Cheap cars with Bluetooth

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

Chris Rosamond
Jan 7, 2022
Ford Focus ST front three quarters view

It’s hard to imagine a time when we had to resort to tape decks and CD players in cars to listen to our own music or just make do with the radio. With most new smartphones now even ditching the headphone jack, Bluetooth in-car connectivity really is a necessity if you want to listen to your own tunes and more while you drive.

Cars with Bluetooth capability first emerged in the early noughties and revolutionised in-car entertainment and communication, adding an extra layer of safety and convenience with their hands-free capabilities.

Nowadays Bluetooth is so commonplace that many manufacturers are finding it increasingly more difficult to justify charging extra to include it. Most cars come with it as standard in all but the most basic models in order to stay competitive with their rivals.

With that said, the key things to keep in mind when looking for a Bluetooth-equipped car are which models, and importantly, which trim levels include it. There are, of course, many aftermarket Bluetooth gadgets you can buy, but for peace of mind and a seamless bluetooth experience, a car with factory-fitted Bluetooth is the best choice.

The cheapest cars are often those which do not come with Bluetooth connectivity, but we’ve compiled a useful list of the best cheap used cars you can buy which do come with Bluetooth from the factory. These are just a few of the options available, so for more affordable Bluetooth-enabled cars, you can use the BuyaCar search tool to find one for all budgets.

Cheap cars with Bluetooth

1. Suzuki Ignis

Our pick Suzuki Ignis SZ-T
Used deals Limited stock

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 split-fold sliding rear seat, a 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 alternatives 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.


2. DS 3

Our pick DS 3 Connected Chic
Used deals Limited stock

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.


3. Nissan Juke

Our pick Nissan Juke N-Connecta
Used deals from £7,971
Monthly finance from £0*

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 of the Juke 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.


4. Skoda Fabia

Our pick Skoda Fabia SE
Used deals from £8,490
Monthly finance from £0*

There are cheaper versions of the Skoda Fabia 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.


5. Kia Sportage

Our pick Kia Sportage '1'
Used deals Limited stock

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.


6. Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall Grandland X

Our pick Vauxhall Grandland X SE
Used deals from £12,600
Monthly finance from £0*

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.


7. Hyundai Ioniq

Our pick Hyundai Ioniq Premium
Used deals from £15,999
Monthly finance from £0*

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 over 60mpg, with cleaner tailpipe emissions than you’d expect from a similarly frugal diesel.


8. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDi Active
Used deals Limited stock

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.


9. Volkswagen Tiguan

Our pick Volkswagen Tiguan SEL
Used deals from £18,500
Monthly finance from £0*

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.


10. Ford Focus ST

Our pick Ford Focus 2.0T ST-3
Used deals Limited stock

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.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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