Sometimes you get what you pay for, and sometimes you might be surprised what you can get for the money. We’ve picked out the 10 cheapest cars on sale in the UK and ranking by quality, so you can make the right decision. These cars are already cheap, but if you spec one up with carwow’s new car deals page you can save even more money.
Still think you’ll get a better deal on the used market? Think again… We’ve found plenty of new models that are cheaper than their nearly new counterparts thanks to the fantastic finance options offered by dealers. Fancy something a little chunkier? Check out our list of the best cheap SUVs on sale.
1. Skoda Citigo – £8,275
The Skoda Citigo is our favourite city car by a comfortable margin. It has cute styling, a really well-built interior and a frugal 1.0-litre engine. It’s genuinely good fun to drive around town yet, unlike some small cars, it doesn’t feel out of sorts on the motorway either – especially with the more powerful 74hp engine.
Costing from £8,275, the Citigo offers a lot of quality for not much cash. For that price, the entry-level model gets 14-inch steel wheels, daytime running lights, four airbags, a height-adjustable steering wheel and a CD player with MP3 and AUX input. It’s extremely hard to fault – if you need a great cheap car and don’t need masses of space, don’t overlook this excellent contender.
Take a look at the Skoda Citigo deals page to spec up your perfect car and see how much you could save.
2. Dacia Sandero – £5,995
If a bargain basement price is the number one priority, look no further than the Dacia Sandero – at £5,995, it’s the cheapest car on sale in the UK. Prices are kept to a minimum thanks to borrowing many tried and tested parts from the previous generation Renault Clio. There’s more space inside than any other car on this list, the ride is smooth and the 1.2-litre petrol engine is more than adequate around town.
Equipment levels are basic at best, but power steering, isofix mounting points and four airbags come as standard. If you’d like more, you could always move up from the basic Access trim level to the Ambiance model, which adds electric front windows, remote central locking and an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity. Even that luxurious option is still £204 cheaper than anything else on this list.
Check out the Dacia Sandero deals page to find the latest savings.
3. Suzuki Celerio – £6,999
The next cheapest option in the top 10 after the Dacia Sandero is the charming little Suzuki Celerio. Despite costing from just £6,999, every model in the range offers six airbags, central locking, electric front windows and DAB digital radio as standard.
It’s easy to drive, visibility is great and the 1.0-litre petrol engine returns a very reasonable 65.7mpg on average. Throw in the savings carwow buyers can get, and there’s much to recommend the Celerio for.
Spec up a Suzuki Celerio through our deals page to see the savings on offer.
4. Citroen C1 – £8,345
If there’s one reason above all to consider the Citroen C1, it’s the French style it offers for such a reasonable price. Dealers are offering very generous discounts so this little French city car is actually one of the most keenly-priced cars in the class.
The basic C1 is powered by a smooth and efficient 67hp three-cylinder engine. Standard equipment includes six airbags, LED daytime running lights, remote central locking, electric front windows and USB connectivity. The touchscreen infotainment system that comes as standard across the rest of the range is an option well worth ticking on the entry-level model.
See the reductions available by finding your ideal Citroen C1 through our deals page.
5. SEAT Mii – £8,440
Scroll through this list and the SEAT Mii might look somewhat familiar. You’d be right to think so – the baby Spaniard shares a platform and engines with the Skoda CItigo. As a result, the way it drives, the standard kit list, and indeed the price are all very similar. The difference comes down to which car’s style you prefer.
The cheapest model – the S – features four airbags, speed-sensitive power steering that gets lighter at low speeds to make parking easier, a height adjustable steering wheel and a CD player with an AUX input. Naturally, you can save even more money by taking advantage of the discounts carwow offers.
Head over to the SEAT Mii deals page to see the latest discounts available.
6. Vauxhall Viva – £8,395
As far as the spec list reads, the Vauxhall Viva is one of the best-equipped cars on our list. SE models boast 15-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking, electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors, cruise control, a lane departure warning system and steering wheel audio controls for the Bluetooth enabled stereo.
Beyond the generous equipment levels, the Viva has a practical five-door body style, light steering and minuscule running costs helping make it an easier everyday companion. Its £8.395 entry-level price can even be reduced further with carwow’s great discounts.
See how much you can save on a new Vauxhall Viva by trying out our deals page.
7. Peugeot 108 – £8,445
The sharply-styled Peugeot 108 was co-developed alongside the Citroen C1 and, as a result, shares the same dinky dimensions, 1.0-litre engine and the majority of its interior design.
Not only is the Peugeot relatively cheap to buy – it costs from £8,445 and can be reduced further with carwow’s discounts – but experts say it’ll hold its value better than the majority of its rivals, too. Equipment levels are fairly similar to the C1, and it’s just as much fun to drive.
Find all of the latest discounts for the Peugeot 108 on our deals page.
8. Kia Picanto – £8,345
Boasting eye-catching styling inside and out, the Kia Picanto is one of the more funky-looking cheap cars on sale today. It’s well-built inside and buyers are certain to feel reassured by the industry-leading seven-year warranty.
The basic model, known logically as the ‘1’, offers a standard equipment list including six airbags, electric front windows, a trip computer and remote central locking. Thanks to low CO2 emissions, the 1.0-litre petrol engine is free to tax, while Kia dealers will offer even better discounts through carwow helping you save even more money.
Try out the Kia Picanto deals page to see how much money you could save on a new car.
9. MG3 – £8,399
The sporty MG3 might not be the cheapest car in our top ten, but it offers one of the sportiest drives for the price. The five-door cabin is close to the Dacia Sandero for space, while the firm suspension and limited body roll make for fun handling. Powered by a 105hp 1.5-litre petrol, the MG3 is also one of the most powerful cars here – useful if you spend plenty of time driving on motorways or carrying several passengers.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running lights, electric windows all round, a CD player with AUX and USB inputs and stop/start technology to reduce fuel consumption in town driving. For a little extra cash, MG allows buyers to personalise their cars with a range of decals and paint finishes.
Want to save money on a new car? Head over to the MG3 deals page to find all of the latest offers.
10. Nissan Micra – £7,995
The Nissan Micra has been with us in its current form since 2010, and its strongest selling point is a competitive price. In Visia Limited Edition spec, the Micra costs just £7,995, and comes equipped as standard with electric front windows, a trip computer, a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth connectivity and an adjustable steering wheel.
The Micra is an handy car for urban driving, riding smoothly over the bumpy roads that blight many British city centres, while its tight turning circle makes low speed manoeuvring easy. A five-door body makes it easy for passengers to get in and out of the back, too.
Check out the Nissan Micra deals page to find the latest savings.
Save money on your next new car
Keen on any of our top 10? Take a look at the discounts available through our new car deals page. Fancy a little off-road style? Check out our list of the cheapest new SUVs on sale. Still not sure? Our car chooser will help narrow down your search.