Best used cars with five years' warranty left

Worried that buying a used car will leave you vulnerable? These great deals will get you a used car with up to five years' warranty

Simon Ostler Matt Rigby
Mar 27, 2020

If you're in the market for a used car you'll probably be thinking about those sweet savings you're going to make. But there are other things to watch out for, too. Of course, there's the price, then you have mileage and condition to be aware of, but the saving you'll make on a used car will be quickly cancelled out if that car goes wrong once it's on your driveway.

That's where finding a car with plenty of warranty left can be extremely important. All new cars are protected by some form of warranty that covers drivers against a range of mechanical issues and damage. But the key thing to note is that the warranty stays with the car, so if you're looking at a used car that's only a couple of years old, it's likely that warranty will still be valid and you can reap the benefits.

Rather unhelpfully, car manufacturers offer a vast variety of warranties in terms of length and what they cover, so getting to know which cars have the best coverage might well be something you're interested in. That's where we come in.

We've done the hard work for you, to bring together all of the best used cars available right now that you could pick up with five years of warranty left. There is a limited choice when it comes to cars with this distinction however, as you're going to be looking for cars that come with a seven-year warranty off the shelf. As a result your only real options are going to be Kia, MG or Ssanyong, but who said that was a bad thing?

Best used cars with five years' warranty remaining

1. Kia Picanto

Best used city car with five years' warranty left

2018 deals from £6,690
Monthly finance from £116

Korean car giant Kia was a pioneer of the seven-year warranty and its range of cars is the broadest and generally most accomplished of all the manufacturers offering big warranties, so you’ll see this badge popping up more than once in this list.

The Kia Picanto the smallest offering, and it combines perky small car charm and manoeuvrability combined with big-car build quality. And its warranty will have your back for 100,000 miles of zipping around town.

The latest 2019 Picanto models are available on BuyaCar from as little as £7,400 or £127 per month, and you'll be getting pretty much all of that substantial warranty on a used car.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. MG 3

Best used supermini with five years' warranty left

2018 deals from £8,300
Monthly finance from £132

The MG3 is small car that majors on interior space and value for money. The level of fit and finish really isn’t on par with that of, say, a Volkswagen Polo, and nor is the attention to detail of the model’s design, if we’re being brutally honest.

But it does represent fantastic value for money – both new and used – and that seven-year warranty from new means you’ll still have plenty of years left on it if you go for it as a used car. Be warned, though: that seven-year warranty only applies to MG3s sold after 1 September 2018. It’s also limited to 80,000 miles, but that is at least enough to cover the average annual mileage.

A quick search on BuyaCar will bring up prices of around £11,000 or £200 per month for a 2019 MG 3, so you'll be making the most of that great warranty at a pretty affordable price.

MG 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Kia Stonic

Best used small crossover with five years' warranty left

2018 deals from £10,499
Monthly finance from £166

If you want a funky-looking SUV crossover that’s small enough to nip around busy city streets and squeeze into awkward parking space, then the Kia Stonic could be just the ticket. It’s compact, with suitably chunky off-roader-inspired looks and is both fun to whizz around town in and capable of longer motorway journeys. And with that 100,000-mile warranty you’ll have peace of mind if you do end up putting on big miles.

There are 30 2019 Kia Sotnic models available on BuyaCar with prices starting at £12,395 or £186 per month. So get your hands on one quick and make the most of that substantial seven-year warranty.

KIA STONIC BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Kia Ceed GT

Best used sporty car with five years' warranty left

2018 deals Limited stock

Sporty and sensible are not always two words that go comfortably hand in hand, but the Ceed GT manages to put a foot in both camps. It’s fast enough to deliver real performance thrills (although it isn’t as fast as most full-fat hot hatches) while offering decent amounts of space for passengers.

There’s a pleasing VW Golf-like solidity to the way the interior is put together, too. Do be aware, however, that battery and air-conditioning systems are only covered with a 24-month warranty, which is the case for all other Kias on this list.

KIA CEED BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia Ceed SW

Best used estate with five years' warranty left

2018 deals from £11,995
Monthly finance from £185

Solid, sensible family motoring is more or less defined by the small estate car. It delivers maximum space with the fuel efficiency that you just can’t achieve with the bigger frontal area you’d get in an SUV that offers similar interior dimensions.

If you’re inclined to buy a Ceed hatchback but are considering an SUV to get more space, take a look at the Ceed SW first. It might just surprise you.

KIA CEED SPORTSWAGON BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Kia Sorento

Best used large SUV with five years' warranty left

2018 deals from £21,995
Monthly finance from £329

The spacious Sorento is a great family holdall, with room for seven people (including the driver) in three rows of seats. Its bluff-yet-rounded design has a suitably chunky off-roader feel, and its raised driving position gives you a commanding view of the road.

The interior design and quality, meanwhile, is impressively upmarket in look and feel. In fact, have close your eyes (not while driving, of course) and yuo could almost mistake the interior ambience for an Audi or Mercedes-Benz product.

KIA SORENTO BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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