Korean maker wins our special award, thanks to the fact each used Kia gets a thorough mechanical check, plus the balance of the seven-year warranty offered on new models
Every major motor manufacturer provides an approved used car scheme to tempt second-hand buyers and offer added peace of mind. But which is the best?
Most include comprehensive body, mechanical and electrical examinations, a provenance check from a data provider such as HPI or Experian, a 12-month warranty, 30-day exchange policy and a year’s breakdown cover. A franchised dealer service history is another typical requirement of any model being sold under an official used car banner.
So if these are all taken for granted, the approved scheme of the year has to go one better – to give customers something they won’t find elsewhere. And that scheme is run by Kia.
The Korean brand is now an established presence in the new car sector, but success in the used market takes longer to achieve. Bosses clearly know this, and a seven-year new car warranty deal puts Kias in pole position second-hand. It means most used models have the balance of the cover for second or third owners to enjoy – and gives any used Kia an instant head start.
Plus, you get 60 days or 1,000 miles in which to change your mind. Add to this two years of breakdown cover, seven days’ free driveaway insurance and a useful online car locator, and you have a cracking approved scheme.
Programmes from Hyundai and Vauxhall deserve a special mention, but Kia takes our award.
- 1IntroductionWe name top second-hand buys across 17 classes of the market, plus our Used Car of the Year
- 2Best City CarYears built: 2008 to date Prices: £3,750-£8,000 Our pick: 1.2 Comfort
- 3Best SuperminiYears built: 2009 to date Prices: £5,500-£14,000 Our pick: 1.25 Zetec
- 4Best Compact Family CarYears built: 2004-2011 Prices: £3,000-£14,000 Our pick: 1.6 TDCi Zetec
- 5Best EstateYears built: 2004 to date Prices: £4,000-£24,500 Our pick: vRS 2.0 TDI
- 6Best Supermini-MPVYears built: 2008 to date Prices: £7,500-£14,000 Our pick: 1.4 ES
- 7Best Family CarYears built: 2007 to date Prices: £5,000-£27,000 Our pick: 2.0 TDCi Zetec
- 8Best Compact SUVYears built: 2006 to date Prices: £10,000-£38,000 Our pick: 2.2 TD4
- 9Best CrossoverYears built: 2007 to date Prices: £7,000-£24,000 Our pick: 1.5 dCi Acenta
- 10Best Large SUVYears built: 2004-2009 Prices: £11,500-£30,000 Our pick: TDV6 HSE