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Top 5 first used cars


Top 5 first used cars

There couldn’t be a better time to buy your first used car. After record new-car sales in the last few years, there are thousands and thousands of great used cars to choose from.

Best of all, many of them are perfect first cars; so, whether you want style, space or low running costs – all three, perhaps – you can find something suitable. However, if you want a little help creating or narrowing down your shortlist, see what our friends at Auto Trader recommend below.


Renault Clio – the one with Va Va Voom

Renault Clio

The Clio has always been a massively popular car in the UK, and it’s easy to see why: it’s good-looking, surprisingly practical and comfortable to drive. Beyond that, it’s also one of the safest superminis out there, some of the engines are exceptionally economical, and if you can find one with the optional touch-screen, you’re really on to a winner.

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Ford Fiesta – the biggest-selling one

Ford Fiesta (2)

The Fiesta is the biggest-selling new car in the country, and that means that not only is there a huge amount of used models to choose from, there are some great deals out there, so it won’t be hard to find one with your ideal specification. Best of all, this is a great little car, really enjoyable to drive and with plenty of space inside.

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Vauxhall Corsa – the all-round one

Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa is one of those cars that doesn’t have any great weaknesses so if you want a well-equipped, spacious and easy-to-drive small car, then a Corsa will suit you down to the ground. You even get a choice of very different bodies: the three-door version is more stylish, but the five-door is more practical.

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Hyundai i10 – the good-value one

Hyundai i10

Hyundai may not be a name that springs instantly to mind when you’re considering a used car, but the i10 shows that it really should be. This is one of the biggest small cars, and it’s great value as a used car, with plenty of equipment (we recommend SE trim). Above all, because new Hyundais come with a five-year warranty, plenty of that cover will be left on a used car.

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Fiat 500 – the stylish one

Fiat 500

Think you have to sacrifice style when you buy a little car? Well, think again. Not only does the basic 500 look like nothing else on our streets, thanks to the range of personalisation options, no two 500s look alike. It’s every bit as smart inside; and, while it isn’t the most practical small car, it more than makes up for that with its low running costs.

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Top 5 first used cars