Britain's cheapest new cars 2018

A brand new motor for the price of a TV subscription: these are Britain's cheapest new cars

BuyaCar team
Jul 4, 2018

For £90 a month, you could have a TV package with every sport and film option. Or you could drive away in a brand new car.

Motoring might be expensive but if you're looking for basic, no-frills transport, then there are still plenty of options for the price of a weekly takeaway. You can buy more than a dozen new cars for under £10,000 a month. We've listed the cheapest ten based on their official price but new car discounts can cut the cost even further, while some finance offers reduce monthly payments to under £100.

Brand new cars in the price range normally require some sort of compromise - particularly when it comes to specification. In most - but not all - cases, you'll have to pay more for equipment such as air conditioning, Bluetooth, for connecting a mobile phone wirelessly, and even remote central locking in some cases. All are powered by petrol engines, which are usually best-suited to lower city speeds.

If you want more for your money and greater choice, then there are more than a thousand used and nearly new cars available for under £6,000. But if a low-cost brand new car appeals, than take a look below at the cheapest that you can buy. The pictures don't always show the least-expensive model in the range, so check what's included in the price before you buy.

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Cheapest new cars 2018

1. Dacia Sandero (from £6,995 new)

Britain's cheapest car has recently become more expensive. Previously, it was £5,995 but Dacia has added a grand to that price, but you'll be pleased to read that it still retains the title. If you want the cheapest car in Britain at the lowest price, then there are a few things that you’ll have to live without. A radio, for example; air conditioning; and you'll be winding up the windows in the back and front.

It might be a rock-bottom price for a brand new car, but most drivers are likely to find it a compromise too far, especially when £6,995 can usually buy you a year-old Hyundai i10 or Fiat Panda, both of which come considerably better-equipped and feel more sophisticated.

But in truth, the basic Sandero is a marketing gimmick. Most Dacia buyers avoid the car in favour of higher-specification cars, which have crept up in price: the Dacia Sandero Ambiance does have air conditioning, a digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly, but costs from £7,795 before discounts.
Read the Dacia Sandero buying guide

2. Suzuki Celerio (from £7,999)

Suzuki's little Celerio used to rival the Dacia Sandero for cost, but a series of price increases has now brought the entry-level car to within a whisker of £8,000. However it has recently moved up to second place on this list, following the price increase on the Dacia Logan. New car discounts will cut the price further by a few hundred pounds, but the real bargains are in the used market, where two-year-old Celerios start at just £5,000. 

The car is smaller than the Sandero, but even the cheapest Celerio has a digital radio, electric front windows and height adjustment for the driver’s seat.

It's little taller than most city cars of its size, so the Celerio offers a good view of the road but does lean noticeably in corners. This isn’t a car to be hurried along, though - the engine hasn’t got the power. Instead, it’s best for making steady progress in town where the Celerio’s compact size makes parking simple.

3. Dacia Logan MCV (from £8,495)

Dacia’s Sandero might be Britain’s cheapest car, but it’s the Logan which is arguably the best value. With the rear seats up, the Dacia estate car has a 573-litre boot that’s virtually as big as the one in the Volkswagen Golf estate. Fold the seats down and the capacity more than doubles.

In the front, the interior is virtually identical to the Sandero, including its spartan specification (there’s no radio in the cheapest model here either). So you’ll realistically be looking at the £9,295 Logan Ambiance, which does offer a digital radio.

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4. MG3 (from £8,695)

No new car costing less than £9,000 is as fun to drive as the MG3, which springs energetically from one corner to another on rural roads. You’ll have to put up with a firm, bumpy ride and an engine that lacks performance, though, so many buyers will be better off opting for a cheap used hot hatchback.

Standard equipment is also fairly basic on the entry-level, £8,695 MG3, which lacks Bluetooth, air conditioning and remote central locking - but does have front and rear electric windows.

5. Skoda Citigo 3dr (from £8,860)

Skoda has made some minor updates to the Citigo, but the cheapest one only really benefits from some small design changes. That’s not a bad thing, as the car has got the basics right since it first went on sale in 2013.

Its mechanical parts have been tightly crammed underneath the bonnet, leaving space for four adults to get comfortable inside. On the road, it’s even more stable and comfortable than the Hyundai i10, with a nimble feel that makes it fun to drive.

You’ll just have to ignore the lack of standard equipment. The starting price of £8,860 only gets you a three-door S specification car that lacks air-conditioning and Bluetooth. For an extra £1,275, SE models add both of these, plus a smartphone holder, which makes it easy to use your phone as a sat-nav. Used Citigos start at less than £5,000.
Read the Skoda Citigo buying guide

6. Hyundai i10 (from £9,095)

It’s not just that Hyundai have made a cheap small car, but the fact that they’ve made one of the best that you can buy - for an extremely low price.

The car can accommodate four adults who’ll be fairly comfortable for short journeys, and it’s stable at higher speeds, so you won’t feel as if you’re about to be blown across the carriageway when you overtake lorries.

The cheapest model in S trim lacks air conditioning and Bluetooth, but does come with a radio, electric windows and a class-leading five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Even if it fell apart the day after the warranty expired, it would have cost just £1,819 each year from new.
Read the Hyundai i10 buying guide

7. Citroen C1 / Peugeot 108 (from £9,125)

Just £125 separates these two city cars from the Toyota Aygo, which uses the same mechanical parts and interior design but that's a reasonable amount at this low price level; it represents the Aygo’s first-year road tax.

And with a three year warranty instead of the five available with the Aygo, it might seem senseless to choose the C1 or 108, particularly as all three cars have a similar level of equipment including front electric windows and a USB socket. The cheapest version of each comes with three doors - five-door models cost more.

However, the front design of the cars varies considerably, which is likely to make one more appealing than the others. The C1 and 108 are also available with Peugeot and Citroen's Just Add Fuel deal, which rolls finance, insurance, tax and servicing costs into one monthly payment. Depending on the offers available, it's worth comparing new car discounts, which could make any of these the cheapest option.

8. Toyota Aygo (from £9,295)

Underneath the metal, Toyota's Aygo is virtually identical to the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 (below), but it's just a fraction cheaper and also comes with a five-year warranty, compared with the three years offered by the other two.

It's still not as good value as the cheapest Hyundai i10 though, which comes with five doors. The basic Aygo only has three and you'll need to pay more if you want two doors for rear seat passengers.

At this price, the Aygo lacks Bluetooth, air conditioning and alloy wheels but does have USB and aux-in capabilities front electric windows and remote central locking.
Read the Toyota Aygo buying guide 

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9. Volkswagen up! (from £9,325)

Like the cars above, Volkswagen’s up! also shares its mechanical parts with other city cars; in this case, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo. That means it shares the generous space, comfortable ride and solid feel of the other two.

With a Volkswagen badge on its bonnet, the company can charge more for the up! than the Citigo (although it’s likely to be worth a little bit more after three years of ownership, which will reduce the price difference).

At the lowest price point, the car has the usual steel wheels, driver’s seat height adjustment, Isofix child-seat mountings, electric front windows and a one-piece folding back seat.
Read the VW up! buying guide

10.Fiat Panda (from £9,510)

Fiat’s Punto has just left this list following a price range. And it’s been replaced with the super-cute Panda. Much like the Punto, it feels a bit outdated, mostly because it is.

This era of Punto has been with us since 2012, but it’s still a solid choice as a cheap car. The cheapest models don’t come with a whole lot of equipment as standard, but generally, there’s a lot of space and it even has 14 storage cubbyholes.

Tougher four-wheel-drive variants, called the 4x4 and Cross can also be specified, but not at this price.
Fiat Panda buying guide

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