Cars under £6,000

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

BuyaCar team
Apr 16, 2018

Statistics suggest that a new car will lose around 19 per cent of its value within the first year of an owner buying it.

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

A 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 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 Peugeot 308. It cost £17,029 in 2013. Fast forward five years and it costs £5,997 - a massive £11,032 saving.



Dacia Sandero

Best car under £6,000 for utilitarian chic

Our pick Dacia Sandero 0.9 TCe Laureate (2015, 24,000 miles)
Typical price £5,990 Typical monthly repayments £107

The Dacia Sandero recently hit the headlines because of a price increase. The Romanian company is now charging £1,000 more for the cheapest new car in the UK. Previously, the most basic Dacia cost £5,995 from new, but it now costs £6,995.

That means a new car has fallen out of the £6,000 budget. But what can you get for your money?

For £6k you have a lot of choice. We’d recommend the 0.9-litre turbocharged engine in Laureate spec as this is a much newer, and economical than the 1.2-litre engine, and Laureate spec gets you alloy wheels and front electric windows.


Fiat Doblo

Best car under £6,000 for space

Our pick Fiat Doblo 1.4 16V Mylife (2013, 58,000 miles)
Typical price £5,199 Typical monthly repayments £99

Some of you may scoff at this suggestion as the list is supposed to be a limited to cars, and not vans. And yes, the Fiat is van-derived, but it has five seats and windows. That makes it a car in our eyes.

It certainly looks like a van and although that means that it might not be some people’s cup of tea, it is massive inside.

It boasts a 790-litre boot capacity and rear seats that can be removed altogether, which sees boot space rise to a mammoth 3,200 litres. A larger Vauxhall Zafira only has a boot space of 645 litres, while even a brand-new Range Rover can’t compete with that size (2,030 litres with the rear seats flipped up).

Skoda Fabia

Best car under £6,000 for build quality 

Our pick Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI SE (2014, 22,000 miles)
Typical price £5,995 Typical monthly repayments £100

Skoda’s Fabia is largely based on the Volkswagen Polo, a class-leading car. But the Fabia is considerably cheaper to buy from new, and even cheaper on the used market.

£6,000 won’t get you the latest model, but you can get the more powerful 1.2-litre engine (86hp over 70hp). This makes it quicker at accelerating up to motorway speeds and easier to get on with. SE spec will get you air conditioning, alloy wheels, and electric front windows.

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Kia Picanto

Best car under £6,000 for warranty

Our pick Kia Picanto (2016, 22,000 miles)
Typical price £6,000 Typical monthly repayments £108

£6000 gets you an awful lot with a Kia Picanto. Not only is it a decent car in most respects, but if you truly value getting the newest car per pound, there aren’t many as good as the Picanto.

And then there’s the warranty. Kias come with a seven year warranty, meaning that the newer you buy, the longer you have left on the agreement.

For this price, you’ll be looking at a 1.0-litre Picanto, which isn’t the last word in fun driving. 0-62mph is an achingly slow 14.3 seconds - so it’s better as a city car than a true all-rounder.


Smart ForTwo

Best car under £6,000 for the city

Our pick Smart ForTwo Passion (2014, 19,000 miles)
Typical price £5,499 Typical monthly repayments £99

The Smart is the smallest car on the list, and is the easiest to pilot around a busy city. It’s also the most charismatic - it has owners’ clubs around the world and thousands of enthusiasts in the UK alone will meet up to discuss and drive their Smarts together.

At just over 2.5 metres long, the Smart can be parked nose first into parallel spaces - negating the anxiety causing parallel park.

The automatic gearbox will suit urbanites who don’t want to waste muscle power changing gears, although the auto ‘box is dimwitted and slow to react.



Seat Ibiza

Best car under £6,000 for sporty looks

Our pick Seat Ibiza 1.2 TSI FR (2013, 69,000 miles)
Typical price £5,995 Typical monthly repayments £99

Seat refers to its three-door Ibiza as a coupè, despite the fact that it’s clearly a hatchback with an opening boot (the third door). No matter where you stand on the coupè debate though, the Ibiza looks great, and sporting too.

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



Peugeot 308

Best car under £6,000 for motorway miles

Our pick Peugeot 308 1.6 HDI (2013, 48,945 miles)
Typical price £5,997 Typical monthly repayments £115

Most cars in this price range are small and better suited to city and town driving. But what about the motorway mileage munchers out there?

The Peugeot 308 is Volkswagen Golf sized and is an all-together grown up car. For people doing a lot of miles, we’d recommend plumping with diesel. The 1.6HDI can return up to 70mpg (official figures) and is quiet and comfortable on a long trip.

The interior feels cheap though, and some some older cars that have had kids in them will look and feel tired.



Renault Zoe

Best car under £6,000 for electric power 

Our pick Renault Zoe Dynamique (2013, 31,021 miles)
Typical price £4,995 Typical monthly repayments £96

One of the cheapest ways into electric motoring, unsurprisingly, remains cheap on the second hand market too.

The Zoe doesn’t shout about its electric credentials though, the only giveaway is the large bonnet badge that conceals its charging point.

For this kind of money, you’re looking at the less powerful model with a range of about 100 miles - which is still long enough of most people’s commute. And you’ll have to rent the battery separately - which is no bad thing when looking at second hand cars as it means you don't need to fork out for a new one.



Renault Twingo

Best car under £6,000 for fun

Our pick Renault Twingo Dynamique (2013, 31,021 miles)
Typical price £5,999 Typical monthly repayments £103

Renault’s Twingo burst onto the scene in 1993 as a cheap city car, although this era Twingo never made it to the UK. However, the second generation car of 2007 joined us.

But with your £6,000 you’ll be able to afford the third generation car. Its engine is in the rear, meaning there’s more space in side for occupants. It has a turning circle that can match a London Taxi too, great for U-turns and tight mini-roundabouts.  



Ford Fiesta 

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

Our pick Ford Fiesta 1.25 Style (2015, 30,000 miles)
Typical price £5,999 Typical monthly repayments £103

The Ford Fiesta is a regular on most car lists. It’s generally a great all-rounder and throughout the years, has been the best selling car in the UK too.

A new Fiesta has been released, thus bringing down the price of older models. So it’s a good time to buy one. The Fiesta is a great drive, and is commended for its fun driving style. It’s comfortable too, and with a 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.


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