When it comes to buying a car, particularly a used model, buyers often have two main concerns: reliability and affordability. They want a car that will get them from A to B without paying a fortune.
This small hatchback may look like any other city car on the road, but it delivers something more in its overall performance.
Like many other cars in its class, the Vauxhall Agila is fuel efficient. Available in a 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre engine, the 1.0-litre achieves 60.1mpg, and the 1.2-litre, 55.4mpg. But that’s not all. The Agila is smooth to drive, with minimal road noise for a car of this size. It can also handle both city drives and motorway commutes with ease, making it a great all-rounder.
Built by Vauxhall with a Suzuki engine, the Agila offers the reliability of two well-known brands. Plus, with a 100,000 mile warranty and an affordable resale price (you can find a 2014 model for less than £5000), it ticks all of the used car boxes.
The Kia Cee’d is a popular used car among both professionals and families. While originally marketed as a budget car manufacturer, Kia now produces some high-spec vehicles that can compete with some of the most popular dealers.
The Cee’d hatchback is a surprisingly spacious car, offering practicality and great value. While a sleek and stylish car, affordability is one of the biggest appeals. Cheap to run and with a 7-year warranty, the Cee’d attracts discerning and budget conscious buyers.
Ranging from a 1.0-litre to a 1.6-litre, the Cee’d offers power and economy, with the 1.6-litre providing 52.3mpg, making it a great choice for a used car.
Finally, no used car must-buy list would be complete without the Ford Focus. As one of the most popular on the road, it offers more room than the other models here, making it the ideal family car.
Whether you’re looking for a 3-door, 5-door hatchback, or a larger estate, the Ford Focus is a versatile and reliable model. This is also the most powerful of the bunch. Available in a 1.0-litre eco model, delivering up to 65.7mpg, all the way to the 2-litre turbo diesel, at 70.6mpg.
With so many on the road, you can find a used Ford Focus at a great price – although this will depend on the spec you require.
Reliable and affordable, these are three of the best used cars around.