Cheap cars with Bluetooth

Hunting for a car on a budget, but want to be able to connect your phone to without fuss? Check out these affordable cars with Bluetooth

Chris Rosamond
Apr 29, 2020

Funny how technology becomes so routine, isn’t it? Bluetooth mobile phone connections first appeared in cars in the early noughties, when they completely changed the way you could use your phone while behind the wheel, thanks to the added safety and convenience of genuinely hands-free in-car communication.

Due to the growth of smartphone use, Bluetooth in-car connectivity is now such a core part of drivers’ expectations that manufacturers find it increasingly hard to justify charging extra for Bluetooth - so it’s very often standard kit on all but the most basic models.

The picture is a little more blurred on the used car market, so if you want Bluetooth in your car then you’ve got to be mindful of which models and trim levels have it. Of course there are many aftermarket Bluetooth gadgets available if you want to upgrade your vehicle’s standard audio system and you can find other means of going handsfree in the car without a cable. Still, for the ultimate peace of mind, finding a car with a factory-fitted Bluetooth set-up is the best bet.

It’s at the cheap end of the market where Bluetooth connectivity is less likely to be offered as standard equipment, so to help you find the best deals we’ve picked out a range of affordable used cars with Bluetooth already fitted. But these are just the tip of the iceberg, you can use our BuyaCar search tool to find cars with Bluetooth, too, and take your pick of Bluetooth-equipped cars for all budgets.

As always, if Bluetooth is particularly important to you, it's worth double checking that any specific cars you're looking at include it - as some individual models have it fitted as an optional extra and others that you might expect to have Bluetooth may not.  

Cheap cars with Bluetooth

1. Suzuki Ignis

Our pick Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dual Jet SZ-T
Used deals from £7,799
Monthly finance from £119

The Suzuki Ignis is a fun and funky little crossover that, despite its chunky off-roader looks, is more at home on tarmac than mud. All versions are well equipped with air-conditioning, a digital radio and Bluetooth, but the SZ-T trim is a lot more appealing than the entry-level SZ3 because it adds a sliding split-fold rear seat, reversing camera, and exterior upgrades that include roof rails and extended wheel arches over larger 16-inch alloy wheels.

It’s smaller and more affordable than models such as the Ford EcoSport or Renault Captur, but not quite as nimble around corners. It’s a great urban or rural runabout though, with room for four adults inside and a frugal 1.2-litre petrol engine that will return over 50mpg according to official figures. An automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive are on the options list too, though two-wheel drive, manual versions offer better value.

SUZUKI IGNIS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. DS 3

Our pick DS 3 1.2 PureTech 82 Connected Chic
Used deals from £7,887
Monthly finance from £129

The DS 3 is a popular and stylish small hatchback, marketed under Citroen's upmarket DS brand but featuring Citroen engineering under the skin. It’s pitched against attention-grabbing rivals including the Mini Hatchback and Fiat 500 plus the Alfa Romeo Mito, and its good value new prices are reflected in cost-effective used deals. Connected Chic versions come with cruise control, air-conditioning, sat-nav, 17-inch alloy wheels, and of course a touchscreen media system with Bluetooth connectivity.

While the DS 3 stands out when it comes to looks, choice is sadly limited when it comes to engine and body style options. It's only available with three doors and most versions have a 1.2-litre petrol engine. While newer DS 3 models only come with an automatic gearbox, a manual gearbox was featured on older versions, as were more powerful engine options.

The DS3 is good to drive and cheap to run, and while a Mini is more fun for enthusiastic drivers, it’s more expensive than the DS 3 too.

DS 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Nissan Juke

Our pick Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T N-Connecta
Used deals from £7,491
Monthly finance from £130

The Nissan Juke first arrived in 2010 and took the market by storm as one of the first compact crossovers that combined striking off-road style with not much more than supermini-level running costs, dimensions and driving characteristics.

A new version was launched in 2019, but that means you can get a late model version of the first generation car with great value PCP finance and low monthly payments. You'll be looking for Acenta trim upwards for Bluetooth, but the more recent N-Connecta also added sat-nav, a digital radio and a reversing camera which is handy if you’re parking in confined spaces in town, as rear visibility isn't great.

The Juke's slightly cartoonish styling is far from dull but it does mean interior space isn’t the best, with little room in the back seats. However it’s decent to drive – apart from slightly firm suspension - and there are loads to choose from on the used market which means plenty of bargains too.

NISSAN JUKE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Skoda Fabia

Our pick Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 75 SE
Used deals from £4,490
Monthly finance from £91

There are cheaper Skoda Fabias than the spec we’ve chosen, and we could have picked the entry-level S model as it comes equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen media system with Bluetooth. However we'd recommend the 75hp petrol in SE trim as it bumps the spec up to include alloy wheels, air-conditioning and SmartLink+ which means you get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability too. That makes it a much more desirable car for not much more money.

The Fabia is as cheap to run as it is to buy, and although the 1.0-litre petrol engine isn't hugely powerful, it’s perfectly adequate as an urban or local runabout. While the Fabia looks a little boxy, the trade-off is an extremely roomy interior with enough space for full-size adults to sit comfortably in the back and a very useful boot capacity that beats the equivalent Ford Fiesta by a decent margin. Skoda routinely does very well in customer satisfaction surveys too, which is reassuring for anyone considering buying a used one.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Kia Sportage

Our pick Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi '1'
Used deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £154

Rapid quality and engineering improvements over the last 10 years mean Kia isn’t the bargain basement brand it used to be, but it still retains a reputation for offering great value for money - especially as Kia makes some mightily impressive cars these days.

That's especially true if you're considering a used model, with some excellent deals available on the Kia Sportage SUV. An even bigger selling point for used models is Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty, which can be transferred from the first owner, as long as you keep to the servicing routine. This means that even if you were to buy an affordable four-year old model, you could still have as much warranty left as most brand new cars.

As well as being lavishly equipped - even the entry-level '1' trim has a digital radio, 16-inch alloys and the all-important Bluetooth connection - the Kia Sportage is fun to drive, with a nicely judged balance between comfortable suspension and lean-free cornering.

With comfort and practicality in spades, it all looks good for prospective buyers, but watch out for high-ish fuel consumption from the relatively thirsty petrol models, particularly if you expect to cover a lot of miles.

KIA SPORTAGE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Vauxhall Grandland X

Our pick Vauxhall Grandland X 1.2 Turbo SE
Used deals from £13,000
Monthly finance from £188

More good value SUV action, this time from the Vauxhall Grandland X. The Grandland X is one of the products of Vauxhall and parent company Opel’s recent tie up with the Peugeot Citroen group, and it shares its engineering with the Peugeot 3008 which also appears in this list. That means it can be bought with an excellent 1.2-litre petrol engine, but doesn't even offer the option of four-wheel drive. However, the Grandland X is all about practical and comfy family hauling, rather than off-roading.

Inside the Grandland looks a bit like a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, which is no bad thing, and offers its driver lots of toys. Crucially the SE model features Vauxhall’s seven-inch IntelliLink touchscreen media system with Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

With great interior room and a big 514-litre boot - with the option of dropping the rear seats for even more room - the Grandland makes a lot of sense for families looking for a practical car. It’s comfortable and easy to drive, and shouldn’t cost a lot to run in spite of its roomy configuration.

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Hyundai Ioniq

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq Premium
Used deals from £14,000
Monthly finance from £194

The Hyundai Ioniq is a Korean response to the Toyota Prius hybrid, and rather a good one too. As such it has a slighty futuristic feel, and is very well equipped with all trim levels featuring an eight-inch tablet-style touchscreen media system standing proud above the dashboard.

There's a lot of tech included here, with Bluetooth connectivity on all models, but we’d pick the Premium specification because there are quite a few about on the used market and you also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus a host of luxurious features such as leather seats, adaptive cruise control and automatic headlamps.

As with the Toyota Prius, batteries stored under the rear seat limit headroom for tall passengers in the back, but the Ioniq beats the Prius for boot space. The big benefit of the hybrid drive system is potential fuel economy of up to 62mpg, with cleaner tailpipe emissions than you’d expect from a similarly frugal diesel.

HYUNDAI IONIQ BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDi Active
Used deals from £6,495
Monthly finance from £127

The latest Peugeot 3008 has followed fashion and whereas the old model was more of a straight people carrier, in 2017 it morphed into a high-riding SUV that’s one of the best in its class. As well as looking fresh and contemporary, the 3008 comes with a good range of petrol and diesel engines, and the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel is a great all-rounder for those driving high mileages with comfortably over 50mpg possible.

Its stylish exterior is mirrored by a striking cabin that has Peugeot’s 12.3-inch digital display in the place of conventional dials as standard, even in entry-level Active models - naturally Bluetooth is built into the car's media system - and the 3008 is a roomy and practical. The boot is a worthwhile amount bigger than the Nissan Qashqai and the Vauxhall Grandland which shares the Peugeot’s core engineering.

The 3008’s supple ride comfort and lean-free handling are much better than you’d expect from a tall heavy car too, and in almost every respect the model makes a persuasive argument as a family-focused choice.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

9. Volkswagen Tiguan

Our pick Volkswagen Tiguan SEL
Used deals from £16,295
Monthly finance from £260

It may be moving out of the realms of what many would deem affordable, but there’s no doubt a used top-spec VW Tiguan has plenty to offer drivers looking for something a little more prestigious without breaking the bank. When you look at the specification the Tiguan provides in luxurious SEL trim, we think the monthly payments look pretty respectable too.

As well as getting the pick of more powerful petrol and diesel engines, many Tiguans in SEL trim feature '4Motion' all-wheel drive and 'DSG' automatic gearboxes, but it’s the comprehensive kit list that really lays on the luxury. Perched on your leather heated seat surveying a dashboard of a quality that’s easily a match for anything BMW or Mercedes can offer in the sector, you’ll enjoy a 12.3-inch digital dashboard display in place of conventional instruments and exotic features such as adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlamps and dynamic lighting assistance.

The media system is clever too, with hand movement recognition amongst its packed list of features – which includes Bluetooth, as you’d expect. With great driving characteristics and the build quality and image that VW delivers, you’ll feel like a king of the road.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN BUYERS' GUIDE

10. Ford Focus ST

Our pick Ford Focus 2.0T ST-3
Used deals from £12,100
Monthly finance from £219

Affordable fun is what Ford’s third-generation Focus ST hot hatch delivered when new, and the fact that Ford has recently introduced a new Focus means that’s truer than ever on the used market, with more affordable prices for slightly older versions.

Offering high performance and eye-catching looks, as well as a healthy dose of practicality, on the road we reckon the Focus ST offers all an enthusiastic driver could desire. Power comes from a 250hp turbocharged petrol engine, and you get a 0-62mph time of around 6.5 seconds. Roadholding is sublime, especially on a windy British B-road, and the interior with its grippy Recaro sports seats, leather steering wheel and high-performance feel is great fun too.

Both ST-2 and ST-3 versions come with Bluetooth, and Ford’s Sync3 touchscreen media system, but the top spec ST-3 gives you significant extra value with adaptive headlamps that swivel as you turn the steering wheel, cruise control, a reversing camera and electric seat adjustment.

FORD FOCUS BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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