Best used car deals

The best used car deals: save thousands on city cars, SUVs and sportscars, with finance offers

BuyaCar team
Apr 4, 2018

Featured deal: Kia Sportage

Kia’s seven-year warranty and reputation for practical design has always made the brand a sensible choice, but the current Sportage adds extra appeal, with an original design and steering that’s responsive and accurate, for smooth and involved driving.

It still remains a rational choice too, thanks to a large boot and good rear legroom - plus that warranty, which transfers to the new owner when it’s bought as a used car.

The latest generation of the car was launched in 2016 and early diesel models now start at just over £13,500, while petrol-powered cars like the one above are around £14,250. Both cost less than £200 a month with representative finance. Even entry-level ‘1’ models include alloy wheels, air conditioning, all-round electric windows and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly. Sat-nav and parking sensors come as standard on grade 2 and above.
Read the Kia Sportage buying guide


More used car deals

If you’re looking for the best possible deal on your next car, then it’s hard to beat a used model. Whether it's a nearly new vehicle with barely ten miles on the clock or one that's pounded the motorways for several years, they will have already lost a large chunk of their value, making them considerably cheaper than ordering a brand new car.

Buying a car that’s less than three years old will usually mean that it’s still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. In many cases, the same model will still be available as a new car, which means that you’ll get exactly the same technology and equipment. You'll also be able to finance your used car, leaving you with more affordable monthly payments.

There’s a used car to search every need and budget. We’ve selected some of the best deals available below. Click on the links to jump to the relevant sections or scroll down to see them all.

Best used cars for under £5,000
Best used cars for under £10,000
Best used cars for under £15,000
Best used cars for under £20,000
Best used cars for under £25,000
Best used cars for over £25,000


Another reminder that diesel cars which don't meet the latest emissions regulations will be charged to drive in the forthcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone in London, and are also likely to be affected by other diesel charges that are set to be introduced over the next three years. You're safe if you buy a diesel car that meets Euro 6 standards (including every car registered after September 2015).

We've taken all of our prices from Buyacar. They include a £300 deposit contribution if you're buying with finance, so cash buyers should add £300 to the price.


Used car deals under £5,000

Fiat 500 used car deals

Typical example Fiat 500 1.2 Pop (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £4,490  Representative finance £79 per month

In 2014, the Fiat 500 was one of the ten best-selling cars in Britain, with more than 44,000 sold in that year alone. You’ll now find many of those 2014 cars available for less than £5,000, retaining all of the retro chic with which they rolled out of the factory.

Representative finance quotes start at less than £80 a month for entry-level Pop cars, and you can upgrade to a plusher Lounge model, which has Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly, for between £10 and £15 per month.
Read the Fiat 500 buying guide


Renault Twingo used car deals

Typical example Renault Twingo 1.2 Dynamique (2014, 20,000 miles)
Price £4,700  Representative finance £86 per month

Looking more distinctive than most rival small hatchbacks, the previous-generation Renault Twingo has got plenty of character, and it’s surprisingly practical too.

With rear seats that move forwards to increase boot space or backwards to maximise legroom, plus cruise control and Bluetooth as standard, you’re not being short-changed. However, you will have to live with an interior that’s grey, sombre and a stark contrast to the lively exterior.


Skoda Citigo used car deals

Typical example Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI SE (2015, 25,000 miles) Price £4,900  Representative finance £85 per month

Cheap, reliable and surprisingly spacious, the Skoda Citigo is one of a trio of city cars by which all others are judged. There are plenty of four-year-old, low-mileage examples for less than £5,000 to choose from with representative finance payments of between £80 and £90 per month.

Cheapest are three-door cars, which are most common in this price bracket, and these include SE models that have electric front windows, remote central locking and air conditioning. You’ll need to move up to an Elegance car for Bluetooth, which is incorporated into a small dashboard module - check to ensure that it's included with the car and hasn't been lost.
Read the Skoda Citigo buying guide


Used car deals under £10,000

Audi A1 used car deals

Typical example Audi A1 Sport 1.4 TFSI (2015, 60,000 miles)
Price £9,500  Representative finance £145 per month

It’s a supermini with roughly as much space as a VW Polo, but the Audi A1 comes with a posher badge and an interior with a quality feel. You pay a premium, whether you’re buying new or used, but it's an affordable one for some second-hand cars, with prices starting from around £9,000, or £135 on a representative finance agreement.
Read the Audi A1 buying guide


Seat Ibiza used car deals

Typical example Seat Ibiza 1.0 MPI SE (2017, 4,000 miles) 
Price £9,900  Representative finance £150 per month

Launched last year, the all-new Seat Ibiza became the best all-round supermini on the market thanks to a comfortable ride, nimble cornering, spacious interior and five star independent Euro NCAP safety rating. There are plenty of hi-tech options too, although you won’t find a great deal of them in cars that cost less than under £10,000.

Even so, it’s a bargain price to pay for a nearly new supermini that’s top of its class. The SE models in this bracket include alloy wheels, front fog lights, a small dashboard touchscreen and automatic emergency braking. An extra £1,000 will buy a better-equipped SE Technology car, or one with a nippier TSI petrol engine.

The previous-generation car is still good, but the new one is better, so make sure you can tell the difference: the latest version has headlights that are angled upwards towards the grille (as seen above). In older cars, they are slanted downwards.
Read the Seat Ibiza buying guide


Nissan Qashqai used car deals

Typical example Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DiG-T Acenta (2014, 50,000 miles)
Price £9,700  Representative finance £145 per month

The current version of the Nissan Qashqai went on sale in 2014, and the earliest models are now available for just under £10,000, in mid-range Acenta trim.
The Qashqai remains one of Britain’s best-selling cars, thanks to its comfort, practicality and build quality. It might look tall and chunky, but from behind the wheel, its light steering and good visibility make it feel like a supermini.

An updated version of the crossover has just gone on sale, but there are no dramatic changes, so you shouldn’t feel short-changed by not having the very latest car.

There are roomier rivals (particularly when it comes to boot space), such as the Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008, and we’d avoid the noisy automatic cars, but otherwise, it’s a solid buy.
Read the Nissan Qashqai buying guide


Mini Cooper used car deals

Typical Example Mini Cooper Hatchback (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £8,190 Representative finance £116 per month

If you rarely use your car’s rear seats and are looking for a motor that will put a smile on your face, then a Mini Cooper should be near the top of your list, especially as the current generation of the car is now available for less than £10,000.

The zippy engine and quick steering give the Mini an energy that eludes many rivals, while the classic design and heavily-styled interior are a world away from the generic looks of many other small cars.
Read the Mini Hatchback buying guide


Used car deals under £15,000

BMW X1 used car deals

Typical example BMW X1 18d xLine xDrive  Age 2013 (63), 33,000 miles

Price £13,647 Representative monthly payment £186

You can buy a used version of BMW's small crossover for the cost of a new supermini but it’s not the price that you should be looking at: finance payments can be around £180 a month on a PCP agreement. The cost is so low because the BMW holds its value well, and is expected to still be worth a large chunk of its price at the end of the agreement.

Cut-price doesn’t have to mean compromise in this situation: there are plenty of well-equipped examples that have four-wheel drive, leather seats, dual-zone air conditioning and parking sensors, Diesel cars in this price bracket won't be new enough to avoid future inner-city diesel charges, though.
Read the BMW X1 buying guide


Mazda CX-5 used car deals

Typical Example Mazda CX-5 2.2D SE-L Nav (2015, 60,000 miles)
Price £11,950  Representative finance £176 per month

It might have been replaced by an all-new model but Mazda’s previous-generation CX-5 remains an excellent family car: an excellent example of a crossover that combines the strength of a traditional hatchback with the higher driving position and extra practicality of an off-road car.

It’s comfortable over bumps, but remains agile in corners, giving the driver confidence that it’ll go where it’s pointed. There’s plenty of space in the back and boot (compared with other family car rivals), and it’s well-equipped too, with alloy wheels, dashboard screen with Bluetooth and climate control on all cars.
Read the Mazda CX-5 (2012-2017) buying guide


Skoda Octavia used car deals

Typical example Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI S Age 2016 (16), 12,552 miles
Price £11,489 Representative monthly payment £176

If your family hatchback feels cramped, then there's no need to buy a long estate car or a tall and chunky crossover: you just need a Skoda Octavia.

The car is enormous, when you compare it to a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra, with a huge boot and plenty of legroom for passengers in the back. The economical engines and competitive pricing all combine to make it BuyaCar's best family hatchback.

It's an even bigger bargain as a used car too. Petrol-powered Octavias, registered last year, are selling for less than £11,500, or less than £180 a month on representative finance. That's a saving of more than £6,500 on the current new price.

Underneath the bonnet of the these cars is a 1-litre engine that's efficient in real-world driving, but also has enough power for smooth and steady acceleration up to motorway speeds. The cheapest entry-level S models are a little basic, but still include a dashboard screen with digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly; air conditioning; alloy wheels; and electrically-adjustable side mirrors.

Increase your budget to £12,500, or £185-£190 a month, and your potential picks will include diesel models and more generously-equipped SE cars.
Read the Skoda Octavia buying guide


Used car deals under £20,000

Range Rover Evoque used car deals

Typical example Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Pure Tech (2014, 40,000 miles)
Price £19,790  Representative finance £245

Range Rover Evoque prices continue to fall, making popular versions of this in-demand car affordable on a £20,000, or £250-per-month, budget. That now buys you an entry level (but still luxurious) Pure Tech car. 

The latest Evoques are equipped with a quieter and smoother 2-litre TD4 diesel engine, which became available in 2015 and representative monthly payments start from around £300 - or around £24,000.
Read the Range Rover Evoque buying guide


BMW 1 Series used car deals

Typical example BMW 118i M Sport  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles

Price £17,475  Representative monthly payment £280

Prices of used BMW 1 Series start at £9,000, but even the most expensive models can represent bargain buys.

You can save more than £5,000 on the list price by opting for one of several used BMW 118i Sport models currently available, which are less than a year old. Each comes equipped with 17in alloy wheels and sat-nav.
See the BMW 1 Series buying guide.


Jaguar XE used deals

Typical example Jaguar XE 2.0D R-Sport  Age 2015 (15), 21,500 miles
Price £19,444  Representative monthly payment £245

A price of less than £20,000 is great value for a high-specification version of Jaguar’s smallest saloon. It’s more than a match for the BMW 3 Series, thanks to its excellent blend of comfort, power and agility in corners.

The rear seats can be a little cramped if you’re taller than average, but there is plenty of room for children.
R-Sport cars look the part, thanks to beefier front and rear bumpers, as well as larger alloy wheels.

All diesel XE cars should also meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations, so are unlikely to be hit by pollution charges. Even so, if you are looking at a 2015 car, it's worth double-checking to ensure that it’s compliant.


Used car deals under £25,000

Mercedes C-Class used deals

Typical example Mercedes C220d BlueTec AMG Line Auto  Age 2015 (15), 17,750 miles
Price £22,400  Representative monthly payment £297

A two-year-old example of Mercedes’ suave saloon car with under 20,000 miles can be yours for less than £300 per month. You can also opt for an estate version too.

The diesel engine in the popular C220d model isn't the quietest under acceleration but soon purrs along as you pick up the pace.

Automatic cars are much more desirable, thanks to their smooth gearchanges, while AMG Line trim makes the car look sportier with larger alloy wheels. It also includes sat-nav and heated seats.
Read the Mercedes C-Class buying guide


Audi Q3 used car deals

Typical example 2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic  Age 2015 (65), 13,000 miles
Price £24,000  Representative monthly payment £364

You can pick up a 2015 Audi Q3 for less than £19,000 but if your budget will stretch to it, then there are four-wheel drive, automatic cars available for £1,000 to £2,000 more.

And if you want the car with a powerful 2-litre TFSI engine, current prices are around £24,000. That’s for a car that costs more than £30,000 new. Although that's a tangible saving, prices haven't crashed because the Q3 has no shortage of customers, making finance more affordable.

Most 2015 cars are updated versions of the Q3, which have a more imposing front grille, with a black or chrome border that runs into the front lights. They may not feel as nimble to drive as a BMW X1 but it is spacious and comfortable.
Read the Audi Q3 buying guide


Mercedes SLC

Typical Example Mercedes SLC 250d AMG-Line (2017, 2,500 miles)
Price £24,700  Representative finance £314 per month

Stylish top-down motoring can be yours this summer, as prices of 2016 and 2017 Mercedes SLC models dip below £25,000. Many of these cars have covered less than 5,000 miles and all have hard folding tops, which makes the model more secure when parked and cosier when it gets cold.

Look for cars with optional Airscarf heating, which are fitted with vents in the head restraints, that’ll blow warm air over your neck when you have the roof down on cooler days.
Read the Mercedes SLC buying guide

Volkswagen Golf GTI used car deals

Typical example VW Golf GTI Performance DSG  Age 2016 (66), 6,000 miles
Price £23,490  Representative monthly payment £322

Even if you know very little about cars, you’ll probably know that the Volkswagen Golf GTI is fast, fun and desirable. That recognition helps to boost demand on the used market, which means that there are few cut-price options.

However, a price of less than £24,000 for a Golf GTI with an automatic gearbox, plus a performance upgrade that boosts power and improves cornering, is a great deal. And because the car holds its value well, the representative monthly cost is under £325.

The alternative is a brand new car. Although they have been given a minor upgrade with a little more power, these latest Golf GTIs are little different to drive than the previous version. With the performance upgrade and an automatic gearbox they are priced at £31,000.
Read the Volkswagen Golf GTI buying guide


Used car deals over £25,000

Alfa Romeo Giulia used car deals

Typical example Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.2 JDTM-2 180PS Super auto (2017, 4,000 miles)
Price £27,995  Representative monthly payment £404

Alfa Romeo’s sporty family saloon car is available with decent savings as a nearly-new car. Avoid the temptation of the high-performance Quadrifoglio model (and its £58,000 used price tag), and you’ll find diesel-powered versions of the stylish and fun-to-drive Giula starting from around £25,000.

It’s powerful but pleasingly economical, and if you drive carefully (easier said than done), fuel economy can reach around 50mpg.
Read the Alfa Romeo Giulia buying guide


Audi A6 allroad

Typical Example Audi A6 allroad (2015, 40,000 miles)
Price £22,500 Representative finance £345 per month

Audi’s most understated luxury car isn’t as well known as its small hatchbacks or large SUVs, but many owners consider it the best car in the range.

It’s based on the standard A6 Avant estate, but has been raised up, fitted with four-wheel drive and clad in extra protection underneath. This gives it as much off-road ability as most owners will ever need while sat in the leather-clad interior. It’s a genuinely premium car for an affordable price.
Read the Audi A6 allroad buying guide

Porsche Boxster used car deals

Typical example Porsche Boxster 3.4 S  Age 2012 (62), 9,000 miles
Price £38,990  Representative monthly payment £692

Buy used and you may just get the best Boxster that Porsche will ever make. That’s because the latest version of the two-seat convertible has been fitted with a small four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is more powerful and economical than the six-cylinder motor in cars that were built before 2016.

But many think that the turbocharger has ruined the car, making it quieter and with acceleration that’s too smooth to make the driver feel fully involved, unlike the characterful six-cylinder engine.

For less than £40,000, you could have a low mileage, pre-2016, Porsche Boxster S, which has more power than the basic car and a glorious exhaust soundtrack whenever you press the accelerator.


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