Despite the similarities under the skin, owners are unlikely to find themselves stuck between the Leon and Octavia, because while the Skoda is sensible and practical, the Leon sacrifices some space for Spanish flair.
The Octavia is an incredible vehicle, based on the underpinnings of the iconic Golf, but with extended bodywork for your luggage and extra interior space. There’s a vast 590-litre boot, making the Octavia ideal for DIY enthusiasts and family holidays.
Sitting at the top of the family hatchback class since its launch, the outgoing Ford Focus will be a top used buy for years to come. Renowned as a driver’s choice, with pinpoint steering and a supple chassis, the Focus still feels fresh.
Relaunched as an A3 and 1 Series rival, rather than a quirky small MPV, the A-Class’ premium style and dashing interior helped it to sell spectacularly well.
The popularity of the British-built CR-V makes it one of the world’s favourite SUVs. It might not be very flash – apart from the odd strip of chrome trim – however this boxy utility vehicle is smooth riding, boasts quiet 1.6- or 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel engines and is as reliable as anything.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Jaguar’s XF is our Best Used Executive Car and sits in 12th place
The XF is the car that put Jaguar back on the map, taking on the 5 Series and beating it in some key areas. It’s rather characterful for a start, and the XF is more fun to drive thanks to feelsome steering, along with excellent rear-wheel drive balance.
Like a number of cars in our top 50, the Audi A3 benefits from a timeless design, giving it perennial appeal at used car dealerships. Those four rings help too, because despite being a Golf in a posh frock, the A3’s interior is an undeniably cosy place to spend time.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Peugeot’s RCZ is voted our Best Used Sports Car and is in 14th place
The Peugeot RCZ is one of the best used bargains we can recall. With used prices starting as low as £4,400, that’s incredible for a stunning sports coupé with 161bhp and a double bubble roof that’s the stuff of concept cars.
BMW is no stranger to producing stonkingly great executive cars, and the F10 5-Series is the culmination of all the lessons the German firm has learnt. From its engines and chassis, to interior quality and its iDrive infotainment system, everything feels honed to make the driving experience first rate.
Despite being on sale since 2012, used examples of the cee’d are still covered by the original seven-year warranty, so issues should be few and far between. Designed to appeal to European drivers, Kia’s family hatch and estate certainly looks good and it’s pleasant to drive, too.