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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Affordable Cars

February 24, 2015

Let’s be honest, cars can be expensive – which makes it hard for some of us to afford the car we really want. Worse still, ‘cheap’ has a nasty stigma attached which deters many people from committing to an affordable option. In today’s edition of Top 5 Tuesdays, we’re about to bust the myth that cars have to be expensive to be high quality, as we count down our top 5 affordable cars. We’ve compared the design, reliability, economy and safety of the most affordable cars on the UK market today to find the best cheap cars money can buy. And don’t forget our flexible car loans can help you get your hands on any vehicle you fancy.

Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero

Original image by Oliver MURANI

With an entry price no other car comes close to beating, the Dacia Sandero is the cheapest car on the market today. For as little as £5,995, you can drive away in a Sandero of your own. You may have to scrimp on kit with this car, but the low price isn’t the only thing the Sandero has going for it. The biggest car on this list, you’ll have plenty of boot and interior space with the Dacia Sandero – which returns a satisfying 49mpg and boasts a top speed of 97mph. Simply put, the Sandero offers incredible value for money and has truly earned the number one spot in our top 5 affordable cars list.

Skoda Citigo

Original image by Michael Baresa

Original image by Michael Baresa

Occupying the second spot is the Skoda Citigo, which offers the same impressive specs as the Seat Mii or the VW Up! for a discounted price. The three cars share a platform as well as a fuel economy of 63mpg, CO2 emissions at 105g/km, a top speed of 99mph and full marks on their Euro NCAP safety rating. The one thing that sets the Citigo apart from the other two is its incredibly tempting price tag. At a low entry price of £8,210, the Citigo is not only the cheapest of these three, but also one of the top affordable cars in the UK today.

Renault Twingo

Renault Twingo

Original image by Kārlis Dambrāns

Cheap cars can be sexy – and the quirky Renault Twingo is proving this single-handedly. A very large range of customisation options means every driver is guaranteed to find a design that suits them. Add to this the car’s multitude of kit and gorgeous interior and you have yourself one of the most good-looking and cheap cars out there. An additional bonus is the spacious interior created by putting the engine in the back of the car, making the Twingo a solid contender in our affordable cars shortlist. Climb inside your own Renault Twingo from £9,495.

Peugeot 108

Peugeot 108

Original image by M 93

One of the few cars that can rival the Twingo in the looks department is the Peugeot 108. This beautiful little city car shares many of its assets with the Citroen C1 and the Toyota Aygo – they’re all similarly priced (£8,345) and share amazing running costs (all 3 stay below the tax exemption line for CO2 emissions, returning an impressive 68mpg). The reason it’s the Peugeot 108 that makes our cheap cars top 5, though, is because it’s a guaranteed head-turner without the premium price tag.

Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10 Front

Original image by Areaseven

Last but certainly not least on our top affordable cars list is the Hyundai i10. With an entry price of £8,595 and impressive kit levels, the i10 finds a spot among the best cheap cars on the market today. Returning 60mpg, with emissions of 108g/km and a top speed of 96mph, the Hyundai i10 is a worthy 5th place and an ideal way to round out our top 5 affordable cars list.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.