The prices have been taken from the manufacturer’s websites, so there may be a few better deals available when you get to the showrooms and fancy a haggle.
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£10,145. Cheap as chips and charming with it, the new Sandero has been the most reasonably priced car on our roads for years now. A new version was launched in 2021 which saw costs creep above the £10k mark for the first time, but it’s still remarkable value. On the downside, it only scored two stars out of five when tested for its Euro NCAP safety rating.
£13,655 The box-like design will not be to everyone’s liking, but with its high roofline, back seat passengers are treated to decent levels of headroom. It is also a comfortable performer although lacks any real charisma unless you upgrade to sportier versions. There are trim levels to choose from called Cross, Sport and Life with the Cross offering soft-roading 4x4 capabilities. Look out for the special Panda RED version too that looks really striking and helps raise money for a very worthwhile cause.
£13,420. With dynamic styling, a wealth of on-board tech, the charming Hyundai i10 is still one of the best small city cars on the market today. It also feels sturdy enough to take on longer journeys without feeling vulnerable on motorways. Another bonus is the space with rear passengers treated to a decent amount of room (well, children anyway). Lots of trims to choose from and worth noting that the car comes with an attractive five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
£13,749 The Ignis recently underwent quite a revamp and the latest model is a delight to drive. Packed with kit, it skips along at quite a click and offers everything you could want from a practical, small car. It boasts distinctive styling and has bags of personality thrown in for good measure. As Suzuki says it’s a small car with big ideas. Available in a number of well-equipped trim levels.
£12,945 With many shared platforms with the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, the fun and funky Citroen C1 ticks all the right boxes for a reliable, stylish and well-equipped city car. The basic entry-level model – the C1 Touch – is exactly that … basic! But this car is exceptionally agile to drive and is even available in C1 Airscape format which offers all the fun of open-top motoring.
£11,450 The latest Kia Picanto sees the car getting quite a make-over giving it a far more modern and attractive look. Entry-level versions cover all the bases, but move up through the trim levels to introduce some really nice equipment. Great fun to fizz around town and this five-door, five-seat hatchback can willingly venture further afield too. It is available in five trim levels with a choice of manual or auto gearboxes and has that exceptional seven-year Kia warranty.
£13,545 The VW UP! recently received quite an update with extra equipment added to the mix and this car shares many underpinnings with the Skoda Citigo and SEAT Mii. VW doesn’t really do bargain basement cars so that’s why the Up! is pricier than some rivals but it really is a case of money talks because you do get a better equipped car for the extra outlay. The entry-level model has three doors, but if you need back doors too, prices increase by £450.
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£12,845 The MG 3 was one of the very cheapest cars around when it first landed on UK shores almost 10 years ago. Gradually the price has climbed, but so has the quality. It still needs to be worked quite hard though to deliver any exciting driving dynamics. Trim levels are called Excite and Exclusive Nav – the latter costs from £14,345 and gains sat nav, a better sound system, a rear parking camera, sports seats and cruise control.
£14,295 Dacia is one of the few companies that gets two cars (if not more) on any bargain list. That’s because the budget-based carmaker offers excellent deals and the Duster is another fine example. It’s a very decent SUV for a very reasonable price until you move up through the grades. But if you do want to add 4x4 to the mix, it is still competitively priced from £19,945.
£17,380 The UK’s best-selling car of 2021 just happens to be in our best-value list too. The good old Vauxhall Corsa is still excellent value for money and drives well. Also one of the easiest cars to drive which is why so many driving instructors run them. New Corsa is also available in fully electric guise. It adds to the cost but could reap rewards for city dwellers, especially those in Congestion Charge zones.
£16,675 The compact five-door Nissan Micra is a great little car that’s packed with personality. Prices climb quite quickly as you go up through the trims, but it’s a good, reliable small car. Buyers can select from trim grades called Acenta, N-Sport and Tekna, but it’s still hard to believe the range-topping Micra Tekna rolls out at just under £20k these days. There are bundles of options to fully personalise the car too which adds to its appeal.
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