Cars under £7,000

Bargains don't have to be boring: check out these cars for under £7,000

Murray Scullion
Jun 12, 2018

We live in a time where house prices are historically high, pints of beer in London are getting towards the £6 mark, and handbags can set you back tens of thousands of pounds.

But isn’t it refreshing to know that in Britain, we have some of the cheapest used cars in Europe. £7,000 is plenty of money to bag yourself a great family car, something to power down the motorway in, or even something with some off-road credentials.

So if you’ve got £7,000 saved up for a car, take a look at our list and revel in the value for money. And remember, if you can’t find anything you like for under £7,000, try increasing the budget by just a few hundred pounds. This will allow a few more cars into your search, but will only have a slight impact on monthly payments.

Seat Toledo

Best car under £7,000 for motorway mileage 

Our pick Seat Toledo 1.6TDI (2014, 39,000 miles)
Typical price £7,000 Representative finance £143 per month

If you’re the sort of person who ranks functionality over form, and does a lot of motorway miles, the Seat Toledo could be your perfect match.

Although it’s often criticised for being blander than a cucumber sandwich, the Toledo is a well-built, economical, and comfortable way of soaking up the miles. Better yet, for £7,000 you can get yourself a 1.6TDI with a official fuel rating of 70.6mpg. Even in real world testing it’ll crack more than 50mpg.

Mini 

Best car under £7,000 for the fashion conscious

Our pick Mini Hatchback 1.6 One (2014, 57,000 miles)
Typical price £6,990 Representative finance £117 per month

Minis are wonderful cars to drive, and own. Having one perched outside of your home ready for the commute to work is enough to warm your heart, even on the dreariest of days.

For sub-£7k you’re looking at a fairly low-spec car, not that it matters. All Mini Hatchbacks look chic, and are inherently fun to drive.

Vauxhall Zafira

Best car under £7,000 for growing families

Our pick Vauxhall Zafira ecoFlex Design (2013,48,000 miles)
Typical price £6,900 Representative finance £132

Seven-seaters are endlessly helpful. They load kids, dogs, sports equipment, and pretty much anything else with aplomb, but they're much better to own than something van-derived because by and large, they drive like a normal car.

The Vauxhall Zafira is one of the best-selling and most freely available on the used market. If you’re regularly moving lots of things around, we’d recommend a diesel to keep costs down.

Volkswagen Polo

Best car under £7,000 for German build quality

Our pick Volkswagen Polo Match (2014, 40,000 miles)
Typical price £7,000 Representative finance £118 per month

The Volkswagen Polo is a very grown up-feeling hatchback, and despite being due for replacement at the end of this year, it’s still class-leading.

Put this down to the build quality, and the fact that it feels like little brother of the excellent Volkswagen Golf. Inside, it continues to be grown up with features like Bluetooth and digital radio. It’s worth going for a diesel if you cover more than 12,000 miles a year.
Volkswagen Polo buying guide

Renault Zoe

Best car under £7,000 for zero emissions driving

Our pick Renault Zoe Dynamique (2015, 10,000 miles)
Typical price £7,000 Representative finance £134 per month

Tesla tends to get all the headlines about electric cars. But Renault has been at it for a while too. The Zoe has been on sale since 2013, which means that used models are just dropping to the £7,000 mark.

For that sort of money you’ll be looking at a model with around 100 miles (manufacturers figure) range - which is fine for city dwellers. It’s smooth, quiet, and responsive, plus surprisingly roomy - the boot is actually bigger than the one you’ll find in the Renault Clio. Word of warning though - you'll need to hire the batteries, which costs at least £50 per month.
Renault Zoe buying guide 

Suzuki SX4

Best car under £7,000 for four-wheel-drive

Our pick Suzuki SX4 1.6 SZ5 (2013,30,000 miles)
Typical price £6,995 Representative finance £133

There aren’t a great deal of cars with four-wheel-drive out there for your £7,000, but Suzuki’s SX4 is one of the best for the money.

The SX4 is a crossover from Suzuki, which has form in making good four-wheel-drive cars. The SX4 is a bit like a Suzuki Swift, but with higher suspension, plastic cladding, and of course, four-wheel-drive, to make it better off-road. It also makes a pretty good tow-car.

Ford Fiesta

Best car under £7,000 for family runaround duties

Our pick Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 125 Titanium (2013,65,000 miles)
Typical price £6,995 Representative finance £122

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.

We recommend the feisty little 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. It’s won various awards through its lifetime, as it’s economical and punchy. In terms of spec, we recommend the top-level Titanium. It was the most popular among new buyers, so they’re easy to find, and they’re packed with technology like cruise control, climate control, and automatic headlights.
Ford Fiesta buying guide 

Skoda Citigo

Best car under £7,000 for city driving

Our pick Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI (2016,13,000 miles)
Typical price £6,595 Representative finance £113 a month

If you think the Citigo looks a lot like the VW up! and the Seat Mii, you’re right, it does. Mostly because all three of these cars are virtually identical.

Inside it’s all pretty much the same too. But, all three are fine city cars, great at nipping in and out of traffic, while being small enough to park easily, but big enough on the inside for most people’s needs. The reason we choose the Citigo is that they tend to be cheaper than the VW and Seat. Opt for the 75hp 1.0MPI engine over the 60hp.
Skoda Citigo buying guide 

DS 3

Best car under £7,000 for posh interiors

Our pick DS3 1.6Bluehdi Dstyle (2016, 60,000 miles)
Typical price £6,600 Representative finance £101

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 had plenty of options from new. Inside the materials are soft and plush, and are much more upmarket than many people would expect.
DS 3 buying guide

Dacia Sandero

Best car under £7,000 for new car smell

Our pick Dacia Sandero Access (2018, 0 miles)
Typical price £6,995 Representative finance £110 per month

That’s right, you can get a brand-new car for less than £7,000. For £6,995 you can buy a Dacia Sandero - the cheapest new car on sale in the UK.

Price is one big selling point of the Sandero, but the other is space. It has a large boot and plenty of room inside for adult passengers front and rear – not something that can be said for much smaller city cars. The very cheapest Sandero does lack all but the most basic equipment and has a dated, underpowered petrol engine though.
Dacia Sandero buying guide 

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