With a huge demand for used cars driving the value of used vehicles much higher than normal, recommendations for models to consider during a cost of living crisis will be welcomed by many motorists.
The engine selected as What Car’s Used Car of the Year 2022? may not be suitable for everyone.
The consumer title’s team of car experts have selected the pricey plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 5 Series, its standout second-hand engine for this year – although drivers will have to forgo around £20,000 if they want a used version of it. this luxurious family salon.
Used car of the year: which car? voted the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid the best used purchase of 2022. But do you agree, given its high price during a cost of living crisis?
The annual What Car? award highlights the best used models in eight categories, from hatchbacks to SUVs, with an overall winner chosen from the category champions.
Launched in 2017, the 530e is a plug-in hybrid version of the highly regarded BMW 5 Series luxury car – which What Car? has won. awards in previous years.
It was crowned this year’s winner for its “driver appeal, luxurious interior and class-leading refinement, as well as for its fuel-efficiency potential and great value on the second-hand market,” according to the consumer title.
He beat out a host of excellent cars for this year’s prize, including the Audi A3 Sportback, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Passat Estate.
While it can hold a lot of appeal for those who can afford one, many motorists will wonder if it’s the right choice of second-hand motorcycle to recommend at a time when wallets are tighter than ever.
With the costs of food, fuel and energy soaring and interest rates forcing mortgage payments higher, some motorists may have been hoping for a cheaper car to get the thumbs up from road testers.
Recognizing that consumers are facing a cost of living crisis and are ‘looking for the very best value’, it adds that these are the used car recommendations of ‘What Car? more important than ever’.
Which car? awarded it with the gong for its ‘driver appeal, luxurious interior and class-leading refinement’, as well as ‘great fuel economy and ‘great value on the second-hand market’. The cheapest model we could find was over £16,000…
With battery power alone, the BMW 530e can be driven for a claimed 29 miles – which should be enough to cover the school career for at least a week
A quick search by Auto Trader reveals that the cheapest ones on the market are close to £17,000, and these are all above-average mileage models.
For a 2017 car with 60,000 miles on it, drivers will have to pay over £21,000 for a used copy of the luxurious Beemer.
It was the exceptional value it offers that ultimately gave it the win. Simply put, nothing else offers so much for so little
Mark Pearson, what car? Used car editor
While which car? Says the second-hand market is showing signs of weakening, the latest data from Auto Trader says the average price of a used car listed on its website rose by £370 to £17,409 between August and September.
This is 35 percent higher than in September 2020 and a whopping 42 percent higher than before the pandemic in 2019.
Mark Pearson, used cars editor at What Car?, said of the award: “The task of picking just one overall winner usually gets more and more daunting by the year. But this time, the BMW 530e stood out from all the other contenders.
“At first glance, it may seem like just another big and lavish car that, with a few miles on the odometer, has become fairly cheap to buy, but as we delved deep into the long list of attributes, it became clear that it was not only a very desirable car, but also a great used buy.
“It was the exceptional value it offers that ultimately gave it the win. Simply put, nothing else offers so much for so little.’
Tesla’s Model 3 (pictured) was named the best used electric car of 2022, while the Audi A3 won the gong for best hatchback
The latest Which car? The Used Car of the Year Awards were also successful for Audi, which won three of the eight categories. The Audi A3 won the Used Car of the Year title, the Audi A4 Used Saloon Car of the Year and the Audi TT Used Sports Car of the Year. the year.
Other winners were the Mazda CX-5 (Used SUV of the Year), Peugeot 5008 (Used Seven-seater of the Year), Tesla Model 3 (Used Electric Car of the Year), and Volkswagen Passat Estate (Used Estate of the Year).
Which car? 2022 Used Car of the Year winners
OVERALL USED CAR OF THE YEAR
BMW 530e (2017-present)
Used hatchback of the year
Winner: Audi A3 (2013-2020)
Also consider: Skoda Octavia (2013-2020), Seat Leon (2020-present), Suzuki Celerio (2016-2019)
Used Sedan of the Year
Winner: Audi A4 (2015–present)
Also consider: Audi A8 (2017-present), BMW 3 Series (2019-present), Skoda Superb (2015-present)
Used Estate of the Year
Winner: Volkswagen Passat (2015–present)
Also consider: Skoda Octavia (2013-2020), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2016-present), BMW 3 Series (2019-present)
Used SUV of the Year
Winner: Mazda CX-5 (2017-present)
Also consider: Seat Arona (2018-present), Porsche Macan (2014-present), Audi Q5 (2018-present)
Used seven-seater of the year
Winner: Peugeot 5008 (2017-present)
Also consider: Audi Q7 (2015-present), Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer (2018-2022), Hyundai Santa Fe (2014-2018)
Used Electric Car of the Year
Winner: Tesla Model 3 (2019-present)
Also consider: Renault Zoe (2013-present), MG ZS EV (2019-present), Jaguar I-Pace (2018-present)
Used Hybrid Car of the Year
Winner: BMW 530e (2017-present)
Also consider: Volkswagen Passat GTE (2015-present), Volvo XC90 T8 (2015-present), BMW i8 (2014-2020)
Used sports car of the year
Winner: Audi TT (2014–present)
Also consider: Ford Fiesta ST (2013-2017), Renault Megane RS (2018-present), Mazda MX-5 (2015-present)
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