The top 10 best used cars on sale

Waiting a little longer and buying a car once it appears on the used market can be a more affordable option than buying new. We’ve picked out the 10 best used cars on sale across the market to help you get the best deal.

If you’re looking for more space, check out our list of the best used SUVs on sale or, if you’re after great deals on new cars, head over to our car deals page.

1. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage is a practical, chunky and spacious SUV with more than enough passenger and boot space for a growing family. The well-built cabin and plentiful standard equipment help make the Sportage very easy to live with.

Its styling might divide opinion, but it looks imposing and gives a commanding view of the road. Off-road performance is decent, especially on higher-spec four-wheel drive KX models. Among its best aspects is the industry-leading seven-year Kia warranty, which is transferable to future owners.

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2. Audi TT

It might look cutting edge but the Audi TT’s sharp looks have now graced the used market. It’s one of the most striking and desirable cars in its class, with an interior that upholds Audi’s reputation for immaculate build quality and tasteful materials.

On the road, the TT is quick and offers loads of grip – especially when fitted with optional quattro four-wheel drive. It feels light and agile around corners and every engine in the range feels powerful while using relatively modest amounts of fuel. This is unquestionably one of the best all-round coupes on the market.

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3. Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class offers a standard of luxury never before seen in the highly competitive compact executive category. The plush and well-equipped cabin feels impressively extravagant, with plenty of space for four people and a generous 480-litre boot.

It nearly matches the BMW 3 Series for driver enjoyment, but the C-Class is also the more comfortable car to drive. It has a wide range of frugal and efficient engines and, while the popular diesels are a little rattly compared to the Audi A4, they’re sufficiently powerful and efficient to make the car relaxing to drive.

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4. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso proves large family MPVs can feature impressive space and practicality, while also being stylish to look at. Inside, there’s a smart, modern cabin with plenty of room for seven – including three separate seats on the middle row and two in the back.

The cabin has an airy and roomy feel, partly thanks to a windscreen that extends beyond the driver’s head. It’s one of the most comfortable cars in its class, too – ideal for families. As a result of the great visibility, it’s pleasant and easy to drive despite its large dimensions.

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5. VW Golf

The VW Golf is a brilliant all-rounder with smart looks, a plush interior and a good amount of interior space. There’s plenty of equipment as standard, even on cheaper trim levels and the touchscreen infotainment system is among the easiest to use on the market.

Boot capacity is about average for the class, but the 380-litre bay is well shaped and larger than rivals such as the Ford Focus. On the road, the Golf is easy and fun to drive, while there are some great engine choices – including the smooth 1.4-litre turbo petrol and frugal-yet-powerful 2.0-litre diesel. There’s even a fully-electric e-Golf and hybrid GTE for those with an eye on their carbon footprint.

Check out our Volkswagen Golf deals to see how much you could save.

6. Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is a stylish convertible sports car that offers one of the greatest driving experiences at any price. The two-seat interior is a comfortable environment to be in, with a little more headroom in the soft-top compared to the folding hardtop RF. There’s even enough luggage space for a weekly shop in the 130-litre boot.

The driving experience is nearly unparalleled at this price, with great handling thanks to the MX-5’s lightweight body and peppy petrol engines. It’s not as fast in a straight line as some hot hatch rivals, but that simply gives you more time to enjoy the sensation of acceleration.

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7. BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is one of the leaders of the executive saloon pack, thanks to its impressive handling and ride quality. Its sharp steering and powerful engines make it great fun to chuck around back roads, while also being a very capable motorway cruiser, too.

Of course, the 5 Series also features a plush and luxurious cabin although it feels a little more dated than some rivals. It comes with the easy-to-use iDrive infotainment system that features sat-nav across all models. A new BMW 5 Series has recently been announced so expect decent deals on the outgoing model.

Check out the savings on our BMW 5 Series deals page.

8. Mini Hatchback

The Mini Hatchback has the classic model’s charm and character, but in a larger, more modern body. The retro styling continues in the cabin, which is well-equipped and attractive featuring solid-feeling switchgear and a straightforward infotainment system. Considering the car’s small size, there’s just about enough space for most drivers’ needs.

Thanks to responsive controls, the Hatchback is an enjoyable and fun small car to drive. It also has a good range of peppy, efficient engines. Considering it’s so small, it does demand more compromises than some more practical superminis but makes up for it with desirability by the bucket load.

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9. Ford Galaxy

The Ford Galaxy is a spacious and practical family MPV with a vast amount of passenger space and a generous boot with the rear seats folded down. It’s the big brother to the sportier S-Max, offering similarly smart looks and a solid, well-equipped cabin.

The Galaxy also benefits from seven full-sized seats – even adults will feel comfortable in the back row. It’s surprisingly good fun to drive thanks to responsive controls and good command over its bulk. A choice of punchy, efficient engines are offered including a 240hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol from the Focus ST for some serious firepower.

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10. Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is a great value mid-sized family car, with striking exterior styling and a smart interior. All trim levels come with lots of equipment and there’s a generous amount of space, although headroom is a little cramped in the rear seats thanks to the curved roofline.

Its 530-litre boot is good for its class and the opening is reasonably well shaped. The Insignia is pleasant to drive, with a comfortable ride making it a great motorway cruiser. Low residual values and plentiful supply make the Insignia an exceptionally affordable used or nearly-new option.

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Kia Sportage

A distinctive, well-built SUV with room for the family
£19,200 - £32,755
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Audi TT

An excellent sports car that looks great and is fun to drive
£28,855 - £40,945
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Mercedes C-Class

Smart-looking saloon with a posh interior and a desirable badge
£29,040 - £48,855
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