The Best Used Automatic Cars


If you’re looking to get the most for your money, buying a used car can be a great option. The good news is that buying a used car doesn’t mean having to compromise on the features you want as there are plenty of used cars on the market. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the best used automatic cars on the market and why an automatic might be the best option for you.

What are the pros/cons of an automatic?

It is important to start by stating the choice for you is limited to automatics if you took your driving test in an automatic car. Whereas, if you passed your test in a manual transmission car you can drive both manual and automatic cars.

So why should consider used automatic cars?

Automatic clutches are simpler than manual transmission gearboxes. There is no worrying about working the clutch, or having to think about when to change gear, the car takes care of it for you, so you have one less thing to think about on your drive.

Many people find driving automatics more comfortable as you only have to worry about two pedals. Plus you can keep two hands on the wheel at all times, making your drive safer.

When automatic transmissions were first introduced, they were more expensive than manual gearboxes, so only tended to be available on more premium marques. Nowadays, automatic transmissions are much cheaper with the majority of manufacturers offering automatic transmissions as an affordable option across their range.

So what’s not great about owning a used automatic car?

Automatic gearboxes are more mechanically complex than manual gearboxes and as a result, have had a poor reputation for reliability. In recent years, improvements to automatic transmission technology have helped to change this reputation. However, despite this, they are still likely to cost slightly more to maintain and repair.

Automatic cars have also been associated with poorer fuel economy, but again there have been huge improvements in this area thanks to the development of automated clutches.

SUV: Used Automatic Ford Kuga

If you’re looking for a smart family-friendly SUV, the used Ford Kuga is a fantastic choice. As well as a spacious cabin, you get a generous boot capacity, so days out with the whole family are a breeze. As to be expected from Ford, the handling and comfort of the Kuga is first-class, while a range of advanced technology helps make journeys more enjoyable.

The automatic transmission is only available with certain engine options but delivers seamless changes for complete ease on the go.

used automatic car rear view of Ford Kuga

Crossover: Used Automatic Nissan Qashqai

If a more compact crossover is a better option for you, a used Nissan Qashqai won’t disappoint. One of Britain’s best-selling models it delivers in all areas. As well as being comfortable and practical, it has a host of on-board safety kit to help keep everyone protected. The used automatic Nissan Qashqai is great to drive with smooth changes up and down the gears. Automatic transmissions are available on all the diesel engines as well as the more powerful engine units.

Front view of used Nissan Qashqai

Hatchback: Used Automatic Toyota Yaris

If you’re looking for a small hatchback that offers efficient running costs, practical features and the all-important automatic transmission, you should consider the used automatic Toyota Yaris. It uses a CVT automatic gearbox which delivers smoother than expected gear changes while maintaining impressive mileage capabilities.

It may be small, but it still offers room for four adults to get comfortable as well as having a useable boot space.

Used Toyota Yaris

First Car: Used Automatic Fiat 500

Since its revival, the Fiat 500 has enjoyed incredible popularity, largely due to its quirky retro style. Choosing a used automatic Fiat 500 ensures you get a car that is as easy to drive as it is stylish. What’s more, thanks to a seemingly unending list of personalisation options there are a host of unique used Fiat 500 models available on the market.

The compact dimensions and light steering make an automatic Fiat 500 a great option for new drivers, especially in urban environments. However, it’s still capable on the motorway for those who like to get out and about.

Used Fiat 500

Saloon: Used Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo is famed for producing stylish and sporty models, and the Giulia certainly doesn’t disappoint in this area with its sleek yet muscular design. The eight-speed automatic available on all variants not only provides good mpg capabilities but also delivers a fantastically smooth drive-quality with sleek and seamless changes.

The interior is just as aesthetically pleasing as the exterior and features premium materials and stylish finishing touches. It’s practical too, with enough room to comfortably seat five.

Used automatic car - side view of Alfa Romeo Giulia

Finding the right used automatic car

To help make finding a used automatic car easier, you can use the filters in our used cars for sale section, so you only see automatic transmission models. There’s a vast array of models available so no matter what your requirements, we’re confident you’ll find something to suit.

Don’t forget to let us know what you think about automatic transmissions in the comments below.