Yours has partnered with Parkers – the definitive resource for car buying advice in the UK – to bring you the award for the Best Used Car in its Parkers New Car Awards 2024. And the winner revealed today (13 November) is the 2008-2017 Ford Fiesta – one of a total of 18 award-winners announced by Parkers. The Fiesta’s combination of reliability, good value, huge choice and sheer fun puts it out front.
The Ford won against very capable used alternatives, but it’s a winner because against a backdrop of high interest rates and rising used car prices, the tough and popular Fiesta Mk7 remains appealing and affordable. Crucially, it’s available in good working and presentable condition for budgets that beat the need to commit to finance for many owners, and is already a big favourite with Yours readers.
Parkers used car editor Richard Kilpatrick said: “It's aged well stylistically as well as physically, with an interior and technology that still feels intuitive to use and a good-looking hatchback shape that makes the most out of a small footprint on the road. Ownership is easy, with readily available parts and plenty of mechanics and technicians used to maintaining the small Ford.”
It finishes ahead of the Toyota Corolla, the ultra-reliable, comfortable, and economical family hatchback and estate from the trusted Japanese firm that offers up to 10 years of warranty support, and the Skoda Octavia. The previous-generation Octavia is solid, reliable, packed with a decent amount of kit, and continues to offer unrivalled practicality and interior room for the money.
The winning car has been tested rigorously by the Parkers.co.uk team and is one of the most searched-for cars on the site’s Cars for Sale section. Best used cars are rated on a combination of value, ease of service, parts prices, quality, and – of course – reliability and fitness for purpose.
"We’re not just about secondhand motors. In this year's New Car Awards, rated the best new cars you can buy, and we're excited to have integrated electric cars (EVs) into the mainstream, as they’re becoming so popular. We’ve also picked a great selection of EVs, petrol and hybrid winners by taking what we know about what our users are viewing on Parkers,” Keith Adams, Parkers editor added.
Now in its seventh year, the Parkers New Car Awards 2024 reflects the constantly-evolving views of Britain's car-buying public, with winners decided by a combination of the site's expert reviewers' verdicts in thousands of miles of road testing and the purchasing habits of the website's 2.3 million users actively involved in the buying process.
Stephanie Anthony is the Deputy Digital Editor of Yours.co.uk. Having worked across a variety of topics, from travel and food to pharmaceuticals, she also has a particular interest in mental health and wellness. She has a house full of pets with two dogs and two cats.
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