Best used cars for under £7,000

Have £7,000 to spend on a used car? The amount of choice may surprise you, with hatchbacks, SUVs and even large cars available

BuyaCar team
Dec 7, 2021

Looking for a cheap car? A budget of £7,000 will go a long way towards finding a car that perfectly suits your needs - if you’re looking at used cars, that is. Even the UK’s cheapest new car - the Dacia Sandero - is now far more expensive than this, and by shopping for a used car you can get hold of something far more interesting, with better engines, better tech and more exciting styling.

Stylish hatchbacks, practical people carriers and even rugged SUVs can all be had for a bargain price, many of which will even leave you with leftover change. You'll be shopping for petrol and diesel models at this low price, although the cheapest used electric cars are less expensive than you might think if you'd like a zero-emission alternative.

Here at BuyaCar we love a bargain, but more than that we love helping you to stretch your money as far as it will go. Used cars are almost always going to represent decent value for money, so if you go about your search in the right way, you'll find yourself driving around in a car that offers far more than you’d expect for the money.

To get you started, we've put together this list of our favourites that all come in at less than £7,000. No matter what your preference, we have some excellent choices here to help you find the perfect car for your money.

While they may be pretty cheap on the face of it, we've only selected the finest examples of models that we think would be worthy of a place on your driveway. There are hundreds of used cars available for you to ponder here on BuyaCar, so read on to find out which is best for you.

Best cars for under £7,000

1. Peugeot 308

Used deals from £4,950
Monthly finance from £189*

The Peugeot 308 competes with family hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. While it’s not the one we’d choose if you were buying from new with an unlimited budget, it does make for a supreme used car bargain. For under £7,000, a 2015 model, with an economical 1.6-litre diesel engine is well within reach. A similarly specced Golf will set you back at least £8,500. An estate is also available if you need that extra bit of boot space.

The driving position can take some getting used to, but Peugeot likes to sit you up nice and high so you can see the dashboard over the top of the unusually small steering wheel.

The 308 benefits from a ride that’s smooth and comfortable, and handling that’s pretty fun in the corners, so if you're looking for something that's going to entertain you as well as your passengers this is a strong place to start.


2. Fiat 500

Used deals from £6,999
Monthly finance from £0*

It's difficult not to enjoy driving a Fiat 500. It's nothing short of thrilling, but not because of how fast it goes. The fact it's so small just heightens the experience of fun, you can throw it around corners and blast away from traffic lights and it never loses its charm. It's no surprise, therefore, that the 500 was one of Fiat’s best-selling cars.

Its success means that there are hundreds of options for you when it comes to choosing a used Fiat 500, and better still, a £7,000 budget will get you an up-to-date 2017 model with very low mileage.

Lounge is the trim to have if you can find one - and they are available in this price range - with its touchscreen media system and a digital radio, while the 1.2-litre petrol engine is a good, all-round affair offering reasonable performance and low fuel costs.


3. Renault Megane

Used deals from £4,899
Monthly finance from £160*

Renault's popularity in the UK may have waned in recent years, but the French brand is still producing very functional cars. The Megane is one such example that offers a good value alternative to the Volkswagen Golf.

The capable 1.6-litre diesel engine is a good option, as is Dynamique Nav trim available within this £7,000 price range, as this offers decent levels of kit including cruise control and Bluetooth. The Megane looks good too, offering a breath of fresh air from its otherwise rather mundane rivals.


4. DS 3

Used deals from £6,500
Monthly finance from £0*

You might identify this as a Citroen, because when it first went on sale in 2010 it was called the Citroen DS3. But the car was so popular, Citroen turned DS into an entirely separate sub-brand. This means that later cars are referred to as just the DS 3.

It sells itself on its customisation, and has plenty of options from new - and, as a result, there should be plenty of funky used versions available to choose from. Inside the materials are soft and plush, and are much more upmarket than many people would expect.


5. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £5,000
Monthly finance from £180*

The Honda Jazz, although small, is quite the TARDIS. It offers huge amounts of space for both passengers and luggage, competing with much larger alternatives like the Mazda CX-3 or Vauxhall Mokka X.

If you're looking for small SUV-levels of space in a car that is also easy to park, then you needn't look much further. That’s not to mention the 'magic seats' in the rear that can flip up, so you can load large items in the rear footwells, or fold right down to open up a huge amount of boot space if required. Honda’s strong reputation for build quality should also mean that reliability is a given.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind though, such as the lack of a diesel option and its relatively high price up against the likes of the Nissan Note or Kia Venga. So you may want to consider these options, too.


6. Vauxhall Insignia

Used deals from £4,290
Monthly finance from £190*

The Vauxhall Insignia is very affordable considering how large it is and the fact you can get a much newer car for your money than you might expect. But don't be fooled, it's still a comfortable and spacious car that’s great for families and motorway cruising alike.

It also has plenty of powerful engines available as well, with the 2.0-litre diesel versions offering ample acceleration and very impressive fuel economy numbers.

A manual, diesel model can easily be found under £7,000, making the Insignia a much cheaper offering compared to rivals such as the Ford Mondeo.


7. Dacia Duster

Used deals from £6,980
Monthly finance from £219*

Dacia is renowned for building some of the cheapest new cars in the UK. This means that there are some super deals to be had when these cars that are affordable from new become available second-hand. The Duster is a high-riding crossover that is aimed at rugged, outdoorsy type people on a budget.

Your £7,000 will stretch to a top-of-the-line Laureate model - with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, and electric windows all around. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is easy to recommend, as it offers decent punch and fuel economy, and it can be had with two- or four-wheel-drive.

The diesel Duster is the only one to be fitted with the option of an automatic gearbox, with both petrol engines being manual only.


8. Hyundai i30

Used deals from £5,696
Monthly finance from £0*

Hyundai have been growing into a more and more desirable brand, and the beginnings of this growth began with the last-generation Hyundai i30. With its sharp looks and excellent practicality this is a hatchback you would do well to consider.

Practicality is the i30's trump card. With a boot larger than both the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus and plenty of space for five. There is also plenty of desirable tech inside too.

A budget of £7,000 will also get you the 1.6-litre diesel engine that provides plenty of power and excellent fuel economy.


9. Ford Fiesta

Used deals from £6,779
Monthly finance from £0*

The Ford Fiesta has long been Britain’s best-selling car, and as soon as you spend any time with one, you’ll see why. It’s reliable, practical, and fun to drive. For £7,000 you’re spoilt for choice too.

This older-generation Fiesta has stood up well to the tests of time, and while the interior may feel a little aged in comparison to the latest model, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be had with its punchy engines and satisfying drive.

We recommend one of the feisty little 1.0-litre ‘EcoBoost’ engines - these have won various awards through their lifetime thanks to their strong fuel economy and sprightliness. In terms of spec, we'd opt for the very well-equipped Titanium trim. The Fiesta is popular with new car buyers, so used versions are easy to find, and they’re packed with technology like cruise control, climate control, and automatic headlights.


10. Citroen C4 Cactus

Used deals from £6,991
Monthly finance from £224*

Citroen is known for perfectly combining the quirky and the sensible. Luckily, the C4 Cactus is one of the quirkiest cars out there and comes in from under £7,000.

The first thing you’ll clock are those protective rubber body panels, called Airbumps. These protect against car park bumps and scrapes.

The C4 Cactus is comfortable too, with soft suspension that makes it glide over Britain’s poorly surfaced roads. And while it won’t raise the hair on the back of your neck by being super sporty, the C4 Cactus’s engines bring excellent efficiency. Expect around 45mpg from the 1.2-litre petrol engine, and over 60mpg from the 1.6-litre diesel.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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