Best white cars

Looking for a used car that's whiter than white? You're in the right place; here are the best white cars ready to be delivered to your door

James Wilson
Mar 30, 2022

The best white cars cut through the sea of black, blue and red cars on UK roads like a flash of lightning. Okay, we might be going over the top here, but on the right car in the right specification, white paint can look fantastic. Pick the wrong car in white, however, and it can look like a white van - bland and bulky.

There is a surprising number of different types of white. The differences can be quite subtle in darker lights, but on a bright summer's day, the differences are profound. One type of white paint is called ‘solid’ or ‘flat’; this means the paint is simply white. Then there is metallic paint, which gives a car a more shiny look - with the paint sparkling somewhat when the light hits it.

The last type of paint is pearlescent, which gives a car a pearl-type finish. This can look fantastic if you like your car to have a subtle sheen. Regardless of the type of white paint, you will need to clean a white car regularly to fully appreciate the subtle differences as white cars can look dirty very quickly. 

White cars are amongst the most popular in the UK, although this might be slightly helped by the fact that white paint can be one of the more affordable options when ordering a new car. As such, there is a wide variety of makes and models to choose from, including people carriers, sports cars, large SUVs, small SUVs and hatchbacks.

We have picked eight of the best, with models ranging from £9,000 to £40,000 depending on age and specification. If you are thinking of financing your next car these numbers translate to approximately £165 to £575 per month if you opt for PCP finance.

White cars for sale

1. Volvo V60

Best white car for safety

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Volvo has long had a reputation for building safe cars and the latest V60 is no different. When crash test experts Euro NCAP tested it in 2018, they awarded it a 96% rating for adult occupant protection - the joint second-highest score of the year. As the testing procedure is updated regularly, it is hard to compare this against tests from more recent years, but such a high percentage is still impressive.

The V60 is an estate so it comes with a long and relatively tall boot - which is great for those with pets that need walking or anyone who regularly has lots to fit in the car. The longer roof also makes for a great base to mount roof bike racks, too. Alternatives to the V60 include cars like the BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate. The Volvo compares well against these German cars, especially when it comes to comfort and style.

VOLVO V60 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Vauxhall Mokka

Best white car for small families

Used deals from £21,197
Monthly finance from £0*

Vauxhall recently revamped the Mokka and turned it into one of the funkiest small SUVs money can buy. The large black grille, matching black trim and sharp LED lights make the front of the car seem almost face like - a robotic face, but a face nonetheless. Perhaps this is fitting as there is an electric Mokka-e, which drives like a car of the future thanks to the whirring of electronics replacing any engine noise.

Sit inside the Mokka and you will find plenty of good-quality materials and a modern dashboard design. Vauxhall offers optional equipment such as a digital driver’s display (that replaces traditional dials for information such as speed with a screen) which helps give the Mokka a more upmarket vibe. All in all, a great effort from Vauxhall.

READ MORE ABOUT THE VAUXHALL MOKKA

3. Toyota Corolla

Best white car for a long warranty

Used deals from £18,739
Monthly finance from £0*

Toyota offers a great warranty. A run-of-the-mill new car warranty will last three years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) but up until the middle of 2021, Toyota covered its cars for five years or 100,000 miles - making three- and four-year-old Toyotas far more appealing. Halfway through 2021, however, the Japanese carmaker launched something called ‘Toyota Relax’. Essentially, as long as a Toyota is annually serviced at an official Toyota garage, it can have a warranty that runs for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles.

The Corolla is available as a family hatchback, which competes with models such as the VW Golf, and as an estate model, which features a much larger boot. Both have seating for five and a boot large enough to comfortably handle the needs of a typical family, though the estate version is much more suited to lugging large items around, with its longer load space.

Petrol-electric hybrid models are a particular highlight, as they promise low running costs and low carbon dioxide emissions, meaning inexpensive company car tax. Hybrid versions all come with an automatic gearbox, and offer a relaxing drive, particularly around town, with the car able to cover short distances using electricity alone.

TOYOTA COROLLA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Suzuki Ignis

Best white car for tight driveways and city streets

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Few cars are quite as quirky as the Suzuki Ignis. Take its size, which is similar to that of small city cars like the Kia Picanto, Volkswagen Up and Peugeot 108. In contrast, the bodywork makes the dinky Suzuki look like a much bigger crossover or SUV. This mixture continues elsewhere, too. There are small petrol engines available, as you'll find in other city cars, but there is also the option of four-wheel-drive, which is more common on bigger SUVs.

As a package there isn’t a direct rival. The Fiat Panda Cross is similar but it isn’t quite as characterful as the Suzuki. Plus, the Ignis is great value. You can expect to pay around £16,000 for a new, top-of-the-range model, with second-hand versions available for much less. This comes packed with technology as standard, including cruise control, keyless start, sat-nav and automatic air-conditioning. While none of these are particularly revolutionary, the fact they are all included on such a small car - and for the money - is impressive.

SUZUKI IGNIS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Skoda Kodiaq

Best white car for large families

Used deals from £20,990
Monthly finance from £398*

One of the biggest attractions to the Skoda Kodiaq is how practical it is, especially in seven-seater form. Some versions only have five seats and these are generally more affordable - so are an easy way to save money if you need the large boot but not the third row of seats. Skoda has also designed some clever features into the Kodiaq, too, such as storing an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap. A simple touch, but it means you don’t need one cluttering your door bin pockets for the 11 months of the year when it's not frosty.

If you'd value having lots of kit, it's worth considering one of the higher specification Kodiaqs, as these can offer great value for money and bring technology such as an electronic hatchback release, a digital driver’s display and electrically adjustable seats that can remember the driver’s seat position, in case you have multiple people driving the car.

SKODA KODIAQ BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Peugeot 208 GTi

Best white car for hot hatch fans

Used deals from £5,523
Monthly finance from £0*

For the money, there aren’t many second-hand cars that will be as much fun to drive as the Peugeot 208 GTi. Part of the magic is courtesy of a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a substantial 208hp and a sporty sounding noise from the exhaust pipe. Driving around town, the 208 GTi is a little firmer than a standard model, but get yourself to a twisty road and this means the GTi is also very agile around corners, making it very engaging from behind the wheel.

One thing that differentiates modern-day Peugeots from their competition is something the French carmaker calls ‘i-Cockpit’. It means two things; the first is that you have a tiny steering wheel and look at the speedometer over the wheel, rather than through it. The second part is that there are very few buttons on the dashboard, as most functions (such as radio, heating and cooling and phone connectivity) are controlled through a touchscreen media system in the middle of the dashboard.

2012-2019 PEUGEOT 208 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Best white car for electric driving

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The Hyundai Ioniq is an electric hatchback that is a battery-powered alternative to cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, making this white car very green. If you aren’t quite able to completely turn your back on petrol yet, there are self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions available too, which give you the back up of a petrol engine. The standard hybrid model offers strong value, while the electric model should cost very little to run.

On top of a rather striking Polar White exterior colour, the Ioniq is available with some interesting interior colours. These include Shale Grey, Red Umber and Electric Shadow. For battery-powered cars, the latter seems particularly fitting. Official figures for range per charge are between 174 and 194 miles per charge - although it is best to take these as an optimistic estimate, as factors such as cold weather and fast driving can reduce the range. If you need the most range possible, look for a model with a 38.3kWh battery pack.

HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC BUYERS' GUIDE

8. BMW 4 Series

Best white car for coupe style

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe front

Used deals from £14,590
Monthly finance from £294*

Fancy a white car that looks both stylish and sophisticated? Look no further than the BMW 4 Series. The premium image, sloping rear roof and the option of several powerful engines all play their part in making the 4 Series a desirable coupe. If you are stuck on which model to go for, ‘430d’ models are great all-rounders. These come with a powerful 3.0-litre diesel engine that will make light work of overtaking slower traffic yet be relatively economical when cruising along a motorway.

If you are happy to trade a little performance for lower fuel bills, there is the 420d which uses a smaller diesel engine to the 430d. If you are expecting to do mostly shorter town trips, meanwhile, the 420i petrol model is better suited to this. When it comes to trims, M Sport is amongst the most popular as it adds relatively large alloy wheels and bumpers that are more sporty-looking than other trims such as Luxury and SE, giving the car a high-performance look.

2013-2020 BMW 4 SERIES BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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