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Best commuter cars to buy in 2024

Drive to work every day or do the dreaded school run? Here are 10 cars to make your journey less stressful

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Statistics from the UK Government show that 68% of Britons drive to work, with an average commute time of 27 minutes.

This means that you’re sitting behind the wheel for at least an hour a day, so you want to be looking at something smart, and driving a car that’s smooth and relaxing.

With that in mind, here are 10 of the best commuter cars you should consider buying:

Ford Fiesta

A used Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars to own in the UK because of its small proportions and excellent build quality.

It’s ideal for everyday use and for longer motorway journeys, as well as dropping the kids off at school or doing the weekly shop – it’s a great all-round hatchback.

Power comes from a small, turbocharged petrol engine that is very economical and packs a punch when you need to overtake.

Tesla Model 3

Much like the Fiesta, the Tesla Model 3 is at the top of its game in the world of electric cars.

It’s a family hatchback that offers practicality, comfort, and absolute silence – which is sometimes just what you want on your way to or from the office.

There are a handful of model variants on offer, from the entry-level rear-wheel drive variant to the top-spec dual motor all-wheel drive version.

There’s an option for everyone, no matter your needs.

Hyundai Ioniq

When it first came out in 2016, the Hyundai Ioniq signified a new breed of self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars which have grown and developed into the impressive electric cars we see today.

In fact, you can now get the Ioniq as an all-electric hatchback – if you like a smooth, quiet commute, then this is the one to go for.

But no matter which you go for, the Ioniq is a great car that is very efficient with a lovely interior.

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Honda Civic

Out of all the cars on this list, the Honda Civic has probably changed the most in terms of its design.

It's always looked sporty, but the modern ones are especially good-looking. But what you probably care more about is what it’s like inside – because that’s where you’ll be spending most of your time.

Inside, you’ll be greeted by a push interior with lots of tech, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’ll make your commute much, much more enjoyable.

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Kia Sportage

If you have a family or need more space to carry luggage or work gear, then a used Kia Sportage is a great option for you.

The durable build and great engine options make the Sportage a great all-rounder and a firm favourite for working professionals and families alike.

Thanks to its high seating position, you can see everything around you, so your commute is easier and more relaxing.

Renault Zoe

Small electric cars have seen a real boom in the past few years, and the Renault Zoe is leading the charge.

With a range of up to 238 miles and a great selection of electric motors, the Zoe is the perfect option for those who commute short distances and want to join the EV revolution.

Plus, silent driving on your daily commute is seriously underrated.

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Audi A6

Available as either a saloon or estate, the used Audi A6 is a great commuter or long-distance cruiser because it’s comfortable, packed full of amazing tech, and economical.

If you’re a fan of your tunes, then the A6 is one of the better options out there because it’s available with the upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, which has punchy bass and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

The boot offers a massive 530 litres of space, which really helps when you’re wanting to fill up your car with luggage, camera equipment, shopping – or anything.

Toyota C-HR

Having the option of a hybrid powertrain is something commuters across the country will be grateful for because not only does it make your driving experience more comfortable, but it also makes things cheaper because they are so efficient.

This means that in town you can cruise around in electric mode at low speeds in your Toyota, and at motorway speeds you can let the petrol engine work alongside the electric motor to drive up your MPG rating.

Inside, you’re greeted by a high-tech cabin with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity – helping to make your journey more faff-free.

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BMW 3 Series

Like the Audi A6, you can get a used BMW 3 Series as either an estate or saloon, and it’s also grateful for some quality German engineering, which is always welcome.

It’s also got a very large boot, measuring up to 495 litres – so you won’t be short of luggage or dog space.

You can have it with either a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engine – all of which are very economical and sporty when they need to be.

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Nissan Leaf

Whether you’re moving up from a smaller electric car or entering the world of EVs for the first time, the Nissan Leaf is a great buy.

Not only is it cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 but it also offers a more tried and tested platform, with it being around since the end of 2010.

Since it’s an EV, the interior is far from spartan, and you can enjoy the benefits of the NissanConnect sat-nav and a great sound system.

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