Cheapest small cars

Find yourself the ultimate cheap small car with some excellent used car deals and monthly finance from as little as £77

Simon Ostler John Evans
Feb 27, 2020

So you're after a cheap car? In fact, you're looking for the cheapest car you can possibly buy? Well there's nothing cheaper than a small hatchback, and we've put together a list of 10 of the cheapest small cars right here that do more than just save you money, they're actually great cars as well.

If you're trying to get hold of some new wheels and the budget is somewhat tight, threre are ways you can go about car ownership nowadays that make it a much more affordable process. By far and away the best way to get a car on the cheap is to get yourself a PCP finance deal.

With PCP finance, while you dont own the car yourself, takes away the need for large amounts of cash and instead requires you to part much smaller amounts of money over a series of monthly payments. A PCP contract can typically last from 24-48 months, although the longer term deals will see those payments stretched out and reduced substantially.

If it's a cheap small car you're after, youve come to the right place, and better yet BuyaCar can take control all of the time consuming stuff that comes with sorting out a finance deal and all you have to do is wait for the car to be delivered straight to your door.

Cheapest small cars

When we say these cars are cheap, we mean it, as most of the options on this list will see you paying less than £100 per month, while cash prices are also well below the £10,000 mark. Yet, considering those low prices, these cars are certainly not poorly-kept rust-buckets at the very ends of their lives.

At the very most, the options on the table here will be three or four years old, with no more than 60,000 miles on the clock. Read on for more details on the cheapest small cars you can buy.

1. Vauxhall Corsa

Used Vauxhall Corsa deals from £4,100
Monthly finance from £79

As familiar as your favourite armchair and just as comfortable: you'll find a Vauxhall Corsa on virtually every street because its combination of space, value and dependability is virtually unbeatable. The cheapest models are from the previous generation (pictured), and some come with a lengthy list of equipment. SE versions are often available for under £5,000 and include heated seats and steering wheel; air conditioning and 16in alloy wheels.

The current version of the car, with jagged headlights, is an improvement: it's quieter, smoother over bumps and more economical. Several 2015 models are available for under £6,000 or £100 per month, but specification is fairly basic.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Citroen C3

Used Citroen C3 deals from £4,499
Monthly finance from £91

If you want a tanned face, the C3 is the car for you. Its unique windscreen design extends further back than is the norm, bathing you in sunlight and making everything feel very open inside. It’s one way Citroen tried to make its small car stand out in a crowded market.

Another was to give it an excellent diesel engine in the form of the 1.6 HDi, as well as a very comfortable ride and plenty of interior space. Today its most notable feature is its price. Finance costs start at well under £100 per month, but you'll only be looking at used version of this model, as it was replaced by the all-new C3 in 2017.

3. Nissan Micra

Micra N-Tec

Used Nissan Micra deals from £4,695
Monthly finance from £90

This version of the Nissan Micra, replaced in 2017 by the current model, has a great reputation for reliability. It’s easy to drive, too, if a little dull. As you’d expect from the high roof, it has plenty of headroom. Unfortunately, elbow and shoulder room are in much shorter supply.

There’s no arguing with its value for money, though. Skip the entry-level Visia cars in favour of a barely-more expensive Acenta version, which includes climate control, alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights. With monthly finance payments dancing around the £100 mark it's certainly cheap, and considering these cars are pushing five-years-old, they're hardly what you'd consider high-mileage.

NISSAN MICRA BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Peugeot 208

Used Peugeot 208 deals from £4,299
Monthly finance from £87

The Peugeot 208 may not be the most accomplished supermini you can buy but it's more stylish than most in this price bracket. It's decidedly more modern, too, if you put it up against the Micra or C3 above.

Unfortunately, the model is let down by a cramped interior and a disappointing driving experience. So console yourself by glimpsing your reflection in shop windows as you drive by, no doubt smiling due to the diminutive size of the 208's price tag.

PEUGEOT 208 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Renault Clio

Used Renault Clio deals from £4,495
Monthly finance from £91

The Renault Clio is another French supermini whose stylish looks are a welcome distraction from shortcomings elsewhere. It’s quite cramped and the ride comfort and lacks the polish of newer rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.

On the other hand, there are some economical engines, not least the punchy 0.9-litre turbo petrol, a tablet-style touchscreen on the dashboard and some zingy colours. You'll often find one of the "Nav" models, which come with sat-nav as standard, for just under £6,000.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Dacia Sandero

Used Dacia Sandero deals from £4,299
Monthly finance from £84

It has recently been updated with more modern engines, but the Dacia Sandero remains Britain's cheapest new car at a price of £6,995.

Admittedly, few buyers actually pay that little, given that this is for the entry-level Access car, which has wind-up windows, lacks a radio and comes with a feeble 75hp (horsepower) engine. For no-frills motoring in town, it's a reasonable option, but the next Laureate trim level and more powerful TCe 90hp engine makes the Sandero a much better car for around £8,600 - before discounts.

DACIA SANDERO BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Skoda Fabia

Used Skoda Fabia deals from £4,398
Monthly finance from £89

The Fabia proves Skoda’s reputation for value is alive and well. Thanks to parent company VW’s influence, it feels like a quality car but its price seriously undercuts rivals.

It’s roomy, enjoyable to drive, boasts some strong engines and once you get above mid-level spec, is well equipped. It has a good level of safety kit, too, plus an impressive dashboard screen.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Hyundai i20

Used Hyundai i20 deals from £4,250
Monthly finance from £87

Hyundai has become a much more respected brand in recent years. Its entire range has received a dramatic overhaul throughout the decade and now sits a direct competitor to the likes of Ford, Vauxhall and Skoda.

The i20 itself is a sensible, yet enjoyable car that, despite it's spacious and high-quality interior that includes a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is still very affordable - especially as a used car on BuyaCar. 

PCP finance starts from just under £100 for low-mileage 2015 models - this is a car you should consider alongside the more established models on this list.

HYUNDAI I20 BUYERS' GUIDE

9. Suzuki Swift

Used Suzuki Swift deals from £4,990
Monthly finance from £101

The Suzuki Swift has always been a nimble car and the current, all-new version launched in 2017 is no exception. Part of its secret is its light weight. It really does feel light on its feet. As a consequence it’s not quite as comfortable as some others in the class but at least it’s genuinely fun to drive. Its engines are eager, too, and economical.

The interior is reasonably roomy, although the rear is no place to be if you’re over six-foot tall. Fixtures and fitting are well anchored, too, although some plastics do feel a little cheap. All in all, it’s an appealing alternative to most of the cars here apart from the more rounded Skoda Fabia.

SUZUKI SWIFT BUYERS' GUIDE

10. Kia Rio

Used Kia Rio deals from £5,190
Monthly finance from £105

Kia's industry-leading seven-year warranty helps the Rio to stand out from the competition, particularly when options include the excellent Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo.

The Rio can't quite match those standards, but it's at least average in most areas: reasonable to drive, reasonably roomy and reasonably good looking. It also has a good equipment level as standard (air-con, heated door mirrors and Bluetooth).

KIA RIO BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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