Best new cars for under £10,000

Our network of dealerships includes several highly rated and recently released models which can fit under a budget of just £10,000. Whilst many cars which meet this budget fall under the small car/supermini category, there’s still a great variety in choice to meet different needs and tastes from motorists.

Here’s our pick of the exact models and specifications which come recommended for under £10,000.

Fiat Panda 1.2 ‘Easy’

Standard starting price - £9,595

The Fiat Panda is a quirky, stylish and likeable city car which can get you from A to B with minimum fuss.

Not only does it have charm, the Panda is also cheap to buy and run new. The solid 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine is available on the basic ‘Pop’ trim and the higher level ‘Easy’ trim for under £10,000.

Pick the ‘Easy’ version and you’ll get extra equipment including air conditioning, roof rails and a CD/radio player.

Ford Fiesta 1.25 60 ‘Studio’ (3-door)

Standard starting price - £9,995

The Ford Fiesta continues to be a highly in-demand new car in the UK market, and so it deserves to be. Whichever version you go for, the Fiesta is a car which delivers exceptionally in all areas.

The basic ‘Studio’ specification in the current Fiesta range is fantastically cheap for a modern supermini. While equipment is predictably limited, the Fiesta Studio still includes a CD/radio player, front electric windows and heated mirrors.

The engine used is a 60bhp 1.25-litre petrol unit, linked with a five-speed manual gearbox which returns credible figures for performance and efficiency.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 ecoFLEX ‘Expression’

Standard starting price - £9,495

The Corsa is another popular supermini which has a very low starting price for new models. The 1.0 ‘Expression model uses a small 60bhp petrol engine which is handy for travelling through the city.

This model also benefits from Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX fuel-saving technology, allowing the supermini to average up to 55.4mpg and it emits just 120g/km in CO2.

Standard kit with a new basic Vauxhall Corsa includes a CD player and electric mirrors, while a full size spare wheel is optional.

Dacia Duster 1.6 4x2 ‘Access’

Standard starting price - £8,995

With the Dacia brand, plenty of attention has already centered on its incredibly cheap Sandero supermini, starting from just £5,995. However did you know Dacia also provides an SUV for comfortably under £10,000?

Well the Dacia Duster is the highly affordable SUV which has whipped up quite a storm since it first launched in the UK at the start of 2013.

The entry-level model listed here uses a two-wheel drive platform with a 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and a five-speed manual gearbox.

Thanks to Dacia’s remarkably low price you can get an awful lot of new car for your money here.

Kia Rio 1.25 ‘1’ (3-door)

Standard starting price - £9,995

Though it doesn’t sell as high as other superminis like the Fiesta and Corsa, the Kia Rio is still well respected and a decent, easy car to own.

The most basic specification of the Rio in three-door form just about cuts under the £10,000 budget limit, and you get a decent package for the cash.

The 83bhp 1.25-litre petrol engine is fine for driving through urban environments and it’s a little more efficient then most of its rivals. Standard kit includes a CD player, front electric windows and folding rear seats.

Peugeot 208 1.0 VTi ‘Access’

Standard starting price - £9,995

Since its arrival during summer 2012 the 208 supermini has been a hit success for Peugeot and that can be partly put down to the low pricing range.

This basic version of the Peugeot 208 is not only cheap when new but also impressively efficient, emitting just 99g/km from its 68bhp 1.0-litre VTi petrol engine. It also officially averages 65.6mpg.

The 208 Access model is also stylish like the rest of the range and comfortable when driving through town. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a CD/radio player and front electric windows.

Nissan Micra 1.2 ‘Visia’

Standard starting price - £9,950

A facelifted version of the Nissan Micra range was very recently launched to the UK market. Importantly the city car, now sharper and trendier looking, remains very cheap to buy and run from new like always.

The basic model is particularly cheap and it’s driven by a 79bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine which is more than fine particularly for urban cruising.

For the inside Nissan has given its 2013 Micra a new centre console and fresh new interior panels with dark and silver highlights. Thanks to the exterior and interior changes the latest Micra now feels closer to its small car rivals.

Seat Mii 1.0 60 ‘Ecomotive’ (3-door)

Standard starting price - £9,420 (£9,770 for 5-door version)

The Seat Mii is widely regarded as one of the best city cars available to buy right now. Its modern styling appeals to a wide audience and it’s easy and enjoyable to drive as well.

Many of the current models in the Mii line-up are priced below £10,000 when new; in fact the most basic models come in at just a little over £8,000.

Our pick though is the ‘Ecomotive’ specification because of its superiority in efficiency. With its 59bhp petrol engine, it’s as smooth to drive as any other Mii. The Ecomotive Mii also offers free road tax however as it brings down CO2 emissions to just 96g/km.

Standard kit for the Ecomotive not found on the basic ‘S’ trim includes air conditioning, front electric windows and traction control.