific balance of performance and economy - a bit of pace for the daily commute, yet frugal enough to avoid being on first name terms at your local petrol station.

There are too many trim levels to mention, and while the entry-level versions are fine, it’d be worth seeking out a mid-range Zetec or Titanium model. Meanwhile, roll into the car park in a Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback and your pupils will think you’re the coolest teacher in town.


4. Mazda MX-5

Our pick Mazda MX-5 1.5 Sport Nav
Used deals from £12,987
Monthly finance from £200*

How often do you drive to school without any passengers? If the answer is very often, why not consider something with two seats? The Mazda MX-5 is the best affordable sports car on the planet, with used prices of the current version starting from just £13,000. Not bad for a brilliant roadster with a terrific reputation for reliability.

Granted, it’s not the most practical car on our list, but there’s enough room for a laptop bag, your lunch and the all-important morning coffee. Because it’s so good to drive, the pressures of the working day will be a distant memory by the time you get home. It won’t do much about the assignments you have to mark after dinner, though - sorry.

Running costs are surprisingly low, especially if you opt for the 1.5-litre engine, and the styling is suitably understated if you’re worried about upstaging the head teacher with something overly flash.


5. Dacia Sandero

Our pick Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Laureate
Used deals from £5,495
Monthly finance from £110*

The Dacia Sandero is perfect for maths teachers. You can give your pupils a lesson in economics by setting them a challenge to discover how it’s possible to build and sell a car for such a low price. Supply and demand, economies of scale and parts sharing should be points of discussion.

There’s more to the Sandero than a low price, although with BuyaCar prices starting from around £6,000, you won’t require a calculator to work out that it represents exceptional value for money. It’s essentially a family hatchback for the price of a supermini.

Avoid the Sandero Access if you don’t fancy arriving at school with sweaty armpits, because the lack of air-conditioning could leave you feeling hot under the collar. We’d recommend splashing out on a higher specification trim for some added style and a few luxuries.


6. Nissan Leaf

Our pick Nissan Leaf 30kWh Tekna
Used deals from £11,500
Monthly finance from £236*

If you want to set a good example by driving an electric car, the original Nissan Leaf is a good place to start. Prices start from around £10,000, which is less than the price of Britain’s cheapest new car. You need never visit a petrol station again.

You can expect to see around 70 miles of range from an early Leaf, but this was upped to 100 miles in 2013. Better still, opt for a Leaf with a 30kWh battery pack for a likely range of around 120 miles.

Charging overnight takes around 10 hours using a normal household plug, but you can always add some more juice while you’re at school or get a home charger fitted to cut a full charge to around four hours. It’s not exciting to drive, but the silent running means you won’t wake your family when you arrive home late from yet another session of overtime.


7. BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring front

Our pick BMW 520d Touring automatic
Used deals from £21,999
Monthly finance from £326*

The BMW 5 Series Touring is ideal for head teachers or anyone who is after a practical family car with a touch of class. The parents might arrive at the school gate in SUVs, but the 5 Series Touring is more stylish and better to drive. And it should cost less to run.

Launched in 2017, the current 5 Series Touring offers much of the technology of the 7 Series luxury saloon, the practicality of a BMW SUV and the driving experience of the 3 Series Touring. You’ll benefit from a substantial 570 litres of luggage space and the convenience of the electrically operated tailgate with an opening window.

The 520d diesel offers the best balance of performance and economy, but don’t rule out the 520i petrol if you don't cover many miles and a diesel doesn't suit your driving. Opt for the M Sport trim for a touch of sporty style, although the SE model should feature pretty much everything you could need.


8. Skoda Superb

Our pick Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI SE Technology DSG
Used deals from £9,702
Monthly finance from £238*

Superb? In Ofsted terms, the big Skoda should be called the Outstanding. It really is that good. Put it this way: the Superb is more spacious than the Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class, yet is priced to compete with less prestigious cars like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.

Superb by name, superb by nature, because whether you opt for the spacious hatchback or the cavernous estate, there’s a genuine feeling of quality throughout. You also get limo-like levels of rear legroom, so you might fancy hiring a chauffeur to take the stress out of the daily commute.

All versions come with a long list of standard equipment, but check out the Laurin & Klement trim for some luxury features that should help you to relax after a stressful lesson with class 2B. Alternatively, take a look at the Sportline for a more racy exterior look.


*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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