The sub-£10,000 car market is very competitive. Profit margins are slimmer for cheaper vehicles, yet the sheer numbers sold by the class leaders means they can’t afford to produce substandard cars.
We’ve picked 10 of the very best cars you can buy for less than £10,000. Some might have list prices above this amount, but carwow can help you save thousands on your new car bringing these options into contention.
1. Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has been the biggest selling model in the UK for well over a decade. the current model is approaching its eighth year on sale but remains incredibly successful and a great buy. The Ford’s trump card is the sense of fun you get when behind the wheel – it’s agile and entertaining even on the most mundane of commutes.
Prices for the Fiesta begin slightly over budget – at £10,145 – but carwow can help you save money and bring prices comfortably under the £10,000 threshold. It’s cheap to run as well, and Fiesta ownership is bound to be a painless experience.
Find out the savings you could make with our Ford Fiesta configurator.
2. Vauxhall Corsa
Hot on the heels of its arch rival, the Vauxhall Corsa has evolved into a mature small car perfectly up to task for everything from trips to the supermarket to longer motorway jaunts. An excellent new turbocharged petrol engine is the highlight of the Corsa range, but all engines are economical and refined on the move.
The Corsa is priced from £9,395, but there’s always more savings to be had with carwow’s fantastic deals. You might use the extra savings to splash out on a higher trim level, or add Vauxhall’s useful OnStar system to help with navigation and accident assistance.
Use our Vauxhall Corsa configurator to discover how much you can save.
3. Volkswagen Up
Despite being compact, the Volkswagen Up is a surprisingly practical city car with room for four people and a small amount of luggage. The clever packaging and classy exterior hide an interior that’s a cut above many rivals and is certainly impressive considering the car’s price.
The Up has a base price of £8,870 and, although higher trim levels can get a little pricey, carwow’s on hand to help you make the most of your hard-earned money. There are also sister cars – the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii – if you’re willing to trade a little badge kudos for a slightly lower price.
Choose your ideal Volkswagen Up using our handy configurator.
4. Skoda Fabia
The latest Skoda Fabia is one of the most rounded and practical superminis on the market. It offers an interior that nearly surpasses pricier rivals in terms of design and quality, and has space for four passengers to get comfortable.
A mere £10,600 gets you access to Fabia ownership but, if you use carwow’s services to find the best deal, you could get one for much less. If you want value for money that doesn’t look cheap, the Skoda is a good bet.
Take a look at our Skoda Fabia configurator to check out the latest savings.
5. Hyundai i10
Hyundai’s diminutive i10 city car is certainly worth a look if your budget is under £10,000. Mature styling and and quality cabin make it feel very grown up for such a small car, and it has a larger boot than many cars in the category above. Most impressive is the ride quality that surpasses many cars from more expensive classes.
The i10 is already a bargain with a base price of £8,895 but, using our website, you can knock these prices down even further. This means you have more money to spend on extra goodies, or indeed more shopping to fill that surprisingly large boot.
Have a look at the latest deals available using our Hyundai i10 configurator.
6. Dacia Duster
A crossover for under £10,000 seems like a bit of an ask for even the keenest bargain hunter, but the Dacia Duster can be bought for less than this magic sum. It’s a good effort, too – based on Renault underpinnings, the Dacia has plenty of room inside, a range of reliable and economical engines and that high riding driving position many buyers desire.
Just £9,495 is how much a basic Duster will cost you. This does mean you get steel wheels, unpainted bumpers and no radio, but that’s part of the Duster’s cheap and cheerful charm.
Discover the best deals on the Dacia Duster using our configurator.
7. SEAT Ibiza ST
The SEAT Ibiza ST is a stylish estate version of the cheeky Spanish supermini and manages to wear its extra bulk quite well thanks to sharp creases down its flanks. Inside, there’s 430 litres of boot space and a quality dashboard with an easy-to-use layout and good kit levels.
It’s priced at £13,000, but that amount can be lowered to below our £10,000 target by buying through carwow. For its combination of a neat driving experience, good looks and practical boot, the Ibiza ST will be a great ally to any family.
See our latest deals using our SEAT Ibiza ST configurator.
8. Suzuki Swift
The Suzuki Swift is a car that never fails to delight, with cheeky looks complimented by an entertaining driving experience. It’s not the newest or most practical vehicle on this list, but it’s a solid little car, with good kit levels and impressive real world performance.
Prices for the Suzuki are from £8,999, but you’ll have to fork out another £500 if you want a five-door variant. A step up from the basic SZ2 model will take you over the magic £10,000 mark but carwow can help that figure tumble back down.
Size up the latest Suzuki Swift savings using our configurator.
9. Renault Clio
The Renault Clio is a practical five-door hatchback, with enough interior space to seat four adults. A well constructed interior complete with a colour LCD screen makes the Renault feel more premium than some rivals and, although not as sharp-to-drive as Clios of old, it’s still a good all-rounder. Style is subjective, but we reckon this is one of the most attractive cars in the segment.
A Clio can be yours for £11,145 before a helpful hand from carwow, which should see that figure tumble well below £10,000. That’s a lot of car for not much money, and one that’ll suit a great variety of drivers.
Discover the latest deals using our Renault Clio configurator.
10. Fiat Panda
The pint-sized Panda has come a long way from its humble beginnings as Fiat’s practical city car. The current model benefits from sharing engines and tech with the popular 500, effectively making it a cheaper, more practical version of the retro runabout. If you push a little beyond our budget, you can even get a version with four-wheel drive.
The Panda is priced from £9,375, but kit in entry level models is far from impressive. There are large savings to be had on the Panda, however, so this could see you step up to a version with more kit within the £10,000 budget.
Find out how little it could cost you using our Fiat Panda configurator.
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Put any of these cars in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save. For more options, head over to our deals page or, if you still need help picking your next car, check out our car chooser.