Britain's cheapest new cars 2019

A brand new car for less than some TV subscriptions? Yes, these are Britain's cheapest new cars

BuyaCar team
Aug 30, 2019

For £90 per month, you could get yourself a TV package with a couple of sport or films bundled in. Or you could drive away in a brand new car - if you can put down a reasonable deposit, that is.

Motoring might sound expensive, but if you're looking for basic, no-frills transport, then there are still plenty of options that will cost you no more per month than the price of a weekly takeaway habit. There are more than a dozen new cars available for less than £10,000 - even before any additional savings. We've listed the cheapest 10 based on their official price, but new car discounts can cut the cost even further, while some finance offers reduce monthly payments to less than £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 those who do lower mileages rather than people planning to trawl up and down the motorway all day, every day.

If you want more for your money and greater choice, then there are more than a thousand used and nearly new cars available for less than £6,000. But if a low-cost, brand new car appeals, than take a look below at the cheapest that you can buy. Some models are more basic than others, so make sure to check what comes as standard in any sub-£10,000 car, as promo pictures often include lots of optional extras or show pricier models.

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Cheapest new cars 2019


Cheapest new cars 2019

1. Dacia Sandero (from £6,995 new)

Latest Dacia Sandero deals from £4,399
Monthly finance from £78

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 with price hikes.

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 have to wind up the windows front and back yourself, as electric windows aren't included.

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 and stylish.

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, too. The Dacia Sandero Essential does have air-conditioning, a digital radio and Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly, but it also costs from £7,995 before discounts. Despite the higher price, this model offers much greater value to most buyers than the basic Access version. And if you can't stretch to that, we'd recommend a used Essential or Ambiance model rather than a new Access one.

Dacia Sandero buyers' guide

2. Dacia Logan MCV (from £8,495)

Latest Dacia Logan MCV deals from £5,795
Monthly finance from £104

The Dacia 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 - despite the cheapest Golf being two-and-a-half times more expensive than the basic Logan. Fold the seats down and the Logan's boot 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 £9,495 Logan Essential or opting for a used Logan Ambiance, both of which do offer a digital radio.

Dacia Logan MCV buyers' guide

3. Skoda Citigo 3dr (from £8,890)

Latest Skoda Citigo deals from £4,490
Monthly finance from £77

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 £8,890 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 making them even better value.

Skoda Citigo buyers' guide

4. Suzuki Celerio (from £8,999)

Latest Suzuki Celerio deals from £4,500
Monthly finance from £78

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. Suzuki itself is currently offering a £1,000 discount that cuts the price to a much more appealing £7,999, but you'll still be paying more than the Dacia Sandero above will cost you 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.

Suzuki Celerio buyers' guide

5. Hyundai i10 (from £9,200)

Latest Hyundai i10 deals from £4,490
Monthly finance from £77

The key here is not that Hyundai has made a cheap small car, but the fact that it's made one of the best that you can buy - for an extremely low price.

The i10 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 buyers' guide

6. Toyota Aygo (from £9,295)

Latest Toyota Aygo deals from £4,990
Monthly finance from £79

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 buyers' guide

7. Citroen C1 / Peugeot 108 (from £9,450/£9,504)

Latest Citroen C1 deals from £4,100
Monthly finance from £72

Latest Peugeot 108 deals from £4,100
Monthly finance from £72

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.

Citroen C1 buyers' guide
Peugeot 108 buyers' guide

8. 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.

MG 3 buyers' guide

9. Kia Picanto (from £9,720)

Latest Kia Picanto deals from £4,490
Monthly finance from £86

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 buyers' guide

10. Volkswagen Up (from £9,825)

Latest Volkswagen Up deals from £4,995
Monthly finance from £91

The little Up 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 other cars on this list too.

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 £10,225.

VW Up buyers' guide

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