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Revealed: Britain's best used cars

We're taking a look at the results of the What Car? Used Car of the Year awards 2019.


The second-hand car market is booming in the UK. In 2017, more than eight million used vehicles changed hands, compared to 2.5 million new car registrations.

Attractive car finance deals are fuelling new car sales, but the squeeze on household budgets and economic uncertainty means that millions of buyers are looking for good used cars.

Finding the right second-hand car can be a daunting proposition, which is why awards from reputable sources such as What Car? magazine are really helpful.

The What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards 2019 consists of 15 categories divided into price points to better reflect the variety of cars available on the used car market. Scroll down to the table below and you can see the winners for each category, plus the runners-up.

The final decision on winners was taken by a panel of experts, based on the main criteria of quality, reliability, value and the availability of desirable versions.


Awards for German brands

Audi scored a hat-trick of category wins, taking titles for Used Family Car of the Year (Audi A3), Used Luxury SUV of the Year (Audi Q7) and Used Coupé of the Year (Audi TT). The Q7 and TT won their categories for the second consecutive year.

BMW also scooped three awards – for Used Executive Car of the Year (BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe), Used Hot Hatch of the Year (BMW M135i) and Used Convertible of the Year (BMW 6 Series).

However, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class Estate claimed overall victory. It won over the What Car? judges with its “luxurious and spacious interior, immense comfort and remarkable value-for-money”.

German car makers didn’t have it all their own way. For instance, there was repeat success for Mazda's impressive CX-5, which won Used Large SUV of the Year class for the second year running. Skoda picked up two awards for Used City Car of the Year (Skoda Citigo) and Used Small Car of the Year (Skoda Fabia).


What Car? Used Car of the Year winners 2019

Category Price Point Winners Category Winner
Used City Car of the Year Hyundai i10 (2008-2014)
Skoda Citigo (2012-present)
Hyundai i10 (2014-present)
Skoda Citigo (2012-present)
Used Small Car of the Year Ford Fiesta (2008-2017)
Skoda Fabia (2015-present)
Mini Hatch (2014-present)
Skoda Fabia (2015-present)
Used Family Car of the Year Seat Leon (2013-present)
Vauxhall Astra (2015-present)
Audi A3 (2013-present)
Audi A3 (2013-present)
Used Executive Car of the Year Mazda 6 (2013-2018)
Audi A3 Saloon (2013-present)
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (2014-present)
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (2014-present)
Used Luxury Car of the Year BMW 5 Series (2010-2017)
Mercedes S-Class (2014-present)
Porsche Panamera (2016-present)
Mercedes S-Class (2014-present)
Used Small SUV of the Year Renault Captur (2013-present)
Seat Ateca (2016-present)
Volkswagen Tiguan (2016-present)
Seat Ateca (2016-present)
Used Large SUV of the Year Mazda CX-5 (2012-2017)
Kia Sorento (2015-present)
Audi Q5 (2017-present)
Mazda CX-5 (2012-2017)
Used Luxury SUV of the Year BMW X5 (2013-present)
Audi Q7 (2015-present)
Range Rover Sport (2013-present)
Audi Q7 (2015-present)
Used MPV of the Year Vauxhall Zafira Tourer (2013-present)
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (2015-present)
Volkswagen Sharan (2010-present)
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer (2013-present)
Used Estate Car of the Year Skoda Octavia (2013-present)
BMW 3 Series (2012-present)
Mercedes E-Class Estate (2017-present)
Mercedes E-Class Estate (2017-present)
Used Hot Hatch of the Year Ford Fiesta ST (2012-2017)
BMW M135i (2012-16)
Ford Focus RS (2016-present)
BMW M135i (2012-2016)
Used Coupe of the Year Mini Coupe (2011-2015)
Audi TT (2014-present)
Jaguar F-Type (2014-present)
Audi TT (2014-present)
Used Convertible of the Year Mazda MX-5 (2015-present)
Audi TT (2014-present)
BMW 6 Series Convertible (2011-2018)
BMW 6 Series (2011-2018)
Used Sports Car of the Year Porsche Cayman (2013-2016)
Audi R8 (2007-2015)
Mercedes-AMG GT (2015-present)
Porsche Cayman (2013-2016)
Used Green Car of the Year Hyundai Ioniq (2017-present)
BMW 330e (2016-present)
Mercedes E350e (2017-present)
Hyundai Ioniq (2017-present)

Used Car of the Year 2019 Winner - Mercedes E-Class Estate (2017-present)


I'm an experienced journalist, digital editor and copywriter, now specialising in motoring. I’m editor of Automotive Blog and have worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online for household names including the BBC, GMTV, ITV and MSN. I’ve produced digital content in the financial sector for Lloyds Bank, Nationwide and the Money Advice Service. I'm married with two children and live near Bath in Somerset.

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