What's the best saloon or estate for less than £40,000?

I'm looking for either a saloon or estate car for lapping up motorway miles, around 20k miles a year, that needs to be comfortable but I like sporty driving cars also. I have around £35k to spend on a 1-2 year old car, however would like something with original value below £40k so that I don't have to pay the extra £390 a year VED.

Asked on 10 August 2023 by Mr Magnus Evershed

Answered by Andrew Brady
You're essentially searching for a used car that has lost very little value in its first couple of years... which is actually quite a challenge (even in the current inflated used car market).

A diesel Skoda Superb would be a lovely way of covering 20k miles a year. Your budget will get a nearly-new or pre-registered example, or you can save some cash by spending around £27k on a two-year-old example.
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