Best used cars under £6,000

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

Simon Ostler James Wilson
Sep 15, 2020

Are you the kind of car buyer who gets enthused by some pretty serious bargains? This list is probably going to excite you because we've pulled together 10 used cars that offer significant value for money at a very affordable price.

From the most popular car in Britain - the Ford Fiesta - to a more left-field option like the Nissan Note, there is a great selection of cars here that we're sure will cater to your every want and need.

The good news is that buying a car for as little as £6,000 means the issue of depreciation is not going to be much to worry about if you ever decide to sell up. This really is a win-win situation.

We'd also recommend you consider the merits of a used car finance deal. You could find yourself saving money on hundreds of models on BuyaCar, including those on this list, by opting for a PCP finance deal instead of an outright cash purchase, especially if you're realistically going to want another change in a few years' time. Read on for our selection for 10 great used cars you can buy for less than £6,000.

Best used cars for under £6,000

1. Ford Fiesta

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

Used deals from £5,290
Monthly finance from £107

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 used car 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

Used deals from £4,295
Monthly finance from £87

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 petrol engine.

In terms of in-car tech you'll be well catered for. The Hyundai i20 comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, while it also features a very usable 326-litre boot (the same as the Fiesta) and plenty of room in the back seats - especially with the five-door model.

HYUNDAI I20 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Vauxhall Astra

Used deals from £5,000
Monthly finance from £93

Vauxhall isn’t typically seen as the most glamorous or luxurious car brand. But for £6,000, do you care about glamour or luxury? For years Vauxhall has been making solid (albeit often 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 a late model from the previous generation – although prices for the newest shape are not hugely more expensive.

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

VAUXHALL ASTRA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Seat Ibiza

Used deals from £4,790
Monthly finance from £97

Confusingly, Seat refers to its three-door Ibiza as a coupe, despite quite clearly being a hatchback. That aside, the previous generation Ibiza is a cracking looking car thanks to a subtle yet sporty look - and you never thought you'd be able to tell your friends you'd bought a coupe for £6,000

The £6,000 budget gives you a wide selection of options, it won’t quite get you the sportiest Ibiza on the market, but you can just about get the keys for a 1.2-litre petrol engine 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

Used deals from £5,251
Monthly finance from £106

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. Its genuine rivals are the Kia Venga and Honda Jazz, and this comes in much cheaper than both, without sacrificing an awful lot.

For £6,000 you'll be getting air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and alloy wheels, you can't ask much more than that.

NISSAN NOTE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Peugeot 208

Used deals from £4,890
Monthly finance from £93

Another small hatchback, and another direct rival to the Ford Fiesta. Even at this price point, the previous-generation Peugeot 208 still manages to offer 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 variety 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

Used deals from £4,995
Monthly finance from £101

You can’t buy a new Citroen C3 Picasso anymore, 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 people carrier.

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

Used deals from £5,499
Monthly finance from £106

One thing Renault has got right in recent times is its styling. The previous-generation Clio, especially, is a very nice looking little hatchback, but its qualities do not end there. The interior is also extremely well put together, 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

Used deals from £5,755
Monthly finance from £108

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

Used deals from £4,591
Monthly finance from £93

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 underrated 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, so it's likely you could find a Fabia with more tech and a better engine for a more affordable monthly price than if you were to pay cash.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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