Best value automatic cars

Click on the picture or heading for a full review. For more info on the different gearboxes see this post; Automatic gearboxes. 


Toyoya Yaris Hybrid

Toyoya Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

The 1.5 litre petrol engine is helped along by a small electric motor operating in tandem for normal driving, no charging required the battery stores power from braking and when the engine is running. When traveling under 18 miles per hour the Yaris can run on battery power alone, using no petrol or producing any exhaust fumes. The Yaris offers a claimed 80.7 miles per gallon on a combined cycle but around town this car can reach over 90 miles per gallon.

 Winter Best Buy – Toyota Yaris Hybrid ‘Icon Tech’ Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)




Honda Jazz

 Honda Jazz

The Honda Jazz is a wonderful machine, built like a Swiss watch and offering space you would not think possible given its external dimensions.  Two petrol engines, a 1.3 not turbo offering 101 bhp and a 1.5 (only in sport trim) with 128 bhp and a turbo giving the Jazz an unexpected turn of pace, 0-62 in 8.7 seconds. Both come as a six speed manual or (well behaved) CVT automatic gearbox. EX trim has 16 inch alloys, a rear view camera, climate control and a 7 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Honda Jazz 1.5 petrol (128bhp) Manual or Automatic  ‘Sport’  – Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



Seat Arona

Seat Arona

The Arona is based on the excellent Seat Ibiza, 15mm raised ride and 79mm longer, the taller cabin increases the interior space leading to more headroom and a better view for all and the 400 litre boot means the Arona has ample room for four adults and their luggage. FR trim has 17 inch alloy wheels, full LED headlamps, dark-tinted rear windows and twin exhaust pipes and ambient interior lighting in a range of user-selectable colours ,FR Sport adds 18-inch wheels, black Alcantara suede upholstery and dynamic chassis control. The 113bhp three cylinder petrol engine is excellent, reaching 62 mph in just under 10 seconds and power is delivered seamlessly, with little of the lag you sometimes get with turbocharged engines, economy is an excellent 56.5 mpg as a twin cutch Automatic.

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Arona FR Sport 1.0 tsi petrol (113bhp)  Automatic – Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or £299 (£63.09 wpms) in Xcellence lux



Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra 

The Astra offers excellent value in SRi trim which comes with a 7 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay, 17 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and cruise control, parking sensors are usually a £465 extra but are added to all Vauxhall Motability cars. The 148 bhp 1.4 litre petrol turbo unit can reach 60mph in 7.8 seconds and return 51.4 miles per gallon as a 6 speed automatic. Space is excellent upfront and for rear passengers and there’s plenty of headroom despite the car’s sloping coupe-like roofline. Boot space is 370 litres, 10 litres less than the VW Golf.

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.4 petrol 148bhp Manual or Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



Seat Leon

Seat Leon

The Seat Leon is a sharp styled five door hatchback. Seat is part of the VW group making the Leon a Volkswagen Golf restyled with street cred. FR Trim has 17 inch alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes, full LED headlights and tail lights, auto lights and wipers, sports seats, dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors, sports suspension and an 8 inch touchscreen with full smartphone integration. The 2.0 litre tsi petrol can produce 187 bhp and reach 62 mile per hour in only 7.2 seconds and still return a claimed 45.6 from the 7 speed dual clutch DSG Automatic gearbox.

 Winter Best Buy – Seat Leon ‘FR’ 2.0 litre 187 bhp petrol  Automatic 5dr – Nil Advance payment (£61.11 wpms)





The MG ZS is a compact SUV offering a 448 litre boot with room to carry four adults in comfort. All cars come with an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, climate control, heated wing mirrors, front fog lights, 17 inch alloys, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The 109bhp 1.0 three cylinder petrol (Vauxhall shared) 6 speed automatic can reach 62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds and return 44.9 miles per gallon.

 Winter Best Buy – MG ZS Excite (109bhp 1.0 litre petrol) Automatic  –   £95 Advance Payment (£61.77 wpms)



Renault Captur

Renault Captur

The Renault Captur is a compact SUV based on the Renault Clio and shares a platform and engines with its main competitor the Nissan Juke. The 377 litre boot is easy to load because there’s no lip between the boot floor and the opening. You can also drop the boot floor down to give 455 litres of space. Iconic trim has 17 inch alloys, 7 inch touchscreen with android auto link (no Apple carplay), automatic climate control, built in Sat Nav, privacy glass, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The 1.5 litre diesel has a six speed dual clutch automatic gearbox offering a claimed 72.4 miles per gallon and a 0-62 time of 13.5 seconds.

 Winter Best Buy – Renault Captur 1.5 Diesel (90)  ‘Iconic’ Automatic  –  £95 Advance Payment (£61.77 wpms)



Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid

The Ioniq draws its power from a 1.6 litre 103bhp petrol engine alongside a 43bhp electric motor, the two power units work in tandem, the electric motor will start the car off and will be joined by the petrol when required, you can drive solely on electric power for only very short distances before the batteries go flat, these are charged by both the petrol engine running and by regenerative powers like braking, there is no ‘Plug’ to charge the batteries. The IONIQ can return a claimed 83.1 miles per gallon for urban driving, compared to a Hyundai i30 1.6 petrol car that returns a claimed 34 mpg around town.

 Winter Best Buy – Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid ‘SE’ Automatic  –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£149 (£62.10 wpms) in Premium trim



Volvo V40

Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 is a delightful looking car and although nearing the end of its life cycle, the value for money this quarter is excellent.The only trim line is the sports R-Design Edition with 18 inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera, active LED headlights, cruise control, power driver seat with memory function, climate control, auto wipers, leather seats, twin exhaust pipes and a 7 inch screen with sat nav, there is no Apple Carplay/Android Auto. £400 will add the winter pack with heated front and rear seats and windscreen. The 1.5 litre Petrol T3 with 150bhp can hit 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds with a 6 speed automatic gearbox and can return a claimed 47.9 miles per gallon. £400 will add the winter pack with heated front and rear seats and windscreen.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Volvo V40 R-Design T3 1.5 litre petrol 150bhp Automatic  –  £199 Advance Payment (£62.43 wpms)



Volkswagen Golf SV

Volkswagen Golf SV

The Golf SV, the SV stands for Sports Vancould be the perfect all rounder. It is as good to drive as the hatchback with the boot space of the estate (up to 590 litres). The SE trim has an 8 inch colour touchscreen with Apple Carplay, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors front and rear, 16 inch alloy wheels, emergency braking, electrically foldable door mirrors and automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights. The 1.5 litre petrol with 130 bhp paired to a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic can return a claimed55.4 miles per gallon yet still reach 62 miles per hour in 9.6 seconds.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy  – Golf  SV ‘SE ’ 1.5 petrol (130bhp) Automatic   –  Nil Advance Payment (£61.11 wpms)



Honda Civic

Honda Civic

The Swindon built Civic is a five door hatchback with excellent room front and rear, if a little low for some to get into, the 478 litre boot dwarfs the 380 litres on offer from the VW Golf. The SE trim is very well appointed with 16 inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, single zone climate control, automatic headlights, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist, seven inch touchscreen display which integrates with DAB radio and Apple CarPlay. The 127bhp 1.0 litre three cylinder turbo charged petrol engine has received rave reviews with 60.1 mpg claimed from a well behaved CVT automatic that can reach 62mph in 10.8 seconds.

Winter Best Buy  –  Honda Civic SE 1.0 Petrol CVT Automatic  –  £249 Advance Payment (£62.77 wpms)



Mini Countryman PHEV

The Mini Countryman Plug in Hybrid has a 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and an 88hp electric motor powering the rear wheels, the total power avaialble combining the two engines is 224 brake horse power and a 0-62 miles per hour can be achieved in 6.8 seconds. More importantly you can drive up to 25 miles (around 17 in reality) on electric power alone from a fully charged car. Charging can be as fast as two hours fifteen minutes and it is also possible to charge from a household 3 pin plug, though does take longer.

 Winter Best Buy – Mini Countryman PHEV Cooper S ‘E’ Classic  –   £1749  Advance Payment (£664 wpms)



Vauxhall Grandland X

The Vauxhall Grandland X is based on the same platform as European Car of the Year (2017), the Peugeot 3008. The 1.2 litre three cylinder petrol with 128 bhp is a joy to drive around town, quiet and reasonably punchy, 0-62 in 11.1 seconds, it officially returns 55.3 mpg as a six speed automatic. SE models offer a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone electronic climate control, leather-covered steering wheel, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, steering wheel mounted audio controls and front fog lights.

 Winter Best Buy – Vauxhall Grandland X  ‘SE’ 1.2 litre 128bhp petrol Automatic  –  £499 Advance Payment (£64.42 wpms)



Seat Ateca 

The Ateca is the sister car to the VW Tiguan and Skoda Karoq, the Seat is a little smaller (boot is 510 litres compared to 615 in the VW with the seats slid forward) but as is the way with Seat cars is a a little more sporty by design. The SE Tech is the trim of choice as the touchscreen is 8 inches in size and includes a sat nav. The 1.6 113bhp diesel engine is shared with the Karoq and is more than adequate, 62 mph can be reached in 11.5 seconds and claimed economy is up to 65.7 mpg.  If you are after a manual diesel SUV,  the Ateca is an excellent choice, the auto version starts at £499 advance payment if you step down to the SE trim.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘SE Tech’ 1.6 113 bhp diesel Automatic – £599 (£65.08 wpms)



BMW 2 Series Active tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

BMW’s are all about desirability and the Active Tourer hits the mark, excellent driving credentials, superb design and powerful engines, but with practicality at its core, wide opening doors and a 468 litre boot. The SE trim comes with built in Sat Nav, an electric tailgate, rear parking sensors, electric folding rear seats operated from a button in the boot (but you do have to pull them up by hand), engine start stop button, 16″ alloy wheels, automatic wipers and lights, dual zone climate control, DAB radio and a 6.5″ colour screen centrally mounted display. The Automatic only 220i petrol offers 189bhp and can reach 62 mph in 7.4 seconds and return 50.4 miles per gallon, quite a package.

 Winter Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218 1.5 Petrol ‘SE’ Automatic  –  £749 Advance Payment (£66.08 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 220d 2.0 diesel ‘Luxury’ Automatic X Drive 4wd  –  £1749 Advance Payment (£664 wpms)



New Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A Class

The new A-Class sits on a revised platform with sublime twin 7 inch digital screens and a super new petrol engine. The sleek exterior moves the old car’s aerodynamics into a new dimension. Although it’s a similar size to the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, the Mercedes A-Class is an alternative to more ‘premium’ models, such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The 1.33 litre turbo charged petrol engined is as a A180 with  134 bhp 0-62 in 9,2 seconds and economy of 54.3 mpg, the larger output A200 has 161bhp and can hit 62mph in 8 seconds and return a claimed 53.3 miles per gallon, both can be paired to a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed dual clutch automatic. The Sport trim has LED headlights, 17 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, black man-made leather seats and climate control.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Mercedes A-Class A180 SE 1.33 petrol Automatic   –  £699 Advance Payment (£65.75 wpms)

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy – Mercedes A-Class A200 1.33 petrol Automatic AMG Line with Executive pack  –  £1949 Advance Payment (£864 wpms)



Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The on – off situation regarding the Allspace continues, the latest news is that it is now back on the Scheme in the new ‘Match’ trim which includes, adaptive cruise control, sat nav, parking sensors, front and rear, 19 inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, privacy glass, electric tailgate, three zone climate control and park assist with rear view camera. The 148 bhp 2.0 litre diesel is nothing short of fantastic. Three cars are on the Scheme, a six speed manual (£1149 AP) or a 7 speed DSG automatic with either two or four wheel drive, bizarrely the 4wd car is cheaper, £1449 AP compared to £1649 for the front wheel drive car.  This is the stand out offering this quarter, the order books will be filling up quickly.

 Winter Best Buy – Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 diesel 148bhp Automatic ‘Match’ 4wd  –  £1449 Advance Payment (£364 wpms)



VW Sharan – Large 7 Seater

Volkswagen Sharan

The Volkswagen Sharan is a large MPV with seven individual seats for adults, and is able to offer 300 litres of luggage space with all seven seats in use. SE models have 16″ alloys wheels, cruise control, chrome window surrounds, roof rails, 3 zone climate control, under seat storage, leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel, automatic lights and parking sensors for the rear and front, 6.5 inch touchscreen media system that can stream media from your mobile phone and Apple Carplay. The two litre 150 brake horse power diesel is a perfect companion as a DSG automatic 9.9 seconds from standstill to 62 miles per hour and a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Official economy figures suggest 57 miles per gallon is not achievable but you can get mid 40’s if you are very careful.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Winter Best Buy  –  Volkswagen Sharan 150bhp Diesel DSG Automatic ‘SE’ –  £1099 Advance Payment (£14 wpms)