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10 used small cars for £3k we found this week

Some top supermini picks from the week's classifieds

Corsa VXR
  1. Ford Fiesta

    Ford Fiesta

    Earlier this year, production of this classic supermini came to a tearjerking end, but thankfully there’s still some real gems out there, like this 1998 example with only 68k on the clock.

    Read our Ford Fiesta review here
     

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  2. Seat Ibiza

    Seat Ibiza

    The Seat Ibiza has always faced stiff competition from other brands within the VW family, but it makes a great little city car. Now Cupra is where Seat is focussing, you could bag yourself a future classic (maybe) with this one.

    Read our Seat Ibiza review
     

  3. Citroen C3

    Driving shot of 2011 Citroen C2

    Revel in the C3's more sedate attitude to life, and this 2011 model's great price, super low mileage and 1.4-litre, ULEZ-compliant petrol engine. 

    Read more about the Citroen C3

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  4. Volkswagen Polo

    Volkswagen Polo

    The general reliability of the badge means opting for a secondhand Polo is a smart choice. Though this 1993 collectible made us go back for a second look, here's a younger, low-mileage 1.4-litre model.

    Read our Volkswagen Polo review here

  5. Mini Convertible

    Mini Convertible

    This well-specced 2004 Mini Convertible is just a smidge under £3k and with its Euro 4 petrol engine meets ULEZ criteria for cost-effective urban motoring. Just don't mention 'go-kart' handling, mmkay?

    Read our first drive of the Mini Convertible

  6. Dacia Sandero

    Dacia Sandero

    The Dacia Sandero is a ‘does-what-it-says-on-the-tin’ type of a deal. It’s simple, it’s spacious and smart-looking. On the secondhand market, this 2013 example is a great price for a decade-old car. 

    Read our Dacia Sandero review
     

  7. Audi A1

    Side profile studio shot of Audi A1

    Aimed deliberately at young city dwellers, the Audi A1 was the brand’s answer to the Mini. It’s an easy way to get into Audi ownership and the fact the A1 Mk2 is the last (at least until some all-electric successor arrives) means any secondhand purchase, such as this 2010 listing, could be a worthwhile investment. Probably.

    Read our Audi A1 review here

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  8. Vauxhall Corsa VXR

    Corsa VXR

    The Vauxhall Corsa is another long-standing best-selling supermini. This ULEZ-friendly 1.6-litre Turbo VXR comes in at a really great price. It's got a decent spec and has also been upgraded with a Kenwood head unit. Perfect to drown out the nagging feeling you should have saved up for a Nürburgring edition instead.

    Read our Vauxhall Corsa VXR review

     

  9. Toyota Yaris

    2012 Toyota Yaris static shot outside of a property

    The Toyota Yaris has a long had a reputation for great fuel economy (be still thine beating heart!), due to its mild hybrid system coupled with a diddy 1.3-litre engine. While it doesn't offer the wildest drive, low running costs keep it popular. This 2012 one in white is a lower price than usual too.

    Read our review of the Toyota Yaris

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  10. Skoda Fabia

    Mk1 Skoda Fabia studio shot

    Despite being the car that was famously cheaper than its VW Group stablemates, finding a Fabia under £3k is tricky. However, here's a super low mileage 2002 Skoda Fabia, admittedly in great condition for a Mk1. Future classic? We couldn’t say.

    Read our review of the Skoda Fabia

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