Best used cars under £20,000
This list has the best used cars under £20000. You will find a variety of cars including luxury, sports and family cars:
- Porsche Cayman (2005-2013)
- BMW X5 (2007-2013)
- Range Rover Sport (2005-2013)
- Jaguar XF 2008-2015
- Mercedes-Benz CLS (2011–)
The Porsche Cayman is an a two seater coupe with excellent balance as the engine is actually mounted in the middle which reduces weight on back wheels. It’s a much faster car compared to the Porsche Boxster yet more expensive. Widely considered as one of the best performance coupes you could buy, it makes sense to be one of the best used cars under £20,000.
It has two engines, a 265bhp 2.9-litre and 320bhp 3.4-litre which makes for a lot of power behind the wheel. It does anything between 26 to 34 mpg. A reliable car to own, servicing is only required every 20,000 miles. However, it only has a two year warranty so don’t expect to buy a used car with warranty included.
The BMW X5 is brilliant as a used family car which scores high in terms of comfort. A car with great handling, it tends to perform better on than off the road. Diesels are much more efficient and the 3.0 litre diesel is more popular despite the higher price.
The X5 is average in terms of fuel efficiency and offers 20-38 mpg. The SE model is well equipped and is the standard trim. M Sport is available as well. When buying as a used car, ensure you get a model with a Sat Nav and leather seats for best value for money.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a smaller version of a Range Rover. This car is comfortable for longer journeys and carries five adults with ease. Built for a better on-road experience, it can also cope with off-road terrain thanks to a clever Terrain Response system. When buying as a used car, ensure you check for any off-road damage.
It’s not the best in economy offering 17-32 mpg so expect very high fuel use. The diesel would be the most frugal at up to 32.1 mpg. The Range Rover sport offers possibly the best handling in an SUV. After 2009, face-lifted versions offer Adaptive Dynamics as well as improvements to make it more responsive. Current entry level models start from SE which are well equipped.
Jaguar released the Jaguar XF in 2005 in order to have an updated, more modern look and feel compared to previous models which looked outdated. The XF succeeded in providing a luxury saloon with plenty of equipment. Expect suede cloth, leather upholstery and it even comes complete with paddle shift technology for the gearbox. Where it lacks is that it’s not as spacious as a Mercedes. Three adults would struggle to fit in the back due to the lack of headroom and legroom available.
In 2011, Jaguar face-lifted the XF to make the design sleeker. Petrol engines were further improved in 2012 with a new 3.0 V6 engine. Most drivers tend to go for a diesel and the best engine would be the 2.2 litre turbo-diesel released in 2011 which can average up to 55 mpg. Popular as a company car, when buying used ensure you perform the mandatory checks and ensure full service history. Used prices are better than German makes so you could grab a real bargain as a used car under £20000.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe is really a crossover between a coupe and a saloon. It has a sporty design and sleek look. Face-lifted in 2014, offering better value and lower CO2 emissions. The 250 CDI is the most fuel efficient engine operating at 61 mpg and able achieve between 1 34-138g/km CO2. The stop/start system is also great for fuel efficiency which is offered as standard for all versions.
Mercedes official dealerships are expensive so an independent dealer would be cheaper. Overall, this car is a great buy as a used car as you will save a great deal compared to new. As a new car it can lose up to 60% of value after 3 years so it makes sense to buy used to avoid higher depreciation.
We hope this list helps you find your perfect car under £20000. When buying a used car, ensure all the necessary checks are done to avoid any disappointment. You can following a Used Car Buying Guide for more information.
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