What's the best small car on a £4500 budget?

I want to buy a used car and have a budget of £4.5k. Can you suggest a reliable, economical small car with three doors? Boot size is not important. I have been considering an Aygo or a Volkswagen Up but is it best to look for a car with low mileage or the newest car for my budget?

Asked on 6 February 2019 by Nikki

Answered by Andrew Brady
The Volkswagen Up is a really good car but not without its faults, unfortunately: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volkswagen/up-2012/g.../. If this doesn't concern you, also consider the SEAT Mii and Skoda Citigo - they're essentially the same car but a little cheaper. The Aygo isn't without its issues, either, and feels flimsier than the Up. I'd look for a Kia Picanto - it has fewer problems and is a great little car. I'd prioritise condition and service history over mileage or age, but there's no reason why you can't tick all the boxes with a £4500 budget.
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