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Seat Ateca crowned the best used car: From city runarounds to convertibles

Used Value Car of the Year

Winner: Hyundai i10 (2014-2019) – less than £6,000 

Budget option: Suzuki Celerio (2015–2019) – less than £4,000



a blue car parked in a field: Hyundai i10


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Hyundai i10



a blue car parked in a parking lot: Suzuki Celerio


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Suzuki Celerio

Used Small Car of the Year

Winner: Skoda Fabia (2015–present) – less than £8,000

Budget option: Ford Fiesta (2008–2017) – less than £5,000



a car parked in front of a building: Skoda Fabia


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Skoda Fabia



a car parked on the side of a road: Ford Fieta


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Ford Fieta

Used Family Car of the Year

Winner: Skoda Octavia (2013–2020) – less than £15,000

Budget option: Vauxhall Astra (2015–present) – less than £8,000 



a car driving on a road: Skoda Octavia


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Skoda Octavia



a car parked in a parking lot: Vauxhall Astra


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Vauxhall Astra

Used Executive Car of the Year

Winner (& budget option): Audi A4 (2015–present) – less than £14,000



a car driving on a road: The Audi A4 is the standout second-hand executive model, according to the car magazine


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The Audi A4 is the standout second-hand executive model, according to the car magazine

Used Luxury Car of the Year

Winner: Audi A8 (2017–present) – less than £40,000

Budget option: Volvo S90 (2016–present) – less than £20,000



a car parked on the side of a road: Audi A8


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Audi A8



a car parked in a parking lot: Volvo S90


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Volvo S90

Used Small SUV of the Year

Winner: Seat Arona (2018–present) – less than £12,000

Budget option: Renault Captur (2013–2019) – less than £8,000



a person driving a car: Seat Arona


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Seat Arona



a car parked in a parking lot: Renault Captur


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Renault Captur

Used Family SUV of the Year & Overall Used Car of the Year

Winner (& budget option): Seat Ateca (2016–present) – less than £13,000 



a police car parked in front of a building: The Ateca won this segment but also took the overall Best Used Car of 2019 crown in the What Car? Awards


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The Ateca won this segment but also took the overall Best Used Car of 2019 crown in the What Car? Awards

Used Large SUV of the Year

Winner: Volvo XC60 (2017–present) – less than £25,000

Budget option: Skoda Kodiaq (2016–present) – less than £19,000 



a car driving on a road: Skoda Kodiaq


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Skoda Kodiaq



a car parked on the side of a road: Volvo XC60


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Volvo XC60

Used Luxury SUV of the Year

Winner: Audi Q7 (2015–present) – less than £35,000

Budget option: Volvo XC90 (2015–present) – less than £25,000 



a car driving on a road: Audi Q7


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Audi Q7



a blue car parked in a parking lot: Volvo XC90


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Volvo XC90

Used MPV of the Year

Winner: Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer (2018–present) – less than £15,000

Budget option: Citroën C4 Picasso (2014–2018) – less than £10,000



a car parked in front of a mountain: Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer


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Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer



a car parked on the side of a road: Citroen C4 Picasso


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Citroen C4 Picasso

Used Estate Car of the Year

Winner: BMW 5 Series Touring (2017–present) – less than £25,000 

Budget option: Skoda Octavia Estate (2013–2020) – less than £10,000



a car driving on a road: BMW 5 Series Touring


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BMW 5 Series Touring



a car parked in a parking lot: Skoda Octavia Estate


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Skoda Octavia Estate

Used Hot Hatch of the Year

Winner: BMW M140i (2016–2019) – less than £18,000

Budget option: Ford Fiesta ST (2013–2017) – less than £12,000 



a blue car on a road: BMW M140i


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BMW M140i



a car parked in front of a house: Ford Fiesta ST


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Ford Fiesta ST

Used Coupé of the Year

Winner (& budget option): Audi TT (2015 –present) – less than £15,000 



a car parked on the side of a road: What Car? said the best used coupe option is the latest Audi TT, with examples available for less than £15,000 on the second-hand market


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What Car? said the best used coupe option is the latest Audi TT, with examples available for less than £15,000 on the second-hand market

Used Convertible of the Year

Winner: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2017–present) – less than £30,000

Budget option: BMW 2 Series (2014–present) – less than £15,000 



a car parked next to a body of water: Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet


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Mercedes-Benz E Class Cabriolet



a car parked in a parking lot: BMW 2 Series Convertible


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BMW 2 Series Convertible

Used Sports Car of the Year

Winner: Porsche Cayman (2013–2016) – less than £35,000

Budget option: Mazda MX-5 (2015–present) – less than £20,000



a car driving on a mountain road: Porsche Cayman


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Porsche Cayman



a car parked in a parking lot: Mazda MX-5


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Mazda MX-5

Used Performance Car of the Year

Winner: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2016–present) – less than £45,000

Budget option: Mercedes C43 AMG (2016–present) – less than £25,000 



a car parked on the side of a mountain: Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio


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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio



a car driving on a road: Mercedes C43 AMG


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Mercedes C43 AMG

Used Hybrid Car of the Year

Winner (& budget option): Hyundai Ioniq (2017–present) – less than £15,000 



a car driving on a road: Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid is the top choice model if you want a used car with a battery and electric motor to supplement a combustion engine


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Hyundai’s Ioniq hybrid is the top choice model if you want a used car with a battery and electric motor to supplement a combustion engine

Used Electric Car of the Year

Winner: Nissan Leaf (2018–present) – less than £25,000

Budget option: Nissan Leaf (2011–2018)  – less than £13,000 



a car parked in front of a mountain: Current Nissan Leaf


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Current Nissan Leaf



a car parked in a parking lot: Original Nissan Leaf EV


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Original Nissan Leaf EV

Used Approved car scheme

Winner: DS Certified

Special mention: Kia Approved Used, BMW/Mini Approved Used



a sign on the side of Carver Theatre: DS won the award for best used car scheme for the second year running for its 'outstanding' 24-month warranty on cars up to four years old


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DS won the award for best used car scheme for the second year running for its ‘outstanding’ 24-month warranty on cars up to four years old

Source: What Car? Used Car of the Year 2021 Awards 

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