Five of the best used cars to buy in 2016

The used car market is booming, and there are many quality second-hand cars for sale which can bag you a bargain. We all want to save money on motoring bills, and one of the best ways to do that is to buy a second-hand car.

You can pay much less than the list price and you might even be able to pick up a car which is still covered by its manufacturer warranty. With this in mind, here are five of the best used cars of 2016 by category, so keep an eye out for these if you are looking to sell your car and pick up a new model:

Family car

Vauxhall Insignia

The traditional family car has often been overlooked in recent years, with people leaning more towards a glamourous motor, rather than one that does a good, all-round job.

The Vauxhall Insignia is a prime example of a reliable family car that is being overlooked, with many of these models being parked on forecourts across the country.

The Insignia is much more appealing to the eye compared to its rivals and has an interior finish that rivals many higher end models. Offering a comfortable ride, plenty of head and legroom and a massive 530 litres of boot space, it makes a perfect family car. The 2.0-litre diesel is the best all-rounder, thanks to its 138bhp and fuel consumption of around 60mpg.

City car

Skoda Citigo

The tiny Skoda Citigo takes the top spot for the best city car, with the pint-sized motor offering an excellently priced all-round model.

It is easy to drive, well built and comfortable, whilst also offering excellent fuel economy and extremely low emissions, meaning your running costs will be much less. The entry-level 59bhp 1.0-litre model promises economy of 63mpg and emissions of just 105g/km of CO2.


Volkswagen Scirocco

Arguably the most versatile coupe on the market, the Scirocco is an excellent second-hand car, although it may set you back a bit more than others on the market.

There’s space for four inside, although the back seat access is a bit trickier so the Scirocco is more of a two-seater with extra seats for occasional use.

The 1.4 TSI offers modest performance with decent efficiency, although the 2.0 TSI isn’t too far behind in the fuel economy stakes. It is praised for its handling and performance, whilst also being noted as very easy to drive.

Family hatchback


Combining the practicality of a small, sporty run around with a family car, the SEAT Leon is the way forward. The Leon has maintained its reputation for being a sporty model, whilst nabbing the top spot for the best compact family hatchback.

The third-generation model, which launched in 2013, managed to create even more interior room, as well as 380-litre boot, whilst reducing the overall weight. The interior also packs a high-quality punch, with even the most basic Leon S coming with a five-inch touchscreen giving access to the SEAT Media System.

The base level 1.2-litre TSI delivers an excellent 57.6mpg and delivers a surprising amount of power, making it an excellent choice for a family hatch.

Small premium

Fiat 500

It’s not surprising to see the Fiat 500 on the list, with it being one of the fastest selling second-hand cars. With a wide array of customisation available, there will be many second-hand options for you to choose from.

The 500 breaks the conception that Italian cars are temperamental because it really doesn’t let you down on the open road. The best engine of the range is arguably the 1.2-litre petrol version which offers excellent handling and is extremely easy to drive, especially around town.


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