What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards 2021


With the demand for used cars soaring now is a great time to discover some of the best buys available. Fortunately, the recently announced What Car? Used car of year awards can help. The awards cover various categories and look for used models which offer good value for money while also fulfilling the demands of each class.

Our quick round-up showcases some of the award-winning models available across the Stoneacre network.

Value Car – Hyundai i10

What Car? rated the Hyundai i10 as one of the best value for money models available. The team noted demand in the value car sector is at an unprecedented high, as people are still avoiding public transport, so the i10 has even more to prove. Thankfully a refined ride-quality, low running costs, a good Euro NCAP rating and incredible value for money on the used market, mean that the Hyundai i10 ticks all the right boxes.

Small SUV – SEAT Arona

The Arona is SEAT’s smallest SUV, but that didn’t stop it standing out in what is becoming an increasingly competitive class. With the right balance between ride refinement and handling, the Arona manages to be fun to drive yet comfortable on board. Meanwhile, the Arona features extensive equipment for your money, so you don’t miss out. Plus thanks to a spacious boot capacity it offers good practicality for daily use.

Family SUV – SEAT Ateca

SEAT’s slightly larger Ateca model also impressed the What Car? judges in the family SUV category. Unusually, for a larger SUV, the Ateca is incredibly agile on the road with limited body lean and precise steering, giving you a more dynamic driving experience. Yet it is family-friendly too equipped with everything you need to keep everyone on board happy, as well as a roomy boot for lugging around the whole family’s stuff.

Large SUV – Volvo XC60

What Car? judges were impressed with the XC60 which looks much like it’s larger XC90 sibling but is available for a fraction of the cost. So unless you need seven seats, the XC60 is arguably the model to plump for. The Scandinavian style interior is incredibly classy, ensuring journeys are a breeze. Plus as you would expect from a Volvo, it comes equipped with extensive safety features as standard so you can motor on with less worry.

MPV – Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer

When you need an MPV, the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer is the model to plump for according to What Car? The judges commend its panoramic views which bathe the cabin with natural light. The welcoming and versatile interior means that everything the whole family needs is right where they need it. Plus with the additional third row of seats, it offers fantastic value for those looking to transport up to seven.

Hybrid Car – Hyundai Ioniq

With more manufacturers introducing hybrid models, the number of used hybrid cars is growing. However, it was the hybrid Ioniq model which caught the eye of the What Car? judges. Like many hybrids, it offers considerable gains on fuel economy. However, the Ioniq does so without compromising on the drive quality. The conventional six-speed automatic makes daily driving a doddle so you can sit back and relax. What’s more, with Hyundai models coming with a five-year warranty as standard, when you buy a used model, there’s a good chance you’ll benefit from a few years of peace-free motoring.

Electric Car – Nissan Leaf

Nissan got a headstart on the electric vehicle market with its impressive Nissan Leaf model, so it’s hardly surprising it scored highly in the electric car category. In fact, there’s a good selection available on the used market with plenty of battery life left for a usable range. The Leaf offers one-pedal driving which enables you to motor on while recharging the batteries through regenerative braking. Plus the interior comes equipped with technology and entertainment to make your journey more comfortable.

Performance – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Finding a used performance car to beat the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio proved impossible for the team at What Car? The model has outstanding appeal thanks to its Ferrari derived 503bhp twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 engine which offers instant performance when your right foot hits the pedal. Meanwhile, balanced handling and ultra-responsive steering mean controlling all the power is a breeze. On top of that, it is an incredibly practical car too, being capable of seating four as well as having a decent-sized boot.

What Car? Used Car of the Year 2021 – Overall Winner

We’re delighted to announce that the SEAT Ateca scooped the What Car? overall winner award in the used car of the year awards. The practical and desirable family-friendly SUV impresses with its incredible value for money on the used market. It is the model to choose if you’re looking for a versatile SUV ideal for tackling family life head-on.

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