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The cheapest new cars on sale in 2019

The cheapest new cars on sale

So, you want to buy a new car but you don’t want to spend your entire life savings – or the total household budget – on a costly motor?

We’ve identified the 20 cheapest new cars on sale in Britain today, including an SUV for £10,000 and an estate car for £8,500.

All prices are correct at the time of writing (July 2019), and the images are for illustrative purposes only.

Suzuki Ignis – from £11,849

The cheapest new cars on sale

Spoiler alert: the majority of Britain’s cheapest cars are devoid of charm, lacking in style and are as cheery as a Belarusian bus station. But the Suzuki Ignis bucks the trend, with a design that’s quite unlike anything else on the road.

In SZ3 trim, the Ignis features digital radio, Bluetooth and air conditioning, but you’ll need to upgrade to the £13,349 SZ-T for alloy wheels, a rear parking camera and the wheelarch extensions.

Vauxhall Corsa – from £11,735

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You might be surprised to discover that there’s not a single Ford in our cheapest car gallery, because the (soon to be discontinued) Ka+ costs upwards of £12,300, while the lowest-priced Fiesta costs £15,670.

Which leaves rival Vauxhall to own the budget space, with the Corsa available from £11,735. In Active trim, you get a heated windscreen, cruise control and Bluetooth.

Smart Fortwo – from £11,415

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If you can live without rear seats – and you don’t intend to spend much time out of the city – the Smart Fortwo makes sense.

A strong image, an upmarket cabin, low running costs and a tiny turning circle are some of the Fortwo’s highlights, while a 260-litre will be enough for most city centre errands.

Vauxhall Viva – from £10,485

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The Vauxhall Viva is the last remaining raffle prize sat atop the trestle table at the school summer concert. According to Auto Express, it’s a ‘decent little city car’, but that’s like describing a Tesco value cheese sandwich as a ‘decent little lunch’.

If you want one, be quick, because the Viva is facing the axe.

Citroen C1 – from £10,140

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You could buy a new Citroen C1 for a little over £10,000, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The black bumpers, 14-inch steel wheels and a heater in lieu of air conditioning all hark back to the 80s or 90s.

And if you want to relive the 80s or 90s dream in a Citroen, may we suggest buying a ZX or Xsara? Both are cheap as chips and unlikely to depreciate.

Fiat Panda – from £10,080

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We love the Fiat Panda. It’s the car we’d like to hire when in Rome. And it puts us in mind of Giugiaro’s classic. But this isn’t Rome and a lot of acqua has passed under the ponte since the Italian maestro penned the original.

The zero-star Euro NCAP rating makes it hard to recommend the Panda, especially in light of more contemporary, not to mention cheaper, rivals.

Volkswagen Up – from £10,080

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The Volkswagen Up is a good case in point. Even in the basic Take Up spec, with three doors rather than five, the Up is a spacious, well packaged and fun-to-drive city car that’s as good outside the city as in it.

Furthermore, because it has a Volkswagen badge, it holds its value better than its Skoda- and Seat-badged siblings.

Mitsubishi Mirage – from £9,999

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Goodness, is that the time? We need to crack on… 

Dacia Duster – from £9,995

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Perhaps predictably, Dacia dominates the second half of this feature – the Renault-owned company has cornered the market formerly occupied by the likes of Kia and Hyundai.

In Access trim, the Duster is lacking in glamour, but even the Essential trim costs less than the price of an entry-level Corsa. The cheapest four-wheel-drive variant costs a bargain £13,710.

Kia Picanto – from £9,895

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Kia secured a foothold in the UK thanks to a range of budget-led hatchbacks and SUVs, but the Korean company has its eyes on the premium establishment.

The Rio costs upwards of £12,495, while the cheapest Picanto city car sneaks below the £10k mark. You get a seven-year warranty, but don’t expect it to look as snazzy as the car in the photo. 

Toyota Aygo – from £9,825

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The Toyota Aygo is based on the same platform as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108, but it has a snazzier face. At the time of writing, the entry-level Aygo X is available with a £300 saving, taking the list price down to £9,495.

Alternatively, a £2,000 scrappage discount is available on all except the X trim level.

Peugeot 108 – from £9,695

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Peugeot doesn’t want to sell you a basic 108, which is why its website shows £11,935 as the lowest price. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find the basic Access trim, complete with 14-inch steel wheels and a £9,695 price tag.

There’s no air conditioning, but you do get a… multi-speed heater fan. 

MG3 – from £9,495

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We like the MG3, even if the nod to the brand’s heritage feels a bit disingenuous. Even at £9,495, the entry-level Explore trim is best avoided, so we’d upgrade to the £11,395 Excite or £12,795 Exclusive.

Both models undercut the cheapest Ford Fiesta and you get a seven-year warranty as part of the deal.

Hyundai i10 – from £9,200

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Hyundai was one of the companies to gain the most out of the original ‘scrappage’ scheme of 2009, with many motorists ‘trading up’ to an i10. Today’s i10 isn’t the bargain city car it once was and the entry-level S model is a little short of toys.

The Premium is the range sweet-spot, with a generous level of standard equipment and prices ranging from £12,000 to £13,000.

Dacia Sandero Stepway – from £9,195

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We’re cheating a little bit here because although Dacia positions the Sandero Stepway as a separate model, in reality, it’s a Sandero with quasi-SUV styling and a raised ride height.

Having said that, it does look more premium than the Sandero, and the £11,195 Comfort trim is well equipped.

Suzuki Celerio – from £8,999

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The list price for the entry-level Suzuki Celerio SZ2 is £8,999, but at the time of writing it’s available with a £1,000 discount. However, we’d recommend opting for the SZ3, which is on sale for £8,999 after a £1,500 discount.

It’s not the last word in excitement, but Suzuki has a solid reputation for reliability and good dealers. Note: the Suzuki Baleno is available with a £3,250 discount, taking the price down to £9,999.

Skoda Citigo – from £8,890

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The entry-level Skoda Citigo S costs £8,890, but aside from a parking ticket holder on the windscreen, there’s little in the way of pizazz.

We’d recommend upgrading to the SE for alloy wheels, air conditioning and a 60:40 folding rear seat. Not bad for an additional £250.

Dacia Logan MCV – from £8,495

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Britain’s cheapest estate car has a 573-litre boot and an £8,495 price tag. You’ll have to decide if you can live with the basic Access trim level for the entire duration of a three-year PCP deal, but even the Comfort trim isn’t going to break the bank at £10,495.

The Dacia Logan MCV is also available in Stepway guise, with prices starting from £12,695.

Dacia Sandero – from £6,995

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The Sandero arrived in the UK with a headline-grabbing £5,995 price tag, helping the Dacia to corner the budget end of the market. Today, you’ll pay £6,995 for the basic Access model, making it the cheapest new car on sale in the UK. Or is it?

The UK’s cheapest new car: Renault Twizy – from £6,690

The cheapest new cars on sale

Technically, the Renault Twizy is a quadricycle, but it has the same number of seats as the Smart Fortwo, so we’re happy to include it here. It’s electric, which makes it as current as a Sam Fender song, and prices start at £6,690.

Note: you need to consider the cost of battery hire, which starts at £45 a month.

The cheapest new cars with five stars for safety

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The three-point safety belt was created by Volvo in 1959, and more than a million people are estimated to have survived a car accident thanks to the 60-year-old invention. Volvo was also the first manufacturer to fit three-point safety belts as standard, in 1963.

It’s easy to claim you can’t put a price on safety, but when it comes to buying a new car you don’t need to break the bank to protect yourself on the road. All of the 20 cars featured here have been given the highest possible rating of five stars for safety by Euro NCAP, yet presently cost less than £20,000.

Safety ratings explained

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Established in 1997, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has challenged car manufacturers to take safety seriously. Subjecting new cars to a series of crash tests, Euro NCAP independently rates new cars on a scale of one to five stars. As safety technology has developed, Euro NCAP has changed the rating process to take this into account.

This means it’s harder to achieve a maximum five-star rating in 2019 than it was in 2012, with cars also needing standard crash avoidance technology to claim top marks. To keep things recent, our list only includes cars tested since 2013, while any cars no longer in production have been excluded.

Suzuki Ignis (with Safety Pack)

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With a starting price of just £10,849, the Ignis supermini is the cheapest car on our list. There is a catch: the five-star rating awarded in 2016 only applies to the Ignis when specified with an optional ‘Safety Pack’.

This pack includes a camera-based automatic braking system that, without, sees the Ignis score just three stars. However, even adding the £750 Safety Pack to the price of the entry-level SZ3 model, still sees the Ignis undercut everything else on this list.

Skoda Fabia

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Skoda takes safety seriously, so you can be confident that even the most basic Fabia supermini will have your back, despite costing just £12,255. Awarded top marks when assessed in 2014, the Euro NCAP testers noted that the passenger compartment of the Fabia remained stable on frontal impact, with good protection of head and legs.

The entry-level S trim means no air conditioning or satellite navigation, but you can add a blind-spot monitor and hill-hold assist if you so wish.

Nissan Micra (with Safety Pack)

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As with the Ignis, in order to claim the full five stars, the Nissan Micra needs to be equipped with certain safety features. Fortunately, all Micras sold in the UK come with the requisite Lane Departure Warning, and Intelligent Emergency Braking to qualify for five stars. It means you can spend just £12,880 and feel quietly confident.

Toyota Yaris

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Currently available with a £525 discount if ordered by 30 June 2019, the Toyota Yaris achieved a maximum five-star rating when it was tested in 2017. Toyota’s Safety Sense package comprises a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, automatic high beam and lane-departure alert, and is standard across the range.

All models apart from the entry-level Yaris Active also feature road-sign assist. Take advantage of the discount and the Yaris range starts from £12,995.

Kia Rio

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Order a Kia Rio ‘1’ without the optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) and you’ll be driving a car with a three-star safety rating. Spend £350 and you’ll own a supermini with a five-star rating. It seems like a small price to pay for an enhanced safety package.

Alternatively, opt for the Rio ‘2’, which features the safety pack as standard, along with alloy wheels, rear electric windows, a seven-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Rio ‘2’ prices start from £14,735, while the Rio ‘1’, without the safety package, costs £12,495.

Honda Jazz

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The sensible car of choice for many, it is perhaps hardly unsurprising that the Honda Jazz notched up a strong performance when evaluated by Euro NCAP in 2015. It’s adult occupant rating of 93 percent even outscores the latest Civic, along with good protection against whiplash for both front and rear passengers.

An active city braking system is standard on all models, including the cheapest S version that costs just £14,600.

Seat Ibiza

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Scoring an impressive 95 percent for adult occupant crash protection, the Seat Ibiza comes with a wealth of airbags, brake assistance technology, and even a speed limiting function as standard.

With the poverty-spec S model no longer available, the Ibiza range looks a whole lot more desirable, with the entry-level SE offering 15-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen, LED daytime running lights and metallic paint.

Citroen C3 Aircross

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If you’re looking for a reason to opt for the Citroen C3 Aircross over the standard C3 supermini, the fact that the high-riding version achieved a five-star safety rating might sway your decision.

While the scores of 85 percent for adult protection and 82 percent for child protection are marginally lower than those achieved by the C3, the C3 Aircross performed better in the pedestrian safety and safety assist categories. Prices start from £15,550.

Ford Fiesta

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Tested in 2017, the Ford Fiesta was rated 87 percent for adult protection and 84 percent for child occupant protection. A score of 60 percent for driver assistance is less impressive, but lane departure warning and lane keeping assist are standard across the range.

Sadly, autonomous emergency braking costs extra. The Fiesta Zetec costs from £15,670.

Volkswagen Polo

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The Volkswagen Polo has a solid and dependable reputation to uphold, so a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating was almost guaranteed. A score of 96 percent for adult occupant protection is seriously impressive for a supermini – only the larger and more expensive Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Volvo XC60 scored higher in 2017.

All Polo models come with autonomous emergency braking, but other systems are optional. Prices start from £15,735.

Suzuki Vitara

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The £16,999 Suzuki Vitara in SZ4 trim comes with seven airbags, Isofix child seat mounts, electronic stability control and cruise control with a speed limiter. Higher specification versions also include radar-operated brake assist, which the Euro NCAP assessors noted as ‘good’ when tested in 2015.

All of the above helps the Vitara make a strong case for itself in the competitive compact SUV market.

Hyundai i30

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It should be no surprise that the latest Hyundai i30 comes packed with standard safety equipment. That includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a forward-facing camera that scans for potential collisions.

All of this kit comes as standard on even the cheapest S model, priced at £17,130. Euro NCAP was impressed, awarding the i30 five stars after testing it in 2017.

Seat Arona

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Another car tested in 2017, the Seat Arona delivered a better set of results than its platform-sharing sibling, the Ibiza. The 95 percent for adult occupant protection and 60 percent for driver assistance systems are the same for both cars, but the Arona’s 80 percent for child protection is three percent higher than the Ibiza’s score of 77 percent.

It’s a likeable compact SUV that’s big on space and surprisingly fun to drive. The Arona range kicks off at £17,150.

Hyundai Kona

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While the Seat Arona is based on a supermini, the Hyundai Kona was built from the ground up as a compact SUV. Autonomous emergency braking is optional on trims up to and including Premium SE, and standard on Premium GT.

Blind-spot detection is standard on Premium SE and Premium GT trims, while rear-cross traffic alert is fitted on Premium SE trims and above. All Kona models get driver attention alert and downhill brake control. Kona prices start from £17,305.

Kia Stonic (with Safety Pack)

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In standard form, the Kia Stonic was awarded a three-star safety rating, but add the Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (ADAP) to the mix, and the Stonic earns the full five stars. The pack costs £400 on the Stonic ‘2’, but is standard on the ‘3’ and ‘4’. Prices start from £16,815 (without the pack).

Vauxhall Crossland X

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The Vauxhall Crossland X is based on the Peugeot 2008, a car that was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating back in 2013. Four years later, the Vauxhall achieved the same rating – a good result considering the test gets harder every year. All models come with lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition and cruise control, with prices starting from £17,715.

Renault Megane

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Another Renault, another five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Tested in 2015, the Megane made sure the reputation of the French brand was upheld, scoring a very respectable 88 percent for adult occupant safety. Even pedestrian safety was rated well at 71 percent, although try to avoid the hard A-pillars if you have the misfortune of being hit by a Megane.

Prices start from £17,820.

Ford Focus

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Tested in 2018, the new Ford Focus delivered a solid set of results, scoring no lower than 72 percent in any of the four categories. Parents will like the fact that it scored 87 percent for child occupant safety – two percent more than the adult occupant score.

The Focus features three radars, two cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors – more than any other Ford in history. The range kicks off with the £18,305 Style, but you can now order a crossover-like Focus Active.

Vauxhall Astra

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Built in Britain, and a favourite of police forces throughout the land, the Astra undercuts many C-segment hatchback rivals, with prices from £18,905.

It also picked up the award for European Car of the Year for 2016, and was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 where it was awarded all five stars. The assessors noted particularly good performance in side impact testing, despite a rear door coming open unexpectedly.

Honda Civic

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The Honda Civic received a four-star rating when it was tested in 2017, but the car was retested later that year following a curtain airbag deployment issue.

With Honda fixing the problem, the Civic was awarded a five-star rating by the safety experts. Euro NCAP said: “Honda has introduced a modified side curtain airbag to lessen the impact of head bottoming out, seen in the previous assessment, of the head of 10-year child dummy in the side barrier test. Honda is working to further develop the side curtain airbag to improve performance in this area.”