Here Are The UK’s Best Rated Used Cars

Wed 11th Sep 2019

A major and influential new survey has revealed the country’s best used cars and it does not make good reading for UK manufacturers.

The Auto Express Driver Power survey rates the opinions of more than 15,000 drivers to find out their opinions of their car, with the used car category focusing only on cars which are between two to fifteen years old.

The top ten rated cars in the survey was predominantly made up of Korean and Japanese cars, with only Jaguar, with the XF Mk1 making the top table with a rating of 91.11%.

The No.1 rated car on the list is the Kia Sportage Mk4 which can still be bought new but has been on the market since 2015, with an owner rating of 92.78%, the mid-size family-friendly SUV is available at £20,000 brand new but is generally available at £8,000 on the used car market.

The Driver Power survey rates 31 different elements of owning a car including quality, usability, performance and running costs. The Sportage, which is built in Slovakia was rated highly for its build quality, fit and finish and a brilliant infotainment system.

Hugo Griffiths, who led the Auto Express Driver Power analysis, said: “With used cars frequently being bought outside of manufacturers’ warranties, it’s wise to do your homework before heading out to dealers. 

“Having analysed thousands of pieces of data, it’s clear to me that European car makers could learn a thing or two from their Asian competitors when it comes to building cars that stand the test of time.”

Top 10 best used cars rated by UK owners 

1. Kia Sportage Mk4 (2015-present)

Price used: from £8,000 Owner rating: 92.78%

2. Toyota Prius Mk4 (2015-present)

Price used: from £13,900 Owner rating: 92.76%

3. Kia Sorento Mk4 (2015-present)

Price used: from £14,500 Owner rating: 91.49%

4. Lexus RX Mk4 (2015-present)

Price used: from £23,500 Owner rating: 91.46%

5. Skoda Superb Mk3 (2015-present)

Price used: from £6,000 Owner rating: 91.42%

6. Lexus IS Mk3 (2013-present)

Price used: from £8,700 Owner rating: 91.40%

7. Jaguar XF Mk1 (2008-2015)

Price used: from £2,800 Owner rating: 91.11%

8. Lexus RX Mk3 (2009-2015)

Price used: from £8,200 Owner rating: 90.53%

9. Toyota RAV4 Mk4 (2012-2018)

Price used: from £8,000 Owner rating: 89.83%

10. Lexus NX Mk1 (2015-present)