10 of the cheapest new cars you can buy right now
The minimum amount you need to save to get independently and upwardly mobile
Citroen Ami (£7,695)
Not a car exactly but the cheapest new thing with four wheels. Its quirky looks and 28mph top speed will have limited appeal.
But what it does, it does well, earning the Citroen Ami 9/10 by our reckoning. What's more, this uber-cute quadricycle is cheap to run, too.Advertisement - Page continues below
Kia Picanto (£13,665)
The Kia Picanto has gotten prettier since its first iteration with more Euro appeal – especially since the 2020 refresh of the third-gen model. The standard package of equipment is decent enough, promising value-for-money.
The Picanto has a fair bit of pizzazz in its 1.0-litre engine, and though the range is confusing, opting for a manual 'box keeps the price tag £700 lighter.
Dacia Sandero (£13,795)
This isn't Dacia's only appearance on this list. The brand has become synonymous with simplicity and cost-effective motoring.
Bumped from the 'cheapest' top spot by the Ami, the Dacia Sandero still has competitive equipment and refinement levels, giving more expensive marques a run for their money.Advertisement - Page continues below
MG 3 (£13,820)
This Ford-Fiesta rival has its flaws, but if you're looking for a 'Made in Britain' sticker, the MG3 hatchback is one for the shortlist.
We appreciated the ride, handling, steering and standard spec, but thought the 1.5-litre engine could do with a bit of work.
Citroen C3 (£13,995)
The Citroen C3 offers drivers comfort, style and practicality. While the initial price point is very competitive – earning it a place on this list – the personalisation options can soon bloat that out and there's lots of them.
That said, the standard spec is generous – CarPlay, Auto, air con and cruise control included.
VW Up! (£14,630)
One of the smallest cars on the market, the VW Up is a good-looking, well-built city car. Skoda gave up on the Citigo and Seat the Mii, so at this point, it's a one-horse race for the VW Group.
Sure enough, it has style, comfort, yadda, yadda. Most importantly, this 1.0-litre three-pot motor will get you from A to B, which is all anyone ever wants to do anyway.
Fiat Panda (£14,740)
It remains popular on the continent and it's a roomy enough package that's cheap to run. Its low price however continues to be its strongest suit before the model is pulled from production in favour of pure electric ones circa 2026.Advertisement - Page continues below
Suzuki Ignis (£15,295)
The Suzuki Ignis rolls a number of guises – city car, compact crossover, 4x4 – into one neat package with characterful charm.
The mild hybrid tech hasn't upset the lightweight engineering and the combination means the Ignis returns a more than respectable fuel economy of over 50mpg with ease.
Dacia Sandero Stepway (£15,295)
The Sandero Stepway is Dacia's second appearance on the cheap list. The Stepway variant is the adventure version of the normal Sandero.
A grand more, it has a higher ride height, modular roof bars and crossover styling. Surely, we can all agree adventures are more fun if they cost less?Advertisement - Page continues below
Hyundai i10 (£15,420)
Provided you steer clear of the automatic gearbox, the Hyundai i10 is a great little car. Small to its core, it sports a very sensible naturally aspirated 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine.
Granted, it's not for munching the motorway miles but it's comfortable and roomy if you do have to hit the road for longer journeys.