Yes, it is possible.
For those who prefer to buy new, but are on a budget, these are cars that might satisfy your wishes.
- Dacia Logan MCV £6995
The very base model comes in at under seven grand. That is a bargain for an estate car. However, what you gain in newness of engine is lost with cutting edge design. This is a very basic vehicle. But…you get what you pay for and it is new. The drive is OK, maybe the gear change can be a touch clunky, but you can reach 0-62mph in a tad over eleven seconds which is thoroughly acceptable.
And a drive in a Dacia Logan is a proper driving experience. You will feel every bump of a bouncy ride communicated through the steering wheel. The inside might be utilitarian, but the back seats fold to leave a good deal of space.
- Suzuki Celerio £4499
It might sound like a vegetable, but the little Celerio is a sugar snap at under £5000. There’s a lot of extra equipment available, and you may well have the cash to afford some luxuries. The Celerio is Suzuki’s replacement for the Alto, and offers decent internal space, and fair comfort levels. The ride is good, and the driving position more than acceptable. Apart from more noise than you would want – conversations on the motorway will probably need sign language – this is a great value car.
- Citroen C1 £8410
You are getting the same car, under the bonnet at least, as the more expensive Toyota Aygo or Peugot 108.. The best selling points of this car are its funky, cheeky looks and an astonishing range of options. The external styling gives this mini beast a touch of originality but inside it is satisfactory, and not much more. However, you could, if you wish, include leather seats as an added extra. Despite this, though, the little Citreon is going to appeal most to Citreon lovers. It is an acquired taste.
But then again, those looks…
- Seat Mii £9470
Top of the range in our Under £10k range, the Seat is a close relative of the equivalent VW, but you are not paying for the badge. It’s a great city car, with just about enough space for four adults to ride in comfort as long as none are giants. It rides smoothly over the roughest of roads, and the only negative is a touch too much wind noise, especially on the motorway and at speed.
- Dacia Sandero £5995
Another Dacia makes the list. The Manufacturer might be the bargain bucket of the car world, but some of the things you can buy at Aldi match up to Waitrose. Whilst the entry model won’t even get you painted bumpers and you will need to pay for the radio, the space is good. Bigger than the much more expensive Ford Fiesta, it has plenty of room for four adults, and some luggage. The ride is comfortable enough, and the petrol engines offer smooth acceleration.
At this price, it is hard to go wrong. Remember, it’s important to understand how much your current vehicle is worth – the sell my car service from The Car Buying Group is a great place to start.