Best used cars under £6,000

Cars under £6,000 don't get much better than these

Simon Ostler James Wilson
Aug 23, 2019

Statistics suggest that a new car will lose around 19 per cent of its value in its first year.

In fact, research from experts at CAP Automotive says that depreciation should be a bigger concern than fuel economy for car buyers.

A new medium-sized family car (think Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra) will have lost around £12,559 in value within three years. But the car’s fuel cost would have only been around £4,000 over the three years, assuming it covered 12,000 miles a year.

In other words, depreciation is a major influence in the car market. And the good news is that cars costing £6,000 have already done most of their depreciating.

The most expensive car from new on the list is the Citroen C3 Picasso. It cost £17,995 new in 2015. Flash forward a few years and it now costs around £6,000 – saving you a massive £11,995.



1. Ford Fiesta 

Best car under £6,000 for all-round ability 

Latest Ford Fiesta deals from £5,200
Monthly finance from £98

The Ford Fiesta has been a common sight on UK roads for decades, and is perennially the best-selling car in the UK. Pound for pound, a new Fiesta is one of the best cars available and for the most part, that holds true on the secondhand market as well. 

A new generation Fiesta was released in 2018, further dragging prices for older models (pictured) down. The Fiesta is a great drive, partly thanks to its fun driving style and ability to cruise happily on the motorway - plus there is a good selection of petrol and diesel engines.

It’s not the biggest in class though. The Vauxhall Corsa and Citroen C3 offer more passenger and boot space.

Ford Fiesta buyers' guide

2. Hyundai i20

Latest Hyundai i20 deals from £4,295
Monthly finance from £83

There are a handful of small hatchbacks in this list, and although the Ford Fiesta is top of the class, alternatives like the Hyundai i20 are well worth a look. For less than £7,000 you could get a nicely equipped SE trim model with a 1.2-litre pettrol engine. 

You get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 326-litre boot - which matches the Fiesta - and plenty of room for three adults in the back of 5-door models.

Hyundai i20 buyers' guide

3. Vauxhall Astra

Latest Vauxhall Astra deals from £5,950
Monthly finance from £107

Vauxhall isn’t typically seen as the most glamorous or luxurious car marque. But for £6,000, do you care about glamour or luxury? For years Vauxhall has been making solid (albeit at times boring) cars that will get you, your kids and a boot full of shopping from A to B in relative comfort.

Both petrol and diesel Astras are available in this price range, but diesels are much more common. The Astra was updated in 2015, so for under £6,000 you will likely be looking at a last of the previous generation – although prices for the newest shape are not far behind.

The Astra houses a useful 351 litres of boot space and enough room for five occupants. Go for an Excite model car and you’ll be rewarded with cruise control and air conditioning.

Vauxhall Astra buyers' guide


4. Seat Ibiza

Latest Seat Ibiza deals from £5,500
Monthly finance from £94

Confusingly, Seat refers to its three-door Ibiza as a coupè, despite quite clearly being a hatchback. Strange nomenclature aside, the previous generation Ibiza is a cracking looking car thanks to a subtle yet sporty look.

The £6,000 budget gives you a wide selection of options, but won’t get you the sportiest Ibiza. However, you can just about get the keys for a 1.2 TSI with 105hp and a 0-62mph time of 9.5 seconds. FR spec throws in sporty-looking alloy wheels too.

Seat Ibiza buyers' guide

5. Nissan Note

Latest Nissan Note deals from £5,500
Monthly finance from £98

Not particularly flash, nor anywhere near as exciting as the Fiesta, the Nissan Note present a very different option. The first thing you notice is just how much room the is inside. The roof is high, the boot is large, and with the possibility of adjusting the seats to provid emore legroom, it's very clear the Note is designed as a car for everyone, not just the driver.

It's also incredibly good value for money. It's genuine rivals are the Kia Venga and Honda Jazz, and this comes in much cheaper than both, without sacrificing an awful lot.

For £7,000 you'll be getting air-conditioning, cruise control, bluetooth conectivity and alloy wheels, you can't ask much more than that. 

Nissan Note buyers' guide


6. Peugeot 208

Latest Peugeot 208 deals from £4,950
Monthly finance from £91

Another small hatchback, and another direct rival to the Ford Fiesta. Within this price range, the Peugeot 208 brings a great deal of choice.

You'll most likely be looking at Allure spec models, as these are the best equipped, but there is also a great selection of petrol and diesel models in a variey of sizes, meaning you're likely to be able to find an exact model to suit your needs, whether that's greater economy or a bit more power.

If you're very particular about your cars, then you will definitely get what you want with a 208.

Peugeot 208 buyers' guide


7. Citroen C3 Picasso 

Latest Citroen C3 Picasso deals from £4,995
Finance from £95 per month

You can’t buy a new Citroen C3 Picasso, as they are now sold under the moniker of ‘Spacetourers’. That doesn’t change the fact that for £6,000 you can buy a Picasso second-hand and get an incredibly practical, incredibly cheap MPV.

It has funky styling inside and out, and petrol and diesel models are on offer. Pick the right model and you will be treated to niceties such as heated seats, cruise control and air conditioning – with VTR Plus being one of the sweeter spots in the range.

Citroen C3 Picasso buyers' guide


8. Renault Clio

Latest Renault Clio deals from £4,995
Monthly finance from £86

One thing Renault has got right in recent times is it's styling. The Clio, espeically, is a very nice looking little hatcback, but it's qualities do not end there. The interior is also extremely well put toether, and it will always feel special when you're sat inside.

There isn't a huge selection on offer within this price range, and you will be mostly restricted to lower spec models with limited equipment and less powerful engines. But stretch yourself just beyond £6,000 and Dynamique Nav models will become available, with a whole lot more kit squeezed inside.

Renault Clio buyers' guide

9. Dacia Logan

Latest Dacia Logan deals from £5,195
Monthly finance from £92

Dacia is best-known for making the cheapest new car for sale in the UK - the Sandero. The Logan is similar mechanically, but is an estate, rather than a hatchback. This means it has an impressive 573 litres of boot space - enough room for wellies, dogs, and any misbehaving in-laws and/or children.

Our £6,000 budget will get your an entry-level Ambiance model – perfect if you aren’t bothered about frivolities like air conditioning or electric windows.They do at least come with a CD player and remote locking.

Dacia Logan buyers' guide


10. Skoda Fabia

Latest Skoda Fabia deals from £5,999
Monthly finance from £105

Another stylish hatchback, but the Skoda Fabia represents much better value for money than the Renault Clio. Even though you are again restricted to base level models for less than £6,000 you get a whole lot more kit as standard with a bigger boot and an arguably more exciting drive, even if the base spec engine is a little lacklustre. 

We think the Fabia is a very underated car that would be well worth the investment. It's also worth noting that Skoda tends to offer better value finance deals than most rivals, meaning a car you might not be able to afford the cash price for might well be more affordable via a longer term finance agreement.

Skoda Fabia buyers' guide


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