• Published: 11 January 2022

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, we've put together a list of the 10 best used cars. The selection below features affordable city cars, larger family SUV's as well as high-end electric vehicles. Whichever car you're looking for, we've got you covered.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has been Britain's best-selling car for more than 10 years. It's affordable to run and easy to drive which makes it the ideal vehicle for everyday use. Whether you're a new driver or looking to downsize, the stylish Ford Fiesta ticks an awful lot of boxes.

The Fiesta is very well equipped for the price with enough space for four adults.

Kia Picanto

The used Kia Picanto offers great value for money. This model is stylish, has an appealing price and is easy to drive. The Picanto also has many great features such as air con, electric windows and a leather multi-function steering wheel.If you can stretch your budget, you can even enjoy a 7.0-inch touchscreen, reversing camera and climate control. 

Volkswagen Golf

A slightly more expensive car is the The Volkswagen Golf. This used car is a favourite with families. It's very comfortable and efficient.

Controls are light and the grippy front-wheel drive system works really well when you hit upon a windy B-road. You also won't be short on engine with a 1.6 or 2.0 litre tDI diesel.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia is the perfect vehicle if you're looking for a great-value family car. The Skoda Octavia is available as a versatile hatchback with 590 litres boot space or a practical estate with 610 litres boot space. Or you can opt for the newer model with even more space in the front and back. These used cars can be diesel or petrol, as well as manual or automatic. Plenty of choice!

Kia Sportage

You won't go wrong with a used Kia Sportage if you're looking for an affordable family SUV. The car has a modern design, fuss-free handling, decent interior and cheap running costs. It's a popular choice.

The Kia Sportage features a comprehensive infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's a spacious car offering plenty of room for four adults. The rear seats also have ISOFIX anchor points for child seats and there's a large boot. 

Audi TT Roadster

A convertible might be aspirational, but used prices mean they are easily within reach. The stylish Audi TT Roadster is one of the most striking vehicles on sale featuring a slick minimalistic design. The Audi doesn't only look good, it's practical as well with a 280-litre boot. 

This car has a choice of engine, from an entry-level 1.8-litre petrol through to a powerful TT RS model with 400PS on tap.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is a brilliant premium car and comes with a choice of efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. 

The interior consists of nice leather trims and a good level of standard features. Some include sat nav, a 6.5-inch colour screen and dual-zone climate control. There's ample space for a family of four, while the saloon comes with a decent 480-litre boot.

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 has managed to pull off that rare trick of selling ridiculously well, while also somehow feeling exclusive.

This car's styling is a gentle evolution of previous models with a bit more space to give occupants more leg and headroom. The user quality is excellent, and it’s quiet on the move with minimal engine and road noise.

Thanks to the smart and slick virtual cockpit, the Q5 is definitely clever. This car also comes with a four-wheel drive while power is supplied by either a petrol or diesel version of the 2.0-litre engine. If you want a comfortable and high quality SUV, this is the one!

Volvo XC40

The stylish Volvo XC40 is one of the most desirable SUVs around. On the outside, it’s clearly a Volvo with the company’s distinctive grille. On the inside, you'll spot theSwedish firm’s trademark iPad style infotainment screen.

This model is larger than most rivals and is used to control many of the car’s systems. You’ll have no problem fitting tall adults in the front and the back seat, plus the boot is spacious.

BMW i3

There's a growing number of used electric car buys on the market, but we think the BMW i3 is a brilliant choice if you're looking special.

Launched in 2013, it looks fresher and more modern than many new cars. There's also a stylish floating infotainment screen and enough space for four adults. 


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Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

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Spencers Car Sales

At Spencers Car Sales we charge an admin fee of £50 when you purchase a used vehicle from us. The admin fee pays towards the preparation of your new car, to make sure it’s safe and immaculate when you drive it away.

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