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Top 10 Used Cars With Air Con as Standard

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Top 10 used heatwave heroes!

You can’t fail to notice we’re in the middle of a heatwave. It’s been a long time coming but at last Britain is baking in blistering summer sunshine – and it’s forecast to last well into the rest of July.

At times like these, cars fitted with air conditioning become some of the best cars on the road. There’s nothing like jumping into your motor, setting the fan on to chill and, after a long day sweltering in the office, finally cooling off.

Most new cars come with air con as standard. But while lots of used cars have it too, finding them can sometimes be a bit tricky when you’re searching online – particularly if you’re after a motor on a budget.

Here, then, we’ve picked out 10 car models that are guaranteed to have air con as standard. They are the variants in their range that, no matter which one you buy, will come with a/c – so you can buy safe in the knowledge they will keep you cool in the heat no matter what.

We’ve chosen a broad cross-section of cars, starting from just £2000. You don’t have to be a hot spender to get a cool car…

SEAT Ibiza S: from £2000 (2003 car)

The MkIII SEAT Ibiza is almost guaranteed to have air con as standard. Choose any model from S line upwards and it will give you cool air in the summer sun. As prices start from just £2000, this is a bargain way into a cool-air car.

Just avoid the rarer base Reference car, as this one was the only model not to have air con. You don’t want to be disappointed, now…

Peugeot 207 S A/C: from £2800 (2007 car)

The Peugeot 207 was a popular car in the UK so there are plenty of models on British roads. Lots of these appear to come with air con but it’s perhaps a little confusing at first glance to find the models guaranteed to have it as standard.

This is where Peugeot provides a helping hand: just look out for the model names with ‘A/C’ after the variant grade. The cheapest is the 207 S A/C, priced from £2800 for a 2007 car – cheep cool-air motoring indeed.

VW Polo SE: from £3500 (2003 car)

The Volkswagen Polo is another supermini favourite and the 2003 model marked another step on in sophistication for the Golf’s baby brother.

The model mix is rather varied but there’s a simple guide you can follow to get a car with air conditioning as standard: simply look for SE grades. If you’re really lucky, the original owner may even have fitted the optional upgrade to full climate control.

Kia Ceed: from £4000 (2007 car)

The 2007 Kia Ceed was a landmark car for the South Korean firm. Built here in Europe, it was a genuine Volkswagen Golf challenger, possessing sophistication and ability by the bucketload.

Kia was also sensible with the standard equipment packs: every model, be it base ‘1’ or top-line ‘3’, gets air conditioning included as standard. Even the cheapest £4000 cars can thus be bought confidence you’ll get a/c.

Toyota Aygo Blue: from £4500 (2008 car)

The Toyota Aygo is a city car that caused a stir in the budget car market when it was launched in 2005. Fun to drive, reliable and very economical, it remains a great buy.

City cars are ordinarily a little basic in their equipment levels – but Toyota did sell one model you can buy safe in the knowledge it will come with air con: the stylish Blue special edition. Today, these cost from £4500.

Hyundai i30: from £4750 (2007 car)

The Hyundai i30 was, like Kia’s Ceed, a revolutionary car for the South Korean giant. Thoroughly modern, it at last gave the brand a competitive family car.

As with the Kia, all models come with air conditioning as standard, with a bounty of other kit included on all too. Prices start from £4750 for a family car you know will last a very long time indeed.

Ford Fiesta Edge: from £5000 (2009 car)

Ford’s Fiesta is the nation’s best-selling new car which means there are millions of models on the used market. Navigating these can be tricky, particularly if you’re looking for a specific feature.

Fear not: RAC Cars can help. If you’re looking for a budget version of Ford’s latest (and brilliant) Fiesta fitted with air con as standard, simply choose the Edge variant. £5000 is enough to get you into a four-year old model, meaning cool air for half the price of a brand new one.

Renault Clio Dynamique TomTom: from £5000 (2010 car)

The Renault Clio is another British supermini favourite and has traditionally been very well equipped. Many models have air con as standard, particularly most variants of the Dynamique trim we’re looking at here.

You can go one better though – get air con AND sat nav as standard, for just £5000. Simply choose the 2010-on Renault Clio Dynamique TomTom model, ensuring you’ll keep your cool when navigating your way around unfamiliar towns too…

Citroen C3 VTR: from £5250 (2009 car)

If you want something soft, easygoing and very French, try the Citroen C3. It’s a traditional Citroen, with just enough quirkiness to give it character.

The 2009-on VTR trim is very well equipped – and, yes has air conditioning as standard. £5250 will get you a car with plenty of kit and five door practicality as well.

Vauxhall Astra Exclusiv: from £6500 (2009 car)

Top Gear’s new Reasonably Priced Car is the British-built Vauxhall Astra, something that’s raising newfound interest in Vauxhall’s Volkswagen Golf rival.

The current one has been on sale since 2009: budget for £6500 to get your own fully RAC Cars-approved version of the Top Gear celebrity wagon – which, in Exclusiv trim, is guaranteed to keep you cool no matter how hairy the hot lap drive…

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