The best cheap small new cars 2016 (and the one to avoid)

Our pick of new cars for less than Β£10,000. We've got cars from Vauxhall, Toyota, Seat and Skoda for you to choose from, and we also name the cars to avoid

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The best cheap small new cars

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. For every car listed here and on the next few pages, the minimum amount you should look to save is Β£400, while our biggest saving is over Β£2500.

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

The best cheap small new cars

MG 3 1.5 VTi-TECH 3Form 5dr

OTR price: Β£9299, Target Price: Β£8890, Target Price saving: Β£409

If a low price is at the top of your agenda, then it's good news for the MG 3, because this is one of the cheapest cars in this class to buy and insure. Even a top-end version will cost you less than the cheapest version of some rivals, and the list of safety equipment is fairly comprehensive. If you can live with some material quality compromises and the gruff petrol engine, then it could be a good option.

Read our full MG 3 review

Suzuki Celerio 1.0 SZ3 5dr

OTR price: Β£7999, Target Price: Β£7568, Target Price saving: Β£431

The Celerio may be the smallest and cheapest model made by Japanese manufacturer Suzuki, but it's also one of the best city cars around. Despite its low price, though, the Celerio is also generously equipped, with all models getting alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard. The sole 67bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine needs to be worked hard to perform on the motorway, but around town it's perfectly nippy.

Read our full Suzuki Celerio review

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Colour Edition 3dr

OTR price: Β£9990, Target Price: Β£9425, Target Price saving: Β£566

The Skoda Citigo is one third the VW Group's city car trio - which also includes the VW Up and Seat Mii. The Citigo is cheaper to buy than its Up cousin, but it's still great to drive. The interior is fairly roomy for a car of this size, and its 1.0-litre petrol engine is economical. Add in accurate steering and a ride that outclasses most other cars in this class, and the Citigo is easy to recommend.

Read our full Skoda Citigo review

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