Cheap four-door cars

Need an affordable car with four passenger doors? We’ve pulled together the best value options that cost less than £15,000

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
May 19, 2022

Looking for a practical and simple-to-drive car with easy access for front and rear passengers? You need a car with four passenger doors, but there's a choice - you can go for a saloon with four passenger doors and a separate boot or one with four doors plus a hatchback that gives access to the boot, known as a 'five-door'.

Whichever you go for, having two pairs of passenger doors makes life simpler for those who often travel with friends and family. Go for one of these and you'll never need to get out and fold your seat forward to let people clamber in or out of the rear seats, as you might have to otherwise.

A car with a pair of doors on each side will be easier to live with than one with just driver and passenger doors. It’s less hassle for passengers, but more than this, it’s also far easier to lift a child in and out of a car seat. If you have young children, therefore, going for a four-door could be a wise choice.

We’ve pulled together a list of the best cheap four-door cars available on BuyaCar for less than £15,000. Not sure whether you want a sleek saloon with a separate boot or a five-door hatchback with a wider boot opening? We’ve included four-door saloons as well as five-door hatchbacks, so you can see which works best for you. Well, they’ve all got four passenger doors…

Best four-door cars

1. Volkswagen Passat

Our pick Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI SE Business DSG
Used deals from £11,200
Monthly finance from £218*

The Volkswagen Passat is one of the best value four-door cars available via BuyaCar. Despite being an upmarket machine with a high-quality interior.

In return, you get a spacious and practical four-door saloon that offers the quality of an Audi or BMW for a much lower price. Luggage capacity is a very substantial 586 litres, which is enough for a big haul of flatpack furniture or a large children’s buggy. You can even fold the rear seats if you need to carry a longer load, making this a very practical four-door.

We’d recommend a Passat in SE Business trim and with the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel engine, as this offers the best blend of equipment, performance and fuel economy. If you want maximum practicality and are happy with a five-door format, there is also a Volkswagen Passat Estate, which offers a slightly larger boot and a much broader boot opening, which enables you to load larger items easily.


2. Kia Optima

Our pick Kia Optima 2.0 PHEV
Used deals from £10,995
Monthly finance from £222*

There’s little difference in price between the Optima and the Passat, but there’s one good reason why you might choose the Kia over the Volkswagen; the warranty. The Kia Optima comes with a seven-year manufacturer warranty from new, so even a 2015 car will be covered until 2022.

When looking at Optimas, it's worth opting for the newest version, introduced in 2016. An upshift in quality, improved technology and more safety equipment are three advantages of going for one of these ones rather than an older version.

The 1.7-litre diesel version offers excellent fuel economy, but look out for the plug-in hybrid model. This pairs an electric motor with a 2.0-litre petrol engine to deliver excellent performance and the ability to drive up to 33 miles on electric power from a full charge.


3. Audi A3

Our pick Audi A3 Sportback 1.6 TDI S line
Audi A3 Sportback deals from £9,490
Monthly finance from £194*

Our pick Audi A3 Saloon 1.6 TDI S line
Audi A3 Saloon deals from £12,470
Monthly finance from £211*

Fancy a family hatchback with a bit of class? The Audi A3 ticks the ‘four-door cheap car’ box because it’s available as a five-door Sportback hatchback or a four-door saloon. The latter offers many of the benefits of the larger A4 and A6 saloons - including a striking streamlined look - but at a cheaper price.

Regardless of the shape - hatchback or saloon - you get one of the smartest interiors in the business, especially if you opt for a version with the 'Virtual Cockpit' digital instrument panel.

High-performance S3 and RS3 models are available, and these include standard-fit four-wheel drive to make the most of the power on tap without spinning the wheels, but if you want most of the look of these fast versions but with the low running costs associated with a diesel, you can go for one of the 'TDI' models in sporty S Line trim instead.


4. Volkswagen Jetta

Our pick Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI SE
Used deals Limited stock

The Volkswagen Jetta could be one of the best-kept secrets of the used car world. Don’t let the name fool you, because the Jetta is essentially a Volkswagen Golf with four doors rather than five.

Actually, it’s more than that, because it’s longer than the Golf, which means you get more interior space, especially for rear-seat passengers. There’s also a 510-litre boot, which is 130 litres larger than the one in the Golf hatchback, making it usefully large.

The really good news is that the Jetta tends to be cheaper than an equivalent Golf, so you get more for your money. Find a Jetta in SE trim for the best blend of price and equipment, but upgrade to the GT trim for lowered suspension and sporty styling.

5. Suzuki Ignis

Our pick Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ5
Used deals from £8,601
Monthly finance from £130*

The Suzuki Ignis is a city car that thinks it's an SUV. It might be small, but the inside is surprisingly roomy, with lots of headroom and legroom, even for tall people. You also get a sliding rear bench seat in all except the entry-level SZ3 version.

In fact, if you avoid the SZ3 model, you’ll find plenty of standard equipment, including wheel arch extensions, roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s excellent value when new, so it’s a steal when you’re buying used. Despite its small size, you get the all-important rear doors, so front and rear passengers can get in easily.

You can even buy a Suzuki Ignis with four-wheel drive. It won’t turn it into a rival for the super-tough Land Rover Defender, but it’ll provide added reassurance in wet weather, while providing a little off-road ability.


6. Kia Picanto

Our pick Kia Picanto 1.0 T-GDi GT-Line
Used deals from £5,900
Monthly finance from £122*

The Kia Picanto is one of the cheapest cars available via BuyaCar. That could be less than the monthly cost of your smartphone contract.

Granted, you can’t use the Picanto to post photos of your dinner on Instagram or beat your highest score on Candy Crush, but you get a full quota of doors, a seven-year warranty from new and enough space to rival all but the very largest city cars.

For the lowest price, you’re looking at the previous version of the Picanto, on sale from 2011 until 2017. The 1.0-litre petrol engine is fine around town, but the 1.25-litre unit is preferable if you intend to venture beyond the city limits, as it offers stronger performance. We think paying a little more for a turbocharged 'T-GDi' engine should provide the best blend of performance and economy.


7. Mazda 6

Our pick Mazda 6 2.2d Sport
Used deals from £8,999
Monthly finance from £171*

The popularity of crossovers and SUVs is good news if you’re looking for a cheap four-door saloon. Cars like the Mazda 6 are out of fashion, which means they offer exceptional value for money, depsite the 6 being a fantastic car.

Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a keen driver, you’ll appreciate the way the Mazda 6 rides and corners, as it is comfortable but offers precise steering.

The 2.2d is one of the best diesel engines you can find at any price, especially if you opt for the more powerful 175hp version. It can accelerate as fast as some high-performance hot hatchbacks, offering a very broad spread of power from very low to high engine speeds, while delivering fuel economy on a par with a small diesel car.


8. Hyundai i30

Our pick Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDi SE Nav
Used deals from £7,995
Monthly finance from £159*

The Hyundai i30 is a rival for family hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. It’s worth adding it to your shortlist, not least because it’s covered by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty from new, giving you good peace of mind. Hyundai also has an excellent reputation for reliability, so there's not likely to be much need to test out the warranty either.

There are two versions within budget; the i30 on sale from 2013 until 2017 and the current model. You’ll get the most for your money by choosing the older one, but the new i30 boasts improved styling, a smarter cabin and improved technology, so it's also an appealing option.

For a great blend of performance and economy, opt for the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The little petrol engine does a surprisingly good job of powering the i30 while delivering strong fuel efficiency, which isn't far off that of a diesel engine.


*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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