The best low mileage cars

Fancy a car with low mileage for thousands less than the list price? Here are the best value cars that have covered less than 10,000 miles

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Nov 25, 2021

Many drivers look for a low mileage vehicle when changing their car. With fewer miles on the clock, a car should last longer than one that has travelled much further and, as a result, could provide better value for money than an otherwise similar car that’s - in mileage terms - halfway to the moon.

What constitutes low mileage will depend on the age and size of the car. For example, a large diesel car chosen specifically to travel the length and breadth of the country may have covered 60,000 miles in its first three years.

Meanwhile, a typical driver going to the shops occasionally in a small hatchback and rarely going on longer trips, may only cover 5,000 miles per year. Anything up to around 20,000 miles could be considered low. City cars tend to cover fewer miles, but 10,000 miles after a couple of years would still be classed as low mileage.

While in the majority of cases, low mileage is a good thing, there are things you need to consider before parting with your cash. An engine performs best at normal operating temperature, so a succession of short trips with the engine not warming up isn’t good news for its longevity. This means that there's no reason to fear a car with an average mileage - most modern cars are capable of covering many hundreds of thousands of miles if maintained properly.

Also consider the types of journey. Take two identical cars with 20,000 miles on the clock. The one that has spent the majority of time on a motorway is likely to be more desirable than the one that has been in the city, stuck in traffic, changing gear often and going over speed bumps all the time. You can expect the motorway car to be showing less signs of wear and tear, aside from the likelihood of some stone chips on the bonnet and front bumper.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars with no more than 10,000 miles on the clock. All cars are powered by either electric motors, petrol engines, or a combination of both, because petrol engines are better suited to those covering shorter distances than diesel equivalents, which typically cost more to purchase in the first place and best suit those travelling longer distances, as these are the people who are most likely to benefit from the fuel cost savings outweighing the higher initial cost.

Low mileage cars for sale

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £0*

The new Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best superminis you can get. It shares the platform it's built on and its engines with the Peugeot 208, but the Corsa is more affordable than its French counterpart. There’s even a new Corsa-e, which offers more than 200 miles of electric range.

As new prices are high, the Corsa loses a fair chunk of its value within the first year, meaning that nearly new examples offer excellent value for money. The desirable SRi Premium trim features a seven-inch touchscreen media system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, air-conditioning, 17-inch diamond-cut gloss black alloy wheels, heated seats, heated steering wheel, keyless start and other luxuries that wouldn’t look out of place on a far more expensive car.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Volkswagen Polo

Used deals from £13,800
Monthly finance from £237*

The Polo is one of the best superminis you can get, and it’s a savvy option if you’re looking to bag a great deal with used prices typically plummeting after the first year. It’s practical and spacious inside, beautifully built and available with an excellent choice of efficient engines. The Polo’s rock-solid image is another factor working in its favour.

It's a car best suited to petrol engines, and there's plenty of choice here. The 1.0-litre engines come with a variety of power outputs, so make sure you choose one that works for you. The smooth-shifting automatic gearbox makes this car even easier to drive in town.

VOLKSWAGEN POLO BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £18,500
Monthly finance from £0*

The Honda Jazz is a popular car for drivers who spend a lot of time doing short journeys around town. They tend to be well maintained and driven gently, with the engines having a stress-free life at the hands of caring owners. While some cars are sporty and encourage being driven fast, the Jazz is the opposite, encouraging a slower, more relaxed drive.

It helps that the Honda Jazz is one of the most reliable small cars you can get, which provides great peace of mind, even when the car is out of the original manufacturer’s warranty. As a bonus, the Jazz is one of the most spacious cars in its class, with rear legroom to rival a much larger car.

READ MORE ABOUT THE 2020 HONDA JAZZ

4. Ford Fiesta

Used deals from £11,950
Monthly finance from £231*

The Ford Fiesta is one of the UK’s most popular new cars, so there’s plenty of choice on the used car market. The current Fiesta was introduced in 2017. Although the styling is an evolution of the older version, the new car is safer, more efficient and loaded with the latest technology. Even the entry-level Fiesta features a long list of standard equipment, and you can also choose from the rugged Active model, sporty ST and posh Vignale versions.

It's best that the 1.1-litre petrol engine is avoided as it can feel underpowered on faster roads. The turbocharged 1.0-litre 'EcoBoost' engines are the ones to go for, which should prove similarly as efficient in the real world, but feel much faster.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mazda MX-5

Used deals from £14,750
Monthly finance from £0*

Although some people are fortunate enough to drive a sports car every day, most two-seaters are reserved for weekends and sunny days. The Mazda MX-5 offers the comfort and efficiency to be used daily, but many examples lead a pampered existence and cover fewer miles than more practical cars.

Not that the MX-5 is entirely impractical. The boot is large enough for a few overnight bags and there’s a storage box between the seats. Sure, the cabin is a little snug, but feeling cosy in a sports car is part of its charm.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. BMW Z4

Used deals from £30,790
Monthly finance from £0*

If you fancy something larger and a little newer, it’s worth considering the BMW Z4. This is a more mature take on the two-seater sports car formula, with the Z4 designed more for long-distance comfort rather than quick blasts along your favourite B-road.

Even the entry-level Sport model packs a good level of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-speed automatic transmission, heated seats, luxurious leather upholstery, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and a slick media system. Many buyers choose to upgrade to the more stylish M Sport model, which costs £1,750 more than the Sport when new.

BMW Z4 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Kia Stinger GTS

Used deals Limited stock

The Stinger GTS is Kia’s rival to high-performance cars like the Audi S5, BMW 440i and Jaguar XE S. It’s the automotive equivalent of having your cake and eating it, because you get the reliability and build quality of a Kia, but the thrill of rear-wheel drive and a powerful 3.3-litre petrol engine.

It costs well over £40,000 when new, which is a lot, even for a car this powerful and loaded with such a long list of equipment. It’ll sprint to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds, which is quick enough to rival many sports cars.

KIA STINGER BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Nissan Leaf

Used deals from £21,290
Monthly finance from £0*

By their nature, many electric cars cover fewer miles than their petrol and diesel equivalents. Although advances in the charging infrastructure and battery technology mean electric cars are more suitable for long journeys than they were a few years ago, a lot of electric cars stick within the city limits.

This means it’s no surprise to find a large number of low mileage electric cars on BuyaCar. What’s more, because electric cars tend to lose a large chunk of value in the first few years, it’s possible to bag a great deal on a used electric model - even those with low mileage.

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*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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