If you want a car for under £10,000 then you’re spoilt for choice – there’s a great range of small cars out there for very affordable prices.
The cars on this list may be some of the cheapest out there, but they prove you don’t have to compromise style and comfort for a low price. Here are the 10 best cars on sale at the moment for under £10,000.
1. Hyundai i10
Space and practicality are surprisingly strong for the i10’s tiny city car dimensions. It’s a little more expensive than its rivals but the car comes with a wide range of standard equipment and a brilliant five-year warranty.
Even the entry-level version of the i10 comes with central locking, electric front windows and a USB port. The tiny Hyundai can easily seat four people and comes with a decent range of cheap-to-run engines. For a starting price of £8.995, the i10 is a strong sub-£10,000 option.
2. Vauxhall Corsa
The Corsa just scrapes onto the list, bringing handsome looks, a good variety of refined engines and decent build quality to the table. The interior is better quality and more handsome than in older versions of the Corsa, but the equipment list on the entry-level trim is a bit tight.
It’s easy to see why the Corsa is one of the most popular superminis on sale though, with its cheeky looks and space for four. Prices starting at £9,745 for a three-door model bring it towards the top of our price range, but it’s a strong alternative to rivals like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.
3. Volkswagen Up
The Up is deceptively roomy considering how tiny it looks from the outside. The city car has smart looks and typically strong Volkswagen build quality, with a smooth ride and economical range of engines too.
Four people will be perfectly comfortable in the boxy Up and, as you’d expect, it’s cheap to run. The car’s got a good-value base price of £8,995, but don’t expect plenty of standard equipment and things can get pricey for the city car market with added options.
4. Dacia Duster
If getting a new car for the cheapest price is your main priority, the Dacia Sandero is the one for you. But if you have up to £10,000 to spend and want something a bit more rugged, with basic off-road capabilities, the Duster does just that for a great value price. In fact, it’s one of the biggest cars you can get for under our budget.
Practicality and affordability are two of the Duster’s main strengths. It may not come with plenty of equipment and the interior doesn’t match the standard of other cars on this list, but it comes with unrivalled cabin and boot space for a sub-£10k car. Prices for the Duster begin at £9,495.
5. Skoda Citigo
The Citigo is one of our favourite city cars on the market. It’s basically a less pricey version of the Up, meaning it comes with an impressive amount of space, a well-built and practical interior and is also pretty fun to drive around twisty city streets.
A good range of economical, cheap-to-run engines and a good-sized boot for its size are also in the Citigo’s arsenal. The standard equipment is, like the Up, a bit empty and there are some refinement issues but prices start at the very reasonable £8,275 for a three-door model.
6. Fiat Panda
The adorable name matches the Panda’s cute looks. It’s the cheapest new Fiat you can buy and is one of the best all-rounders you can buy for the money. The Panda benefits from sharing the popular, retro-styled Fiat 500’s engines and technology and is surprisingly spacious, with a great price to boot.
Prices for the Panda start at the top end of our budget, with an entry-level figure of £9,510. Standard equipment is on the basic side and interior quality is pretty mediocre, but you’ll quickly forget about that when you sample the space on offer and experience the car’s fun handling.
7. Kia Picanto
The Picanto is Kia’s stylish small hatchback, with the current model benefitting from improved looks and a quality feel inside. But undoubtedly its most impressive and famous feature is the Picanto’s unrivalled seven-year warranty.
It isn’t the most spacious supermini for under £10,000 and equipment levels are a little sparse, but it’ll still comfortably fit four people and comes with plenty of storage. Prices starting at £8,545 make the smart-looking Kia an absolute steal.
8. Suzuki Celerio
The Celerio is one of the cheapest new cars on sale at the moment and is bigger than many of its city car rivals, such as the VW Up and Hyundai i10. Four people will be perfectly happy in the Suzuki on longer journeys as there’s plenty of space, but it’s still easy to park and manoeuvre around urban areas.
As you’d expect from a car with a £6,999 starting price, the interior feels cheap and the entry-level SZ2 trim comes with a limited amount of equipment. But with so much room on offer, a very appealing price and cheap running costs, the Celerio should still be high up on your shopping list.
9. Toyota Aygo
The most obvious feature with the Aygo is its striking looks, which set it apart from the closely-related Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1. The new model retains the previous Aygo’s fun handling, but adds a livelier and better-quality interior.
It’s roomier up front but passengers in the back may feel a bit cramped. There’s only one engine to choose from too and it’s a little on the noisy side for those in the cabin, but the low running costs and enjoyable drive make up for that. Prices start from £9,095, and you’ll have to break the budget to get the roll-back convertible roof on the Aygo X-Wave.
10. Renault Twingo
The Twingo is one of the best city cars on the market when it comes to handling. The fun drive is thanks to its unusual rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout and tight turning circle. It also has cheeky looks and a wide range of customisation options if you want to splash a little more cash.
Equipment levels for the Twingo are decent in the standard trim level. Cabin quality still lags behind its rivals but the design is fun, featuring colourful accents, and there’s room for four people. The only real downside about the car’s interior space is the small boot, as the engine sits beneath it. Prices for Renault’s small city car start at £9,495.
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