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Best used automatic cars 2024

Looking for a used automatic car? Here’s our pick of the best used cars with automatic gearboxes.

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By Cazoo editorial team

Updated: 3 January 2024

An automatic car can make driving a lot less tiring, especially in stop-start traffic. It's no wonder, then, that automatic cars are increasingly popular.

As a result, there are a lot of used automatic cars available to buy, including about half of the cars for sale at Cazoo. Whether you want a little urban runabout for nipping to the shops or a bigger car for family trips abroad, you’ll find something to suit your needs among our top automatic cars.

Best automatic city car – Fiat 500 Electric

The Fiat 500 Electric, which went on sale in 2021, is a pure-electric hatchback that has a lot going for it. Although it's very similar in size and shape to the hugely popular Fiat 500 it's actually a completely different car that gives you zero-emissions power and a more premium interior, while retaining similar retro looks and low ownership costs.

All electric cars are essentially automatics, and that’s just one reason that the 500 Electric makes a brilliant city car. It’s small, so it’s easy to nip in and out of tight spaces, and of course, there’s no need to keep shifting gears if you get snarled up in traffic on congested city streets.

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Best automatic small hatchback – Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta has been one of the best-selling cars in the UK for decades, and for very good reason. It’s a fantastic all-rounder that’s great to drive, affordable to run and practical enough for both people and stuff.

There’s a wide range of models to choose from and it's available with a fast-shifting automatic gearbox that’s considerably better than the automatic options offered by a lot of rivals. And because it has been so popular, there are lots of used examples to choose from.

Best automatic large hatchback – Skoda Octavia

There are plenty of excellent large hatchbacks, but none are quite as impressive as the Skoda Octavia. It’s big for this type of car, wand gives you more room for passengers and luggage than you get with most similar models. It’s relaxing to drive, very keenly priced and has an interior that's packed with high-tech features yet easy to use.

A range of engines is available, and most are available with an automatic gearbox that beautifully matches the Octavia’s smooth driving experience.

Best automatic saloon – Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is a stylish, all-electric car with a very long battery range and brilliant performance. It also has an interior unlike any other, with a minimalist design dominated by a huge central touchscreen.

As with all electric cars, you don’t have to worry about changing gears – just put the car into drive and away you go. And don’t forget: if you drive a Tesla you can take advantage of the comprehensive Supercharger charging network if you need to top up the battery away from home.

Best automatic estate – Audi A6 Avant

If you want a premium car that's supremely practical then you can’t do much better than an Audi A6. The Avant version is the estate model, mixing a top-quality interior with a powerful yet relaxing driving experience and huge amounts of interior space.

Every version of the latest A6 Avant (which went on sale in 2018) has an automatic gearbox. You have a choice of petrol or diesel engines and if you want thrills to go with your premium practicality, look at the powerful S6 and RS6 versions, which are seriously quick.

Best automatic small SUV – Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is an SUV with a stylish design inside and out and a range of power choices, including a full-electric model. Although it's relatively compact on the outside, the XC40 has a spacious interior and a boot that's big enough to make it a fine choice for families.

The XC40 is available with a manual gearbox, but the majority of owners prefer an automatic, which means there are lots to choose from on the used market. All are packed with high-end tech, including some of the most advanced driver assistance features around.

Best automatic mid-size SUV – Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is an impressively practical family car that comes with a five-year manufacture warranty from new. You'll find two versions available at Cazoo – one sold new until 2020 and another introduced that same year. Both are great choices and both are available with automatic gearboxes.

You can spot the new version (pictured) by its bold styling, and also has more up-to-date tech than the previous model. But even the older Tucson has much to recommend it, not least a more-affordable price. It also has lots of equipment as standard and there’s the option of four-wheel-drive models that can give you extra reassurance on slippery roads.

Best automatic large SUV – Volvo XC90

Like many large SUVs, the Volvo XC90 is available only with an automatic gearbox. It's a great fit, because it's a car that's all about travelling in effortless luxury.

You can get petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid models, all of which have four-wheel drive and enough power to help you overtake slower vehicles and get up to speed on the motorway quickly and safely. This being a Volvo you get lots of advanced driver safety features and, even by the standards of larger premium SUVs, the XC90 is exceptionally well equipped.

Best automatic convertible – BMW 2 Series Convertible

The BMW 2 Series is the most affordable of all of BMW's convertible models yet it gives you all of the desirable features you'd expect of the brand. Crucially, it feels every inch the premium car and it’s also stylish and fun to drive.

The soft-top roof raises or lowers at the touch of a button to give you an open-air driving experience, but the 2 Series is always enjoyable to drive, roof up or roof down. Both manual and automatic gearboxes are available, but we think the automatic is better, with seamless shifting that makes journeys more relaxing.

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