BMW 1-Series named Tesco Cars’ best used buy

The BMW 1-Series has emerged as arguably the best buy in the UK’s £30bn second-hand market, according to new research by Tesco Cars.

  • ‘Niche’ cars hit mainstream success
  • Only one Japanese model in top-10

Analysts at the online used car channel, which was launched in April to offer consumers a new, confidence inspiring way to purchase their next car, applied a host of ‘buying’ criteria including running costs, depreciation, reliability, customer satisfaction, desirability and emissions to find the Top 100 best buys on the market today.
The used market dwarfs that of new car sales; in 2010 5.7 million second-hand vehicles were sold – valuing £30bn – compared to 2.2 million new cars.
Since its launch in 2004, the 1-Series, which is BMW’s entry level model and the only rear-wheel-drive car in its class, has proved a sales hit. In the Tesco Cars survey, BMW’s surprise winner scored excellently for its eco versions, residual values, reliability and desirability.
The maturity of the ‘niche’ car market was also illustrated by the Top 10 results, which see the British-built Nissan Qashquai crossover and retro-styled MINI Cooper and Fiat 500 Superminis keeping established bestsellers such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra out of the Top 5 positions, reflecting the positive feedback garnered in its first months of trading.
Of all the big brand models, only the evergreen Ford Fiesta was able to hold its own against the rising tide of niche models through its driving appeal, practicality and low running costs. Citroen’s C4 Grand Picasso is highest ranking MPV in 18th position, and the clever Volkswagen Eos, with its metal folding roof, is top choice for roof-down summer motoring.
With all cars judged on the same cost-effective criteria, it was no surprise to find that luxury four-wheel-drive cars came further down the order. With higher emissions, repair costs and depreciation, the likes of the Volvo XC90 (73rd), BMW X5 (93rd) and Land Rover Discovery (100th), don’t fit the priorities of many cost-conscious used car buyers.
Rebecca Ryan, Tesco Cars’ marketing manager, said “Naturally, the one criteria we couldn’t factor into our rankings was personal choice – one person’s first choice model may be another’s last.
“Having taken into account so many variables, including the things that really matter to buyers like how much cars will cost to run, their performance and how desirable they are, our analysis is informative and a unique way of assessing the very best used buys.”
With direct access to thousands of well-maintained, RAC-independently checked pre-owned vehicles which all meet the Tesco Cars ‘standard’, buyers are positively responding to the fact that they can now purchase online via without the hassle, stress or sales pressure typically associated with used car sales.
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Tesco Cars’ Top 100 used cars
1 BMW 1 Series
2 Ford Fiesta
3 MINI Cooper
4 Nissan Qashquai
5 Fiat 500
6 Ford Focus
7 Volkswagen Golf
8 Vauxhall Astra
9 Citroen C3
10 Volvo S40
11 Vauxhall Corsa
12 Peugeot 207
13 Citroen C4
14 Toyota Yaris
15 Skoda Fabia
16 Nissan Micra
17 Honda Civic
18 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
19 Ford S-Max
20 Ford Mondeo
21 Volkswagen Passat
22 Skoda Octavia
23 Volkswagen Polo
24 Volkswagen Eos
25 Ford C-Max
26 Hyundai Getz
27 Peugeot 107
28 Suzuki Swift
29 BMW 3 Series
30 Nissan Qashauai +2
31 Peugeot 308
32 Fiat Panda
33 Honda Jazz
34 Citroen C2
35 Audi A4
36 Toyota Aygo
37 Audi A3
38 Volkswagen Jetta
39 MINI Cooper S
40 Vauxhall Zafira
41 Fiat Punto Evo
42 Citroen Xsara Picasso
43 Renault Megane
44 Ford Focus C-Max
45 Mazda 5
46 Seat Ibiza
47 Renault Grand Scenic
48 Nissan Note
49 Toyota Prius
50 Mazda 3
51 BMW 5 Series
52 Kia Cee’d
53 Volkswagen Golf Plus
54 Audi TT
55 Volvo V70
56 Vauxhall Meriva
57 Citroen C-Crosser
58 Renault Kangoo
59 Hyundai Coupe
60 Seat Exeo
61 Renault Modus
62 Volkswagen Passat CC
63 Seat Toledo
64 Volvo V50
65 Vauxhall Vectra
66 Honda CR-V
67 Renault Scenic
68 Seat Alhambra
69 Toyota Verso
70 Honda Accord
71 BMW X3
72 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
73 Volvo XC90
74 Peugeot 407
75 Volvo S80
76 Mercedes-Benz SLK
77 Vauxhall Insignia
78 Skoda Superb
79 Volkswagen Beetle
80 Land Rover Freelander
81 Toyota Avensis
82 Seat Leon
83 Nissan X-Trail
84 Volkswagen Tiguan
85 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
86 Audi A6
87 Volkswagen Touran
88 Mercedes-Benz A Class
89 Jaguar XF
90 Vauxhall Antara
91 Mitsubishi Colt
92 Jaguar X Type
93 BMW X5
94 Ford Galaxy
95 Saab 9-3
96 Jaguar XJ Series
97 Volkswagen Touareg
98 BMW M3
99 Toyota Rav 4
100 Land Rover Discovery

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