Wednesday, June 19

Best cars for £20,000 or less 10

A budget of £20k will get you a good new car, but it could land you a brilliant used one. Here are the best used cars in that bracket
With £20,000 to spend on a car, you can either head to the nearest showroom and buy yourself a new car, or opt for the slightly less predictable but potentially very rewarding used car market. To help you if you decided to go for the latter, we’ve rounded up the best used cars you can buy for £20k.

While a new car should give you refined performance, great economy and unbeatable reliability, a used one can also do much the same while making your money go that little bit further as well. Thanks to the wonder that is depreciation, you can get a nearly new car for much less and if you’re willing to trade a bit of reliablility for excitement, there are plenty of cars under £20k to help you get your thrills.

Cars like the Aston Martin DB7, a sleek and comfortable grand tourer with timeless design – the one we found only has 49,000 miles.

• Buying a used car: all you need to know

For those wanting something a bit more sensible, we’ve also uncovered a two year-old Jaguar XE with just 33,000 miles for just over £15,000. And for a utilitarian, robust mode of transport – there’s little better than the Nissan Navara – a 2016 model with 30,000 miles can be had for under £17k. A test drive and full inspection are a necessity with any kind of car, but especially so when you’re forking out up to £20,000 on one that has been in the care of another motorist. A clean service history and visible efforts to maintain a car are always good signs, but always exercise caution if a deal seems too good to be true.

Using a bit of nous and patience, there’s no reason why you won’t be able to pick up your own half price hero, whatever your tastes and requirements might be. The cars below are just some of the options you may come across in this price bracket…