Britain's cheapest new cars 2020

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

BuyaCar team
Jan 30, 2020

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

Car ownership 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. 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 list prices, but new car discounts can cut the cost even further, while instead opting for a finance deal can make things even more affordable.

Brand new cars in this low-end price range normally require some sort of compromise - particularly when it comes to specification. You may have to pay more for air-conditioningBluetooth and even remote central locking in some cases. It's also worth noting that all the cars listed 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.

You don't even have to get a brand-new car. If you want to get more for your money and greater choice, then there are plenty of other options available to you on the used car market, including here on BuyaCar. But if a low-cost, brand new car appeals to you, than take a look below at the cheapest models you can buy. 

Cheapest new cars 2020

1. Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero list price from £6,995
Used deals from £4,290
Monthly finance from £84

At £6,995, the Dacia Sandero seems like an eminently reasonable option 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

Dacia Logan MCV list price from £8,495
Used deals from £4,995
Monthly finance from £101

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

Skoda Citigo list price from £8,890
Used deals from £4,299
Monthly finance from £88

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. MG3

MG3 list price from £9,495
Used deals from £5,995
Monthly finance from £115

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.

MG3 buyers' guide

5. Toyota Aygo

Toyota Aygo list price from £9,825
Used deals from £4,279
Monthly finance from £87

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

6. Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 list price from £9,900
Used deals from £4,990
Monthly finance from £91

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

7. Kia Picanto

Kia Picanto list price from £10,045
Used deals from £4,250
Monthly finance from £87

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

8. Volkswagen Up

VW Up list price from £10,140
Used deals from £4,799
Monthly finance from £92

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

9. Citroen C1

Citroen C1 list price £10,470
Used deals from £4,795
Monthly finance from £84

The Citroen C1 is the second member of the tech-sharing Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo family, yet it comes in at £645 more than the Aygo, but £1,795 less than the 108. That's a big difference when you take into account the relative similarity between the three.

The C1 closely resembles the 108 in terms of shape, the 108 is 9mm longer, but they offer near identical interiors and boot space. Engine choice is the same too, with a 1.0-litre, 72hp petrol the only option across both ranges.

In fact, the only thing setting these two apart, and the only possible reason for the difference in price, is the equipment offered with the newer 108 at entry level which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Citroen C1 buyers' guide

10. Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108 list price £12,265
Used deals from £4,795
Monthly finance from £84

The Peugeot 108 shares the same mechanical parts as the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo above, but it is much more expensive due to having been more recently updated.

Other differences come in the shape of warranty. The 108 comes with a three-year warranty instead of the five years available with the Aygo, but both 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 108 is also available with Peugeot'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.

Peugeot 108 buyers' guide

 

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