Best yellow cars

Yellow; the colour of the sun, The Simpsons and custard. As the makes and models below show, it is also the colour of some great cars

James Wilson
Mar 24, 2022

Yellow cars do not blend into the background - they turn heads, shoulders, knees and toes but only the best yellow cars can actually pull off such attention-grabbing paintwork. It is fair to say that over the years there has been a decent helping of stunning yellow cars. There has also been an equally decent helping of yellow cars that are best described as visual disasters, with the bright paint doing nothing to improve the looks of particularly ugly models.

The shade of yellow used on a car can have a profound impact on its second-hand price and even impact how quickly it loses value going forwards. Of all the cars on the road, yellow cars make up a tiny minority. That is not to say they are undesirable; often people choose a yellow car out of a love for the colour rather than a need for a specific model. That said, it is important to keep in mind that some yellows are more popular than others, while some cars do a much better job of pulling off such a bright colour than others, too.

For some makes and models, yellow paint can be more expensive than the other available colours. This could be because that shade of yellow really suits the car and is particularly desirable or the yellow paint is only offered on a limited-edition trim. The difference in price yellow paint can add is most easily judged on new cars. For example, Renault charges buyers well over £1,000 to paint the sporty versions of the Megane yellow - almost double the cost of red paint.

To make the cut for our shortlist of the best yellow cars, each model had to look the part and be ranked highly compared to their rivals. All of the yellow cars listed can be bought second-hand for somewhere between £10,000 and £40,000, although most are near the lower end of this scale and are available with low monthly payments on PCP finance.

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1. Abarth 595

Best yellow car for whizzing along narrow roads

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Abarth is a performance-focused sub-brand of Fiat and its most popular model is the 595, which was known as the 500 until 2016. The little Italian hatchback is a proper pocket rocket thanks to the punchy 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet. There are a couple of different versions of this engine, with varying amounts of power.

The most powerful 595 models - including the Essesse versions - come with a 180hp engine, which makes them speedy and fun to drive, though they tend to be the most expensive, too. The least powerful models, simply called the Abarth 595, come with a 140hp engine and are normally the most affordable but are still more than nippy enough for most drivers. Plus, they should be the most economical.

Abarth cars have sporty exhausts that pop and crackle if you accelerate hard, firm suspension that enables them to corner quickly and bucket seats to hold you in place when driving fast. Being that the Abarth 595 is very popular and that it has been in production for quite some years now, there are lots of second-hand and nearly new models to choose from. There are all kinds of special editions and trims as well, plus the option of some rather fetching yellow paint schemes.


2. Kia Picanto

Best yellow car for low running costs

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Small cars like the Kia Picanto suit tight UK roads perfectly. They are easy to manoeuvre, are fuel-efficient and normally cost very little to insure. The latter is especially true for basic ‘1’ models. Not only that but Kia offers a 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty on all models, which is much better than the standard 60,000-mile, three-year cover offered on rivals like the Volkswagen Up. This means that if you get a three-year-old model, you could still have four years' manufacturer warranty remaining - compared with nothing for a similar age VW.

Kia has offered a yellow version of every generation of Picanto, so regardless of which model you are shopping for there should be a bright and cheerful Picanto to choose from. The latest version of Kia’s smallest car was launched in 2017 and offered improvements in important areas such as interior quality, in-car technology and cabin space. Previous-generation models still make cracking cars and will cost very little to run, which is great for those on a tight budget, like students and first-time drivers.


3. Kia Stonic

Best yellow car for comfortable cruising

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Kia also offers a bright yellow version of its Stonic crossover. The Stonic is larger than the Picanto and is an alternative to cars like the Ford Puma and Nissan Juke. While the Puma is a great option for those who love driving and the Juke is a good choice for those who like a car to visually stand out, the Stonic is more of a jack of all trades, making it a sensible answer for those after a small car with a high driving position.

This Kia doesn’t really put a foot wrong. It handles corners well, the interior is nice and tidy, practicality is good and there is Kia’s 100,000-mile, seven-year warranty. To sweeten the deal, all models are generally well equipped, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, cruise control and a reversing camera common across most versions. When hunting for the perfect Stonic, mid-range ‘3’ and GT-Line trims offer the best blend of equipment and value for money, so these are the versions we'd recommend.


4. Nissan Juke

Best yellow car for striking looks

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If there ever was a car that didn’t need a bright yellow paint scheme to help it stand out, it would be the Nissan Juke. With its big circular lights, narrow front grille and tapered roofline, it still turns heads all these years after its launch in 2010. A new version of the Juke, which went on sale in 2019, is also visually striking but it is the previous generation we are focusing on here.

This is partly due to the huge range of older Jukes to choose from. There are petrol and diesel engines, manual and automatic gearboxes and two- and four-wheel-drive models on offer. There is even a performance ‘Nismo’ model, although this is not available in yellow. If the range of options sounds like too much choice, we’d recommend focusing on a Juke in Acenta trim with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is both relatively affordable and well equipped, plus, the engine is suited to both town and motorway driving.


5. Peugeot 208

Best yellow car for new drivers

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As small cars go, the Peugeot 208 is very modern and handsome. There are stylish but subtle features like the slashed headlights and long thin daytime running lights which tie in nicely with Peugeot’s badge - a lion. Get inside the 208 and you’ll find that the interior is similarly stylish and has a high-quality feel for such an affordable machine. Peugeot offers the 208 with some cracking petrol and diesel engines, as well as an electric version, which is badged as an ‘e-208’, and capable of more than 200 miles from a full charge.

Most people wouldn’t be able to tell an electric 208 apart from a petrol-powered one, which is great if you don't want an electric car that looks like it belongs on a Star Wars set - which is the case with some futuristic models. Like with petrol and diesel car fuel economy figures, the claimed range figure for the e-208 is best taken as an estimate, with low temperatures, fast driving and heavy use of the air-conditioning and other electrical systems having a significant impact on how far you can travel per charge.


6. Mercedes A-Class

Best yellow car for performance

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Mercedes only recently started offering its impressive A-Class with eye-catching yellow paint. There is a catch to having a yellow model, though, and that is Mercedes will only paint high-performance A-Class models in sunny hues. These fast cars are badged as ‘Mercedes-AMG’ and if you are looking for an economical hatchback to comfortably cruise around in, we suggest looking elsewhere, as these are seriously quick and prioritise speed over comfort.

That said, if you want one of the best fast hatchbacks money can buy, then a yellow Mercedes-AMG A-Class is the way to go. There are a couple of flavours of sporty A-Class; the A35 and A45 S. A35 models come with roughly 300hp, which means they are very speedy and can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds faster than a Porsche Cayman sports car.

Should that not be enough speed, the A45 S cuts this time down to 3.9 seconds, which is faster than the £93,000 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 can manage. Not bad for a car that can carry the kids in the back and a full Asda shop in the boot. There are some drawbacks to such performance with the main one being running costs - expect fuel bills and maintenance costs to be higher than with less powerful A-Class models.


*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%

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