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Last month, we told you about some of our favourite cars to hit the used car market in 2014, and this month we’re back with more of our top picks on the most popular second-hand cars currently on the roads. Why not take a look below at Trusted Dealer’s best used cars of 2014 so far, continued…
The second-generation Ford Galaxy offers everything you’d expect from a Ford car, fine handling, a strong engine make-up and a rewarding drive, despite the fact its also a full sized seven-seat MPV. A member of the S-MAX family, the Galaxy has many of the S-MAX’s traits but masses more interior space, making it the ideal vehicle of choice for larger or more grown up families. Choose the 138bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel for the best mix of power and fuel economy.
The original Nissan Qashqai has remained highly popular with buyers since its launch in 2007, and when the new model was announced, a waiting list was created for those who simply wanted a ‘run-out’ model. Not only are resale values therefore very high on used Qashqai car, there are loads of difference used examples to choose from ranging from as low as £7,000 to around £18,500 for a high-spec later model. It’s easy to see why this used car remains so popular, with its distinctive looks, flexible and spacious interior and its agile dynamics, it makes for the perfect family run-around. And don’t forget its excellent great residuals and low running costs!
The Freelander may be getting to the end of its life, but it is also the car that set Land Rover on the road to massive success. Being the last car to be designed from Ford’s Premier Automotive Group before the company became part of Jaguar Land Rover, the Freelander still has a number of Ford components such as its dynamic engineering, meaning it handles incredibly well for a car of its size. It’s also a very reliable and trustworthy car offering an unbeatable 4×4 performance off the beaten track. Combine this with strong residual values, a practical interior and a generous amount of equipment and you have the perfect used 4×4 buy.
Last year’s facelift of the BMW 5-Series means that older cars have dipped in value meaning you can find some excellent deals on used cars if you know where to look. For example, a three-year old BMW 520d SE with lots of options can be yours for as low as £15,700 on our website, and if you opt for a petrol version the prices are even lower. Not only do 5-Series cars offer a set of well-built punchy engines, fuel economy is also excellent and CO2 emissions remain low for such high performing cars, in fact, the 5-Series is cheaper to run than some mainstream family hatches. Furthermore, the level of equipment you get as standard is impressive and most new buyers will have taken out BMW’s 5-year service plan, so if you choose a car that is less than five years old your maintenance bills should be minimal.
The Mazda MX-5 began its life in 1997 and became the UK’s best-selling roadster. You can pick up a used model for very little cash if you look hard. The car is prone to rust so its best to buy on condition as opposed to age or mileage, but if you do your homework well, you can achieve an excellent deal on a fantastic convertible car. MX-5 convertibles have built a reputation for being fun and fast and a short drive in one will not leave your disappointed. There’s little room in the back for anything other than a small amount of luggage, but if space is not an issue, why not throw caution to the wind and invest – you won’t be disappointed!