The best cars on sale for less than £20,000

If you have a budget of £20,000 for your new car, there are dozens of great choices out there. Some want something with a big boot, others a sporty driving experience and some want the ability to seat seven. Whatever you need, there’s something here to suit your needs.

We’ve pulled together a list of the best cars you can buy for less than £20,000, using our wowscores to determine just how good they are. If you’re wondering why a few choices have recommended retail prices greater than £20,000, that’s because carwow’s fantastic discounts will put these cars into your budget.

See just how much you could save by popping any of these cars in our new car deals page.

Ford Fiesta ST (from £17,645)

The Ford Fiesta ST is one of our favourite cars. It’s based on the already entertaining Fiesta but adds even tighter handling and improved performance courtesy of the 176hp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. As a result, it earns a rating of 9.5 on our wowscore system.

The fact the Ford is reasonably priced is just the icing on the cake – even basic ST-1 versions are pretty well equipped, but stepping up to plush ST-2 or ST-3 trims needn’t cost the Earth either. If you’re looking for a practical, fast and fun car for less than £20,000 – this is it.

Find out how much you could save with our Ford Fiesta ST deals page.

Mazda MX-5 (from £18,495)

Mazda’s MX-5 is another of our favourite cars and the latest version simply improves on the formula. The whole car weighs less than a tonne, meaning even the basic 1.5-litre petrol engine feels spritely enough and the more powerful 2.0-litre can rival hot hatches for speed.

The Mazda might not be the most practical car out there, but that’s not the point – this is a cheeky roadster that’s best for chucking around back roads on a summer’s afternoon, with the convertible roof lowered of course. A wowscore of 9.3 grants it second place in this list, and that gives it some serious kudos.

Our Mazda MX-5 deals page will help you get money off the list price.

Renault Kadjar (from £17,995)

Crossovers are big business in the UK, and Renault’s first proper effort has paid off for the brand. The Kadjar is based on the already impressive Nissan Qashqai, but adds slightly more space, fresher looks to some and a lower price. This helps it achieve a better rating than its Japanese cousin – our wowscore for the Renault is 9.2.

We really like the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which can achieve well over 70mpg in mixed driving and still performs adequately at speed. All things considered, the Kadjar is a bit of a bargain, just as long as you can pronounce its unusual name…

Spec up a Renault Kadjar on our deals page – you’ll get the very best offers from the very best Renault dealers.

Nissan Qashqai (from £18,545)

Nissan has a big hit on its hands with the Qashqai – this crossover is one of the best-selling cars on sale in the UK and is one of the most popular models at carwow. The Qashqai has a broad range of talents that ensure it appeals to a huge number of buyers.

It’s practical, well-equipped, cheap to run and Nissan has priced it competitively – costs are similar to the Volkswagen Golf, yet offers much more metal for the money. All of this has contributed to a high wowscore of 8.9.

Find out how much you could save with our Nissan Qashqai deals page.

Skoda Superb Estate (from £19,840)

If you’re after the most practical car for under £20,000, it’s hard to beat the Skoda Superb Estate. A huge boot is only part of its appeal though, because Skoda has endowed the Superb Estate with elegant looks, a high quality interior and a very refined driving experience.

Admittedly the cheapest Superb Estates are priced at under £200 shy of our top figure, but there’s plenty of scope for discounts if you use carwow to choose your new car – the average saving for this huge car is nearly £3,000, meaning you can stay in budget while also getting a better engine, gearbox or trim level.

Our Skoda Superb Estate deals page will make sure you get money off the list price.

Audi A3 Sportback (from £19,485)

A desirable image, practical boot and high quality interior are hallmarks of many Audis and the A3 Sportback is available within our £20,000 budget. Based on the VW Golf, the Audi offers the same feel-good ownership experience, with just a hint more luxury.

Our rankings back up these claims – with a wowscore of 8.5 is amongst the highest for any hatchback on sale. It’s not surprising when you factor in the low-running costs and an average saving of more than £2,000 means carwow can help you explore some of its pricey options.

Spec up a Audi A3 Sportback on our deals page – you’ll get the very best offers from the very best Audi dealers.

Peugeot 5008 (from £21,995)

The Peugeot 5008 has an upmarket appearance that belies its great value price. While that price might be a little more than £20,000 to start with, the average saving on the Peugeot is an astounding £4,900 putting it well within our budget.

The 5008 is pleasant to drive and the interior offers both high quality and plenty of space. A wowscore of 8.2 secures the Peugeot a place on our list.

Find out how much you could save with our Peugeot 5008 deals page.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso (from £19,970)

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is one of the most impressive MPVs on sale and the fact you can grab one for less than £20,000 makes it all the more appealing. With an interior that’s as futuristic as it is sturdy means kids will love life in the Citroen – even the rear-most row of seats is quite roomy.

The Picasso is closely related to the excellent C4 Cactus, so it’s no wonder that it has a similarly high wowscore of 8.0. It’s a comfort-orientated car making it ideal for families who don’t need the last word in sporty handling.

Our Citroen Grand C4 Picasso deals page will make sure you get money off the list price.

Volkswagen Passat (from £22,320)

Saloon cars might no longer be the default choice for family buyers, but they’re still very popular among customers who want a roomy and capable vehicle that’s at home on motorways. The Passat is one of the very best family saloons and its wowscore of 7.9 is highly respectable.

Volkswagen has given its saloon a high quality interior, complete with Volkswagen’s own version of the Audi virtual cockpit system. There’s also a great range of diesel and petrol engines that mix good everyday performance with impressive fuel economy. Its desirability makes the Passat an appealing choice.

Spec up a Volkswagen Passat on our deals page – you’ll get the very best offers from the very best Volkswagen dealers.

Renault Grand Scenic (from £21,790)

The Renault Grand Scenic is one of the older choices in the MPV segment but still a solid performer. It has a very practical interior with a high-quality dashboard – don’t worry it’s still kid-proof and has plenty of cubbies for toys and knick-knacks.

Our experts have given the Renault a decent 7.9 wowscore – highly commendable in this company. When you factor in the low running costs, and the fact there’s an average saving of over £8,000, it’s a bit of a no-brainer for families.

Find out how much you could save with our Renault Grand Scenic deals page.

Save money on your next car

If any of these top 10 have caught your eye, take a look at our new car deals page to see the how much carwow could help you save. If you don’t fancy any of these choices, our car chooser will help you find the one that’s right for you.

Ford Fiesta ST

Inexpensive fast hatchback is huge fun to drive
£17,895 - £22,895
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Mazda MX-5

Cheap convertible sports car is big fun to drive
£18,495 - £24,300
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Renault Kadjar

Cheap-to-run, practical SUV – a great Qashqai alternative
£18,795 - £28,495
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