Automatic cars offer an easier and more relaxing driving experience. They generally cost a little more than their manual equivalents but there are plenty of options that don’t break the bank.
Here are the 10 cheapest automatic cars on sale:
- Skoda Citigo
- Suzuki Celerio
- Vauxhall Viva
- VW Up
- Peugeot 108
- Hyundai i10
- Toyota Aygo
- Kia Picanto
- Fiat Panda
- Citroen C1
1. Skoda Citigo – £10,070
The Skoda Citigo is a surprisingly spacious city car fitted with a peppy 1.0-litre petrol engine and is the most inexpensive option if you need an automatic gearbox. The price buys you a Citigo in SE trim with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels.
2. Suzuki Celerio – £10,199
The Suzuki Celerio isn’t the most stylish city car on the market, but you do get a lot for your money. The Celerio’s high-end SZ4 trim is the only one to feature Suzuki’s Auto Gear Shift transmission, paired with the frugal 1.0-litre petrol engine. It’s the top trim, so air conditioning, DAB digital radio and electric windows – plus much more – are all standard.
3. Vauxhall Viva – £10,575
The Vauxhall Viva may have small dimensions but it has grown-up looks and a good amount of space. It’s also good value for money, even when opting for an automatic gearbox. You have to go for the Viva’s top SL trim to get the 1.0-litre petrol engine with Vauxhall’s five-speed Easytronic gearbox – but this trim gets creature comforts such as cruise control and a leather steering wheel.
4. VW Up – £10,625
The VW Up shares many components with the Skoda Citigo, but it offers up smarter looks and slightly better materials. The cheapest Up trim with an automatic gearbox is the Move Up with air conditioning and 15-inch alloy wheels. The five-speed auto gearbox is paired with the 59hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine.
5. Peugeot 108 – £11,205
The Peugeot 108 is a grown-up looking city car with fun handling and cheap running costs. The automated-manual gearbox is a little clunky and is available in 108s with Active trim upwards, which gets you plush touches such as a seven-inch touchscreen. There’s a lively 1.0-litre petrol engine powering the car, making up for the slightly unrefined auto.
6. Hyundai i10 – £11,225
A practical supermini with a good amount of space and a five-year warranty, the Hyundai i10 makes a good-value small car. It’s a comfortable car to drive, although the 1.2-litre petrol engine isn’t the most engaging. i10s in SE trim onwards offer up the four-speed automatic gearbox that’s noticeably smoother than many autos in rival cars.
7. Toyota Aygo – £11,485
The Toyota Aygo shares many components with the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1, but it’s arguably the most striking and eye-catching of the three. It’s cheap to run and fun to drive, with the peppy 1.0-litre petrol engine producing a decent 69hp. The cheapest Aygo trim to offer the five-speed automatic gearbox is x-play.
8. Kia Picanto – £11,545
If you want a smart little city car with a quality feel and an automatic gearbox, the Kia Picanto is a strong option. You get Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty, too. The Picanto’s 1.2-litre, 84hp petrol engine packs a good punch and comes with a four-speed automatic, on Picantos from SE trim upwards.
9. Fiat Panda – £11,995
The Fiat Panda is a charming little supermini, with funky styling and good levels of interior space. The Panda’s five-speed Dualogic gearbox is cheapest with the 0.9-litre TwinAir engine, generating a sprightly 85hp in Fiat’s Easy trim. It isn’t as generously equipped as other small cars but is more practical than quite a few options here.
10. Citroen C1 – £12,065
The Citroen C1’s funky looks and quirky styling make it one of the most striking superminis on sale. It features an automated-manual gearbox, so it isn’t the most seamless of options, but is still well priced with the 1.0-litre petrol engine in the C1’s Flair trim.