Cheap cars with nice interiors

Fancy a car with a nice interior but don’t want to pay a premium price? Here are eight plush cars you can get for less than £15,000

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jan 4, 2022

When shopping for a car, it’s the inside that counts… No, really, think about it. A car might look beautiful on the outside for passers-by, but what’s the point if the place where you spend most of your time, the interior, is drab or full of nasty, tacky materials?

There are, of course, many cars with breathtakingly opulent interiors - names like Rolls-Royce and Bentley spring to mind of course, but what if your budget is more modest? Thankfully there are some more attainable cars with great dashboard designs, ambient lighting, comfortable seats all finished in quality materials.

We’ve put together our list of cheap and affordable cars with nice interiors. These are all available on BuyaCar for under a reasonable £15,000. The models we have chosen offer great value for plenty of comfort and style, so read on to find out which suits you best.

Best cheap cars with nice interiors

1. Citroen C4 Cactus

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

For proof that an affordable car doesn’t have to mean bearing with a cheap and nasty interior, the Citroen C4 is a great example. Citroen used to be known for quirky touches, which this model revives with door handles modelled on suitcase handles and a glovebox that looks like luggage.

The sofa-style front seats are wider than your average car seats and offer a lot of support and cushioning. Early models equipped with an automatic gearbox even had a bench seat up front resembling a lounge sofa.

The C4 Cactus was updated in 2018, with Citroen removing some of the individuality of the earlier model. That said, the seats are even more comfortable, while the clever suspension smooths out all but the worst road imperfections, so go for a newer model for maximum comfort.

CITROEN C4 CACTUS BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Ford Fiesta Vignale

Used deals from £13,588
Monthly finance from £0*

It’s Britain’s most popular new car, so you’re not short of choice when going for a Ford Fiesta. The Vignale trim is a cut above the more mainstream versions, feeling every inch an upmarket supermini.

Highlights include quilted leather seats, a leather steering wheel, bespoke floor mats, illuminated cup holders, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. That's a lot of luxury for such a small and easy-to-drive machine.

It gets better, because the Fiesta Vignale even comes with heating for the seats and steering wheel. Predictably, the Vignale carries a price premium over the regular models, but the premium is much less obvious among used examples. Are you warming to the idea of a posh Fiesta?

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. DS 3

Used deals from £7,500
Monthly finance from £0*

We like to think of the DS 3 as a French Mini. That’s to say it’s loaded with character, great fun to drive and a touch more special than more mainstream rivals.

DS, formerly a Citroen sub-brand rather than a separate company, went to great lengths to make this car stand out in a crowded market. Its smart exterior styling is complemented by a striking interior, filled with neat details and the use of upmarket materials.

There was also an array of personalisation goodies to choose from, so you’ve got to hope that you share the original owner’s taste in options and accessories. Don’t worry, they’re all tasteful - no yellow paintwork with purple seats and green dashboard trim here - so feel free to pick and choose from the broad range of used models available on BuyaCar. 

2010-2019 DS 3 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Audi A1

Used deals from £16,291
Monthly finance from £0*

The current Audi A1 arrived in 2018, but prices have just dropped below the £15,000 mark for used models. It’s the smallest and most affordable Audi you can buy, so you get many of the benefits of owning a larger model including the badge and many of the slick in-car tech, but at a more affordable price.

Inside, the interior is smart and suitably solid, but while the quality isn’t up to the standards of more expensive Audi models, it still feels pretty plush and there’s no arguing with the level of kit. Even the entry-level Technik model comes with an impressive array of equipment.

An eight-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a 10.3-inch digital instrument panel, digital radio, air-conditioning and leather steering wheel are standard across the range.

AUDI A1 BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Mini Hatchback

Used deals from £7,500
Monthly finance from £280*

The Mini Hatchback has one of the most individual and smart interiors you’ll find in a small car. It’s inspired by the design of the original Mini, with the dashboard dominated by the circular screen in the centre. There are also retro toggle switches, a choice of different finishes and ambient lighting.

Few Minis leave the showroom in ‘naked’ form, with the original buyer able to select from a raft of personalisation options - which is what most Mini buyers do. Few of these extras increase the value of the Mini when second-hand, though, so pick a used model with plenty of options fitted and it’s kind of like getting the goodies for free.

If the standard three-door Mini is a little cramped for you, it might be worth upgrading to the five-door version. There’s a little more room in the back and your rear-seat passengers will have an easier time getting in there.

MINI HATCHBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Volvo V40

Used deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £0*

It can be quite difficult to stand out if you're looking for a family hatchback. The Ford Focus is the mainstream choice, while the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class tussle for supremacy as the upmarket choice. The Volkswagen Golf sits somewhere in the middle.

Which leaves the Volvo V40 as the outsider’s choice. The smart Swede has many things on its side, not least an excellent safety record, a highly efficient 'D2' diesel engine and striking, wedge-like styling.

Then there’s the interior, which is more elegant and sophisticated than rival hatchbacks. The seats are supremely comfortable, the ‘floating’ centre console is a nice touch, and the level of quality is good for this type of car.

2012-2019 VOLVO V40 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Peugeot 3008

Used deals from £13,000
Monthly finance from £240*

Launched in 2016, the Peugeot 3008 feels like an upmarket SUV with a mainstream price tag. The clues are on the outside, with bold styling that sets the 3008 apart from its many rivals in the family SUV market.

If you think the outside is striking, wait until you see the inside. Peugeot’s 'i-Cockpit' dashboard design features a fully customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel, which can be configured in many different ways.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a case of form over function. There’s enough room for five people, while the 591-litre boot is considerably larger than that of the Nissan Qashqai. You could spend more on a car with an upmarket badge, but what’s the point when the 3008 looks and feels this good?

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Renault Clio

Used deals from £11,949
Monthly finance from £219*

Don’t judge a book by its cover, because while the new Renault Clio might look similar to the old one, it actually represents a comprehensive overhaul of this popular supermini. Faults are few and far between - we’d be nitpicking if we pointed anything particular out.

The interior is one of its strongest points, with a level of quality and the use of soft-touch materials to rival pricey rivals like the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. All models except the entry-level Play get a smart 9.3-inch touchscreen media system in the centre of the dashboard.

This latest version was introduced in 2019, but used prices have dropped to well under £15,000. Any Clio registered on or after 18 December 2019 will be covered by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, too. Now you’re definitely sitting comfortably.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

*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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