Best new cars for under £25,000

Hatchbacks, SUVs, convertibles, and even sports cars. These are the best new cars you can buy today for less than £25,000

Craig Hale
Jul 19, 2022

If you have £25,000 lined up for a new car, you can take your pick from dozens of interesting new models. Whether you're looking for a practical hatchback, a sporty convertible, or a high-riding SUV, chances are that you'll be able to find something that's perfect for you.

The good thing about spending around £25,000 on a new car is that you get to choose from some of the best value models on sale. While you could spend much more on super-luxurious and tech-laden cars, you'll more than likely find that everything you need is available right here.

There are upmarket cars with good quality and well-equipped interiors from the likes of Audi and Volkswagen, affordable convertible sports car thrills in the form of the Mazda MX-5, and sensible and practical family motoring from Skoda and Hyundai, all available within budget.

However, if you want the best car for your money, it's worth considering that you could take an alternative route and opt instead for a nearly new or used car. For the same kind of price, your Audi A1 could become an Audi A6, or your Nissan Qashqai could become a Range Rover Evoque.

There are thousands of used cars currently available on BuyaCar for less than £25,000, so if you're intrigued to see just how far your money could go, click on the buttons above. 

Meanwhile, if you're set on getting a shiny new car and you're willing to pay a premium for it, then keep reading to check out our pick of the best value new cars for less than £25,000. Or, if you're working with a tighter budget, our list of Britain's cheapest new cars might well include something you like the look of.

Best new cars for under £25,000

1. Renault Captur

Our pick Renault Captur 1.0 TCe 90 Techno
List price £23,795
Used deals from £12,287
Monthly finance from £224**

Piggybacking off the success of the Nissan Juke (on which it is loosely based), which was one of the first crossover to gain mainstream traction, the Captur places an emphasis on comfort and convenience, with great visibility for town driving and light steering for easy parking.

We've gone for mid-spec Techno, which adds a larger touchscreen media system. It also gets cruise control, all-round parking sensors, keyless entry, and interior ambient lighting. The 90hp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will suit most, but there is a more powerful 1.3-litre mild hybrid with 140hp if you tend to venture onto faster roads often.

If you want the best mpg, a 145hp 1.6-litre self-charging hybrid promises around 56mpg, which should be fairly easy to achieve or get near to. You'll have to downgrade to entry-level Evolution to get one of these under £25,000, though. There's also a 160hp 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid, capable of more than 200mpg with regular charging, but these are well over £30,000.


2. Audi A1

Our pick Audi A1 Sportback 30 TFSI S line S tronic
List price £24,735
Used deals from £17,000
Monthly finance from £281**

The Audi A1 is not a small car, it’s a small Audi. At least, that’s the claim from the German car maker. Pleasingly, it lives up to the hype. The A1 really is every inch a distilled version of the Audi experience associated with the company's larger models, with this latest-generation model proving a compact hatchback that’s unusually desirable - even if it’s more expensive than the last A1.

We especially like the new look of the interior. It feels as special as an Audi costing four times as much, and packs in a similar level of tech and phone connectivity. With the ‘30’ engine - a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor - there's 115hp which delivers brisk enough performance for most drivers, while the S line trim comes with sports suspension to make this a responsive small car to drive around corners.

More affordable versions are available, but we reckon this one strikes a great blend between affordability and desirability - even compared with the pricier A1 options available.


3. Hyundai i20 N

Hyundai i20 N rear view

Our pick Hyundai i20 N 1.6 T-GDi
List price £25,250
Used deals Limited stock

Hot hatchbacks have historically been an affordable entry point into the performance car world, but with basic superminis costing nearly £20,000 new, many hot hatches are touching on £30,000. The i20 N does technically cost more than £25,000, but there's nothing else quite like this for the money.

Sure, you could consider a Suzuki Swift Sport which is available for just over £22,500 new, but the difference could be less stark when using finance like Personal Contract Purchase (PCP). Its 129hp mild hybrid petrol engine is also rather tame compared to the i20 N's 204hp turbocharged engine which can hit 62mph in a respectable 6.2 seconds (vs the Swift Sport's 9.1 seconds). 

Standard kit includes a 10.3-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, another 10.3-inch digital display behind the steering wheel, keyless entry, a reversing camera, a heated steering wheel, and downshift rev-matching which makes it less challenging to drive. The i20 N represents incredible value for money, which is why it's our hot hatch pick for around £25,000.


4. Dacia Duster

Our pick Dacia Duster 1.5 Blue dCi 115 Journey 4x4
List price £22,145
Used deals from £8,990
Monthly finance from £145**

If you're after a four-wheel-drive SUV or crossover for less than £25,000, unless you're willing to buy used your choices are pretty limited, especially now that many manufacturers have dropped models with 4x4 from their ranges in favour of more economical two-wheel-drive versions.

For your money, you could have the range-topping Duster in Journey spec, with a 360-degree camera, keyless entry, heated seats in the front, and an eight-inch touchscreen media system, which is our pick of the bunch. Four-wheel drive is only available with the 115hp 1.5-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox, but it's still more efficient than the two-wheel-drive petrols.

If you like the idea of a crossover but don't need four-wheel drive, the 90hp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol is well worth considering. There are also 130hp and 150hp versions of a 1.3-litre petrol engine, which is used elsewhere in Nissan and Renault cars.


5. Mazda MX-5

Our pick Mazda MX-5 1.5 Skyactiv-G SE-L
List price £25,725
Used deals Limited stock

The Mazda MX-5 is not only one of the most exciting sports cars to drive at any price, it's also incredibly satisfying to simply cruise around town in. Like the i20 N above, it costs a little more than £25,000, but we think it would be wrong not to include such a rewarding and engaging rear-wheel-drive, two-seater convertible.

The fabric roof can be unlatched and folded back quicker than you can put on a pair of sunglasses. And with the roof down, this petite sports car lets you listen to the birdsong while your toes and backside are toasted by a great heater and heated seats, even in entry-level SE-L form.

The punchy 2.0-litre engine with 184hp has given the MX-5 a little more muscle than previous versions had, making it a quick car. But to be honest, those who want to save money will not be disappointed by the smaller 132hp engine; it may not be rapid, but however fast - or slow - you're going, this car’s a joy to drive.


6. Hyundai i30 Tourer

Our pick Hyundai i30 Tourer 1.0 T-GDi 120hp SE Connect
List price £22,010
Used deals from £13,400
Monthly finance from £236**

The Hyundai i30 Tourer is one of the cheapest estate cars around, but that's not a bad thing. It's great to drive, well equipped, and very practical. The 602-litre boot offers more space than a Ford Focus Estate or Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, but not quite as much as the large Skoda Octavia Estate.

Previously available with more powerful engines, it's now only available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 120hp, so is best suited to town journeys with the odd trip to the tip. 

SE Connect models come with a reversing camera, an eight-inch touchscreen media system and manual air-conditioning, while Premium models get heated front seats and a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen media system. At the time of writing, the Premium model with a manual gearbox is also just under £25,000.


7. Seat Arona

Our pick Seat Arona 1.0 TSI 110 SE Technology DSG auto
List price £23,005
Used deals from £11,295
Monthly finance from £173**

The Seat Arona might be the smallest SUV in Seat’s car range but you won’t feel short changed by it. This compact crossover does a good job of eking out as much space from the cabin as possible, so that a young family should feel comfortable rather than cramped here.

Our pick of the range would be the petrol-powered 1.0 TSI engine, in 110hp form. Pair this with a fast-shifting 'dual-clutch' automatic gearbox, and you’ll have a relaxing drive whatever the conditions.

Perhaps the greatest surprise is that Seat’s engineers have done such a good job of making this SUV feel responsive to drive. It’s stable in all situations and impressively comfortable, too. Throw into the mix good fuel economy - up to 48mpg - and this is a sound, small SUV. Only the very top trim levels with the most expensive engine tip over the £25,000 mark too, so you should be able to pick your ideal Arona and stay in budget in most cases.


8. Skoda Octavia

Our pick Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI 110hp SE Connect
List price £23,590
Used deals from £16,950
Monthly finance from £277**

Despite taking a more saloon-like shape, the Octavia retains five doors with a practical hatchback-style boot. It shares a lot of mechanical parts with the Volkswagen Golf, Seat Leon and Audi A3, but is cheaper than any of those. In fact, for around £1,000 more than the hatchback you can get an estate version.

There are a couple of versions of the Octavia to choose from, starting with entry-level SE trim. This comes with a large 10-inch touchscreen media system, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and cruise control. SE Technology models add front parking sensors, sat-nav, and a large 10.3-inch digital dashboard display for a tiny £255 supplement, which makes them look great value by compaison. 

The 110hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is surprisingly punchy, and Skoda claims it will do more than 50mpg, but if you need more power, the 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine costs much closer to the £25,000 budget (just under for SE models, and just over for SE Technology models). Unless you're likely to carry a car full, we'd stick with the 1.0 TSI engine.


**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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