If you had £10,000 you buy a pretty good used car, with reasonable mileage and not too much history. But some people want the reassurance of new, knowing there are no accidents hidden, no bodges to show up later, and if there are any problems then they have a full warranty. And that ten grand sum can buy you a pretty good new car. Here are our top six.
1: Hyundai i10
Cost from: £8995
With the low cost comes the reassurance of a five-year warranty with no mileage limit. Open up the five doors to find more space than in many rivals, in a peaceful, decently equipped cabin.
2: Volkswagen Up
Cost from: £8975
There are two other versions of the base vehicle beside this VW Up – the Skoda Citigo and the Seat Mii. But if you’re after the classiest cabin then the VW scores hands up. It’s better inside than some competitors costing around £12,000, not £9000. The Citigo scores for cheapness, while the Mii makes a practical alternative.
3: Suzuki Celerio
For a car under £7000 this is spacious, economical and comes with a lot of kit. The cabin feels a bit cheap but it’s still excellent value for money.
4: Dacia Sandero
This can be a remarkably cheap car to buy, depending on spec. Thrown in is quite a bit of noise from road, wind and engine, but it’s a very practical car that is surprisingly spacious.
5: Vauxhall Viva
Naturally you don’t get a lot of kit with base versions and, whichever trim you go for, rear space isn’t that generous. Against that, the three-pot petrol engine is sweet and the ride is equally smooth.
6: Peugeot 108
Another car on a common platform. This time the Peugeot 108 shares its underpinnings with the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo. But, despite the low price, the 108 scores better than them due to its wide range of technology and that delightful French habit of letting you customise your car.