Best used cars under £6,000

Even with used car prices at an all-time high, there's plenty of choice for a £6,000 budget. Pick one of these for maximum value for money

Simon Ostler James Wilson
Feb 16, 2022

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; while Personal Contract Plan (PCP) deals are generally reserved for newer models, Hire Purchase (HP) options are widely available to spread the entire cost of the car with a little interest. 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

Used deals from £7,714
Monthly finance from £0*

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 2017, 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. If you can, opt for a high-spec Titanium trim which comes with all the bells and whistles. The cheapest of these is currently £8,250 on BuyaCar.

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


2. Hyundai i20

Used deals from £8,000
Monthly finance from £0*

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 £6,000 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.

In this price range, you may be able to afford the model that sold from 2015-2020, but there may also be some older models available. It's worth checking out the Kia Rio, too, which is built with some of the same mechanical parts as the i20. Find these on BuyaCar from £6,700.


3. Vauxhall Astra

Used deals from £7,500
Monthly finance from £0*

Vauxhall isn’t typically seen as the most glamorous or luxurious car brand. But for £6,000, do you need 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 around £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.


4. Seat Ibiza

Used deals from £7,795
Monthly finance from £0*

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; go for a smaller 1.2-litre petrol engine over the older 1.4-litre unit and you'll get more power and cheaper running costs. FR spec models (pictured above) throw in sporty-looking alloy wheels, too.


5. Nissan Note

Used deals from £6,494
Monthly finance from £0*

Not particularly flash, nor anywhere near as exciting as the Fiesta, the Nissan Note presents 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 provide more 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 rivals are the Kia Venga (from £9,989) and Honda Jazz (from £8,950), and this typically 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. The efficient 1.5-litre diesel engine is tried and tested too - it's one that's used in many Nissan and Renault cars.


6. Peugeot 208

Used deals from £8,007
Monthly finance from £0*

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 should be able to get what you want with a 208.


7. Toyota Aygo

Used deals from £6,999
Monthly finance from £0*

BuyaCar has examples of the latest generation Toyota Aygo, which is built alongside the Citroen C1 (from £6,495 on Buyacar) and Peugeot 108 (from £5,790), which means they share many of the same mechanical parts. The 1.0-litre engine isn't the most efficient, but it suits this car.

Spend just a little bit more, and you might be able to get a post-2018 model with some updated styling, and efficiency upgrades to the petrol engine. Mid-spec X-Play models are aplenty, but look out for higher spec X-Press and X-Style models for the best value for your money.


8. Renault Clio

Used deals Limited stock

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.

What's more, the new version introduced in 2019 looks very similar to the outgoing model, so even older cars will still look fresh for a fraction of the price.


9. Fiat 500

Used deals from £6,750
Monthly finance from £0*

The appeal of the Fiat 500 is a strong one, and there's plenty of options on BuyaCar to be able to find the right one for you. The 1.2-litre petrol engine will probably suit most people better than the 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol option; this only has two cylinders rather than the three or four that you'd normally find in small hatchbacks, which means you'll probably have to work it harder to pick up any pace.

For a £6,000 budget, you can find versions of the 500 that were made after their mid-life refresh; these have improved technology and safety equipment. You can tell them apart by their 'hollow' tail lights.

Later models, which are much more than this budget, run a mild hybrid setup, while the newest model is electric only.


10. Skoda Fabia

Used deals from £6,250
Monthly finance from £0*

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. 

Avoid the 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine and instead go for the more powerful 1.2-litre TSI petrol option - it will be a worthwhile investment.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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