Superminis: The best and the worst for under £10,000

When you are looking to get a new small car for a budget of £10,000, you could very well end up with a great little car! However, you might also end up with something which isn’t such great value for your money.

With this in mind, we have taken a look at three great little cars you can pick up for your money, and three that you might wish to avoid, according to reviews from a range of sources.

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Of course, the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa are two of the best selling cars in the UK, but neither have a model available for under £10,000, which is why they haven’t made the list.

Three of the best


Volkswagen Up 1.0 60 Move Up 3 door

This is not the most powerful 1.0 litre car out there, but it packs enough punch for those of you looking to do more city driving as opposed to motorway journeys.

The Volkswagen gives you a good standard kit, which includes air-conditioning and central locking. You should be able to pick one up for around £9,600, but you might have to do a bit of haggling!

Skoda Citigo 1.0 60 Greentech SE 5 door

The Skoda looks completely different to the Volkswagen, but they share a lot of similarities including engine, chassis and gearbox.

You get all of that, for a cheaper price than the Volkswagen, purely for a different badge, which isn’t a bad thing at all! Because of this, you can pick up the SE spec which features air-condition, stability control and a CD player, amongst other features.

The five door should cost you around £9,400, and the three door will be slightly less at £9,200.

Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium

The Hyundai is a lovely piece of kit, and has been designed and built in an excellent way, and you should be able to pick one up for around £9800.

For that money you get a five-year warranty, five seats and five doors, alongside air-conditioning, heated mirrors, central locking and Bluetooth.

It’s not the most exciting drive, but it is extremely practical and well worth the money! If you have a bit more to your budget, you might want to look at the 1.2 Premium which can be picked up for around £10,400.

Three to avoid

Nissan Micra

The list price for the Micra instantly puts it out of range, although realistically you could get one for around £9,000. However, for this money you get an unpleasant ride and handling, with a rather cheap feeling interior when compared to the three listed above.

Ford KA

As with the Nissan, Ford’s pricing makes it one of the ones to avoid. It shares some chassis with the Fiat 500, but the entry models starting at £9,000 are very basic, and don’t come with any decent kit!

When you add to this how quickly the value of the KA depreciates, until prices start coming down, it might be worth looking elsewhere.

Mitsubishi Mirage

The car itself isn’t too bad, but the pricing and the equipment don’t quite match up. You’ll be paying quite a bit of money for a very basic model. You can get an entry model for under your budget, but it is loud and uncomfortable.

The Mirage does feature an economical engine, but so do other cars with better specifications, so you might want to give it a miss!

These are just a few of the superminis on the market at the moment, and we’re sure 2016 will bring some more excellent cars to help make your choice a bit more difficult!

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