Top five high mileage, low initial payment deals
The latest government figures show that the average UK motorist drives 7,900 miles every year. But forget about the average person. What about those of you who aren’t average?
“My granny does more miles than 8k a year,” we often hear from our mile-munching Facebook fans.
In other immensely popular top five articles (Top five cars for under £200 per month), we’ll also hear: “But’s that’s with a large deposit.”
With that in mind, we gave our hard-working team a monthly budget of up to £350* to pull together some of our favourite deals with high mileage allowances and low one-month initial payments. Win-win for some.
So here goes…
If you want something practical, then you’ll be looking at SUVs and, for less than £350 per month, you can have a Hyundai Tucson with an annual allowance of 20,000 miles. It’s closely related to the Kia Sportage, and takes competes with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai.
While it has traditionally appealed as a budget brand, the Tucson is more than able to keep up with those aforementioned rivals in the quality and tech stakes. The Korean brand hasn’t forgotten about the price factor though, and for those that do a lot of miles, it’s hard to find an SUV that offers the same blend of practicality, style and value for less than £350 per month.
The Skoda Octavia has become a go-to choice for those wanting a practical, no nonsense car. A cavernous 590-litre boot makes it a capable family car, while a comfortable, well-appointed cabin ensures it feels just at home covering long distances on the motorway as it does on the school run.
An impressive engine line-up includes an entry-level 1.0-litre petrol engine, but for big miles diesel is still king. Good news then, that Skoda’s excellent 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDIs are on offer for less than £350 per month too.
Compared to the Skoda, the Mazda 6 appears to be a bit of a left-field choice and, while not that popular, it’s a seriously stylish alternative. Mazda’s fun-to-drive factor doesn’t just apply to the MX-5 either; a potent range of engines and a sporty suspension set-up makes the 6 one of the best cars in its segment from a driver’s perspective.
Get on to a motorway and you’ll discover it’s a great car for longer journeys too. All trim levels feature a generous amount of kit, with the likes of satnav and a 7in touchscreen infotainment system available for less than £300 per month.
Mercedes’ A-Class is perfect for those looking for a premium hatchback, and its classy demeanour is more than just surface deep – even in its most basic form this is a car that’s a perfect place to spend long journeys.
Aside from the interior that oozes class, a wide range of engine options only serve to add to its appeal, all of which are economical and potent. It’s more practical than you might think too – four adults can sit in relative comfort, and a split folding rear seat allows for extra flexibility.
As upmarket as that hatchback is, if you’re after ultimate mile-munching comfort then a larger car is always best, and the cream of the saloon crop comes in the shape of the latest Audi A4. It’s a car that features in our price-busting listicles quite often, and for good reason.
While it is a masterclass in understated style on the outside, Audi’s trademark is always found on the inside in the form of an impeccably well put together interior. Combine these factors with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel and it makes the perfect companion for big-mile drivers, particularly when you factor in that low deposit and appealing monthly payments.
*All prices correct at time of publication, all photos used are for illustration purposes only