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Best small affordable cars of 2022

Money’s tight for everyone right now, but these compact hatchbacks are ready to ride to your financial rescue. So, which are the best cheap small cars in the UK right now?

dacia Sandero

1. Dacia Sandero

9/10
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£135* / month (£12,252)
hyundai i10

2. Hyundai i10

9/10
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£160* / month (£12,547)
ford Fiesta

3. Ford Fiesta

8/10
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£262* / month (£17,587)
seat Ibiza

4. SEAT Ibiza

8/10
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£163* / month (£16,291)
kia Picanto

5. Kia Picanto

7/10
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£176* / month (£11,567)
nissan Micra

6. Nissan Micra

7/10
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£181* / month
suzuki Swift

7. Suzuki Swift

7/10
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£177* / month (£15,249)
vauxhall Corsa

8. Vauxhall Corsa

7/10
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£176* / month (£16,028)
renault Clio

9. Renault Clio

7/10
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£207* / month (£17,010)
skoda Fabia

10. Skoda Fabia

7/10
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£229* / month (£16,783)

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Of the cars on this list, either the Kia Picanto or the Hyundai i10 are likely to be the best choices for reliability. Not only do the Korean companies have excellent reputations for building solid cars, they’re backed up by long five-year (Hyundai) and seven-year (Kia) warranties.

For more information, check out our rundown of the best new car warranties.

If you’re really economising, it’s the Kia Picanto that’s the cheapest, and therefore the one that you’ll care least about if you damage it or need to repair it. Otherwise, the best choices are probably the default Vauxhall Corsa or Ford Fiesta, as they’re solidly built, easy to drive, and easy and cheap to service and repair.

Looking for a car for a new driver? Take a look at our recommended cars for first time drivers.

Somewhat surprisingly, it’s the Dacia Sandero that’s the fastest — the basic 90 TCE version taking just 11.7sec to cover the 0-62mph sprint. Most of the rest here are on the wrong side of 12secs, and the Hyundai i10 takes a glacial 15.9secs.

The winner here is the Suzuki Swift, which as standard now gets a 1.2-litre mild-hybrid petrol  engine with a figure of 59.7mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle, according to the official WLTP test.

The two best-performers in terms of VED tax for the first year are the Suzuki Swift and the Dacia Sandero, both of which will at present cost you £170 in the first year. Most of the rest will be £190 or more. For insurance, the Dacia Sandero, Hyundai i10, and Renault Clio are all in Group 3 for insurance, while the Ford Fiesta, and Skoda Fabia are in Group 2. The Nissan Micra actually dips into Group 1, but the Suzuki Swift is surprisingly high-rated, in Group 9.

Not sure what an insurance group is? Our handy guide tells you everything you need to know about car insurance groups.