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Best and worst cheap small new cars 2016

Our pick of new cars for less than Β£10,000. We've got cars from Volkswagen, Skoda and Hyundai. Not only do we name the best in class, we also tell you the ones to avoid

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Matthew Burrow

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Hyundai i10

If you're after a new small car, there's lots of good cars to choose from; what's even better is that you don't have to spend more than Β£10,000.

However, if you go cheap, you won't necessarily end up feeling cheerful. There are some cars out there that we would recommend avoiding, so we've highlighted those too.

Remember to use What Car?'s Target Price to haggle down the bill as much as possible; even a few hundred pounds off will make a big difference in percentage terms when you're talking about cars at this price.

Here's our pick of the new cars on sale today if you're on a budget, including our current favourite.

The best cheap small new car

Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium

Price Β£10,775
Typical Target Price saving c. Β£900

Our pick of the range is the 1.2 Premium, but unfortunately that busts our Β£10,000 budget - only by about Β£400 once you’ve taken into account the Target Price saving, though. The good news is that the less powerful 1.0 Premium is still a five star car, and when Target Price savings are taken into account, it comes in at around Β£9800.

Clever packaging means that the i10 is the most practical car in its class and the 1.0 Premium gets five doors, five seats and a bigger boot than all its rivals. It's also very quiet and well equipped with air-conditioning, electric windows all round, heated mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and remote central locking. It also comes with a five-year warranty.

The competition may have it beaten when it comes to driving thrills but for a brand new small car for less than Β£10,000 you can't go too far wrong with the Hyundai i10 1.0 Premium.

Read our full review of the Hyundai i10

The best of the rest

Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 60 S

Price Β£10,750
Typical Target Price saving c. Β£900

The Skoda Fabia is a former Car of the Year and in 1.2 TSI 90 SE guise it’s our reigning Small Car of the Year. There’s a lot to like about it.

If you don’t want to spend more than Β£10,000, you won’t be able to pick our favourite version. However, you can get the 1.0 MPI 60 S. It’s spacious, good to drive and well equipped - even this entry-level model gets Bluetooth, electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric front windows, DAB digital radio and stop-start technology.

The Fabia offers a lot of space for the money. Front and rear space is generous - four adults will have no trouble getting comfortable - and the boot is one of the largest in the small car class.

Read our full review of the Skoda Fabia

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