The 10 best value used cars in the UK

The MG ZS has been named the UK’s best value used car. But which other cars have made the second-hand top 10?

  • MG ZS – one of Britain's best value used cars in 2020

    The best value used cars

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    There are hundreds of thousands of used cars to choose from, with prices to suit all budgets. But the lowest price doesn’t necessarily mean the best value for money. You need to consider other factors, such as reliability, warranty cover, fuel economy, practicality and performance. The ChooseMyCar ‘Motor Index’ has identified what it says are the best value used cars on sale in the UK. There are two key factors: average price and average mileage. We’ll present the top 10 in reverse order.

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  • 10. Volkswagen T-Roc

    10. Volkswagen T-Roc

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    With an average price of £21,535 and an average mileage of 7,897, the Volkswagen T-Roc is ranked 10th on the list of best value used cars. It’s one of four SUVs in the Volkswagen range and it sits between the T-Cross and the Tiguan. There’s even a T-Roc Cabriolet, if you fancy an SUV with less roof and fewer doors.

  • Volkswagen T-Roc

    10. Volkswagen T-Roc

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    In the Motoring Research review, Richard Aucock said: “No two ways about it, the Volkswagen T-Roc will sell on looks alone. Rightly so; it’s a feel-good machine to look at and be driven in, all standout modernity and cool wow-factor. Style sells, and it’s going to sell many thousands of T-Rocs.” Used prices on the ChooseMyCar website start from £15,000.

  • Vauxhall Viva

    9. Vauxhall Viva

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    The Vauxhall Viva is one of the cheapest cars in the ChooseMyCar top 10, with an average price of £6,199. But that’s only part of the story, because the budget-led small car had a starting price of just £10,500 when it was new. It’s also the car with the highest average mileage in the list: 18,176 miles. Would a Hyundai i10 make more sense?

  • Vauxhall Viva

    9. Vauxhall Viva

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    In the Motoring Research review, Andrew Brady said: “Had it been introduced five or six years ago it would have been a revelation. But today, well, it’s a competent, sensible car for not a lot of money. The fact is you can buy a better all-rounder with a longer warranty for similar money from a Korean manufacturer (enter Hyundai i10), but some people just want a Vauxhall.”

  • Vauxhall Grandland X

    8. Vauxhall Grandland X

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    Some people are quite sniffy about the Vauxhall Grandland X, claiming that it’s little more than a boring version of the Peugeot 3008. Let’s look at it another way. The Grandland X shares a platform and oily bits with the 3008, which just happens to be one of, if not the best family SUV you can buy. Besides, there are many people who find the 3008’s styling and interior design a little too bold.

  • Vauxhall Grandland X

    8. Vauxhall Grandland X

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    Here’s the thing. Although ChooseMyCar quotes an average price of £14,815, you can buy a 2018 Grandland X for less than £13,000. That’s the price of a city car. All versions come with a generous level of equipment and you can even buy a hybrid version. We should point out that the Ultimate Nav Hybrid4 model costs an eyebrow-raising £46,500. That’s… a lot.

  • Suzuki Ignis

    7. Suzuki Ignis

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    The Suzuki Ignis is one of the most interesting and charming small cars you can buy. Although it’s been built to a price, it never feels like it, thanks to its SUV styling, bold interior and long list of standard equipment. SZ-T and SZ5 models come with roof rails, wheelarch extensions and side mouldings, for that authentic SUV look, while four-wheel drive is an option.

  • Suzuki Ignis

    7. Suzuki Ignis

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    In our review, we said: “It’s the styling, interior detailing, personalisation options, the range of colours and driving experience that will tug on your heartstrings. You might not like the look of the Ignis, and that’s your prerogative, but Suzuki must be applauded for blazing a different trail with the cheeky styling. It deserves to succeed, as the Ignis is one of the freshest and most appealing new cars we’ve driven in 2016.”

  • Seat Arona

    6. Seat Arona

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    Seat left it late before joining the SUV party, but the Spanish arm of Volkswagen has hit the ground running. The Arona and Ateca are two of the most convincing SUVs in their respective markets, while the Tarraco is a good looking alternative to the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan. The Arona scores highly for its value for money, cabin space and surprisingly good dynamics.

  • Seat Arona

    6. Seat Arona

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    New, you’re looking at a price of at least £18,500 for a Seat Arona. Used prices start from around £11,000, which is enough for a 2018 example with 30,000 miles on the clock. We’d recommend the SE Technology trim for the best blend of equipment and price.

  • Skoda Karoq

    5. Skoda Karoq

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    Of all the cars in the top 10, the Skoda Karoq has the highest number of listings on the ChooseMyCar website. There are 157 cars available, which is twice the number of Ignis and Grandland X models. What’s the appeal? Put simply, the Karoq offers the best value for money in a very crowded segment.

  • Skoda Karoq

    5. Skoda Karoq

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    The Karoq holds its value very well, which proves that this is an SUV in demand. You’ll need to find at least £23,000 for a new Skoda Karoq, but the cheapest example we could find on the ChooseMyCar website is a 2018 example for £16,500. We’d recommend the SE Technology for the best value for money, although the rugged Scout and sporty Sportline are worth considering.

  • Ford Ka Plus

    4. Ford Ka Plus

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    Squint really hard and the Ford Ka+ looks like a little Aston Martin. In fact, we’re thinking this would have been a great platform for the Aston Martin Cygnet. We digress, because the Ka+ has been named the fourth best value used car in the UK. Not bad, for what was Ford’s entry-level model.

  • Ford Ka Plus

    4. Ford Ka Plus

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    As James Batchelor said in his review, you can view the Ka+ as a ‘Fiesta-’. It’s almost as good to drive as the Fiesta, the cabin has the look of the Fiesta’s (albeit without the feeling of quality) and we reckon it looks rather good. Prices start from around £5,000.

  • Suzuki Celerio

    3. Suzuki Celerio

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    The Suzuki Celerio was one of Britain’s cheapest new cars. It was also one of a few cars to get within striking distance of the basic Dacia Sandero, albeit with a more generous level of standard equipment. It should come as no surprise to discover that it’s properly cheap on the used car market. Prices start from less than £4,000.

  • Suzuki Celerio

    3. Suzuki Celerio

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    Richard Aucock likes it. He said: “The Suzuki Celerio is, you sense, a city car that Mini creator Sir Alec Issigonis might admire. It’s not stylish, not overly luxurious and does not particularly nod to fashion. It is, however, extremely roomy, well engineered and shows some clever cost-controlled solutions to giving small car buyers maximum for their money.”

  • Citroen C3 Aircross

    2. Citroen C3 Aircross

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    With an average price of £11,315 and an average mileage of 10,334, the Citroen C3 Aircross drives away with the silver award. It’s one of the best small crossovers you can buy, with a focus on comfort and efficiency.

  • Citroen C3 Aircross

    2. Citroen C3 Aircross

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    Frankly, we’re a little shocked. Take a look on the ChooseMyCar website and you’ll discover Citroen C3 Aircross prices start from £9,000. That’s not for a tired ex-rental car with lunar miles under its belt. That’s for a 2018 example with up to 20,000 miles on the clock. These things cost at least £19,000 when new. Little wonder it’s one of the UK’s best value used cars.

  • MG ZS

    1. MG ZS

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    This is it: the UK’s best value used car, according to ChooseMyCar. It takes the title thanks to the combination of an average price of £13,731 and average mileage of 6,174. Prices actually start from £11,000. The MG ZS has just been updated for 2020, plus you can even order an electric version.

  • MG ZS

    1. MG ZS

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    Andrew Brady awarded the ZS three stars, saying: “Photocopier styling aside, our first impressions of the new MG ZS were fairly positive. The interior is fine for the money, if no more, and it’s bigger – and therefore roomier – than rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur. It’s a shame, then, that things start to fall apart when you drive the ZS”. Not literally – Andrew was talking about the powertrains and driving experience.