Best cars & vans

Used Car of the Year 2021: Citroen C3 Aircross

The Citroen C3 Aircross pulls a range of strong attributes together into a top-performing package that's why it's our Used Car of the Year 2021

Used Car of the Year 2021	Citroen C3 Aircross

There are some great used car options out there on the market right now as our 2021 Used Car Awards show but we think one car stands head and shoulders above the rest as a used car bargain you really don't want to miss...

Used Car of the Year 2021: Citroen C3 Aircross

Citroen's fabulous all-rounder is practical, perky and brilliantly priced – making it our pick of this year’s used-car offerings.

There’s a well worn motoring cliche to describe a great all-rounder – but in the case of the C3 Aircross, it really is “all the car you’ll ever need”. It’s no surprise to see it score so well on the used market; indeed, the Citroen scooped Compact SUV of the Year in our 2019 New Car Awards. There were so many reasons why it won on that occasion, and they all remain relevant today. 

Its appeal is widespread. For starters, it’s highly practical. At 4.1 metres long, it’s shorter than a VW Golf, yet it has acres of room; the high roof in particular gives plenty of space front and rear. Clever use of fabrics across the dash and door panels gives the Citroen a feeling of quality that lots of competitors can’t match, while smartphone connectivity is excellent.

Many rivals cite sportiness as inspiration, but the C3 bucks the trend. Those soft looks match its ride – the way it floats over bumps is reminiscent of Citroens of old, and it’s all the better for it. The strong engines incorporate very frugal diesels and petrols that give strong performance and are easy on the wallet, too.

True to its form when new, the C3 Aircross seals the win thanks to its affordability. Clean, three-year-old examples now dip below £9,000 – and at that money, it’s virtually impossible to fault. Congratulations, Citroen; the C3 Aircross is our 2021 Used Car of the Year.

See the latest Citroen C3 Aircross prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

Silver - Volvo S90

When it was new the S90 sat in the shadow of the more obvious German executives, but the fact that it was so overlooked means it’s an absolute bargain on the used market. It is spacious, comfortable, incredibly safe and looks fantastic, inside and out. Volvo offers a powertrain for all tastes, with a strong range of petrols and diesels backed up by a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. 

Scour the used forecourts for a well equipped model, and there’s even the inclusion of sophisticated driver-assist systems that can take the strain out of long trips. Given that the S90 flaunts such style, comfort and tech for so little money, it came close to scooping the overall prize.

See the latest Volvo S90 prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

Bronze - ​​Volkswagen e-Golf

An electric car that’s easily fits into your life – that’s exactly what the e-Golf sets out to achieve. A sensible family hatch on the outside, it combines all the usual Golf plus points with a silky, silent powertrain that makes every commute a stress-free, zero-emission breeze. It’s one of the most desirable and affordable ways into EV motoring. 

While the initial outlay might be a little more than for a petrol or diesel Golf of a similar age, the e-Golf’s residuals will hold up well over time, plus you gain the benefit of lower running costs. On a standard home-energy tariff it’ll cost about £5 to charge, and with far fewer moving parts than in a combustion car, servicing should be cheaper, too.

See the latest Volkswagen e-Golf prices on our sister site BuyaCar...

Used Car Awards 2021 - all the winners

Find out more about the best used cars you can buy in each market sector with our Used Car Awards...

Recommended

Ford Fiesta review
Ford Fiesta - front driving
Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta review

The Fiesta is good fun and remains a solid buy, despite increasingly strong competition.
14 Sep 2021
Hyundai Bayon vs Citroen C3 Aircross vs Renault Captur
Hyundai Bayon vs Citroen C3 Aircross vs Renault Captur - header
Car group tests

Hyundai Bayon vs Citroen C3 Aircross vs Renault Captur

Small SUVs are eating into sales of the hatchbacks they’re based on. The Hyundai Bayon is the latest arrival, and we test it against two current Auto …
11 Sep 2021
Best used hybrid cars 2021
Best used hybrid cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best used hybrid cars 2021

Want to switch to electrified driving but on a budget? Try one of our best used hybrid cars for 2021
18 Aug 2021
Best used cars to buy now 2021
Used Car Awards
Used Car Awards

Best used cars to buy now 2021

We reveal our favourite second-hand cars across every market sector in the 2021 Used Car Awards
18 Aug 2021

Most Popular

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released
Number plates
News

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released

Latest DVLA list of banned UK registrations reveals which 71-plates are too rude for the road
21 Sep 2021
Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030
Volvo interior
Volvo

Volvo to ditch leather in all cars by 2030

New C40 Recharge will be first Volvo to be offered without the option of leather upholstery
23 Sep 2021
New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review
MG HS PHEV - front
MG HS SUV

New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review

We find out where the new MG HS PHEV fits in the highly competitive plug-in hybrid SUV sector
21 Sep 2021