Buying a pre-loved vehicle allows you to get more features for your money with high spec cars available at a fraction of a new motor. A used car is also a great place to start for a new driver, with many offering cheaper road tax and insurance. So, if passing your driving test is also on your ‘To Do List’ for 2019, now’s the time to start thinking about which car you’ll be nipping about in at the end of the year.
At Autostore, our fabulous range of quality used cars is ready and waiting to help you get all you can out of the coming year… and for years to come, too!
We’ve picked out some of the best used cars for 2019. From compacts and superminis to family cars and SUVs, there’s something to suit every need. Jump right in and take a look at some of the best pre-owned vehicles on the market right now, then come and get a closer look at Autostore in Penrith or Lancaster. Welcome to 2019!
What Car? Best Used Family Car of the Year, the Audi A3 is more than well enough equipped to cope with everything that family life can throw at it. Hatchback (sportback) or saloon and a choice of engines - 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol as well as 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel - ensure you’ll find a model to suit. And a range of trims including Sport, SE, S Line and Black Edition provide a selection of specifications.
Isofix points make child seat fitting a breeze while advanced safety features, such as active headrests, and curtain and knee airbags, will help protect you and the rest of your passengers.
Running costs are reasonable too, with the diesel engine offering up to 70 mpg* and insurance costs ranging from group 17 to group 27 - not bad for a quality car that oozes style and status.
It’s the UK’s best selling car and has been for years; it’s fun to drive and economical to run; what’s more, it looks great! All fantastic reasons for the Ford Fiesta to be a winner in the category of What Car? Best Used Small Car of the Year 2019 as well as AutoExpress Best Used Supermini.
Being a best selling car means that you’ll never have difficulty finding a good deal of choice in a used Ford Fiesta for sale, and our range just proves it. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost really does pack an unexpected punch while the diesel engines provide over 74 mpg*.
Trim-wise, you can choose from Zetec, ST-Line and Titanium, mostly all offering air con, electric heated mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and easyclear heated windscreen. Interior features such as leather trim, ambient lighting and sports seats (on some models) make driving this supermini nothing short of… err… super!
Ahhh… the ionic MINI. Always fun, always stylish and, if you buy used, a great bargain too! The 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5 or 2.0-litre diesel engines provide great economy (up to 76mpg*) and excellent handleability, helping the MINI to a winning title in What Car? Best Used Small Car of the Year 2019.
A classy but snug interior provides all you need for a safe and comfortable drive. Design features include leather and chrome trim to complement the distinctive circular infotainment centre and large speedometer. It’s great to look at and practical to use with 3 or 5-door options. You’ll find additional safety is provided with the Crash Sensor System and Cornering Brake Control.
Lots of interesting colour combinations mean that you’ll have little difficulty finding a MINI that’ll help you stand out from the crowd. With MINIs holding their value so well, this is definitely an investment you won’t want to miss out on.
Another car that does really well in the UK’s car-selling charts, the Ford Focus is a very competent hatchback, with the ST trim being awarded title of Best Used Hot Hatchback by AutoExpress.
Larger than its little brother, the Fiesta, the Ford Focus comfortably seats five - perfect fo a growing family or a bunch of friends. With good suspension and handleability, the Focus is equally at home nipping around in the city, cruising on the motorway or negotiating winding country roads.
A selection of diesel TDCi 1.6-litre and petrol EcoBoost 1.0-litre engines provide up to 74mpg* with great economy further ensured by no or low tax on pre-2018 models and insurance usually less than Group 16.
Air conditioning and Bluetooth are offered through the range while some trims also provide sat nav, powered boot and parking sensors. A bargain if ever we saw one!
One of the original crossovers, the ŠKODA Yeti boasts a rugged design with plenty of space. A raised seating position allows easy access and additional comfort when driving, as well as a bird’s eye view of the road. Flexible seating in the rear provides room to load luggage or passengers, whatever you need.
There are hundreds of ways that you could put this practical space to good use - outdoor adventures, taking the kids to school, a small business vehicle or simply spreading out.
The 1.2-litre petrol is well-equipped with Bluetooth and air conditioning but the 2.0-diesel option provides additional convenience with cruise control, parking sensors and 4x4 capability.
These useful extras make up for the slightly expensive road tax and a max 49mpg*. The Yeti is now discontinued by ŠKODA so get it while you can!
Currently sporting the title of AutoExpress Best Used Small SUV, the Peugeot 2008 has already made a mark for itself in the five short years since its introduction. It’s compact in length but also offers the additional room and comfort that comes from driving a higher car
Various different trim levels offer everything from a refrigerated glovebox and air conditioning to panoramic sunroof and touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay. Excellent legroom and headroom up front is matched by an equally spacious luggage compartment in the rear, providing all round convenience.
A mix of engines, ranging from 1.2-litre petrol to 1.6-litre diesel should provide you with enough choice to satisfy your needs and budget, with the diesel offering up to 78mpg* and most pre-2018 models being subject to £0 or low road tax.
It’s hard to beat a used Peugeot 2008 for looks, versatility and comfort.
Another regular on the best used car lists is the AutoExpress Best Used Mid-size SUV, the Nissan Qashqai. On the new car charts, it ranks above larger rivals Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage, no doubt for it’s manoeuvrability and solid feel.
All trims - Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna - are equipped with cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, automatic headlights and isofix connectors, while you could also benefit from additions such as parking sensors and panoramic roof on some models.
Choose from 1.2-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel, with the diesel offering nearly 75mpg* and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km meaning that road tax will be very reasonable. Pick a used Nissan Qashqai and you might also find find cheaper insurance than many others in the same class (around Group 15-18), allowing for more economical motoring all round.
Economical, practical, reliable and stylish - with so much choice in used cars for sale in 2019, what’s stopping you? At Autostore, you can trade in your old car and take advantage of our excellent finance deals to help make 2019 your year for success in a new car that won’t break the bank.
See you soon!
* Combined mpg achieved in standardized conditions and may not reflect real life motoring.