CarGurus has launched its UK Best Used Car Awards. A panel of expert judges voted on the best second-hand buys in 13 different segments, based on availability, search interest and projected value retention. From city cars to luxurious SUVs, these are their top choices.
The Seat Ateca mid-size SUV takes the overall win, as best used car you can buy. It was praised for offering both the practicality and efficiency buyers need, alongside a pleasant driving experience and good looks.
Starting with city cars, it’s the outgoing Hyundai i10 that comes out on top, with Volkswagen’s Up and the Smart ForFour close behind. A worthy winner in our eyes, the i10 was great value when new, and remains so used.
The last-generation Ford Fiesta takes victory honours in the supermini class, with the Skoda Fabia and outgoing Renault Clio as runners-up. Sales figures reflect the Fiesta’s popularity as well as the judges’ praise. It’s regularly the best-selling car in the UK.
The Seat Leon takes the top spot as a small family car, beating the outgoing Kia Ceed and the Audi A3. No Golf to be seen here, it seems, only its sporty Spanish cousin. The Leon is a desirable, capable and high quality hatchback.
‘Large family car’ is a curious segment. Everything from MPVs to saloons can qualify, as reflected in the top three. Ford’s S-Max wins, trailed by the Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. It’s an MPV in a saloon sandwich.
Small crossovers are a fast-growing sector of the car market. The winner is perhaps unexpected, although deserving: the Suzuki Vitara. The Skoda Yeti follows, then the Renault Captur.
The larger ‘normal’ crossover segment delivers Seat another win, with the Ateca beating the BMW X1 and Renault Kadjar. It also beat everything else, of course, winning best overall buy.
In the ‘proper’ SUV segment, the Audi Q7, Peugeot 5008 and Jaguar F-Pace came out on top. The Audi is a pleasant thing, although we reckon Volkswagen Touareg is just as tempting.
Onto the spicier stuff, and it’s the BMW M2 that gets the nod in the performance car class. In second, perhaps predictably, is the Porsche 911 (2012-2019). And third, from the supermini segment, is the Ford Fiesta, this time in hot ST form.
Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
Convertibles come in all shapes and sizes, as evidenced by this top three. In first place is the Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet, with the dinky and sporty Mazda MX-5 following, then the Mini Convertible.
BMW 4 Series
Style, sportiness and, often, attainability define the coupe class. The outgoing BMW 4 Series takes top honours, with the Audi TT and Mercedes E-Class Coupe behind.
‘Green car’ is an interesting one. Shouldn’t all new-ish cars be green? Well, not as green as this winner: the BMW i3. It’s followed by the Hyundai Ioniq and Renault Zoe.
Executive cars appeal to the heart and the head. CarGurus deems the last-generation Audi A6 best in the second-hand market. The old BMW 3 Series comes second, with the Volvo S90 third.
The final segment is luxury cars. The Range Rover takes the win, followed by last-generation versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera.