Best new cars for under £10,000

In 2021 there were many new cars available for £10,000, now there are none – though there are plenty of £10,000 nearly new and used cars

BuyaCar team
Apr 6, 2022

Up until late 2021, it was possible to buy a brand new car in the UK for less than £10,000. However due to supply chain issues, many manufacturers have cut down on trim levels, focusing on more expensive - and more profitable - versions of their cars.

This means that some of the UK’s least expensive cars are now no longer offered and the UK’s cheapest new car - the Dacia Sandero - is no longer available in entry-level Access form or with a low-power 1.0-litre engine. As a result, while this second-generation version used to be available from £7,995, the Sandero now costs from £11,495 upwards with buyers having to opt for mid-spec Essential level or above.

If you're open to getting a pre-registered or nearly new car, though, you have much more choice and could get far more for your money, while still benefitting from the remainder of the manufacturer warranty. In fact, there are plenty of options with three years' or five years' warranty remaining.

Cheapest new car

Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero Comfort TCe 90
List price £13,595
Used deals Limited stock

Entry-level Access models used to be available for just £7,995, but made do with manual windows and lacked air-conditioning and a radio in order to keep prices down. While the cheapest current Essential models are more expensive, in return they come reasonably well equipped with Bluetooth, a digital radio, cruise control, electric front windows, air-conditioning, and bright LED headlights.

The previous entry-level 65hp 1.0-litre engine has been discontinued, leaving drivers with only the 100hp 1.0-litre turbocharged ‘Bi-Fuel’ engine, capable of running on petrol and low-cost LPG. It’s at its most efficient when using petrol, where Dacia reckons more than 50mpg is possible, though it can also run on LPG which is far cheaper at the pumps.

Top-spec Comfort models cost from £11,595 when the latest version of the Sandero was launched, however this has since increased by £1,500. Compared with other superminis, this Sandero still represents extremely good value with equipment like keyless entry, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and an eight-inch touchscreen media system included. Comfort versions are available with 90hp or 100hp versions of the company’s 1.0-litre engine, and an automatic gearbox is a £1,500 option.


Best used cars for £10,000

Ford Fiesta

Our pick Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium
Used deals from £8,499

Ford has a history of selling some of Britain’s most popular cars, including the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks. The latest version of the Fiesta was introduced in 2017, and has since gained a range of more efficient mild hybrid petrol engines.

Every version of the Fiesta is well equipped, with entry-level Zetec models coming with interior ambient lighting, air-conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a heated windscreen. Finding a high-spec Titanium or Titanium X version for less than £10,000 - with keyless entry, climate control, and a larger touchscreen media system - shouldn’t be too difficult either, making a Fiesta an appealing £10,000 option.

The 1.1-litre petrol engine was the cheapest option when new, but needs to be worked hard to build up much speed, which is fine for those who do most of their driving around town, but less suitable for those who do lots of driving on faster roads.

The 1.0-litre turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ engines, meanwhile, are likely to prove more economical in day-to-day running and provide much more punch, making them more suitable for faster driving. Meanwhile, the 1.5-litre diesel option is better suited to those who do lots of motorway driving than short town journeys, offering the prospect of very high fuel economy.


*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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