It comes at a time when the used car market is showing signs of returning to normalcy after two years of skyrocketing prices. With the lingering effects of Covid, the global semiconductor shortage and the war in Ukraine, more people than usual are forced to buy second-hand.
The which car? Used Car of the Year Awards highlights the best used models in eight categories, from hatchbacks to SUVs, with an overall winner chosen from the category winners.
Launched in 2017, the BMW 530e is a plug-in hybrid and is part of the highly regarded BMW 5 Series luxury cars. Indeed, over the years the 5 Series has more What Car? Awards than any other model.
The 530e was crowned the winner for its driver appeal, luxurious interior and class-leading refinement, as well as for its fuel-efficient potential and great value on the second-hand market.
Which car? described the car as being able to complete any journey without having to activate the engine, adding that it is “quiet enough to put full limousines to shame”.
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The Audi A3 was named the Used Hatchback of the Year, the Audi A4 Used Saloon Car of the Year and the Audi TT Used Sports Car of the Year.
Other winners were the Mazda CX-5 (Used SUV of the Year), Peugeot 5008 (Used Seven-seater of the Year) and Volkswagen Passat Estate (Used Estate of the Year).
The Tesla Model 3 was voted the best used electric car of the year, picking up for just £37,000 – over £10,000 cheaper than a new model.
Based on the Which car? In reliability survey, the Model 3 scored an impressive 94 percent, with any car issues resolved for free.
Which car? Used car of the year winners
Used Hatchback of the Year – Audi A3 (2013-2020)
Used Limousine Car of the Year – Audi A4 (2015-present)
Used Station Wagon of the Year – Volkswagen Passat (2015-present)
Used SUV of the Year – Mazda CX-5 (2017-present)
Used Seven Seater of the Year – Peugeot 5008 (2017-present)
Used Electric Car of the Year – Tesla Model 3 (2019-present)
Used Hybrid Car of the Year – BMW 530e (2017-present)
Used Sports Car of the Year – Audi TT (2014-present)