Best new cars for under £10,000

A few years back there were plenty of new cars for under £10,000, but now there is only one left - the Dacia Sandero

Shane Wilkinson
Sep 20, 2021

The Dacia Sandero - the UK's cheapest new car - still offers excellent value, with the cheapest version available for just £7,995. However, this is very basic and isn't a particularly desirable option, as it is only available in white and doesn't include air-conditioning or even a radio.

Yes, £10,000 is enough to get you a better equipped version with a more powerful engine, a digital radio and air-conditioning, which seems much more appealing. However, that is now the only new car available for less than £10,000. However, if you're open to getting a 'pre-registered' or nearly new car, you have much more choice and could get far more for your money.

Fear not if the reason you want a new car is to ensure trouble-free motoring with three years of warranty cover. If you go for certain used models (Kias that are less than four years old or Hyundais that are less than two years old, for instance), you should still get at least three years' manufacturer warranty cover - which is what comes with the Sandero.

If you're set on getting a brand new car, however, keep reading for more information on the new Dacia Sanderos you can buy for less than £10,000. It might be the UK's cheapest car, but you still get plenty of space and more features than you might expect - provided you avoid the super-basic Access version.

1. Dacia Sandero

Our pick Dacia Sandero SCe 65 Essential
List price from £8,995
Used deals Limited stock

It is pretty obvious how the basic ‘Access’ spec Sandero keeps its costs down - as it does without bits of kit that you'd expect to come as standard - but if you upgrade to the next level ‘Essential’ version, you get the choice of a more powerful engine (the surprisingly punchy TCe 90 turbocharged petrol) or even a bi-fuel option (TCe 100) that enables you to take advantage of filling up with low-cost LPG as well as standard petrol

Go for an Essential model and the added features make the Sandero a far more impressive and enjoyable car for what is still a very low price, starting from just £8,995. Features fitted to the Essential include a digital radio with Bluetooth, cruise control, LED headlights, and air-conditioning.

The top level of the Sandero is the ‘Comfort’ spec, but this starts from £11,595, so you won't be able to get one of these on a £10,000 budget. This price sees the Sandero going up against better-equipped used models, such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. This higher cost does bring added luxuries in the Sandero though, including an eight-inch media system, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls. A similar price tag of £11,495 would also get you behind the wheel of the Sandero Stepway - an off-roader style version of the Sandero with a higher ride height - albeit in the lower ‘Essential’ trim.

Alternatively, a more fashionable used Renault Clio - on which the Sandero is based, as Dacia is owned by Renault - with a similarly powerful engine could be yours for the same price. That money would get you a typical three-year-old model, but this is likely to also come with niceties like alloy wheels and sat-nav.


Best nearly new car for £10,000

1. Citroen C1

Our pick Citroen C1 1.0 VTi Sense 5dr Nearly new deals from £9,990
Monthly finance from £165*

Brand new cars are expensive, but they lose their value quickly. So quickly, in fact, that a couple of cars drop below the magic £10,000 mark almost immediately after gaining registration plates. So, if you don’t like the look of the Sandero, you do have other options, with our favourite being the Citroen C1.

You’ll still get this year’s model, and in some cases with just a handful of miles on the clock. It’ll even smell like a brand new car should, and will come with the vast majority of the manufacturer’s warranty remaining.

The Citroen C1 is a charming city car with a stylish appearance and a surprisingly generous equipment list. Sense trim does indeed make sense, with air-conditioning, smartphone connectivity and hill-start assistance all featuring. Citroen also offers zesty special-edition models, and a few examples of these sneak under the £10,000 barrier as well. Filling the C1 up with petrol won’t cost very much at all, and it should be cheap to insure, too. Picking a five-door model will make it easier for friends to get in the back.

It’s pretty much identical to the Peugeot 108 and Toyota Aygo, besides the styling and the badges, although more examples of the C1 are available for £10,000. And, as always, if you don’t have the cash to hand, you always have the option of finance, with PCP finance slashing the cost of the car into surprisingly small chunks.



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