Best cool boxes: 2019 group test

Which is the best cool box for keeping food and drink fresh all year? We find out…

Whether you’re a regular picnicker or just going on a long journey, it’s good to have a powered coolbox. And not just in the summer; if you choose one with a heat facility, it can be used all year.

A 20/25-litre box is fine for general use, but larger families will need more room; and a box that works from the mains as well as a 12v supply is more versatile – you can start it cooling down before you Continue reading “Best cool boxes: 2019 group test”

Used Ford Galaxy review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Ford Galaxy covering the Galaxy Mk2 (2006-2015) and the Galaxy Mk3 (2015-date)

The MPV was created in the mid-eighties, but its heyday was during the nineties, and Ford led the pack.

As the master of affordable family transport, Ford introduced the first Galaxy in 1995 in conjunction with the Volkswagen Group, which offered its own versions (the VW Sharan and SEAT Alhambra). However, Ford went its own way with the second-generation Galaxy of 2006, and it Continue reading “Used Ford Galaxy review”

Best used sports cars

The Porsche 911 is the best used sports car in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used sports car: Porsche 911

Prices from: £18,500
Our pick: Porsche 911 2007 (07) 997 Carrera S manual, 72,000 miles, £23,950 

Even though you’ll have to look for a car from the previous decade to find a bargain, the 997-generation Porsche 911 is still a top buy for enthusiasts.

• Best sports cars and coupes to buy 2019

While all of the mainstream versions of the current 911 have some form of Continue reading “Best used sports cars”

Best used electric cars

The Nissan Leaf is the best used electric car in our Used Car Awards 2018Best electric car: Nissan Leaf

Prices from: £6,250
Our pick: Nissan Leaf 2014 (14) Acenta, 20,718 miles, £5,995

Electric vehicles are here to stay, and although EVs are still in their infancy, there are a few brands that have been pioneering this type of car over the last five years or so. Nissan is one of them, with its Leaf family hatch.

• Best electric cars to buy 2019

It’s the first EV success Continue reading “Best used electric cars”

Best used hybrid cars

The Toyota Prius is the best used hybrid car in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used hybrid car: Toyota Prius

Prices from: £4,000
Our pick: Toyota Prius 2009 (59) 1.8 VVT-i T4, 80,000 miles, £6,950

That there was a Mk3 Toyota Prius on sale with more than 230,000 miles at the time of writing shows the longevity of these ultra-efficient hybrid cars. Go for one with fewer miles and you’ll pay a bit more, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge that few models have proven themselves so Continue reading “Best used hybrid cars”

Best used hot hatcbacks

The Ford Fiesta ST is our best used hot hatchback of the year 2018Best used hot hatchback: Ford Fiesta ST

Prices from: £6,300
Our pick: Ford Fiesta ST 2013 (13), 37,000 miles, £8,200

The previous-generation Ford Fiesta ST was the best small hot hatch you could buy when it came out in 2013. Now it’s set to go down as one of the greatest cars in the class of all time. That’s especially true when you consider how many are on the used market, and how much cheaper they are now. Continue reading “Best used hot hatcbacks”

Best used convertibles

The Mazda MX-5 is the best used convertible in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used convertible: Mazda MX-5 Mk3

Prices from: £3,295
Our pick: Mazda MX-5 2012 (12) Mk3 2.0i Sport Tech, 47,000 miles, £7,995 

The Mazda MX-5 is Britain’s best-selling two-seater roadster, and although the Mk4 car has moved the game on further still (it’s our best new roadster), you can get almost all of the thrills for a fraction of the bill with a facelifted version of the previous car.

• Best Continue reading “Best used convertibles”

Best used MPVs

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is the best used MPV in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used MPV: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 

Prices from: £6,000
Our pick: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2014 (14) 1.6 e-HDi Exclusive ETG6, 63,900 miles, £7,995

Growth in the SUV sector has seen a drop in sales for the traditional MPV. But if you’re focused on space and are on a budget, then the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso offers it by the bucketload.

While an update has seen the model replace Picasso with Continue reading “Best used MPVs”

Best used luxury cars

The Mercedes S-Class is the best used luxury car in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used luxury car: Mercedes S-Class 

Prices from: £16,995
Our pick: Mercedes S-Class 014 (64) S 350 d, 55,000 miles, £24,995 

The pre-facelift version of the current Mercedes S-Class is among the most luxurious and comfortable cars you can buy. The fact that you can pick up a used model that boasts so much advanced technology and luxury equipment for the price of a family hatchback is pretty Continue reading “Best used luxury cars”