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It comes at a time when the used car market is showing signs of returning to normality after two years of sky-high prices. With the lingering effects of Covid, the global semiconductor shortage and the war in Ukraine, more people than normal have been forced to buy used.

The What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards highlights the best used models across eight categories, from hatchbacks to SUVs, with an overall winner chosen from the category winners. 

Launched in 2017, the BMW 530e is a plug-in hybrid and part of the highly regarded BMW 5 Series luxury car range. Indeed, over the years the 5 Series has won more What Car? Awards than any other model.

The 530e was crowned winner thanks to its driver appeal, luxurious interior and class-leading refinement, as well as for its potential for great fuel economy and its terrific value on the used market. 

What Car? described the car as being able to complete any journey without needing to wake its engine at all, adding it is “quiet enough to put full-on limousines to shame”.

The BMW won the top prize in the Used Hybrid of the Year category, before going on to secure the overall title.

When purchased as new, the BMW 530e can be as pricey as £56,420, with savings of at least £5,000.

It beat a host of excellent cars to this year’s What Car? Used Car of the Year title, including the Audi A3 Sportback, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Passat Estate.

Mark Pearson, used cars editor at What Car?, praised the BMW for providing drivers with luxury at an affordable price.

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He said: “The task of picking just one overall winner usually gets more and more daunting with each passing year. 

“But this time the BMW 530e stood out from all of the other contenders.

“It might look, at first glance, to be just another large and opulent car that, with a few miles under its belt, has become decently cheap to buy.

“But when we delved deep into its long list of attributes it became apparent that it was not only a really desirable car, but also a terrific used buy.

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“It was the exceptional value that it offers that ultimately gave it the victory. Simply put, nothing else offers so much for so little.”

The easing of demand is good news for anyone looking to get a great deal. 

But with consumers facing a cost of living crisis and looking to get the very best value, What Car?’s used car recommendations are more important than ever.

The latest What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards also proved successful for Audi, which won three of the eight categories.

The Audi A3 was declared the Used Hatchback of the Year title, the Audi A4 Used Saloon Car of the Year and the Audi TT Used Sports Car of the Year. 

Other winners included the Mazda CX-5 (Used SUV of the Year), Peugeot 5008 (Used Seven-Seater of the Year) and Volkswagen Passat Estate (Used Estate Car of the Year).

The Tesla Model 3 was named the best used Electric Car of the Year, which can be picked up for as little as £37,000 – more than £10,000 cheaper than a new model.

Based on the What Car? Reliability Survey, the Model 3 scored an impressive 94 percent rating, with any car problems being fixed for free.

What Car? Used Car of the Year Winners

Used Hatchback of the Year – Audi A3 (2013-2020)

Used Saloon Car of the Year – Audi A4 (2015-present)

Used Estate Car of the Year – Volkswagen Passat (2015-present)

Used SUV of the Year – Mazda CX-5 (2017-present)

Used Seven-Seater of the Year – Peugeot 5008 (2017-present)

Used Electric Car of the Year – Tesla Model 3 (2019-present)

Used Hybrid Car of the Year – BMW 530e (2017-present)

Used Sports Car of the Year – Audi TT (2014-present)

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