In today’s economic climate, more and more car owners are either downsizing or using their car less in favour of public transport. We would always recommend downsizing because public transport is often unreliable and a smaller car can even work out cheaper in the long run – not to mention the fact that it’s more convenient.
This week we’re going to take a look at the bargain basement options in the car world – cars without frills that are among the cheapest cars to run in the UK today.
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ2 5dr
Coming in at just £6,993 the Celerio is incredible value for a new car. Featuring alloy wheels, CD player, DAB radio and USB hub, this fun little Suzuki is better featured than many cars nearly twice the price. Like all modern Suzukis, the Celerio is fun to drive and cheap to run with its willing 1.0-litre petrol engine returning over 65mpg – oh, and it qualifies for free road tax! Bonus!
Dacia Sandero Hatchback
If you’re looking for the cheapest forecourt price possible for a new car, the Dacia Sandero, at a fraction under £6000, is for you. The cabin in the base model is basic but surprisingly roomy and practical – perfectly acceptable for a small family, and providing more legroom than almost any other car in this class. On the road the Sandero isn’t going to turn heads or give you any driving thrills, but that’s not what it’s designed for. As a cheap as chips daily drive, the Sandero will more than satisfy your budget-conscious tastes.
Vauxhall Viva 1.0 SE 5dr
Value and practicality are synonymous with the Vauxhall Viva name, and the modern take on this classic little car is no exception. Reborn as a supermini, the new Viva costs less that £8000 on the road and comes equipped with cruise control and heated door mirrors as standard – a fine upgrade on the original! The enthusiastic little 1.0-litre engine will return 65mpg and happily cruise around town all day.
The name may be unfamiliar, but the Perodua Myvi is well worth a second look when you’re considering a cheap and cheerful motor for city driving. The 1.3-litre engine is larger than the standard for a car of this size, but it allows the Myvi to easily keep pace with larger cars on the road. At around £7,000 the Myvi is a cute supermini that’s high on value and low on refinement! The cabin is sparse and basic, but the ride is pretty good.
As you can see, there are some interesting options for the cash-conscious buyer who’s looking to invest in simple, cheap motoring. If you decide to try one of these little beauties we hope that you pop into Trafalgar Street car park to show it off to us!