The top budget-friendly cars to buy new today!

Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 12:45 pm

There’s a lot to think about if you’re in the market for a new or nearly new car. As well as how much it costs, there’s fuel and maintenance to consider too. Plus, let’s not forget that on top of it all is insurance, which is likely to be your biggest expense. So, if budget is a concern and getting cheap car insurance quotes a priority, here’s a look at some of the most economical cars to buy right now.

1.   Volkswagen Polo

Launched in 1975, the VW Polo is an enduring classic. It’s reliable, decently sized and an all-round solid choice if you’re looking for a great value car from a well-regarded manufacturer.

Not the most ‘fun’ car on the list in terms of appearance or drive, but perhaps it’s that predictable security of knowing what you’re going to get with a Polo that makes it so popular.

2.   Volkswagen Up!

Another VW, the VW Up! is the Polo’s younger and slightly more fun sibling, small and agile, it’s an ideal city car. While it’s very much at home weaving through busy urban landscapes, its sluggish engine can make motorway journeys feel like a struggle.

That said, if you primarily drive in towns and cities and only make the occasional motorway trip, the VW Up! is considered one of the best city cars around.

3.   Skoda Fabia

If you need a small car with a bit more space, you can’t go far wrong with the Fabia. Boot space in particular is constantly highlighted for its roominess and there’s equally plenty of legroom for back seat passengers too.

All in all, the Fabia is a solid choice, it’s very reliable and well put together. The cheapest models however, don’t come with air-con  so if this is a deal breaker for you, you may have to look elsewhere.

4.   Nissan Micra

Like the VW Polo, the Nissan Micra has been around for decades. As a consistently popular choice for town and city drivers, the newest models are sleek and neat. Reviewers’ feedback suggest it’s a fairly average car to drive but if all you need is a reliable run around, you won’t go far wrong with a Micra.

Boot and rear seat space is a little on the small side but it’s one of the best value cars you can get with models in insurance group one.

5.   Kia Picanto

The Picanto comes with Kia’s seven year warranty which is one of its key selling points. Warranty aside, Kia has a reputation for reliability and the Picanto scores consistently well in driver satisfaction surveys.

All in all the Picanto drives well and has an impressive turning circle, making it perfect for city driving.

6.   Ford Fiesta

The original supermini, the Fiesta is one of the best-loved cars on the UK market. With its vast choice of trims and specs, the Fiesta spans insurance groups two all the way to 17 and beyond. Based on this, check features and groups carefully if you’re working to a tight budget.

Test drive reviews highlight the great handling, drive and feel of the Fiesta and it also scores particularly well for boot space.

7.   SEAT Ibiza

Fun to drive and attractive, the SEAT Ibiza combines value, driving comfort and good looks.

It’s also the top choice if you need more space than the average small or city car. Not only do passengers have lots of legroom, the SEAT Ibiza’s generous boot makes it one of the best in its class.

8.   Kia Rio

Like the Picanto, the larger Rio scores very well for drive, handling, comfort and reliability.

Also available with five doors, it feels like a roomy car and gives all passengers at the front and back lots of space and legroom. Boot space is good but not quite as generous as the Skoda Fabia.

9.   Dacia Logan MCV

The Dacia MCV (maximum capacity vehicle) is for anyone looking for a well-priced, economical estate. All round, it’s a fairly average car in terms of drive, handling and reliability.

That said, the Logan’s blandless is balanced out by the sheer amount of boot capacity on offer, making this worth considering for active families that need to prioritise space over everything else.

10.  Citroën C1

The Citroën C1 is one of the most cost effective cars on the list and can be found in the lowest insurance group. That said, there’s a trade off between cost and what you actually get. Space is pretty limited all round so not the car for you if you regularly give lifts or need to keep equipment in the boot. Plus, as you’d expect from a group one car, it’s not particularly powerful so is better suited to urban driving.

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