Top 25: Cheapest new cars on sale

If you’re looking for the cheapest new cars on sale in the UK today, you’ve found them. Here are the cars that won't break the bank to buy and make ideal first cars or urban runabouts.

1

Dacia Sandero

From: £6995

Set your expectations as low as the Sandero’s starting price and you’ll be amazed at how much better it is than that. The cheapest new car in the UK, it’s far from the tin box you might expect it to be. Solid, comfortable and actually well equipped further up the range, this Clio-based five-door is the cool face of austerity. However, in Access trim it lacks the kit we all take for granted nowadays - even a radio is optional.

Read our Dacia Sandero review

Contract hire from £116.18 per month
2

Dacia Logan

From £8495

While the Logan loses out to the Sandero as the cheapest new car in the UK, it’s probably better value by virtue of its size. The Logan shares most of its parts with the Sandero, but it adds an enormous load space (573 litres, stretching to 1518 litres with the rear seats down), making it a fantastic no-nonsense estate.

Read our Dacia Logan MCV review

Contract hire from £131.42 per month
3

Skoda Citigo

From £8890

The Skoda Citigo will be replaced by an electric model in 2020, but act quickly and you can still buy a petrol version of one of the best city cars on the market. Spacious, economical and fun to drive, even the base-model Citigo is all the car you really need.

Read our Skoda Citigo review

4

MG3

From £9495

Forget about MG as a manufacturer of sports cars or rehashed Rovers; today it's a Chinese budget brand. The MG3 is its most affordable model, and it's actually pretty good. The 1.5-litre petrol engine is a little rough and ready but the interior's decent, and there are plenty of options to make it stand out.

Read our MG3 review

Contract hire from £120.79 per month
5

Toyota Aygo 

From £9825

The Toyota Aygo is quite a trendy little car, but that doesn't mean it isn't a sensible option too. It's reliable, and its 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is very economical in the real world. Combine that with a funky and practical interior and you could do a lot worse for the right side of £10,000.

Read our Toyota Aygo review

Contract hire from £119.70 per month
6

Kia Picanto

From £9895

The Kia Picanto is one of the easiest small cars to recommend thanks to its spacious interior, generous equipment levels and lengthy warranty. It's not just on paper that the Picanto makes sense... it's surprisingly fun to drive and we like its quirky looks.

Read our Kia Picanto review

List Price from £10,040
Buy new from £8,428
Contract hire from £116.89 per month
7

Mitsubishi Mirage

From £9999

The Mitsubishi Mirage is cheaper than it used to be and now has extra kit as standard. While there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the Mirage, it still feels like a dated design compared to competitive value-for-money rivals like the Kia Picanto.

Read our Mitsubishi Mirage review

List Price from £11,295
Buy new from £11,506
Contract hire from £137.00 per month
8

Hyundai i10

From £10,025

There's a new Hyundai i10 on its way, but the outgoing model still feels well engineered, is fun to drive and is much better on the motorway than you'd expect a budget small car to be. Combine that with some tempting offers and a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, and the i10 has an awful lot going for it.

Read our Hyundai i10 review

Contract hire from £114.44 per month
9

Fiat Panda

From £10,080

The current Fiat Panda has been on sale since 2012 and it's showing its age now. A zero-star Euro NCAP crash rating in 2018 really should have been its death knell, but it soldiers on. It's not all bad, though - it's cheap to run, there are some great finance deals to be had and it's surprisingly practical.

Read our Fiat Panda review

List Price from £10,075
Buy new from £8,995
Contract hire from £122.45 per month
10

Citroen C1

From £10,270

Deciding between the Citroen C1, Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108 comes down to personal preference. They're all very similar, sharing a platform and factory, but we like the C1's quirky styling. The 1.0-litre petrol engine is eager around town yet economical and surprisingly good on the motorway.

Read our Citroen C1 review

List Price from £10,485
Buy new from £7,695
Contract hire from £157.76 per month
11

Volkswagen Up

From £10,480

The Volkswagen Up hasn't changed much since it was launched in 2012 but it's still one of the most desirable little cars on the market. With steel wheels, pop-out rear windows and a distinct lack of glossy plastic on the dashboard, the entry-level Take Up feels noticeably basic, but it's still a very refined and spacious car for the money.

Read our Volkswagen Up review

Contract hire from £138.92 per month
12

Dacia Duster 

From £10,995

Like all the cars featured here, the Duster's crept up in price in recent years. But it still offers incredible value, with a high driving position, a big boot and decent running costs. The interior is much better than it used to be, and there's a new entry-level TCe 100 petrol engine which ought to be pretty economical.

Read our Dacia Duster review

Contract hire from £166.10 per month
13

Ford Ka+

From £11,300

Unusually for an affordable Ford, the Ka+ has been a bit of a flop. It might be significantly cheaper than a Fiesta, but not enough to tempt buyers away from the UK's best-selling car. So much so that it's now being axed. Act quickly, though, and you might be able to get a good deal on a new one. It wouldn't be a bad purchase, with low running costs and a practical interior.

Read our Ford Ka+ review

List Price from £11,295
Buy new from £10,230
Contract hire from £151.94 per month
14

Fiat 500

From £12,165

The Fiat 500's been around in its current form for 10 years and we're not sure what buyers continue to see in it, but we're not a 17-year-old girl. It's not very practical and there are better value options out there, but it's still a very stylish car for the cash. Apparently.

Read our Fiat 500 review

List Price from £12,140
Buy new from £9,840
Contract hire from £106.86 per month
15

Peugeot 108 

From £12,265

Like the very similar Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, the Peugoet 108 is a characterful city car that offers excellent value for money. Peugeot does a version with a full-length retractable cloth roof too, called Top, which is near enough a convertible – great for the summer months, without compromising boot space.

Read our Peugeot 108 review

List Price from £12,280
Buy new from £11,450
Contract hire from £137.45 per month
16

MG ZS

From £12,495

If you want as much physical car as possible for your money, the MG ZS is a very good choice. It's one of the few cars here up to the job of transporting a family, and standard equipment levels are pretty good. There's even an electric version with a range of 163 miles available for £21,995. No wonder thousands of buyers have already placed orders.

Read our MG ZS review

Contract hire from £146.49 per month
17

Skoda Fabia 

From £12,535

Quite simply one of the best runabouts money can buy, owing to being really good at everything. It might not be as fashionable as the latest SEAT Ibiza or Ford Fiesta but the Fabia represents excellent value for money. We'd recommend upgrading to the SE trim for its alloy wheels, parking sensors and DAB radio.

Read our Skoda Fabia review

List Price from £12,530
Buy new from £9,558
Contract hire from £127.18 per month
18

Suzuki Ignis

From £12,999

The Suzuki Ignis is a quirky urban runaround with distinctive looks, a cleverly packaged interior and an economical 1.2-litre petrol engine. If you want to stand out from the crowd, the Ignis is an excellent choice, and there are some good savings to be had.

Read our Suzuki Ignis review

List Price from £12,994
Buy new from £11,999
Contract hire from £135.59 per month
19

Suzuki Swift

From £12,999

We reckon the Suzuki Swift is one of the most overlooked small cars on the market. It might not be as plush as a Ford Fiesta, but it's not as expensive either. It's great to drive and you get loads of equipment for your money. It'll be reliable, too, and there are some good deals available. If you're on a budget, the Suzuki Swift is an excellent choice.

Read our Suzuki Swift review

List Price from £12,974
Buy new from £12,299
Contract hire from £123.50 per month
20

Renault Clio

From £14,295

There's a new Renault Clio now on sale and, while it might not look that different, it's a huge improvement over its dated predecessor. Even the cheapest model, the Clio Play, gets cruise control and electric front windows - although you'll need to upgrade to the Iconic for such treats as navigation and rear parking sensors.

Read our Renault Clio review

List Price from £13,615
Buy new from £785
Contract hire from £120.16 per month
21

SsangYong Tivoli

From £14,495

This could be the best budget crossover you've never heard of. SsangYong is a Korean firm, well loved by owners, and the Tivoli is its alternative to the Nissan Juke and Suzuki Vitara. As well as being a bargain price, it's more practical than rivals, and its seven-year warranty should put your mind at rest about buying from a brand you've never heard of. 

Read our SsangYong Tivoli review

Contract hire from £248.96 per month
22

Honda Jazz

From £14,760

We're big fans of the Honda Jazz. It's very versatile, with clever 'magic seats' and easy access. It'll be reliable, too, although we're a little disappointed that the Sport model introduced last year was short-lived. Exchange rates mean it's not a bargain in the same way as some cars featured here, but it's still cheaper than a Fiesta...

Read our Honda Jazz review

List Price from £14,755
Buy new from £11,998
Contract hire from £126.88 per month
23

Fiat Tipo

From £14,905

Bigger than most of the cars featured here, the Tipo looks incredible value for money alongside cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. It feels a little old-fashioned but you'll struggle to spend more than £20,000 on a Tipo - and there's a constant supply of bargain pre-reg examples available.

Read our Fiat Tipo review

List Price from £14,900
Buy new from £12,325
Contract hire from £154.82 per month
24

Volkswagen Polo

From £15,045

The Volkswagen Polo has always been a strong choice for anyone wanting a well-made small car with a 'big car' feel. The latest model is particularly good, and needn't break the bank - with prices starting at around £15,000. You don't get much in the way of standard equipment for the kind of money, but even the entry-level Polo S is a good little car.

Read our Volkswagen Polo review

List Price from £16,265
Buy new from £13,426
Contract hire from £168.36 per month
25

Vauxhall Corsa

From £15,550

There's a new Vauxhall Corsa now on sale, with prices starting at £15,550. Standard equipment for the entry-level SE model includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and a seven-inch touchscreen radio. That's pretty good.

Read our Vauxhall Corsa review

List Price from £12,810
Buy new from £10,995
Contract hire from £122.81 per month