Our partners at What Car? have announced the winners of their 2013 Used Car of the Year awards, including the best used small family hatchbacks, estates, MPVs and SUVs.
The awards are for the used cars which provide the best balance of affordability, reliability and owner enjoyment. For each category there is a car for an upper and lower budget, with prices you can expect to pay at a dealer (where you'll get some sort of back-up) or for a private sale (where you can expect to pay less).
Before you read the reviews …
Figures given after a car model's name are the year (abbreviated) in which it was registered (eg. '10 for 2010) followed by the double figure which relates part of the registration year in which it was registered - that's the year itself for cars registered in March-August inclusive, with the value of five added to the first figure for cars registered in September-February inclusive. For example, a registered in January 2011 would be a '11/60 car ('11 for 2011, 60 for the registration period between September 2010 and February 2011 inclusive). For more information on number plates, click here.
Every passenger car sold in the UK falls into one of 50 insurance bands: the higher the band number, the higher the insurance premium.
Euro NCAP conducts rigorous crash tests on every new car submitted to their facilities. Since 2009, cars have been awarded a maximum of five stars overall, with individual percentage scores given for adult safey, child safety, pedestrian safety and safety assist features. Tests made before 2009 were slightly less stringent and used a different scoring system.