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Best Used Car Under 15000 – The huge rise in SUV popularity may have taken its toll on the saloon family’s sales figures but the premium branded executive saloons are still strong sellers. This market area has traditionally been dominated by German brands but in recent years, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 have faced increasing competition – Lexus IS, Jaguar XE and Volvo S60 are original rivals.
Cars in this category have long been a favorite among corporate car users, and make a great choice for private owners with high mileage as well. The best news is that there are some second-hand offerings that can be obtained, and our budget of £ 15,000 puts some very attractive cars within reach. Here are three comfortable, great and high-value executives who will manage travel with ease.
Audi A4 – comfortable choice
To: Build quality, comfort, refinement
Against: Performance and average handling
The £ 15,000 budget will secure your Audi A4 2015 with just 28,000 miles on the clock, with an economical 2.0-liter TDI Ultra diesel engine. Although the 0-62mph time of 8.3 seconds is respectable enough, it’s actually the fewest of our three choices, but a solid ground trip makes it the best long-range horse ride from the bunch. It’s quiet with speed; long tuning and meticulous attention to detail such as wind noise suppression means fast travel is peaceful and relaxing.
Others may be more interesting to drive, but Audi still feels right and safe on rural roads, and its light rides make maneuvering easy. Classy interior is probably the strongest suit; it is impeccably built and there is plenty of space inside, as well as a sizable 480 liter boot. The owner was impressed by the Audi infotainment system, helping A4 to complete 44th place in our Power Driver 2018 satisfaction survey.
BMW 3 Series – a powerful choice
For: Strong and good ride and handling
Against: Not as smooth and silent as Audi
The stunning BMW 320d acceleration not only makes you smile but also handy when joining a fast-moving highway. Fortunately, the popular 3 Series is comfortably included into our £ 15,000 budget – this figure will secure the 320d Sport 2016 covering 39,000 miles. The 2.0-liter diesel engine is smooth and responsive, and the balanced rear wheel layout actually carries the car alive if you like to take the winding road and leave the highway behind.
It’s not quite as comfortable and uninterrupted at the speed as the Audi, but not as fast as the Jaguar XE, and few will complain about the rough ride, even on the stronger suspension of this Sport model. The boot size is identical to the Audi – but worth a try with a 40:20:40 back seat, which lets you carry a long load and two rear seat passengers. The 3rd Series comes 39th in the Driver’s 2018 Power owner satisfaction survey.
Jaguar XE – driver options
For: Sporty, responsive handling, looks great
Against: Interior quality, smallest boot here
That the British-made Jaguar XE can beat the BMW 3 Series for allure is something to be celebrated, even if its 2.0-liter 161bhp diesel engine is less powerful than the Audi and BMW. Jaguar makes up for it with shades of steering and cornering poise, although both German models have different advantages on the convenience of long-distance highways. They beat Jaguar for interior quality as well; The XE interior has some wonderful details, but not all of the materials used are the best in quality.
£ 15,000 will secure 65-diesel XE plates with a manual gearbox and 40,000 miles on the clock. With a 455 liter boot, it can not carry as much as its rivals, and a relatively narrow boot opening can make loading a little more awkward. This is a beautiful looking car, with sleek lines that are very similar to its larger Jaguar XF brother. Although Jaguar XE did not appear in our 2018 Power Driver survey, Jaguar itself completed far ahead of Audi and BMW as a whole.