This week saw Diesel Car announce the winners of its 2014 Car of the Year Awards. New cars are great, but for those with a more restricted budget, we look back at previous award winners and pick out the top three Car of the Year bargains.
1. Ford Fiesta – Overall Winner 2009
The Fiesta has always been a strong seller in Britain and with a car as good as the 2009 Fiesta, it’s hardly a surprise. It won the award for grand prize five years ago and there are plenty of low-mileage, used award winners available. It’s great to look at, great to drive and solidly built. Right from its launch in 2008 it proved popular with the Diesel Car team.
2. Kia cee’d SW – Estate Car of the Year 2008
The cee’d SW provides a lot of car for not a lot of money – as a new car it was agreeably affordable and now there’s plenty out there for less than £7k. When it scooped its award six years ago, Editor Ian said “The cee’d SW is great value for money, backed up with an unbeatable warranty, and is stylish and practical. What more could you want from an estate car?” Today Ian’s words still ring true, and now it’s cheaper, it’s even more affordable.
3. Skoda Superb – Best Large Car & Best Estate Car 2010
If there’s one word that really does sum up the big Skoda, it’s the name on its rump – Superb. The luxury Skoda took two prizes in 2010, so whether you go for the saloon or the sumptuously spacious estate, you know you’re onto a winner. With some great VW Audi Group diesel engines, bags of space and tons of kit there are an awful lot of reasons to like the Superb. One of the biggest though is it’s sheer affordability as a used car. A double award-winner for less than £7,000? Where do we sign?