Top 10 cars under £20k

  • Great cars for under £20,000
  • From a range of categories
  • Don't pay more than What Car? Target Price
What are the best cars to buy if you have £20,000 to spend? We've put together a list of our 10 favourites from a range of categories to suit your budget.

The prices quoted here are the latest list prices for the cars, but remember you should always check the What Car? Target Price. This is an achievable discount you should get in the showroom, and you will find the Target Price listed in the What Car? review.

1. Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport       £15,670
This is our reigning car of the year, which puts it straight to the top of our list.
Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport review
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2. Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Match       £18,915
All the car you will ever need with a peach of an engine and enough kit to satisfy most buyers.
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Match review
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3. Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec      £12,795
Great fun to drive and costs peanuts to run, this Fiesta should tick most boxes for supermini buyers.
Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec review
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4. Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP Sport      £19,595
You can pick up a former car of the year winner for a sniff under £20k – and it's a good 'un too. Our favourite crossover.
Peugeot 3008 1.6 THP Sport review
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5. Ford Focus 1.6T Ecoboost Titanium       £19,750
Yes, our favourite Focus costs more than our favourite Golf, but it's great to drive and well equipped.
Ford Focus 1.6T Ecoboost Titanium review
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6. Mazda MX-5 1.8 SE AC      £18,540
Open-top thrills don't come much better than in an MX-5 and when it comes with this price tag, what's not to like?
Mazda MX-5 1.8 SE AC review
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7. Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE      £15,040
One of the most spacious cars in the class and it's great value for money.
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI SE review
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8. Nissan Qashqai 1.6 Visia      £16,745
Roomy and practical, the Qashqai is relaxed to drive, affordable and should suit most people's needs.
Nissan Qashqai 1.6 Visia review
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9. Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI S      £17,675
The Superb is the most spacious car in its class and has plenty of equipment. It’s keenly priced and cheap to run, too.
Skoda Superb 1.4 TSI S review
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10. Citroen C3 Picasso MPV 1.6 VTi VTR+       £15,050
The C3 Picasso combines practicality with catwalk style, and a cosseting ride with secure handling.
Citroen C3 Picasso review
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