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Used Car Awards 2015

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Auto Express magazine has announced the best used cars to buy this year, based upon 16 separate categories.

The advantages of buying used cars

With the continuing success of Britain's new car market and the number of attractive finance arrangements available on new models, it's easy to forget what a good deal used cars can be. Many are nearly new, retaining that showroom fresh condition and with the original warranty and low mileage. However, someone else has taken that first hit of depreciation which adds so much to the cost. Older pre-owned cars, if they have been well cared for, are an excellent bargain compared to buying new, and come with the reassurance of years of history meaning that common faults should be well known and usually dealt with.

Best used city car

For the fourth consecutive year, the Skoda Citigo has been named the best option in the city car sector in the used car awards. Available from £3,500, it's an incredibly well built and economical little car and is very smart for its class, which is rarely glamorous. It's also relatively spacious, comfortable and reliable. For a used city car buyer you can't really go wrong with this one. The first generation Hyundai i10 was also highly commended.

Best used car in the supermini class

The Ford Fiesta reigns not only over the new car market but also as a used supermini. With good looks, a spacious cabin, lots of standard kit, low running costs and great performance, it's hard to beat in its class. With so many of them around, they're also great value for money. Look to spend about £3,000 for a good quality used example. In this category the Mk3 Kia Rio also came highly commended.

Best used small family car

The Fiesta's big brother, the Ford Focus, took the award in its small family car class, for all the same reasons. Its handling, build quality and equipment levels are all excellent and matched by a very efficient engine range. Expect to spend about £4,000 for a third generation, low mileage, tidy bargain. Consider also in this category the third generation Seat Leon.

Best used estate car

Ford is sweeping the board here, with the fourth generation Mondeo Estate beating some tough competition thanks to a combination of everyday practicality with comfort and luxury. With prices starting at £1,500, it's also great value for money, with one of the largest boots in its class and a very comfortable cabin. Build quality and driving dynamics are also excellent. Last year's winner, the Skoda Octavia Estate, is still a great alternative.

Best used car in the crossover class

This is one of the most highly contested categories but the Skoda Yeti took the prize thanks to its very down to earth stance. It's not the prettiest car - in fact it's almost odd looking, but those who buy them absolutely love them for their practicality, reliability and fuel economy. The Yeti isn't a genuine mud plugger but it does have some impressive off road capabilities whilst remaining well-mannered on the tarmac. The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross was highly commended.

Best used executive car

The opulent Jaguar XF was named best executive car thanks to a combination of style and substance. It's refined, pacey and efficient, and the release of an updated model means the first generation is now available from £6,500. Many have been heavily used company cars but high mileage in itself isn't a problem for properly cared for models. Its closest rival was the highly commended BMW 5 Series F10.

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