Best new car for under £10,000

When the UK’s average wage is a little over £27,600 spending £10,000 on a car seems like a lot of money, but it’s not. You still get a lot of choice though and you’re opening yourself up to major manufacturers not just car makers at the lowest rung of the ladder. Small city cars, compact family vehicles and even an SUV are available as new for less than £10,000 without haggling with the sales rep. We’re not going to bring up special limited time offers in order to squeeze a car or two into the mix. We’re only using the manufacturer’s list price.

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City Cars

Having £10,000 gives you a lot of choice if you want a small city car. You don’t need to choose a car from the budget end of the market if you’re buying a small car as manufacturers like Skoda and VW offer cars at this price point. You only need £8,525 to get your hands on a Volkswagen Up! that offers 59-64 mpg combined and a Euro NCAP safety rating. The Skoda Citigo is £530 cheaper at £7,995 even though they’re basically the same car. The Skoda also offers better economy at 64-69 mpg.

Family car

The five-door Ford Ka + in Studio spec is yours for less than £10,000 but is it big enough for a family? Well, that depends on the size of your family and whether you have another car on your driveway. As a second car that’s needed for trips around town with two adults and two kids, it’s fine. For a longer trip, you might find the boot space a little too limited. The 56 mpg combined economy figure is good for a car of this size and the 99 mph top speed is also pretty impressive given the limitations of the Ka’s 1.2 litre 69 bhp engine.

Estate car

The Dacia Logan MCV estate proves that you can buy a big family car for less than £10,000. You’ll be buying a car that uses technology that was first found in the Renault Clio in the year 2000 but beggars can’t be choosers so you’ll have to put up with the 1.2 petrol that’s very slow and not that economical at 49 mpg. In Access trim you only need £8,495 but we recommend that you spend £9,295 and opt for the Ambiance model that has air conditioning, electric front windows and remote central locking.


If you need the space and durability of an SUV, you’re in luck as the Dacia Duster is available for £9,495. The 1.2 litre engine in the base model won’t win any awards for its speed as it takes 11 seconds to get to 60 mph and tops out at 105 mph, or economy at 44 mpg but this is a fine car for the money. It’s got 114 bhp on tap so even if you load up the 434 litres of boot space with heavy items, the Duster has the power to drag itself along the road.

Choices, choices

Hopefully you now know that there’s lots of choice at the £10,000 price point but if the cars featured here don’t flout your boat, don’t despair. On average, buyers in the UK manage to negotiate £939 off their new cars according to data published by The Telegraph that means that cars like the Vauxhall Corsa at £10,330 and the Hyundai i20 are within touching distance if you’re willing to ask for a bargain.

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