Top 10: Used city cars for £4000

Whether you’re looking for your first car or a family runabout for trips around town, there is an excellent choice of used cars for £4000 that fit the bill. And don’t expect them to be boring or basic – they might be small but good looks, plenty of equipment, and good driving manners are all on the menu for today’s demanding car buyer.  

1

Skoda Citigo

No one should buy a city car without considering one of the Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii/Volkswagen Up trio. They're brilliant little cars with clever packaging that still looks modern today. There's little to decide between them, although the Skoda badge will put a few people off the Citigo - meaning it represents particularly good value for money on the second-hand market. £4000 will get you an early model in a desirable trim level.

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2

Citroen C1

Launched in 2005 alongside its Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo siblings, the C1 proved a hit with buyers as a capable and good value urban runabout. Our budget will get you a late example of the original model, which will feel a bit old-fashioned compared to newer rivals, but they're fun and easy to drive. Running costs should be very low, too.

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3

Fiat 500

Even 11 years since its launch, the 'new' Fiat 500 remains the default choice for drivers wanting a fashionable car on a budget. It's not as good as a Volkswagen Up or Kia Picanto, but £4000 will get you an example with low miles from around 2014. Look for special editions like the Colour Therapy model if you want to stand out.

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4

Ford Ka

The second-generation Ford Ka is closely related to the Fiat 500 but, as it's not such a trendy choice, you'll find your £4000 will go further. The 1.2-litre petrol engine - the same as in the Fiat 500 - is frugal, and any garage should be able to work on a Ka without charging a fortune. We'd hunt out a Zetec for desirable features like air con and remote central locking.

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5

Hyundai i10

We often recommend the Hyundai i10 as a sensible city car for those on a budget. The original model was on sale until 2014 and £4000 will get you a late example. Hunt out a Style for desirable features like heated seats, an electric sunroof and alloy wheels.

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6

Mitsubishi Mirage

We'll be frank... there are better city cars on the market than the Mitsubishi Mirage. But they're pretty cheap, with our £4000 limit picking up a top-spec '3'. It's an easy car to drive and will be affordable to run, and ought to be very reliable too. Just don't expect a plush interior or much in the way of excitement.

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7

Renault Twingo

Cute looks and impressive safety credentials are features of the Twingo, and while the 1.2 engine is nothing special it proves amply nippy around town. Five-year old examples in ‘Dynamique’ trim are within £4000 and are likely to show around 30-40,000 miles at non-franchised dealers.

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8

Suzuki Celerio

The Suzuki Celerio was relatively short-lived and initially plagued by brake problems, but they were sorted and it's actually a pretty good little city car. The majority of Celerio models within our £4000 budget are entry-level SZ2 models which are relatively well-equipped with DAB radio, air con and electric front windows. Seek out an SZ3 if you want alloy wheels, however.

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9

Toyota iQ

While a Toyota Aygo is the go-to city car for many buyers on a budget, the iQ is a much rarer and, in our opinion, more interesting choice. It's tiny, which means it's not great for carrying large loads, but it's fun to drive around town and the 1.0-litre VVTi engine will be a reliable choice. A tidy example from 2011 will be within reach for £4000.

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10

Kia Picanto

If you're after a city car on a budget, you could do far worse than hunting out a Kia Picanto. It represents excellent value for money, has a quality interior and, if you're lucky, you might even find one with the remainder of its manufacturer warranty within budget. It's not a fashionable choice but the Picanto is an easy car to recommend.

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