Used Volkswagen Cars

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With a history that stretches back to the early 20th century, Volkswagen is now one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world. It’s always top of the list for anyone looking for a classically reliable, fun and elegant car. This reputation for durability makes VW used cars some of the most popular on the forecourt.

With headquarters in Germany, this brand has made a name for itself with precision engineering and innovative ideas. The name itself translates into English as ‘people’s car’ which explains a lot about the mantra of this company. VW’s are created for the people, and there are plenty of models available for you to choose from. While they may differ in shape or size, they all have one thing in common; affordability and practicality. Used Volkswagens are built to be excellent investments, offering wonderful longevity and a host of fantastic features.

Volkswagen Overview

Established in 1937 by the German Government, the Volkswagen Group mission was to create cars that were both accessible and affordable for the public. In fact, "Volkswagen" translates to "the people's car" in German, a principle that continues to define the brand today.

While it wasn't until 1946 that Volkswagens were mass-produced, once they hit the market, they took off. Within just three years, over 50% of passenger cars in Germany were Volkswagens. Since then, Volkswagen has become known for their iconic and beloved vehicles that dominate our roads.

With their headquarters located in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, the Volkswagen Group is still going strong, delivering quality cars to drivers worldwide.

Volkswagen Awards

Volkswagen has been recognized with numerous awards for their exceptional automotive engineering. The Golf was named the prestigious 'World Car of the Year' in 2009, followed by the Polo in 2010. The VW Up! took home the same award in 2012, and the Golf reclaimed the title in 2013. Most recently, the Volkswagen ID.4 was crowned the 'World Car of the Year' in 2021.

Not only has Volkswagen excelled in manufacturing, but they also remain at the forefront of innovation and electric vehicle technology. The Volkswagen Group UK was honored as the 'OEM of the Year' at the EVIE awards (Electric Vehicles Innovation & Excellence Awards) for their commitment to e-mobility.

VW used cars are highly sought-after and beloved in the UK marketplace. Volkswagen continues to deliver affordability, accessibility, quality, and performance to drivers.

Small Cars

Volkswagen is traditionally known for its range of small cars. These are perfect for driving around cities and are made to be affordable for you to run. Right now, we have these used VW small cars to choose from:

  • Up!: The smallest option from this manufacturer. A true supermini that offers a cheap driving experience with very low running costs.
  • Polo: Possibly one of the most iconic cars in existence. The Polo design has been copied by many different manufacturers over the years. It’s the ideal size for solo-drivers, but with enough room for a small family. Very versatile and packed full of excellent features.
  • Golf: The VW Golf is a highly sought-after used car. With so many versions throughout the ages, there are some real bargains to be found. It’s like an upgraded version of the Polo, offering more space, more power, but all within a compact frame.
  • Golf SV: A slightly wider, longer, and taller version of the Golf. This is a popular option amongst families as it provides plenty of extra room, yet you still get the benefits of a relatively small hatchback car.
  • Scirocco: One of the most stylish used cars on the market right now. It looks like a sportier version of the VW Golf, but there’s still a decent amount of space. It blurs the lines between a hatchback and a coupe, and there’s so much technology inside.

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Volkswagen boasts a decent range of quality used SUVs for you to purchase. They all come with the typical VW style, along with exceptional safety features to help you feel secure while driving.

  • T-Cross: A beautiful all-rounder that’s capable of so much. This is a great second-hand car for someone that wants an SUV for space but still needs a great-looking vehicle. There are lots of trim levels and design options on offer, and it’s very stylish.
  • T-Roc: If you want a used car that blends the SUV format with a nimble frame, then this is the one for you. Some people class this as a small car because it won’t look out of place zipping around the city streets. However, it has the spaciousness and features of an SUV, meaning you get the best of both worlds.
  • Tiguan: The perfect family SUV. There’s so much style to this car, and it has a premium look and feel to it. You get more than enough space for a large family, a very comfortable ride, and impressive engine specs. We’ve got a variety of trim levels to pick from, and there’s even the Tiguan Allspace that offers additional seating.
  • Touareg: A second-hand car that provides everything you need in one package. It has brute power to deal with long journeys, lots of space in the boot, and some of the best Volkswagen technology around. A popular choice amongst families, but also an excellent option for executives that want to make a statement.

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Saloons & Coupes

Saloons and coupes are extremely popular when bought second-hand. You can find some exceptional Volkswagen cars for sale at amazing prices in this category. These cars offer more room than the smaller options, but they aren’t as bulky or heavy as the SUVs and people carriers.

  • Arteon: A premium VW car that will turn heads as you drive down the road. It features a cutting-edge modern design with a host of innovative technologies inside. If you’re looking for a used car that has all the features of a brand new one, then you can’t go wrong with the Arteon. It’s fast, sleek, and a beauty to drive.
  • Passat: The Volkswagen Passat is a formal and classy car that won’t look out of place in an executive parking slot. It has sharp features and gorgeous interior design, meaning it’s one of the best-looking cars on the market. The engine options and responsive steering make it a breeze to drive, and it’s designed to make your busy life easier.
  • CC: A comfort coupe that merges the worlds of saloon and coupe into one. There’s the practicality and swiftness of a coupe, but with the four doors of a saloon. The result is a versatile car that’s excellent in many different situations.

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Volkswagen Touran side being loaded with luggage


MPVs are people carriers that are perfectly suited to large families. If you need a car with at least seven seats, then these are the vehicles to look at. You’ll find lots of used cars like this online, but here are our Volkswagen options:

  • Touran: A lovely family car that comes with a stunning panoramic sunroof in some trims. You get seven seats, lots of interior space, and room in the boot for a full load of shopping and some suitcases. It’s very stylish as well, so you can still impress the neighbours while cruising around.
  • Sharan: A complete vehicle for those long family road trips. The Sharan has flexible seating options that provide more than enough space for seven full-grown adults. The engines are all very economical, and the infotainment options are diverse.

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Electric and Hybrid Cars

Volkswagen has been expanding its electric and hybrid line up adding more models each year. Its all-electric range is called ID with the latest edition being the ID Buzz. Wanting to find out more about how these vehicles handle? Read our test drive review answering some of the questions you might have.

ID.3 - It’s Volkswagen’s next-generation electric hatchback, and it’s one that the firm hopes will take EV ownership right to the heart of the mainstream. The ID.3 currently has just one powertrain choice and that’s a 201bhp version which is capable of returning a claimed 260 miles.

ID.4 - Built on the same Volkswagen MEB electric vehicle platform as the smaller ID.3 the larger ID.4 packs the same futuristic styling but brings a more family-focused interior layout, the ID.4 might be the ideal EV for those who want a little more space.

ID.5 - The Volkswagen ID.5 is a fantastically efficient and reliable electric vehicle. It offers a sleek and modern design, great range, quick charging, and a host of advanced safety features. It also offers a great driving experience with smooth acceleration, responsive handling, and comfortable seating.

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Why Buy Volkswagen Used Cars?

Volkswagen regularly releases new and upgraded versions of their entire fleet. All of the brand new cars are stacked out with the latest and greatest technology and design features. So, why should you look for a second-hand VW?

It’s simple, buying a used Volkswagen presents some significant benefits, including:

A Wider Range

As you can see, there’s a diverse range of used car options available to choose from. When you buy a new Volkswagen, the options are limited. The beauty of second-hand cars is that you have so many versions to pick from. Some are more available and affordable than others, giving you the freedom to select a vehicle that suits your needs and budget.

Get Excellent Cars For Less

The obvious advantage of a used VW is that you pay less for an excellent car. Many of the used Volkswagens on our site are one or two years old. This means you’re still paying for a modern and technologically advanced machine, but it’s nowhere near as expensive.

A Very Reliable Brand

Volkswagen cars are known for being extremely reliable. So, even if you buy one second-hand, you can have confidence knowing that it will still provide you with plenty of good miles. They’re also renowned for being affordable to run and maintain, which is always a bonus for the owner.

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