Cheap small cars

These cheap small cars prove small can be mighty, and good value too

BuyaCar team
Apr 7, 2022

For the price of an annual railway season ticket, you could have the keys to some of the cheapest small cars on the market, with BuyaCar prices started at £4,126.

If you're in the market for a cheap small car, there are six options here that are available on BuyaCar for well under £10,000. But while they might be cheap to buy, the fact each of these models come with small and efficient petrol engines makes them cheaper to run, too. Cheaper insurance and cheaper road tax will also help you to keep those costs down.

Just because they're cheap cars doesn't mean they're old and knackered either, some models are available here will less than 20,000 miles on the clock, which makes them pretty much new for all intents and purposes. If this sounds like a deal you could get along with, check out this great selection of cheap small cars.

Cheapest small cars

1. Suzuki Celerio

Our pick Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ4
Used deals from £5,750

Suzuki’s cheapest new car is also our cheapest new car here, but if you think this honour has been achieved at the expense of quality, features and practicality, you’d be wrong. Not only is the Celerio well built and extremely economical, but even the cheapest SZ2 models have digital radio and electric front windows.

On a practical level there are lots of small cubbies and cup holders, and useful door pockets. The front interior is roomy but more surprisingly, so is the rear where there’s no shortage of head and knee room for taller passengers. It won’t win any beauty contests, but at this price, who cares?


2. Skoda Citigo

Our pick Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI SE
Used deals from £6,000

The Citigo is the third member of VW Group’s trio of city cars, the others being the Volkswagen Up and the Seat Mii. They’re very closely matched but the Citigo is fractionally the cheapest so gets the nod here. That said, it’s quite a leap in price from the Suzuki Celerio.

The Citigo is offered in a choice of three and five-door body styles. The cheapest S version is only a three-door – worth bearing in mind if you regularly carry passengers. It’s pretty Spartan. For example, there’s no digital radio or driver’s seat height adjustment and the front windows are manual.


3. Hyundai i10

Our pick Hyundai i10 1.0 SE
Used deals from £4,999

Five doors, an impressive five-year warranty, one of the biggest boots here and a rear interior that’s almost as roomy as the Suzuki Celerio’s, the i10 is an outstanding car that’s also outstanding value for money.

Basic S models lack things like driver’s seat height adjustment but at least the front windows are electrically powered and there’s a USB socket. The rear seat backs split and fold 60/40, too.


4. Kia Picanto

Our pick Kia Picanto 1.0 '3'
Used deals from £6,800

The Picanto goes one better than the Hyundai i10 by having an industry-leading seven-year warranty. For most new car buyers that’s probably an irrelevance but it does at least indicate the car maker’s faith in its products. So it’s reliable and well built but it’s also roomy in the front and full of thoughtful touches such as large cupholders and a sliding centre armrest.

Having five doors as standard means access to the rear interior is easy but once there passengers will find the Picanto is not quite as roomy as the Hyundai and the Suzuki Celerio. Instead, the designers have saved space for the boot, which is one of the biggest in the class.


5. Renault Twingo

Our pick Renault Twingo 0.9 TCe Dynamique
Used deals from £5,300

The Twingo stands out from this selection by having its engine in the rear. This has allowed the designers to provide more space for the interior. It’ll easily accommodate four adults. However, this same layout has come at the expense of boot space which trails ‘bootiful’ rivals such as the Kia Picanto and VW Up.

Having no engine at the front means the little car’s turning circle is incredibly tight. You’ll have no trouble weaving in and out of city centres, and performing impossibly tight U-turns.

As with most cars here, performance from the cheapest 1.0-litre 'SCe' engine is fine around town but lacklustre on the open road. Although it's the cheapest to insure, going for the turbocharged 0.9-litre 'TCe' engine may prove cheaper to run. Front electric windows and hill start assist, a useful feature that allows you to pull away from steep inclines without rolling back, are standard.


6. Fiat 500

Our pick Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Lounge
Used deals from £4,794

The Fiat 500 is easily the most stylish small car you can buy; stylish enough, in fact, for us to forgive it its highish price. Entry-level Pop versions are rather basic, and the materials feel low-quality, so finding a higher trim level like Lounge is a better bet.

On the tech front there’s a display screen from which you can control the radio. There are controls for it on the steering wheel, too. The interior is a bit of a squeeze. The front seats are quite high so head room is at a premium, while the back seat is just plain cramped. Not only that, but head rests are a cost-option. Newer rivals such as the Skoda Citigo do it better.


*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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