Best used cars for under £7,000

Got a budget for cheap used car? Bargains don't have to be boring: check out these used cars for under £7,000

BuyaCar team
Aug 19, 2020

Looking for a cheap car? A budget of £7,000 will get you what you need. In fact, we're willing to bet you don't need to spend any more than that to find the car you need.

Here at BuyaCar we love a bargain, but more than that we love helping you to stretch your money as far as it will go. Used cars are almost always going to represent decent value for money, so if you go about your search in the right way, you'll find yourself driving around in a car that vastly outstrips what you paid for it.

To get you started, we've put together this list of our favourites that all come in at less than £7,000. From zippy and hugely popular hatchbacks to comfortable and spacious saloons, we've got some excellent choices here to help you find the perfect car for your money.

While they may be pretty cheap on the face of it, none of the cars on show here are what you might refer to as 'old bangers', we've only selected the finest examples of models that we think would be worthy of a place on your driveway. There are hundreds of used cars available for you to ponder here on Buyacar, so read on to find out which is best for you.

Best cars for under £7,000

1. Peugeot 308

Used deals from £5,495
Monthly finance from £109

The Peugeot 308 competes with family hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. While it’s not the one we’d choose if you were buying from new with an unlimited budget, it does make for a supreme used car bargain. For under £7,000, a 2014 model, with an economical 1.6-litre diesel engine is well within reach. A similarly specced Golf will set you back at least £8,500.

Save for the fact that the driving position can take some getting used to - Peugeot likes to sit you up nice and high so you can see your dashboard over the top of the smaller-than-normal steering wheel - it more than holds its own against the likes of the Golf and Focus.

The 308 is boosted by a ride that’s smooth and comfortable, and handling that’s pretty fun in the corners, so if you're looking for something that's going to entertain you as well as your passengers this is a strong place to start.

PEUGEOT 308 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £5,965
Monthly finance from £116

The Honda Jazz, although small, is quite the TARDIS. It offers huge amounts of space for both passengers and luggage, competing with much larger alternatives like the Mazda CX-3 or Vauxhall Mokka X.

If you're looking for small SUV-levels of space in a car that is also easy to park, then you needn't look much further. Not to mention the 'magic seats' that fold right down to open up a huge amount of boot space if required, or the reclining front seats that can be positioned to create something similar to a deckchair to chill out in.

There a couple of things to bare in mind though, such as the lack of a diesel option and it's relatively high price up against something like a Nissan Note or Kia Venga.

HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Vauxhall Insignia

Used deals from £5,896
Monthly finance from £112

The Vauxhall Insignia offers a more resonably priced option for the large saloon market. But don't be fooled by the price, it's still comfortable and spacious, as you'd expect from a car of this size.

It's also got plenty of powerful engines available as well, with the 2.0-litre diesel generating ample acceleration and very impressive fuel economy numbers.

It's styling may not have aged particularly well but, as they say, it's what's inside that counts.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Dacia Duster

Used deals from £5,650
Monthly finance from £114

Dacia makes the cheapest car in the UK - the Sandero. At £6,995, it offers the bare minimum, which will appeal to some. The Duster, is a high-riding crossover/4x4 that is aimed at rugged, outdoorsy type people on a budget.

2018 saw the introduction of a new Duster, dragging the prices of these older models down further.

Your £7,000 will stretch to a top-of-the-line Laureate model - with air con, alloy wheels, and, electric windows all round. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is easy to recommend, and it can be had with two or four-wheel-drive.

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Hyundai i30

Used deals from £6,395
Monthly finance from £128

Hyundai have been growing into a more and more desirable brand, and the beginnings of this growth began with the last generation Hyundai i30. With its sharp looks and excellent practicality this is a hatchback you would do well to take notice of.

Practicality is the i30's trump card. With a boot larger than both the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus and plenty of space for five - there is also plenty of desirable tech inside too.

A budget of £7,000 will also get you the 1.6-litre diesel engine that provides plenty of power and excellent fuel economy.

HYUNDAI I30 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Fiat 500

Used deals from £5,699
Monthly finance from £103

It's difficult not to enjoy driving a Fiat 500. It's nothing short of thrilling, but not because of how fast it goes. The fact it's so small just heightens the experience of fun, you can throw it around corners and blast away from traffic lights and it never loses its charm. It's no surprise, therefore, that with every passing year the Fiat 500 becomes more and more popular.

It's success means that there are hundreds of options for you when it comes to choosing a used Fiat 500, and better still, a £7,000 budget will get you an up-to-date 2017 model with very low mileage.

Lounge is the trim to have if you can find one - they are available in this price range - with its touchscreen and DAB radio, while the 1.2 petrol engine is a good, all-round affair offering decent performance and economy.

FIAT 500 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Ford Fiesta

Used deals from £6,800
Monthly finance from £133

The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s best selling car, and as soon as you spend any time with one, you’ll see why. It’s reliable, practical, and fun to drive. For £7,000 you’re spoilt for choice too.

This older-generation Fiesta has stood up well to the tests of time, and while the interior may feel a little aged in comparison to the latest model, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be had with its punchy engines and charismatic handling.

We recommend the feisty little 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine - it's won various awards through its lifetime thanks to its fuel economy and liveliness. In terms of spec, we'd opt for the very well-equipped Titanium trim. It was popular among new buyers, so they’re easy to find, and they’re packed with technology like cruise control, climate control, and automatic headlights while remaining rather simplistic in nature.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Renault Megane

Used deals from £5,991
Monthly finance from £104

Renault's popularity in the UK may have waned in recent years, but the French marque are still producing very fucntional cars. The Megane is one such example that offers a good value alternative to a Volkswagen Golf.

Although it doesnt possess the kind of quality you'd find in its German rivals, the Renault does have a capable 1.6-litre diesel engine, and the Dynamique Nav models available within this £7,000 price range offer decent levels of kit including cruise control and bluetooth. It looks good too, offering a breath of fresh air from its otherwise rather mundane rivals.

RENAULT BUYERS' GUIDES

9. DS 3

Used deals from £5,995
Monthly finance from £98

You might identify this as a Citroen, because when it first went on sale in 2010 it was called the Citroen DS3. But the car was so popular, Citroen turned DS into an entirely separate sub-brand. This means that later cars are referred to as just the DS 3.

It sells itself on its customisation, and has plenty of options from new. Inside the materials are soft and plush, and are much more upmarket than many people would expect.

DS 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

10. Citroen C4 Cactus

Used deals from £6,248
Monthly finance from £125

Quirky, yet sensible family machinery is pretty scarce on the used market. Luckily, the C4 Cactus is one of the quirkiest cars out there, plus, comes in at under £7,000.

The first thing you’ll clock are those protective rubber body panels, called Airbumps. These protect against car park bumps and scrapes.

It’s comfortable too, with soft suspension that makes it glide over Britain’s poorly surfaced roads. And while it won’t raise the hair on the back of your neck, its engines bring excellent efficiency. Expect around 45mpg from the 1.2-litre petrol engine, and over 60mpg from the 1.6-litre diesel.

CITROEN C4 BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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