If you’re shopping for new cars on a budget, you certainly aren’t alone. You might even be thinking that you can’t possibly afford to look at new cars at all. The good news is that you can think again. There are some superb quality new cars under £10,000 these days and you certainly don’t have to compromise on style or performance to enjoy the fresh from the factory feel of a brand new car. Jonathan Tremain, Vospers New Car Sales Director, fills us in on his top five new cars under £10,000.
When it comes to cheap new cars, Dacia have really got it covered. The price range offered might be low cost but the quality certainly isn’t and you can be forgiven for being pleasantly surprised at the price. The range starts with the Dacia Sandero super mini, from £5,995, and is designed to offer motorists flexibility of choice when it comes to add-ons such as radio, air conditioning and parking assist. Also in the range is the hugely popular Dacia Duster, an SUV starting at an unbelievable £7,995 for a two-wheel drive but a 4 x 4 model is also available. Spacious and offering a comfortable drive, there’s a good reason the reviewers are raving about this one.
Jonathan’s Dacia review in three words: Do the maths
The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s most popular car and the manufacturer continues to build on its success with a raft of upgrades to this leading super mini. Some critics have suggested the slightly refreshed exterior is almost Aston Martin-esque and it certainly compares favourably with competitors in the looks department. The engines have also received attention and now are set to be more fuel efficient. Overall the Fiesta offers a quiet, comfortable and nippy drive starting under £10K.
Jonathan’s Ford Fiesta review in three words: Class leading, dynamic
The quirky Fiat 500 has been a real success story for Fiat. With a retro edge, style is a key selling point for this car though it doesn’t compromise on handling as a trade-off. The Fiat 500 is ultimately customisable with thousands of combinations of options available – perfect for those drivers wanting unique on a budget. The inside is comfortable and neat and puts the fun into driving with sections of body-coloured interior. This compact four seater city car has a 5 star NCAP rating and with prices starting under £10K it’s a punchy drive that will put a smile on your face.
Jonathan’s Fiat 500 review in three words: Retro, stylish, individual
Another city car, the Chrysler Ypsilon offers a good value motor with a hint of luxury feel. It is a four-seater but offers plenty of legroom in the rear. The interior has a polished finish that doesn’t give away its price and some of the optional extras are those you would expect to find on a much larger car. The Ypsilon’s performance is credible and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked when shopping for a smart buy under £10K.
Jonathan’s Chrysler Ypsilon review in three words: Do something different
There’s no way we could miss the Fiat Panda from this run down. This third generation model is so far removed from its 1980s counterpart it’s hard to believe. Today’s Panda offers a smooth, practical ride that is hard to beat. Inside it is deceptively spacious with a stylish dash and plenty of rear legroom as well as creative storage. Outside it looks every bit the zippy fun drive that it is.
Jonathan’s Fiat Panda review in three words: Value, versatile, vibrant