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10 of the cheapest new cars you can buy right now

The minimum amount you need to save to get independently and upwardly mobile

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  1. Citroen Ami (£7,695)

    Static shot of Citroen Ami in car park with city backdrop. Girl getting out of car

    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.

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  2. Kia Picanto (£13,665)

    Driving shot of red Kia Picanto

    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.

  3. Dacia Sandero (£13,795)

    Dynamic shot of blue Dacia Sanders with hilly backdrop

    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.

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  4. MG 3 (£13,820)

    Static shot of yellow MG3 with reflection in puddle in foreground

    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.

  5. Citroen C3 (£13,995)

    Dynamic shot of Citroen C3

    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.

  6. VW Up! (£14,630)

    Static side profile shot of VW UP! in bright blue on street

    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.

  7. Fiat Panda (£14,740)

    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.

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  8. Suzuki Ignis (£15,295)

    Dynamic shot of Suzuki Ignis with verdant backdrop

    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.

  9. Dacia Sandero Stepway (£15,295)

    Static shot of Dacia Sanders Stepway from low angle

    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?

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  10. Hyundai i10 (£15,420)

    Side static shot of Hyundai i10

    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.

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