Britain's cheapest new cars 2019

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

BuyaCar team
Jan 15, 2019

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, each costing less than £10,000 even before any additional savings. 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. You may have to pay more for air conditioning, Bluetooth, for connecting a mobile phone wirelessly, and even remote central locking in some cases. All cars below 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 2019

1. Dacia Sandero (from £6,995 new)

Britain's cheapest car increased in price by £1,000 last year, but remains the least-expensive car on the market after competitors followed suit.

If you forget that the car was once £5,995, then its current price of £6,995 seems eminently reasonable for a brand new Ford Fiesta-sized model, even if you'll need to live without some items that come as standard on most other models - such as a radio and air conditioning. You'll also 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, It costs from £7,795 before discounts, with used versions even cheaper.
Dacia Sandero buying guide

2. 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.

3. Skoda Citigo 3dr (from £8,885)

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 £8,885 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.
Skoda Citigo buying guide

4. Suzuki Celerio (from £8,999)

Suzuki's little Celerio used to be a threat to the Dacia Sandero's title as Britain's cheapest car but a series of price increases has brought the entry-level car to within a whisker of £9,000. New car discounts will cut the price further by a few hundred pounds, but you'll still be paying more than the Dacias above for a much smaller car. The real bargains are in the used market, where three-year-old Celerios start at just £5,000. 

Admittedly, even the cheapest Celerio SZ2 includes a digital radio, electric front windows and height adjustment for the driver’s seat as standard. 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.

5. Hyundai i10 (from £9,195)

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.
Hyundai i10 buying guide

6. 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 X 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.
Toyota Aygo buying guide

7. Volkswagen up! (from £9,325)

Volkswagen has dropped the price of the up! in 2019, and it's now looking excellent value for money. It shares its mechanical parts with other city cars; in this case, the Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo. That means it has the generous space, comfortable ride and solid feel of the other two. For buyers who are looking for compact dimensions, reasonable rear space and excellent build quality, it will probably be a better choice than any of the cars below on the list.

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 means finance payments are little different).

At the lowest price point, the car has the usual steel wheels (not the alloy wheels pictured above), driver’s seat height adjustment, Isofix child-seat mountings, electric front windows and a one-piece folding back seat. The three-door car is cheapest; five-door models start at £9,725.
VW up! buying guide

8. Citroen C1 / Peugeot 108 (from £9,450)

The Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 share the same mechanical parts as the Toyota Aygo above, but have a list price that's £155 more expensive.

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.

9. MG3 (from £9,495)

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, £9,495 MG3 Explore, which lacks Bluetooth, air conditioning and remote central locking - but does have front and rear electric windows.

10. Kia Picanto (from £9,720)

Every Kia Picanto comes with a seven-year warranty. So if you keep it for that long - without the worry of major repair bills - the list price works out at just £1,389 per year, which is excellent value. In reality, it'll probably still be worth a reasonable amount, which will reduce the cost further.

Fuel costs shouldn't be enormous either, as the engines are reasonably economical - that said, the cheapest 1-litre engine isn't particularly powerful, so you'll need to rev it to make swift progress, which increases fuel consumption.

In entry-level 1 specification, you'll have steel wheels and no air conditioning, but the front windows are electric. Equipment might be sparse, but it feels well-built.
Kia Picanto buying guide

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