Compare the best cheap first cars

High quality cheap first and learner cars from rated and reviewed dealers

Best cheap first cars of 2022

When you’re buying your first car, budget is everything so you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Here’s our recommendations for the best cheap cars for first-time buyers.

dacia Sandero

1. Dacia Sandero

9/10
carwow price from
£135* / month (£12,252)
volkswagen Polo

2. Volkswagen Polo

9/10
carwow price from
£168* / month (£17,911)
hyundai i10

3. Hyundai i10

9/10
carwow price from
£160* / month (£12,547)
volkswagen Up

4. Volkswagen Up

9/10
carwow price from
£197* / month (£13,811)
ford Fiesta

5. Ford Fiesta

8/10
carwow price from
£262* / month (£17,587)
vauxhall Corsa

6. Vauxhall Corsa

7/10
carwow price from
£176* / month (£16,028)
skoda Fabia

7. Skoda Fabia

7/10
carwow price from
£229* / month (£16,783)
kia Picanto

8. Kia Picanto

7/10
carwow price from
£176* / month (£11,567)
citroen C3

9. Citroen C3

7/10
carwow price from
£172* / month (£12,755)
toyota Aygo X

10. Toyota Aygo X

8/10
carwow price from
£189* / month (£14,682)

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Advice about cheap first cars

Cheap first cars FAQs

The Hyundai i10 is possibly the most reliable cheap first car you can buy, at least according to Warranty Direct, which rated it above such other reliable cars as the Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Polo. According to consumer experts Which? Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and somewhat surprisingly, Citroen all make reliable small cars too.

New cars are scarce and used cars even scarcer at the moment, so be prepared to shop around to get the best price. Don’t be afraid to travel far and wide to find the right car at a price that works for you, and most definitely hit the phone to track down what you want. If you want a new car, check dealers towards the end of the month or financial quarter, and see if they’ve been doing a bit of sneaky pre-registering. If you’re buying used, scour the car supermarkets. And, of course, check out carwow for the best deals on new cars as well as used cars!

The Kia Picanto, Volkswagen Up, and basic versions of the Volkswagen Polo are all in Group 1 for insurance, so it’ll be tough to get a better quote than you will with one of them. The Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, Kia Rio, and SEAT Ibiza all start in Group 2, while the Renault Clio, Hyundai i10, and Dacia Sandero all start in Group 3.

Read our guide on car insurance groups to find out more.