Looking to spend as little money as possible on a new car? We’ve assembled a list of new cars you can buy for less than £10,000, including a host of city cars, a quadricycle, a compact crossover and a selection of superminis. Fill your boots.
Dacia Sandero 1.2 75 Access 5dr: £5,995
What can you get for £6,000 in 2016? Four steel wheels, a 1.2-litre petrol engine, five seats, a pair of black bumpers, Glacier White paint and little else. If you want air conditioning and a radio, the Dacia Sandero Access isn’t for you, but it’s in this basic form that the Sandero is the most appealing. You’ll even walk out of the Dacia showroom with a fiver in change.
Renault Twizy: £6,895
Technically, the Renault Twizy is a quadricycle, so it shouldn’t appear in our list of cheapest cars. But hey, if you don’t intend to leave the city limits and are never likely to carry more than one passenger, the Twizy holds strong appeal. The price excludes mandatory battery hire, which starts at £45 per month. You might also appreciate the optional scissor doors.
Dacia Logan 1.2 75 Access estate: £6,995
In so many ways, the Dacia Logan is more appealing than the Sandero upon which it is based. Sure, you’ll spend an extra £1,000 on the basic model, but it offers a huge 573 litres of luggage space, increasing to 1,518 with the rear seats folded. Perfect for tip runs and carrying wet dogs.
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2: £6,999
We love the Suzuki Celerio. It’s surprisingly good fun to chuck about and offers seriously good value for money. In basic SZ2 trim you’ll be forced to live without air conditioning, remote central locking and Bluetooth, so we’d recommend upgrading to the SZ3. An additional £1,000 is a small price to pay for the improved specification.
Nissan Micra 1.2 80 Visia LE 5dr: £7,995
Once upon a time, the Nissan Micra was one of the most popular superminis in Britain, but it has been overtaken by newer and more appealing models. On the one hand the Micra is well equipped and spacious, but it’s uninspiring to look at and to drive.
Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 S 3dr: £8,275
The Skoda Citigo is one of our favourite cars at any price. The Citigo, Up and Mii trio provide the benchmark for what a city car should be like in 2016, offering superb packaging and fun-to-drive dynamics. The Monte Carlo might nudge the price over £10,670, but it looks and behaves like a pocket-size racecar.
MG3 1.5 3Time 5dr: £8,399
The 2016 MG3 has been updated to provide better economy and lower emissions. That’s not to say the 1.5-litre engine is the most efficient unit in its class, because 124g/km CO2 puts the MG3 behind many of its rivals. On the plus side, the MG3 offers excellent value for money, especially if you upgrade to 3Form spec, or better still, 3Style.
SEAT Mii 1.0 60 S 3dr: £8,440
The entry level SEAT Mii costs an extra £165 compared to the Citigo, but you’ll be rewarded with some exclusivity. Of the three, the Mii is the rarest of the bunch. At the opposite end of the scale, the bizarrely named Mii by Mango LE is limited to 125 units and boasts 15-inch machined alloy wheels, exclusive Oryx pearlescent paint and velvet upholstery. The price: £11,995.
Citroen C1 1.0 VTi Touch 3dr: £8,495
In truth, the C1 Touch is a rather basic affair which is best avoided. We’d suggest upgrading to Feel trim which offers a choice of engines, air conditioning, DAB digital radio and a seven-inch touchscreen. Also available as an Airscape soft-top version, which could be just the thing if we get a good summer. And that’s a big if.
Dacia Sandero Stepway 0.9 TCe Ambiance 5dr: £8,495
Don’t be fooled by the raised ride height, roof rails and plastic body cladding, the Sandero Stepway won’t take you too far off the beaten track. It’s like a modern-day Rover Streetwise – more of an urban on-roader than a credible off-roader. There’s no Access trim level, so choose between the Ambiance and semi-luxurious Laureate.
Peugeot 108 1.0 68 Access 3dr: £8,495
Mechanically, the Peugeot 108 is identical to its French cousin, but one reason for choosing the Pug over the Citroen is the availability of Peugeot’s Just Add Fuel offer. For a single monthly payment, the scheme covers insurance, warranty, servicing, road tax and roadside assistance. It’s even available to drivers age 18 with the addition of a telematics device.
Kia Picanto 1 Air 1.0 65 3dr: £8,545
Or, for the same price, you could opt for the entry-level Picanto, complete with Kia’s famed seven-year warranty. The 1 Air is pretty basic, but at least you know you’ll be covered until the year 2023, by which time you may have grown out of the Picanto…
Vauxhall Viva 1.0 75 SE 5dr: £8,745
No, not that Vauxhall Viva, the new Vauxhall Viva. In launching the Viva, Vauxhall has dusted off a much-loved name from the 60s and 70s. The new car is a cheap and cheerful rival to the Suzuki Celerio and, in common with many of the cars listed here, we’d recommend spending an extra £500 for the SE A/C which offers, as you may have guessed from the name, air conditioning.
Volkswagen Up 1.0 60 Take Up: £8,975
It’ll come as no surprise to discover the Volkswagen Up is the most expensive of the ‘UpMiiCitigo’ trio. Choosing between the three will come down to personal preference, badge loyalty and what you want from your city car, but some buyers prefer the trim levels and options offered by the Up.
Ford Ka 1.2 69 Studio 3dr: £8,995
The Ford Ka is on borrowed time, because it’s about to be replaced by the Ka+. Unlike the passing of the original Ka, few will shed a tear when the last car rolls out of the showroom, but news of the new car should at least mean discounts are available on the outgoing model.
Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 70 Studio: £8,995
Do not adjust your set, this is indeed the new Ford Ka+. This all seems a world away from the cheeky and dynamically sharp Ka of 1996, with the Ka+ designed for world car duties. It’s shorter and taller than the Ford Fiesta, but its 270-litre boot means it’s only marginally less practical than Britain’s best-selling car.
Hyundai i10 1.0 66 S 5dr: £8,995
In this company, the Hyundai i10 seems rather expensive, but it remains a supremely competent city car. Not only is it far better to drive than i10s of old, it’s also well-equipped and is covered by a five-year warranty. Right now, Hyundai is offering a £1,000 discount on the i10 S, bringing the price down to £7,995. There’s also a discount on the SE, which sees the price drop to £8,995.
Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ2 3dr: £8,999
Suzuki performed very well in the recent J.D. Power UK Dependability Study, which is another good reason to buy the excellent Swift. Not only does it look good, it’s also terrific fun to drive, thanks to a willing 1.2-litre petrol engine and a decent chassis. Only the spartan SZ2 trim level manages to creep below the £10,000 mark.
Toyota Aygo 1.0 x 3dr: £9,095
If you don’t fancy the French options, the Toyota Aygo offers a more Japanese take on the 108/C1/Aygo partnership. Not only is the Aygo the most striking of the three, it’s also the most expensive. That said, Toyota is offering a £600 saving on the Aygo X, which takes the price down to £8,495. Offer valid until 30 September 2016.
Dacia Duster 1.6 Access 5dr: £9,495
This really is exceptional value for money. In its most basic form, the Dacia Duster Access comes finished in authentic UN-spec white paint, with steel wheels and black bumpers, but you simply won’t find a larger and more appealing car for less than £10,000. Four-wheel drive versions start at £11,495, with the range culminating with the flagship Prestige 4×4 at £15,795.
Fiat Panda 1.2 Pop 5dr: £9,510
The quintessential Italian city car comes complete with ‘squircles’ and could be yours for just £9,510. The Fiat Panda Pop is rather basic, so we’d recommend upgrading to the Easy or Lounge spec. Better still, blow the budget and opt for the Panda 4×4. It might cost upwards of £14,710, but it’s the best small 4×4 in the world. Probably.
Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 75 Sting 3dr: £9,745
Remember the days when the Vauxhall Corsa was the automotive equivalent of sloppy seconds? Things have changed and the new Corsa is a credible and worthy alternative to the all-conquering Ford Fiesta. The Sting features a heated windscreen, alloy wheels, hill start assist and twin white stripes, but you will pay extra for air conditioning.
SEAT Ibiza SC 1.0 E 3dr: £9,995
The SEAT Ibiza is another supermini that just manages to creep below the £10,000 mark. At this price, the Ibiza is rather basic and there’s very little to get excited about. But if you fancy a supermini for city car money, your choices are pretty limited.