Best used cars for students

Around this time, many young people around the UK will be finishing up their exams with a view to entering or graduating from a university. In either case, a car may now be needed for important tasks like commuting to lectures or to a new job. However, what sort of car is best suited for students?

Assuming a tight budget, a car to buy for a student will preferably be cheap to buy, cheap to run, small and nimble. The good news is that a lot of great deals on cheap and small used cars can be found when searching from Perrys Used Car listings online.

Here are our picks of the best used cars recommended for students.

Nissan Micra

The used car market is filled with examples of the previous generation Nissan Micra at an incredibly low price. For the money you get a model which still holds up very well today compared to the current competition in the small car market.

The Micra not only has distinct and cute styling, it’s also very easy to drive and park - excelling particularly in urban environments. The engine selection is strong, particularly the diesel units, and the brakes are very sharp and responsive. All-round a used Nissan Micra represents incredible value.

Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is a popular entry in both the new and used market and definitely worth considering if you’re a student, since it can deliver everything you should need from a car.

It should not prove difficult to find a used Corsa which is very cheap to buy and delivers low running costs, but also a decent amount of onboard equipment. Even the majority of older generation models are reasonably well equipped.

With some many used examples on the market, there’s the possibility to consider all sorts of different engines and trim levels when browsing, to best suit your priorities.

Peugeot 207

It’s been a couple of years now since the Peugeot 208 became the French brand’s current supermini, but its predecessor remains much loved.

Throughout its length production run the Peugeot 207 proved popular thanks to its smart styling, light steering and comfortable ride. Another attractive characteristic for students is that the 207 is safe and typically inexpensive to maintain.

There are several 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines available with the 207 and all should offer decent power for a small car and low running costs. Buying a used 207 is particularly recommended as they offer greater efficiency.

Citroen C1

After over eight years in production, the Citroen C1 city car will be replaced with a second-generation model this summer. Expect the outgoing model to remain a popular hit in the used market.

Only minor updates, including a facelift back in 2012, have been given to the C1 during its lengthy production run. Importantly though the C1 has maintained its appeal as a cutely-styled and highly manoeuvrable choice of transport.

Owners can have fun behind the wheel when driving the easy-going C1 thanks in part to its nippy little petrol engine. The car is also very easy to park thanks to its compact size and clear all-round visibility. While the C1, like all city cars, has little space for carrying luggage, you could do a whole lot worse when you just want something to get from A to B.

Ford Fiesta

Much like the previously mentioned Corsa, the Ford Fiesta has for a while been a popular hit in both the new and used car markets.

Older generation examples of the Fiesta are plentiful in the used market and can make a great car choice for students and indeed any young/first-time car buyer.

Plenty of different trim levels and engines should be found on the market, and all should offer entertaining and easy driving characteristics. Even the older-generation versions of the Fiesta are still among the best handling small cars in the market.


Better still, parts and servicing for used Fords in Britain is easily accessible and good value for money.